The Red Bull Home Ground Tokyo tournament is set to kick off on November 3, featuring initial best-of-one matches.
JAPAN – The initial matchups for the Swiss stage of Red Bull Home Ground Tokyo have been drawn by the tournament organizer.
In the Swiss stage of the competition, the eight participating teams will participate in two series of initial best-of-one matches throughout the first day, from which the top six will advance to the best-of-three, single-elimination playoff bracket.
Each team is assigned a specific seed based on their performance throughout the year and their current roster. Below you can see the complete seeding order for the Swiss phase:
- FUT Esports
- 100 Thieves
- ZETA DIVISION
With the initial seedings in place, the first round of the Swiss stage will see the following matchups:
Friday, November 3
- 12 PM SGT – Cloud9 vs. ZETA DIVISION
- 1 PM – FUT Esports vs. 100 Thieves
- 2 PM – DRX vs. SCARZ
- 3 PM – FNATIC vs. FENNEL
- 4 PM – TBD
- 5 PM – TBD
- 6 PM – TBD
- 7 PM – TBD
A game between ZETA DIVISION and Cloud9 will start the action at the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena on November 3. The highly anticipated matchup will see the North American side, fresh off their victory at the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational, face off against ZETA DIVISION, whose roster has not been revealed yet.
FUT Esports and 100 Thieves will be up in the second round before DRX take on the newly revamped SCARZ.
The Turkish side will be debuting former Acend and NAVI player Mehmet “cNed” İpek, while 100 Thieves have yet to reveal their final two players who will replace Derrek “Derrek” Ha and Brenden “stellar” McGrath. In the meantime, DRX will maintain their OFF//SEASON lineup with academy player Cho “Flashback” Min-hyuk, who will continue to participate, stepping in for Goo “Rb” Sang-min.
FNATIC, one of the biggest favorites to go through on the back of recent successes, will lock horns with FENNEL in the final match of the first round. This game will also mark the debut of former Gen.G head coach Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit at the helm of the EMEA juggernaut FNATIC, following Jacob “mini” Harris’s decision to leave the team in pursuit of a more balanced work-life dynamic.
Winners of the Japan Qualifier, FENNEL, will be entering the competition without Yuto “Xdll” Mizomori, who is currently serving a suspension from the organization due to allegations of account sharing and boosting, forcing him to sit out the competition. In his absence, Ryujin “RIA” Yoshida will step in to fill the gap.
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