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Envy are North America’s third VALORANT Champions Tour Masters 3: Berlin qualified team after defeating XSET 2-0 in the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs lower bracket semifinal on Friday. They have now locked in top three at the tournament and punched their ticket to the international LAN.
Envy join 100 Thieves and Sentinels as North America’s top teams heading into the event. Envy had to battle through TSM and FaZe Clan, defeating both 2-1, before taking on XSET for the final spot at VCT Masters 3: Berlin. The team fell to the lower bracket of the tournament in the second round thanks to Sentinels.
Envy will face 100 Thieves Saturday at 3:00 p.m. EST in the lower bracket finals for a chance to play Sentinels again the the Challengers Playoffs grand finals on Sunday.
Envy return to the top of North American VALORANT
— ENVY (@Envy) August 14, 2021
“The curse has been broken, WE’RE GOING TO #VCT BERLIN,” the Envy account tweeted.
Envy are one of the top teams in the North American region, but have yet to garner Masters glory on the international stage. The team failed to qualify for VCT Masters 2: Reykjavík, losing to eventual North American representatives Version1 at Stage 2 Challengers Finals. Even as far back as VCT Masters 1, Envy managed to place top four in the domestic online event. Now, after two roster moves in Stage 3, acquiring Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen on loan from FaZe Clan and signing Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker from Andbox, the team has broken through their previous ceiling.
Their Duelist pick up in yay has seemingly pushed Envy to this point, placing top 10 in average combat score, Kill/Death ratio and average damage per round in the Challengers Playoffs field. Joining him in that field is Austin “crashies” Roberts, who also had a great tournament run playing exclusively Sova.
Envy now join Vision Strikers, F4Q, Sentinels and 100 Thieves as the current VCT Masters 3: Berlin qualified teams. They will play out the rest of the tournament over the weekend and start their Masters journey in Berlin on September 10. Seeding and tournament format for VCT Masters 3: Berlin have yet to be announced at the time of publishing.
Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.