Having a bad day might lead to the end of your competitive year in VALORANT’s VCT, and both Gen.G and T1 can testify to this. If you fail to qualify for Stage 1 Challengers in February, you only have 1 more chance in May to get into the main circuit. Failing to qualify for both events means that you’ll be missing out on the VALORANT action for 7 months.
It’s a tough situation for these teams as they’ll have to wait until 2023 to have another chance at competing on the VCT stage. They’ll be watching the best teams in the region compete against each other while they play in tier 2 tournaments.
T1 and Gen.G are one of the biggest esports organizations in the world, making it a bit weird to see them miss out on the VCT. Let’s go over both teams’ runs so far this year to see what went wrong for them.
T1 Gets Knocked Out of Early On The Open Qualifier
In the early stages of the tournament, T1 got eliminated by VIRTUOSO in a very convincing manner. This means that T1 won’t be able to qualify for NA Challengers, and will ultimately miss out on the whole circuit.
T1 is one of the giants when it comes to esports organizations, not only do they have multiple teams in different titles, they have the most successful League of Legends team in the history of the game. They came into this year with a new roster hoping to qualify for the NA Challengers in Stage 1, but failed to do so.
“This isn’t even remotely good enough nor a proper reflection of what I’m capable of. Very disappointing start and finish of the vct year”, said Joshua “steel” Nissan, the captain of T1’s Valorant team after their series against VIRTUOSO. Against the esports odds, the series ended in a quick 2-0 for VIRTUOSO, crushing T1’s hopes they had coming into this qualifier.
After their disappointing performance early in the year, T1 had to qualify for the Stage 2 Challengers if they wanted a chance to compete and remain relevant throughout the year. Now that they’ve failed to qualify for a second time, T1 will have to say goodbye to the VCT and compete in tier 2 tournaments.
We’ll have to see if T1 decides to compete with this roster throughout the year, or if they do some changes to increase their chances of qualifying for next year’s VCT.
Gen.G Now Has To Wait Until 2023 After Losing Against Built By Gamers Academy.
Just like T1, Gen.G has failed to qualify for both 2022 NA Challengers. This means that they will also miss the rest of this year’s VCT. For many esports betting experts, this was completely unexpected as Gen.G made some roster changes earlier this year and they were looking like a strong team.
They added jcStani and PureR, former 100 Thieves and XET players. The team was looking great, but they were unable to transform these changes into good results. Gen.G lost their very first match against SoaR. this meant that they would have to play all the way through the lower brackets to qualify for the NA Challengers.
During their run, Gen.G showed some resilience as they were able to win a few best-of-3 series. They took down Lenny Time, Moon Raccoons, and VIRTUOSO, but they would have to face Built By Gamers Academy in their next match. Gen.G looked like they were going to complete the difficult task of winning 6 best-of-3 series in a row, but BBG Academy stopped them in their tracks.
And now, just like T1, they will have to wait until next year for a chance at getting into the VCT NA main stage. It’s somewhat disappointing to see these two gigantic esports organizations miss out on the biggest Valorant events this year. But on the other hand, it’s also exciting to see new faces in the esports scene be able to take down some of the biggest esports bets teams in the world.