The eight teams have been assigned their initial matchups in the Play-In stage of VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers
Taking place this Thursday, the Play-In stage of VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers will see eight lower-seeded teams from seven sub-regional VCTs compete in two GSL groups for the final four spots in the VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage. All matches will be best-of-threes.
No Namers and Fancy United Esports will play against each other as part of the opening triad at 13:30 SGT, followed by Action PH’s clash with Team Big BAAM. FULL SENSE will face off against ONIC G to headline the first matches the following day, while Global Esports is set to take Griffin E-Sports. The Indian squad will be heading to Singapore in the coming days to prepare for their second high-stake battle against APAC teams after placing 7-8th in last year’s VCT Last Chance Qualifier.
The matchups for the Play-In stage of VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers looks as follows (time in SGT / UTC+8):
Thursday, March 10
|13:30||🇸🇬 No Namers (NN)||🇻🇳 Fancy United Esp|
|16:30||🇵🇭 Action PH||🇻🇳 Team Big BAAM|
Friday, March 11
|13:30||🇹🇭 FULL SENSE||🇮🇩 ONIC G|
|16:30||🇮🇳 Global Esports||🇭🇰 Griffin E-Sports|
Saturday, March 12
|11:30||Group B winners’ match|
|13:30||Group A winners’ match|
|17:30||Group B elimination match|
|20:30||Group A elimination match|
Sunday, March 13
|13:30||Group A decider match|
|16:30||Group B decider match|
Twelve teams await the remaining four opponents in the main event group stage of VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers, which will be determined by March 13th. The tournament favorites and APAC’s current No. 1 side XERXIA Esports have been placed in Group C alongside Bleed eSports, NAOS Esports, and one yet-to-be-determined Play-In team.
Cover photo courtesy of Wojciech Wandzel/Riot Games