VCT APAC Challengers


Global Esports Knocked Out of VCT 2022 Stage 1 APAC Challengers

Abhimannu Das
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After suffering back-to-back losses against Fancy United Esports and Griffin Esports, Global Esports is out of the VCT APAC Challengers event.
The team will be looking to come back stronger for Stage Two, which will commence in Q2 2022.
Velocity Gaming is the only South Asian team left at APAC Challengers and it will compete for a Masters One spot starting 16th March.

Global Esports (GE) is out of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2022 Stage 1 Asia Pacific (APAC) Challengers event after suffering two consecutive defeats in the Play-Ins stage. After securing second place at the Valorant Conquerors Championship (VCC) main event, the team earned a spot in APAC Challengers 1. The team needed to secure a top-two finish in its play-ins group to qualify for the group stage but Fancy United Sports and Griffin Esports crushed the South Asian team’s dreams of making it to Valorant Masters One.

Velocity Gaming is the only remaining South Asian representative at APAC Challengers

Velocity Gaming is the only South Asian representative at APAC Challengers following the exit of Global Esports. Last year, Global Esports secured a spot at the APAC Last Chance Qualifier thanks to a win at Valorant Conquerors Championship 2021. But the team could not get past the group stage and missed out on a chance to be at Valorant Champions.

Both Fancy United Esports and Griffin Esports secured 2-0 wins against the Indian team at the event. Global Esports put on a tough fight in three out of the four maps that it lost against the Southeast Asian teams in the ongoing event. The team will be looking to cut its losses and prepare for Stage Two.

This year, two slots were up for grabs via the VCC for APAC Challengers, with Velocity Gaming and Global Esports earning their spots at the event. With GE out of the event, South Asian fans’ hopes lie within Velocity Gaming.

Unlike Global Esports, which moved to Singapore to give itself a fair technical ground, Velocity Gaming will be competing from Chennai. The team will experience higher latency and will have to play at a slight disadvantage against teams from Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Oceania.

Velocity Gaming will have to go up against Oblivion Force from the Hong Kong and Taiwan region as well as South Built Esports from the Philippines. The final team that will compete in Velocity’s group is yet to be decided as the play-ins are still ongoing. With the group stage commencing on 16th March, Velocity will need to be on its A-game in order to secure a spot at Masters One.

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.