VCT Masters Tokyo: EDG First Chinese Valorant Team to Reach Playoffs on Global Stage
A lot of firsts for the side.
Two teams from China qualified for the VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo, Attacking Soul Esports and EDward Gaming (EDG), the former departed early following consecutive losses in the group stage. Still, the latter continues to move ahead setting multiple records on its way.
On 13th June, EDG defeated NAVI to become the first-ever team from China to win an international Valorant match on LAN. A day later on 14th June, EDG won its second consecutive match, achieving a new historic milestone by becoming the first Chinese team to reach the playoffs of an international Valorant tournament.
EDG's recent win came against T1 who it was facing for the second time in this tournament. The team handed T1 a clean '2-0' defeat to set up a match against Team Liquid in the upper bracket quarterfinals of the playoffs.
EDG creates history by becoming the first Chinese team to qualify for the playoffs of an international Valorant tournament
The cinderella run continues for EDG as the team makes it to the playoffs of the ongoing VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo and is all set to play a best-of-three series against Team Liquid, champion of the VCT 2023: EMEA League, on 16th June from 11:30 IST onwards.
This comes on the back of two consecutive group stage wins against NAVI and T1, both of them being clean 2-0 washouts.
Pearl | 17-15
Bind | 14-12
Lotus | Decider
Fracture | 13-4
Haven | 13-6
Throughout EDG's comeback, one player in particular whose performances have been highlighted on multiple occasions is the 19-year-old talent, Zheng "ZmjjKK" Yongkang, especially his outstanding plays with Jett.
ZmjjKK vs NAVI | Pearl | Jett
K/D/A - 30/25/7
ACS - 275
ZmjjKK vs NAVI | Bind | Gekko
K/D/A - 18/20/6
ACS - 200
ZmjjKK vs T1 | Fracture | Jett
K/D/A - 19/11/3
ACS - 305
ZmjjKK vs T1 | Haven | Jett
K/D/A - 13/13/5
ACS - 340
EDG has already achieved a lot of milestones for itself and China during the course of the VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo. Everything from this point forward is a bonus that it would be happy to accept, but that does not mean the team should be taken lightly because it can surely pack a mean punch.