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LDN UTD, Natus Vincere, BBL Esports and G2 Esports have made it through closed qualifers to the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 1 Europe, Middle East and Africa Challengers leagueon Sunday. They will join other EMEA Challengers qualified teams Guild Esports, Berlin International Gaming, SuperMassive Blaze and FunPlus Phoenix along with invited teams Fnatic, Team Liquid, Gambit Esports and Acend.
LDN UTD, NAVI and BBL qualified Sunday, while G2 made the league Saturday over Excel Esports. BBL qualified over Futbolist in the Turkish bracket while NAVI beat 5MOKES to make the league. LDN UTD fought their way through the European lower bracket and defeated Excel as well to qualify to the Stage 1 EMEA Challengers league.
Each team that qualified lost out on their first chance to make the new league in the first round of qualifiers last week.
VCT Stage 1 EMEA Challengers league groups revealed
The four newly-qualified squads will join a group stage draw that was decided Sunday. LDN UTD will slot into Group A along with NAVI, while BBL will join G2 in Group B. The new league will start Feb. 11 through March 13. The playoffs for the league begin March 22 along with a promotion tournament for new teams to join the league.
Teams that did not qualify for the new league will have a chance to make it in the promotion tournament. But to make the promotion tournament, they will have to place high in the new VALORANT Regional Leagues that start up with their own qualifying tournament this month.
Their are eight VRL’s for teams to choose from, as long as they fit the requirements. The top teams will be placed in a bracket with the bottom two EMEA Challengers teams in the promotion tournament halfway through Stage 1.
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