Eight teams from all over SEA have settled into their spots in the SEA Challengers Playoffs following the conclusion of the group stages two days ago. Only two will continue their journey and head to Berlin for the second international Valorant LAN to represent Southeast Asia.
The teams are:
- Bren Esports Bren Esports Inactive
- CBT Gaming CBT Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #18
- Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #5
- FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6
- Team Big BAAM Team Big BAAM Asia-Pacific Rank #12
- CERBERUS Esports CERBERUS Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #42
- Alter Ego Alter Ego Inactive
- BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #15
Group A saw Bren Esports Bren Esports Inactive dominate the competition with six map wins over their opponents, netting them a +26 round difference compared to other teams and giving them a comfortable first seed in Group A to secure a spot in the playoffs. On the other hand, CBT Gaming CBT Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #18 came into Group A as one of the underdogs and managed to snag two wins against Sharper Esport Sharper Esport Asia-Pacific Rank #21 , whom many expected to make it as the second seed, as well as against EGO EGO Asia-Pacific Rank #69 , Vietnam's third seed. The group's top two seeds proved their strength by not dropping a single map against Group A's other two teams.
The powerhouses of ONIC G ONIC G Asia-Pacific Rank #11 , FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , and Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #5 headlined Group B, leaving one team without much hope of shining in the group stage. Five Ace e-Sports Five Ace e-Sports Inactive had an abysmal performance in Group B and dropped all six maps against their opponents, ending their journey with a 36-round deficit. Paper Rex led the charge with a tie against FULL SENSE and subsequently a win against ONIC, cementing themselves as the first seed. ONIC's defeat to Paper Rex was enough to leave them outside of Group B's top two, leaving Indonesia's number one seed out of playoffs contention. FULL SENSE came in second, further establishing them and Paper Rex as two of the most consistent teams in the Southeast Asia region.
Group C was dubbed the event's "group of death" because of the presence of SEA's Masters 2: Reykjavik representatives X10 Esports X10 Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #1 in it. Despite Patiphan "Patiphan" Chaiwong not being able to play due to an injury, X10 still looked relatively strong and dominated their local region at Challengers 1 securing the first seed in their country.
Unfortunately, things did not turn out their way as X10 dropped and drew their matches against BOOM Esports BOOM Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #15 , Team Big BAAM Team Big BAAM Asia-Pacific Rank #12 , and Galaxy Racer Galaxy Racer Inactive . Their match against Galaxy Racer was particularly heartbreaking for the fan favourites when the team forfeited Haven win (13-11) because of their use of a Cypher camera exploit on Breeze. As a consequence, the score was changed to 13-10, giving the win to Galaxy Racer, with the score reflecting on how many rounds X10 had won by using the exploit. X10's playoff hopes were dashed thanks to a draw with BOOM and BAAM's victory over Galaxy Racers. BAAM qualified as Group C's first seed and BOOM moved on as the second, narrowly nudging past X10 by just one round.
UwU UwU Inactive and Oasis Gaming Oasis Gaming Asia-Pacific Rank #50 entered Group D as fresh faces to the regional competition, joining the veteran teams of Alter Ego Alter Ego Inactive and CERBERUS Esports CERBERUS Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #42 . Oasis entered as the Philippines' third seed, while UwU was entering the group stage on a hot streak after taking down Paper Rex 3-1 in their local playoffs.
Donovan "FANE" Chia, one of UwU's founding members, wound up unable to play in any official matches of the group stage because of compulsory military conscription. Despite having a solid replacement and substitute in "acApp" , UwU fell short of making it to the playoffs after tying all their matches in the group stages. Instead CERBERUS and Alter Ego qualified out of Group D, the former doing so by beating Alter Ego 14-12 on Ascent.
The journey continues
The SEA Challenger Playoffs continue on Thursday, with Team Big BAAM taking on FULL SENSE at 11:00AM GMT+8.