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Breaking Down EU Valorant Challengers Playoffs Building Up to the Semifinals

ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / MADELYN KNECHT – STAFF WRITER / MAY 11TH, 2021 /

(Written 4/24/21)

After last month’s European Masters Valorant Challenge from which Acend emerged victorious, there was hardly room to breathe before another challenge was issued for EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Finals. This challenge was open to teams from EU, TR and CIS in an eight-team battle tournament.

Familiar teams have been pitted against each other to continue battling $100,000 USD (85,500 EUR) and the opportunity to compete in the Global LAN event held in Iceland.

So far the competition has been fierce with teams trading wins and losses over the past few weeks. Some familiar teams like Fnatic have done incredibly well while others are rushing to catch up in the last few weeks leading up to the semifinals.

The Challengers

Challengers are separated into Group A and Group B.

Group A:

  • FunPlus Phoenix
  • Gambit Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • BBL Esports

Group B:

  • Fnatic
  • Futbolist
  • Oxygen Esports
  • Guild Esports

Teams Fnatic and Liquid are already secured for the finals, leaving the rest to battle it out to see who will join them at the top.

Fnatic and Oxygen face off Saturday April 24th before Futbolist and Guild Esports fight it out. The rest will battle the rest of the week until May 2nd when the final teams reach the Grand Final.

After two losses to BBL Esports and a loss to both Futbolist and Fnatic, Oxygen Esports will be hoping to make a big comeback in the next few games.

Challenge Schedule

Take a look at the schedule:

April 23rd: Group A & B 09:00 GMT-5
April 24th: Group A & B 09:00 GMT-5
April 25th: Group A & B 09:00 GMT-5
April 29th: Group A & B 09:00 GMT-5
April 30th: Group A & B 09:00 GMT-5
May 1st: Semifinal M 1 & 2 09:00 GMT-5
May 2nd: Grand Final 09:00 GMT-5

Meet the Teams

FunPlus Phoenix is a professional Chinese esports organization whose Valorant team led by head coach Ivan “Johnta” Shevtsov. Players include:
Kirill Karasiow (ANGE1) from Ukraine
Dmitry Matvienko (dimasick) from Kazakhstan
Tobias Flodstrom (ShadoW) from Sweden
Andrey Kiprsky (Shao) from Russia
Pontus Eek (Zyppan) from Sweden

Gambit Esports is a Russian (CIS) team led by manager Vladimir Ivanov (Kayos) and coach Andrey Sholokhov (ENGH). Players include:
Igor Vlasov (Redgar)
Timofey Khromov (Chronicle)
Nikita Sudakov (d3ffo)
Bogdan Naumov (sheydos)
Ayaz Akhmetshin (nAts)

Team Liquid is a professional Netherlands esports organization. Each of the players in Team Liquid have already had professional esports experience from CS:GO. Players include:
Adil Benrlitom (ScreaM)
Adam Eccles (Ec1s)
Dom Sulcas (Soulcas)
James Affleck (Kryptix)
Travis Mendoza (L1NK)
Connor Blomfield (Sliggy)

BBL Esports is a team from Turkey led by coach Eray Sarikaya (Gais). Players include:
Semih Selvi (Iegoo)
Ali Osman Balta (AsLanM4shadoW)
Huseyin Kabisteke (aimDLL)
Kerimhan Duman (kero)
Batuhaan Malgac (russ)

Fnatic is a popular team from Europe founded by Samuel Matthews and Anne Matthews. The Valorant team is led by coach Jacob Harris (Mini) and players include:
Martin Penkov (MAGNUM)
Jake Howlett (Boaster)
Domagoj Fancev (doma)
Nikita Sirmitev (Derke)
James Orfila (Mistic)

Futbolist is an organization from Turkey led by coach Cem Yigit (Nycto). Players include:
Ibrahim Temizel Temizel (mag0o)
Bugra Kiraz (mojj)
Ufuk Goktas (SasuKe)
Emre Demirci (STERBEN)
Dogukan Balaban (qRaxs)

Oxygen Esports is an esports organization representing Turkey in Valorant. Players include:
Mehmet Ozen (Turko)
Erdem Sogukpinar (Toronto)
Goktug Canciger (XiSTOU)
Muhammed Tezcan (m1tez)
Burak Yildirim (Glovee)

Guild Esports is an esports organization set in Britain co-owned by David Beckham. The Valorant team is led by Andre Moller (BARBARR) and members include:
Malkom Rench (bonkar)
Yacine Laghmari (Yacine)
Leo Jannesson (Leo)
Saif Jibraeel (Sayf)
William Sundin (draken)

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