VCT Masters Tokyo ended on June 25th and it was quite the tournament. The turnout by fans was some of the best we’ve ever seen at a Valorant Tournament, and Japan turned out to be a great destination for Valorant. Following the Japanese tournament, the VCT Pacific Ascension kicked off last night on June 28 in Bangkok, Thailand, following some tech issues. The event features various teams for across the APAC region and we have already seen from quality matches.
The winner of this tournament is set to lock in a spot in the VCT Pacific League for 2024 and 2025 and will also be taking home $20,000, so there's a lot at stake here. We also expect the fan experience to get great as the price of tickets was very affordable for fans in the developing APAC region. This resulted in all of the games getting sold out within a few days of tickets being released.
The teams who are currently taking part in this tournament are mostly new to the worldwide audience and as such, this event will provide a lot of exposure to new names in Valorant. With day two starting in a few hours, here is BLIX's overview of what you need to know about VCT 2023: Ascension Pacific.
Format Of VCT Pacific Ascension
The tournament will consist of ten teams divided into two groups, Group Alpha and Group Omega, each consisting of five teams. Each team will face the other teams within their respective group once in a round-robin format. Following this, the team which is on top of the table will receive a bye into the semifinals.
Meanwhile, the second and third place teams in group will face off the third and second place teams from the other group in the quarterfinals. The playoffs are a single-elimination format, giving teams just one mistake on their journey to the top. Ideally, all teams will be prepping to get the top spot and secure their spot amongst the top four taking them one step closer to the VCT Pacific League for 2024.
· XERXIA Esports (Thailand)
· Fancy United Esports (Vietnam)
· ONE Team (Taiwan/Hong Kong)
· BOOM Esports (Indonesia)
· NAOS Esports (Philippines)
· SCARZ (Japan)
· BLEED (Malaysia/Singapore)
· Dplus (Korea)
· Bonkers (Oceania)
· Orangutan (South Asia/India)
Xerxia Esports in Group A are an organization from Thailand. The tournament is on home turf and as such they’re expected to have the most support, as well as pressure to qualify. Besides Xerxia, all eyes are on teams such as Bleed and Scarz. Thanks to their worldwide exposure in the past, many believe they are the favorites to win it all. It’s looking like Group A will have the main contenders to watch out for.
For the other teams, due to their lack of exposure to the international meta, it will be interesting to see if they can claim upsets with their unique playstyles. Overall though, only time will tell which team will make it out to the top and secure their spot in the VCT Pacific League in 2024.