VCT 2022 Stage 2: EMEA Challengers first week schedule and betting odds

The second phase of VALORANT esports in 2022, VCT Stage 2 is kicking off with EMEA Challengers and more starting this weekend. We will witness the first matches of the group stage starting on May 13, and as always, 12 teams will fight to book themselves a place in the second Masters tournament of the year.

As last year’s champions, FunPlus Phoenix is coming back, just as G2 Esports, Fnatic and Team Liquid, which represented EMEA at Stage 1 Masters. The prize pool for the Stage 2 Challengers will be €200,000 and the champion will walk away with €40,000. Let’s have a look at what awaits us this weekend.

Latest news from the EMEA Challengers teams

The biggest news coming in this offseason was probably OG getting into VALORANT: they collaborated with the LDN UTD team to participate in EMEA Challengers this year. LDN UTD couldn’t make it out of groups in the last Challengers, but they found 2 wins during the group stage. Also, Gambit Esports roster will keep on playing as “M3 Champions”.

Fnatic went for changes in the offseason, strengthening their roster with French IGL Enzo and young Turkish player Alfajer. ACEND was another team making some changes to get a better result this time around, bringing in Lithuanian vakk and Czech MONSTEERR. Sometimes, teams need these tweaks to bring out the potential from the rest of the players, but there is always a chance of backfiring.

EMEA teams had a disappointing Stage 1 Masters - Reykjavík run. Fnatic failed to make it out of groups with a score of 0-2, getting bested by both Ninjas in Pyjamas and ZETA DIVISION. Team Liquid topped their group 2-0, but they were eliminated quickly during the playoffs, first a 2-1 loss against LOUD and then against ZETA DIVISION.

G2 Esports went the furthest, defeating ZETA DIVISION in their first game. However, LOUD took them down as well with a confident 2-0, and Paper Rex took advantage of this confused G2, handing them another 2-0 loss.

After these results, EMEA teams need to review what they’ve been doing wrong and why they failed their first Masters run of the year. The world champion in 2021 came from EMEA, meaning that there are some expectations from EMEA teams that they need to fulfill.

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When do EMEA Challengers start?

On May 13, Stage 2 EMEA Challengers will start with its first weekend. The group stage will take five weeks and the playoffs will start following that, with the grand final on June 26. The tournament is an online one, played between European, CIS and Turkish teams. Thus, you won’t be able to attend the tournament to watch the games live. However, you can follow each game through streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube.

Check out the schedule for the first week below:

May 13, Friday
BBL Esports (1.65) vs Natus Vincere (2.10) - 16:00 CEST
OG LDN UTD (2.70) vs Acend (1.40) - 19:00 CEST

May 14, Saturday
Fnatic (4.50) vs FunPlus Phoenix (1.17) - 16:00 CEST
Team Liquid (1.08) vs BIG (6.60) - 19:00 CEST

May 15, Sunday
Guild Esports (6.00) vs M3 Champions (1.13) - 16:00 CEST
G2 Esports (1.28) vs FOKUS (3.40) - 19:00 CEST

If you are interested, you can also watch the games live on Luckbox, where you can find more information about the games, check the betting odds and place your bets on your favourite teams.