Publish Date: 04/08/2021
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
The hugely popular esports organisation Team Liquid have won the Valorant EU Stage 3 Challengers 2 final and have qualified for the Challengers playoffs.
Team Liquid emerged victorious at the recent event after beating Giants Gaming at the Grand Finals of the event. It was a big comeback for the team who have been performing poorly for the past few months. The team has severely underperformed since entering the competitive Valorant scene. Until now they had failed to win a major European tournament.
Team Liquid began the finals with a crushing loss to Giants Gaming. Giants secured a flawless victory against Team Liquid in the Upper Finals. This secured them a place at the Grand Finals. Team Liquid then went on to the Lower Finals where they faced Fnatic. All of the games in the Lower Finals looked like nail biters but eventually Team Liquid came out on top. The loss for Fnatic means that they have failed to qualify for the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, and because of this, cannot make it to the Stage 3 Masters LAN in Berlin, which takes place in September.
Moving on to the Grand Finals, Team Liquid got the chance to face off against Giants Gaming once again. They managed to win against Giants and with the victory they have secured a place at the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs. Giants Gaming are not far behind as they also secured a place as the runner up team.
Dom "soulcas" Sulcas
Soulcas is a British player. He used to be a part of fish123. They were an organization-less team based in the UK. They dominated Europe during the early days of VALORANT Esports by winning 7 tournaments in the span of a month and a half.
James "Kryptix" Affleck
Kryptix is another popular British player. He is part of the same fish123 roster that was snapped up by Team Liquid in order to dominate the Valorant scene.
Travis "L1NK" Mendoza
Another former fish123 player.
Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
ScreaM is a Belgian player. He is an ex-professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player for a variety of French teams but his biggest success came when he was a part of G2 Esports. While on the team, he helped them reach #2 in the world.
Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen
Jamppi is a finnish player that also came from the professional CS:GO circuit. He previously played for ENCE. Jamppi left CS:GO for VALORANT after a legal battle with Valve concerning an allegedly false VAC ban that barred him from competing in Valve-sponsored tournaments.
Team Liquid and Giants Gaming are heading to the Stage 3 EMEA Playoffs. The full list of teams taking part in the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs from August 12th include Acend (who won Valorant VCT Europe Stage 3 Challengers 1), G2, Guild, FunPlus Phoenix, SuperMassive Blaze, Oxygen, Gambit, Navi, Liquid, Giants, Fire Flux and forZe.