The Stage 3 Challengers 1 Europe just came to an end with Acend taking the champions title after a contested grand final. Here's what happened.
The Valorant Champions Tour is back with the first major event in Stage 3. Challengers 1 Europe kicked off on July 7 and came to an end today, July 11. After a full week of competitive Valorant, we finally have the winners. We already saw some unexpected twists a few days earlier when Fnatic and Team Liquid got eliminated. Here's what happened in the grand final.
The Winners of Stage 3 Challengers 1 Europe
Acend made it to the grand finals through the upper bracket with victories over Rix.GG Thunder, FunPlus Phoenix, and Guild Esports. The same can't be said about G2 Esports, as the team had a rough start with a loss versus FunPlus Phoenix. G2 then had to go through the lower bracket, and it cost them a lot of effort. On their way to the grand final, G2 Esports defeated Rix.GG Thunder, Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix, and Guild Esports. In the end, it was Acend vs. G2 Esports.
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The first two maps of the grand final were as one-sided as it gets, and Acend took a solid 2:0 lead. G2 Esports showed some signs of life on the third map and managed to win it. The fourth map in the series was Haven, and it spelled make or break for G2. Avova made some big plays, but it wasn't enough. Many fans thought this might be the beginning of a reverse sweep, but they were wrong as Acend brought it home with a final score of 3:1. Acend's victory earned them a spot at the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs and €15,000 in prize money.
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G2 Esports made some serious changes to their Valorant roster right before the start of Stage 3, and it certainly paid off. While they didn't take first place, we'll be seeing more of them at the next event.
If you missed the series, you can watch the full video on the official Valorant Twitch channel.
VCT Stage 3 Challengers 1 Europe Final Results
Half of the teams that took part in Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1 main event get a direct invitation to Stage 3 Challengers 2:
- Rix.GG Thunder
- Team BDS
- Team Liquid
In the meantime, the top four of the event are in a much better spot with a guaranteed slot for the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs:
- G2 Esports
- Guild Esports
- FunPlus Phoenix
The latter is one of the most important tournaments as four teams will earn tickets to the Stage 3 Masters Berlin. The winners of Masters Berlin will get an automatic invite to the biggest Valorant tournament of the year – Valorant Champions.
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