In the VCT EU Stage Three Challengers One bracket, the four surviving VALORANT teams still have a lot to fight for: a better seed, bragging rights, and the largest share of a €35,000 prize fund. The top four Challengers One teams, on the other hand, have done the bare minimum to qualify for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs in August.
The four European teams that have already qualified for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs are shown below.
This is cNed's world, and we're simply passing through. The Turkish Jett star is quickly establishing himself as one of the world's top VALORANT players, while simultaneously pushing Acend toward a possible position in Berlin.
Under the Raise Your Edge Gaming banner, the Acend roster debuted at the end of Stage One. cNed made his mark on the globe with an MVP effort against OG to earn a seat in Masters One after qualifying for Challengers Three via the open qualifier. Acend won four straight series after an early loss against Ninjas in Pyjamas, including a five-map slugfest in the grand finals versus Team Heretics to claim triumph. However, the same amount of magic wasn't present in Stage Two, as the team failed to go past both Challengers events. To make matters worse, G2 had koldamenta removed off their roster before Stage Three began.
During this Stage Three run, FunPlus Phoenix, the original European superteam, has showed great resilience in situations where they had their backs against the wall. The players are now aiming for that elusive historic victory that will send them to Berlin.
Since First Strike last year, FPX has constantly been a placeholder in the top tier of European VALORANT. They've competed in every Challengers event in both stages and have always advanced to the stage's final event. However, as brilliant as they've been, they've always come up short at every event, including semifinal appearances at First Strike and Masters One, as well as a group stage exit at the EMEA Challengers Final.
In their first season together, the new European super team has lived up to the lofty expectations. Their quality of play has been impressive, and they're the only team out of the four that has already qualified through the open qualifier—the others were given straight invites to the closed qualifier.
They entirely changed the lineup around mixwell before needing to play an open qualification in Stage Three, adding AvovA and nukkye from Team Heretics, koldamenta from Acend, and keloqz to finish out the group. However, they went unbeaten in both the open and closed qualifiers, culminating in a 2-0 revenge triumph over Fnatic. Their sole setback was a difficult loss to FunPlus Phoenix, which dropped them to the Challengers One lower bracket, but they bounced back with victories over Rix.GG and Fnatic.
After coming so close to Reykjavik at the conclusion of Stage Two, the Swedish roster playing under the United Kingdom banner is playing its finest VALORANT yet. After examining numerous choices, the squad decided to stick with the same roster, and thus far, the usual path has proven to be successful.
In both of the first two VCT stages, Guild was a late bloomer. They were eliminated from Challengers One and the Challengers Two qualifier in Stage One, but performed admirably in Challengers Three on their way to a semifinal berth at Masters One. Then, in Stage Two, they advanced to the Challengers One grand finals to advance to the EMEA Challengers Finals, where they were eliminated in the final match of their group stage.