The 2022 VRL Finals' group stage came to an end this Sunday, paving the way for this week's playoffs.
Due to the absence of a CIS team, the Finals' group stage adopted the same format as the VCT EMEA Promotion's group stage. Group A maintained the original, planned GSL format, while Group B pivoted to a three-team round-robin stage.
Case Esports Case Esports Europe Rank #72 breezed through the competition in Group A, getting the better of EXCEL EXCEL Europe Rank #61 and TENSTAR TENSTAR Europe Rank # to qualify atop their group. Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #13 later eliminated EXCEL in the elimination match, afterwards sweeping TENSTAR with an eleven-round comeback on Bind to qualify in second from Group A.
In Group B, Team Falcons Team Falcons MENA Rank # were quickly eliminated from playoffs contention, as Angry Titans Angry Titans Inactive and FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #18 secured 2-1 and 2-0 wins, respectively. In the final match to decide who'd move on in first place, the Turkish champions secured a bumpy 2-0 win over the DACH representatives.
The four playoffs team now get a day's rest, as the VRL Finals resume Tuesday, August 2. While between Stage 1 and 2, teams were fighting for two slots in the VCT, this time they'll be fighting for the title of VRL Champions and the largest slice of the €150,000 EUR.
The first round of the VRL Finals playoffs is: