Saturday, June 25, 2022

Evil Geniuses and Knights qualify for VCT NA Challengers 1

Evil Geniuses and Knights took the top two spots in the VALORANT Champions Tour NA Challengers 1 from their second VCT open qualifier on Saturday. After the top four teams from XSET, The Guard, Version1 and NRG Esports qualified through the first open qualifier, they are now joined by EG and Knights in VCT Challengers 1. There are two spots left for the lower bracket teams in this second and final final, open qualifiers for Challengers 1.

Evil Geniuses leads a tough bracket

The first team to qualify from this qualifier is Evil Geniuses. Their group included top teams from 2021 including FaZe Clan, T1, TSM and Rise Gaming. However, underdog team Ghost Gaming has upset both FaZe Clan and TSM on their way to EG. Then they were sent to the lower bracket by EG’s hand. Along with another upset that sent T1 into the losing group, Rise remained EG’s final challenge. They ended up celebrating a 2-1 win over Rise in the Upper Bracket to qualify for Challengers 1. EG’s standout player was Diondre “YaBoiDre” Bond, who was clutched in their matchup against Rise. He led the lobby with Kills (65) and Plus/Minus (+6)..

The story of EG in that bracket was whoever they were up against and winning. Now they must take that mentality with them and compete against the best teams NA has to offer.

Knights overthrow kingdoms in the second bracket

As for second place out of four spots available, the next undefeated team was Knights. This team that got into those Challengers 1 qualifiers made big waves in smaller competitions. On their first try, they lost to NRG Esports in the first Challengers 1 qualifier. Now that they knew they had lost to an eventual qualifier, they showed up on their second try. Losing just one map in the entire bracket run, the team chained together one-sided map wins to make it to the top. In their bracket final against the Susquehanna Soniqs, a narrow 13-11 win on Map 1 was overshadowed by a 13-4 win.

Now the Knights have a chance to face off against the team that defeated them, NRG. They will be new teams along with Evil Geniuses joining the forefront of the VCT NA scene.

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