VALORANT Champions 2023: Paper Rex clinches playoff spot, LOUD and T1 survive another day
The VALORANT Champions 2023 action continues as Paper Rex (PRX) clinched their playoff spot from Group A while LOUD and T1 survive yet another day in the tournament.
— VCT Pacific @ Champions (@vctpacific) August 11, 2023
Having won their opening match, Paper Rex proceeded to defeat China’s EDward Gaming (EDG) 2-0 in Group A’s winners’ matchup to punch their ticket for the playoffs.
During their first game on Fracture, PRX built up a sizeable lead in their attacking half, ending the first half up ahead with an 8-4 score line before eventually closing the game 13-7 without surrendering their lead. Meanwhile, The second game on Pearl was a bit closer with PRX winning 16-14 after three overtime sets.
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) August 10, 2023
.@T1 moves on to fight another day! 🙌
— VCT Pacific @ Champions (@vctpacific) August 10, 2023
Moving on to the rest of the matches on the fifth day of the tournament, both Brazilian squad LOUD and South Korean team T1 managed to sweep both of their opponents to survive the lower brackets of their respective groups.
LOUD squared off against EMEA’s Team Liquid which they won commandingly. With both groups featuring players with international titles under their belt, it was LOUD that dominated the entire series as they won Haven (13-2) and Split (13-8) with massive margins.
After the aforementioned series, it was T1 that soared higher in their elimination match against China’s FunPlus Phoenix (FPX). In the first game at Lotus, T1 pulled through after being behind two rounds coming into the second half as they proceeded to have a seven-round win streak to end the game 13-10 in their favor. Up one game, T1 gave no chance for their opponents to rise up again as they held FPX down and dominated Bind 13-7.
With the day’s results, Paper Rex completes the first batch of playoff-bound teams, joining the likes of FNATIC, DRX and Evil Geniuses. Meanwhile, both LOUD and T1 will book themselves a playoff spot if they defeat their next opponents, with LOUD off to face Natus Vincere while T1 will try to take down FUT Esports.
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