First Two Teams Eliminated at VALORANT Champions

The biggest Valorant tournament of the year started getting underway on the 6th. Four days in, and two teams have already been sent packing, and two more will be joining them after Friday’s games.

On the flip side, four teams have already claimed a spot in the Playoffs Bracket, keeping their dreams alive of being Valorant World Champions. You can watch all the action unfold on YouTube and Twitch.

Group A

Paper Rex dominated Group A, as many fans and oddsmakers expected. Not only did they make it out of Groups with a clean 2-0 match record but a perfect 4-0 game record as well.

Currently, KRU Esports and Giants Gaming are on the hot seat as they meet in the Group A Elimination Match after both losing their opening matches. The winner will get to take on Edward Gaming in the Decider Match to see who the last team from Group A will make it to playoffs.

Group B

Evil Geniuses has had an absolutely explosive beginning to their season, taking down FunPlus Pheonix in the opening match 2-0, with both games ending in scorelines of 13-8. They then qualified for Playoffs by taking down FUT Esports 2-0. FUT Eporst also had a solid opening match taking down T1 2-0 in dominating fashion as T1 scored 11 points in both games combined.

T1 took down FunPlus Pheonix 2-0 in the Group B Elimination Match, setting themselves up with a rematch with FUT Esports in the Group B Decider Match, which T1 hopes will be more competitive.

Unfortunately, that also meant that FunPlus Pheonix is officially eliminated from Valorant Champions and will have to watch the rest of the tournament from home.

Group C

Fnatic entered the tournament as oddsmakers and fans’ favorites to win the tournament. They showed why from the get-go, not missing a step as they took down ZETA DIVISION in the opening match 2-0. In their first game, they won 13-5 and won the second 13-6.

That dominant play continued into their next match as they took down Bilibili Gaming 2-0 in yet another beatdown. The first map wasn’t even competitive, as Fnatic embarrassed Bilibili 13-2. Though the Chinese squad would be more competitive in the second game, they’d still fall to Fnatic 13-8.

Bilibili Gaming now awaits either ZETA DIVISION or NRG as those two battle for their tournament lives in the Group C Elimination Match.

Bilibili should feel confident regardless of who they face as ZETA DIVISION has yet to have any meaningful performance, and they were able to take down NRG in a close 2-0 already. Regardless there is still plenty of Valorant to be played in this group.

Group D

DRX is the only one to lose any maps out of all the teams to qualify for Playoffs. Though that isn’t too big of a surprise as back in the VCT: Pacific League, they would win many matches, most of which would be 2-1 wins.

They started their tournament against a tough opponent in LOUD, who they’d be able to sneak a win against 2-1. They’d be tested once again against Natus Vincere in the Winner’s Match, winning a close 2-1 with both of their map wins coming in overtime.

LOUD’s win over Team Liquid in the Group D Elimination Match not only sent Team Liquid packing but also set up what may be the most competitive Decider Match of the four groups between Natus Vincere and LOUD. You won’t want to miss when these two teams load into the server.