The fourth team to be invited to the Red Bull Home Ground Tokyo event is SCARZ.
JAPAN – The event organizer of Red Bull Home Ground has confirmed the attendance of SCARZ for its Tokyo leg this year. After securing a runners-up finish at VCT Ascension Pacific this year, their strong standing drove them to stretch their activities into the OFF//SEASON.
The Japanese-Russian combine are the first non-partnered team to be confirmed for the event, joining the previously announced teams of 100 Thieves, Cloud9, and ZETA DIVISION – with the first two representing the Americas and the latter from the Pacific. As things shape up, there remain two outstanding invitations and an additional two berths reserved for the victors of the Japan and EMEA qualifiers, bringing the total team count to eight.
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From November 3-5, Tokyo will witness the fourth iteration of Red Bull Home Ground, a continuation of last year’s Manchester event, where 100 Thieves emerged victorious against Cloud9 in the grand final. The Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena has been chosen for this year’s event, which can accommodate seating arrangements for over 10,000 spectators, as revealed by Red Bull Gaming.
SCARZ experienced a meteoric rise in the 2023 season, moving from a second runners-up finish in the first split of VCL Japan to claiming victory in the second and final split. The victory in the latter then paved their way to the Ascension Pacific event, where they stood as representatives of the Japan region to vie for a spot in the Pacific League.
Under the leadership of Savva “Kr1stal” Fedorov, SCARZ made impressive strides in Bangkok but met their match against Bleed Esports, going down 0-3 in the grand final. Post their season’s end, the Japanese squad watched as “Allen” took a step back from the active roster. Since then, they have yet to announce his replacement, leaving many wondering about potential team changes ahead of the Tokyo event.
The team list now looks as follows:
|🇺🇸 100 Thieves||🇯🇵 ZETA DIVISION|
|🇺🇸 Cloud9||🇯🇵 SCARZ|
|EMEA Qualifier||Japan Qualifier|
Cover photo courtesy of VCT Pacific