The second and final open qualifier for VCT NA: Stage 2 took place over the weekend. 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #2 , Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #27 , Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #19 , and Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 clinched the final four spots in the group stage.
The first team to qualify was a familiar face with a new look. 100T rebuilt their roster after a disappointing Stage 1, but they failed to make it through the first qualifier due to two close losses to TSM TSM North America Rank #7 . Their performance was enough to get them a bye to the round of 32 in this qualifier, and they only needed three wins over Team Reckaroo Team Reckaroo North America Rank #82 , Soniqs Soniqs North America Rank #14 and NYFU NYFU North America Rank # to reach the qualification match.
The last obstacle in the way of their redemption was an Akrew Akrew North America Rank #23 squad looking to continue their underdog story after knocking Sentinels to the lower bracket. 100T took the early lead and never looked back. They waltzed to the group stage with a 13-7 victory on Split followed by a 13-1 rout on Breeze. Asuna led the way with a monstrous 44 kills to only 16 deaths.All the clutches went the way of 100T in a qualification stomp.
Another Stage 1 contestant looking for success with an updated roster was EG. They suffered defeats at the hands of 100T and Version1 Version1 North America Rank #11 in the first qualifier, however, V1 were upset just before the rematch in this qualifier. With only fresh opponents ahead of them, EG defeated PUGSTARS PUGSTARS North America Rank #0 , Ghost, and Girl Kissers Girl Kissers North America Rank # to reach their final match against Knights Knights North America Rank #26 .
Knights put up a good fight, but a paltry 38% first kill success rate continuously kept them on the back foot. EG never let them get more than two rounds ahead before retaking the lead. EG qualified to the group stage with 13-9 and 13-10 victories on Haven and Icebox.Late round heroics from Knights weren't enough to upend EG's qualification run.
The third team to qualify was a newcomer to the main stage. Ghost have performed well in smaller tournaments, but they have never managed to qualify for a major event. They started this qualifier with three wins, but a loss to EG knocked them to the lower bracket where they would have to win five straight matches to qualify. The gauntlet began with wins over Team Basilisk Team Basilisk North America Rank #32 , Complexity Complexity North America Rank #15 , NYFU, and Built By Gamers Academy Built By Gamers Academy North America Rank #48 before a final showdown with Knights.
For the second straight qualification match, Knights kept it close. Ghost let an 8-4 lead slip away on Icebox, however, a late streak of rounds gave them the 13-11 victory. They were forced to mount a comeback of their own after falling into a six-round deficit on the defensive side of Ascent. Knights won the final three rounds of regulation to force overtime, but Ghost pulled through with a 14-12 victory in the final frame.A big Odin clutch helped Ghost win the final map.
The final slot in the group stage was secured by Sentinels. The once dominant Masters Reykjavik winners have struggled through the start of 2022. A disappointing first qualifier saw them fall short of the group stage. An early loss to Akrew in this qualifier forced them into a similar lower bracket gauntlet as Ghost. Wins against PUGSTARS, Cosmic Divide Cosmic Divide North America Rank #28 , DarkZero Esports DarkZero Esports North America Rank #22 , and SoaR SoaR North America Rank #21 set them up for their final showdown.
Their redemption tour would have a fitting conclusion against the same Akrew team that knocked them into the lower bracket. Sentinels came out with a vengeance during a 13-1 blowout on Haven. Icebox was a much more contested affair, however, Sentinels hit the gas in the second half to qualify to the group stage with a final score of 13-9.New member kanpeki with the flick of the day.
The group stage begins on May 13. 100T, EG, Ghost, and Sentinels join FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #6 , NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 , TSM TSM North America Rank #7 , and Luminosity Luminosity North America Rank #18 who qualified from the first open qualifier and Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #4 , OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming North America Rank # , XSET XSET North America Rank #5 , and The Guard The Guard North America Rank # who qualified from Stage 1.