The 2022 edition of the VALORANT Oceania Tour (VOT) provides more international pathways for Oceanic players than ever before.
The playoffs of VALORANT Oceania Tour Stage 1, hosted by LetsPlay.Live, will take place on February 10-20. There, eight teams will contest for a share of AUD25,000 in prize money and a coveted spot in the VCT APAC Challengers Playoffs.
Duane Mutu, LPL’s founder and Managing Director, commented: “Partnering with Riot Games to bring back this epic opportunity for Oceanic esports competitors – bigger and better than ever – is a fantastic way to kick off 2022. LPL are excited to once again be offering international avenues for our region’s players and to be showcasing talent through broadcast for fans of VALORANT worldwide.”
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The participants’ list features many exciting teams, including OCE’s current No.1 team ORDER and the recently-signed Mindfreak (previously Chiefs). Both were invited to participate in the group stage as Seed 1 and Seed 2, respectively. The full participants’ list for the event looks as follows:
The group stage has concluded on February 6 in order to determine seeding for the Regional Playoffs based on their group placements, with ORDER and Christmas Disciples topping their respective groups.
With the seeding decided, the playoffs bracket has been set. A best-of-three format will also be used throughout the playoffs except for the grand final, which will determine a champion with a best-of-five series. The following are the opening matches for VALORANT Oceania Tour Stage 1:
📅 Thursday, February 10
15:30 – ORDER vs. MEOW MEOW
17:30 – Clarity ESC vs. Mindfreak
📅 Friday, February 11
15:30 – Bonkers vs. Iconic
17:30 – Funcrew vs. Crimas Disciples
The playoffs will kick off on Thursday and will run for nearly two weeks until the winner is found in Sunday’s grand final series on February 20, a match that will not only determine who gets the grand prize of 10 VOT points and AUD9,000 (~US$6,429) but also who earns a coveted spot at the VCT APAC Challengers Playoffs.
A list of familiar faces will be seen on the broadcast with three casting pairs to provide on-the-go commentary during matches. The full talent lineup can be found below (not in order):
- Mitchell “Conky” Concanen
- Dion “Komodo” Pirotta
- Anthony “TwoTapTony” McMullen
- Matthew “Mattse” Senior
- Mitch “Pilski” Pilipowski
- Geordie “Mac” McAleer
- Christian “Crash” Viti (Observer)
The AUD25,000 (~US$17,857) prize pool will be distributed in the following way:
|1st||AUD9,000||10||VCT APAC Challengers Playoffs|
Cover photo courtesy of Arvin Wiyono