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VCT LOCK//IN 2023 São Paulo: Alpha Teams, Fixtures and Predictions

VCT LOCK//IN 2023 São Paulo: Alpha Teams, Fixtures and Predictions


Ganesh Jadhav

Ahead of the 32-team VCT LOCK//IN 2023 São Paulo, the Strafe Writers Ganesh and Zen sat down to discuss the Alpha and Omega Groups, tournament fixtures and predictions for the event.

VCT LOCK//IN 2023 Alpha Group teams:

VCT LOCK//IN São Paulo Teams Credits: Valorant Esports

The VCT LOCK//IN 2023 São Paulo will feature thirty-two teams split into two groups of sixteen. The groups are Alpha and Omega, the teams and rosters for the Alpha group are as follows:

BBL Esports (Turko, AsLanM4shadow, Brave, QutionerX, Elite):

BBL Esports features an All-Turkish lineup. With seasoned Turkish names in Turko, Aslan and Brave, they will come to win the tournament.

Cloud9 (Vanity, Leaf, Xeppa, Zellsis, Yay):

Dubbed Clout9, C9 on paper is one of the best teams to come out of the NA rostermania. With yay, Leaf, Xeppa, Zellsis and Vanity as the IGL and mCe as the coach, C9 is a strong contender to win it all.

Detonation FocusMe (Xnfri, takej, Suggest, Anthem, Seoldam):

Detonation has a mix of talent and the original Korean Jett in Seoldam. VCT lock//in will be a good litmus taste for Detonation boys.

DRX (foxy9, Stax, rb, Mako, BuZz, Zest):

Coming into the event, DRX is the longest-standing roster and likely the roster with the least to fix. They will be one of the best teams coming into the event and probably the team to win it all.

Evil Geniuses (c0m, Ethan, BcJ, Jawgemo, Boostio):

EG features some good names in NA. Before franchising, EG were decent, and towards the end of the year, c0m and EG looked great. With BcJ and Ethan, the roster is upgraded and has a good chance to top the group.

FunPlus Phoenix (Omega, YuChEn, berLIN, Yuicaw, AAAAY):

One of the Chinese representatives, FPX, has the most to win out of any team in the group. Recently, FPX has been dominating China, and the VCT LOCK//IN will be a great chance for them to put China on the map.

Gen.G ( Meteor, k1ng, TS, eKo, Secret):

With Meteor as the carry, Gen.G will be a strong team, but the team needs to prove itself on the big stage.

Giants Gaming (rhyme, Fit1nho, hoody, nukkye, Cloud):

Nukkye and Hoody are at the roster's helm. The giants look great and will be strong contenders in the event. They are strong dark horses and might upset a lot of teams.

Karmine Corp (shin, Newzera, XMS, Scream, Nivera):

Led by the Benrlitom Brothers, Scream and Nivera, Karmine Corp are for sure strong names in the competition. The team already have a good spread of roles, and they might upset many teams.

KOI (Koldementa, sheydos, trexx, Wolfen, starxo):

With Sheydos, Koldamenta, starxo and trexx, KOI will be a strong team, but the team is a mix of players and the team might need time for the gelling with each other.

LOUD (saadhak, Less, Aspas, Cauazin, tuyz):

The world Champions lost Sacy and Pancada, but the core stayed intact, and it is enough reason for the team to make a deeper run and even win the whole event.

MIBR (frz, murizz, RglMeister, heat, jzz):

MIBR with Bzka will likely be a solid team to beat. With heat, murizz and jzz, the team has strong firepower. The team will be dark horses and might make a deep run.

NRG Esports (Crashies, Victor, s0m, FNS, Ardiis):

Featuring the Optic core in FNS, Victor, Crashies and Coach Chet with FPX Ardiis and NRG s0m. NRG have a solid chance to win it all, and they will be one of the two teams qualifying for the playoffs from the Alpha group.

Paper Rex (f0rsaken, Jinggg, mindfreak, Benkai, d4v4i, CigaretteS):

W Gamers will come into the tournament with the same firepower and brains and are the longest-standing teams in Valorant alongside DRX. W gamers are strong contenders not just for playoffs but the whole tournament.

Talon Esports (Patiphan, Sushiboys, Crws, foxz, Jitboys, garnetS):

With Patiphan and 2021 Xerxia back, Talon Esports will be a strong team in the Alpha group. The team will have strong challengers, especially in their bracket with DRX, and they have to play thier best to win.

Team Heretics (Mixwell, zeek, Boo, AvovA, keloqz):

Heretics are one of the best European teams at the event. The team will have to figure out the roles as there are roles that clash. But they will be one of the strongest teams in the group.

Alpha Group Fixtures and Predictions:

VCT LOCK//IN Fixtures Credits: Valorant Esports

Each group will be a Single elimination knockout and will feature 14 total matches, with eight opening matches. The knockout opening matches for the alpha group will be as follows:

  • KOI vs NRG Esports(W): NRG has the upper hand, especially with the team synergy.
  • Detonation FocusMe vs Giants Gaming(W): Detonation is a strong team, but Giants will likely take the game home with Nukkye and hoody.
  • Gen.G vs LOUD(W): The World Champion LOUD, with the winning core, will have a better chance to take the game home.
  • FunPlus Phoenix vs Karmine Corp(W):  The Brother Duo with the LAN experience has the upper hand over FPX, but FPX might upset Karmine Corp.
  • DRX(W) vs BBL Esports: DRX is the strongest team at the event, and with strong synergy and roster, will win the fixture.
  • Cloud9(W) vs Paper Rex: The fixture will be the most competitive, and either team can win. Based on the team's raw firepower, a slight edge will be towards Cloud9.
  • Team Heretics vs Evil Geniuses(W): Heretics are a strong contender, but the fixture will favour EG.
  • MIBR vs Talon Esports(W): Talon's roster has great chemistry and, with international experience, has the edge over MiBR.

VCT LOCK//IN 2023 Alpha group favourites:

The Alpha group features some of the biggest names in Valorant. The group will be competitive, with the top two spots in the air. Some of the biggest names in the group will be NRG with Optic's core, Cloud9, Paper Rex, DRX, and World Champions LOUD.

For the first spots, the favourites will be NRG esports and LOUD. NRG will likely secure the first spot in the Alpha group and start the year strong. A few other contenders for the first spot will be Karmine Corps, Giants Gaming and FunPlus Phoenix.

DRX, Paper Rex and Cloud9 will definitely be the teams in contention for the second spot. DRX will be the strongest team in the tournament and will likely secure the second spot of the Alpha group. As mentioned earlier, Paper Rex, Cloud9 along with Talon, Heretics and EG will be some of the strong contenders.

The Alpha group matches will start on the 13th of February, and it will be exciting to see how the franchised teams play. You can read about the format details, schedule and watch guide here.

Credits: Valorant Esports

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