The first VALORANT OFF//SEASON tournament in APAC is set to get underway in short order.
The ninth iteration of the TEC Challenger Series kicks off this afternoon, with the open qualifier’s top six teams from South Asia and Southeast Asia joining the two invited teams in a round-robin, best-of-one format in groups.
TEC Challenger Series 9 boasts a US$30,000 prize pool and a round-robin, best-of-one format in groups. The top four teams by the end of October 10 will then head to the best-of-five semi-finals. Finally, it will culminate in a best-of-five showdown on October 13 to determine who goes home with the lion’s share of the prize pool.
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A total of eight teams are set to compete, with a handful of upper-echelon teams and notable mixes in attendance. Included among those are Global Esports, who have been accepted to the Pacific partnered league next year but will play under the pseudonym “Franchise Players” for the tournament, a yet-to-be-announced XERXIA roster, Revenant Esports, and Bleed eSports with their temporary roster headlined by Vietnamese star Ngô “crazyguy” Công Anh.
Estar Esports, a mix-team featuring the likes of Sha “ZesBeeW” Mohtar and former FS Esports player Shubham “CortezZ” Chhatre, qualified through the South Asian qualifier by taking down Shakir “hikkA” Razak’s R5 and Goblin Attackers.
The opening matchups for TEC Challenger Series 9 can be found on our daily-updated match ticker
VALO2ASIA.com offers a real-time match ticker, updated daily across all major matches to watch. We categorize the match from one to five stars according to both teams’ lineup, tournament rounds, and the tournament’s prestige. You can always join the euphoria and watch your favorite team play by clicking on the match, and you will be directed to the live stream of the match. Just remember that we use Singaporean Time (UTC+8) for all of the schedules. Check it out right now on the right side of our website!
The first day of the event is packed with action, which will see five best-of-one matches play out. The most noteworthy opening round series between Bleed eSports and XERXIA will kick off the tournament, followed by a match between Bleed eSports and Velocity Gaming.
Ensuing matches will see an El Clasico affair between Velocity Gaming and Franchise Players, as well as Alter Ego battling it out with Revenant Esports before the day is closed out with the match between Fancy United Esports and Revenant Esports.
The on-air talent for the tournament will be headed by Grace “GraceV” Vee on the desk, and joined by three analysts and two casting pairs on the commentary post, who will be describing on-goings as the matches progress.
The full on-air English crew for TEC Challenger Series 9 can be found below:
- 🇬🇧 Grace “GraceV” Vee
- 🇮🇳 Kaavya “Zahk” Karthikeyan
- 🇬🇧 Peter “Kremer3” Kremer
- 🇧🇩 Swapnil “Aggrasive” Chowdhury
- 🇮🇳 Yaksha “BabaGusta” Malagatti
- 🇮🇳 Aditya “Universe” Kumar
- 🇮🇳 Tanvi “ElicaFTW” Sarvani
- 🇮🇳 Rudrannsh “therealCCV” Mehra
Here is how the prize pool will be distributed:
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Cover photo courtesy of The Esports Club