UK-centric Valorant side Team Liquid won the Valorant EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 final today to qualify for the Challengers playoffs.
Liquid, whose roster includes UK talents Soulcas, Kryptix and L1NK (plus coach Sliggy), as well as Belgian player ScreaM and Finnish player Jamppi, beat Giants Gaming 3-1 in the final today.
Liquid had beaten Fnatic, another side featuring UK talent (Boaster, Mistic and coach mini), 3-2 in the lower bracket final yesterday. Each game was very close, and Fnatic fought well but didn’t manage to get the victory.
This result means that Fnatic have failed to qualify for the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, and because of this, cannot make it to the Stage 3 Masters LAN in Berlin, which takes place in September.
It must be gut-wrenching for Fnatic, who qualified for the previous Masters event in Iceland with Liquid, and went on to reach the Stage 2 Masters Grand Final, where Fnatic lost to Sentinels.
Other UK teams that took part in EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 included Tenstar and Rix.GG Thunder. The latter managed to beat Alliance, while Tenstar picked up wins versus Team BDS and Rix before falling to Fnatic.
While Liquid made it through, it’s a little disappointing for UK as a region overall, which has an abundance of talent in Valorant, as few will be playing in Berlin. There will be Liquid’s UK players, Fire Flux’s UK coach Salah, and UK organisation Guild Esports, who have an all-Swedish Valorant roster.
The full list of teams taking part in the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs from August 12th include Acend (who won Valorant VCT Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1), G2, Guild, FunPlus Phoenix, SuperMassive Blaze, Oxygen, Gambit, Navi, Liquid, Giants, Fire Flux and forZe.
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