VALORANT Champions 2023: Paper Rex and EDward Gaming smashes Group A Opening; FNATIC qualifies for playoffs
For the fourth day of action at the VALORANT Champions 2023, Paper Rex and EDward Gaming (EDG) smashed their respective opponents for their opening matches in Group A. Meanwhile, FNATIC also qualified for the playoffs after stopping Bilibili Gaming in Group C’s upper bracket.
We were treated with dominant performances and welcomed our 3rd team to the playoffs!
— VCT Pacific @ Champions (@vctpacific) August 10, 2023
Paper Rex played first to start the fourth day of Champions 2023 in Los Angeles. The Pacific W Gamers managed to defeat South American team KRÜ Esports in a 2-0 sweep. After missing the Tokyo Masters this year, Ilya “something” Petrov returned to Paper Rex’s active roster and posted 34/27/8 in the two games they played at Split and Pearl.
Moving on to the second match of the day, EDward Gaming took down EMEA LCQ champion Giants Gaming in a 2-1 reverse sweep. Playing three different agents during the series, EDG’s Operator maestro Zheng “ZmjjKK” Yongkang (郑永康) debuted his Chamber during the second game on Bind where he helped the team win the said map 13-11 with a 17/17/4 KDA.
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) August 10, 2023
Finally, FNATIC booked a playoff spot after they swept Bilibili Gaming in the winners’ matchup in Group C. The LOCK//IN 2023 champions proved to be too much for Bilibili Gaming despite the latter’s fantastic debut in their first-ever international appearance. FNATIC crushed the Chinese debutants in just two games in Haven (13-2) and Lotus (13-8).
With the fourth day’s conclusion, FNATIC joins DRX and Evil Geniuses as the first three teams to qualify for the playoffs via the upper bracket of their respective groups. Meanwhile, Paper Rex and EDG will be facing off at Group A’s winners’ match while KRÜ and Giants Gaming will have to fight each other tooth and nail to determine who gets to stay longer in the tournament.
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