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The Battle For EMEA VCT Crown Begins On March 27

The Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 EMEA League is set to kick off on Monday, March 27, with the opening round of the league. We’ll see EMEA’s top 10 Valorant esports teams compete across nearly two months for tickets for VCT Masters Tokyo 2023 and VALORANT Champions 2023 and the bragging rights that come with being crowned EMEA Valorant champion.

VCT 2023 EMEA League Format & Schedule

The VCT 2023 EMEA League will mark the inaugural season of Valorant’s regional league, introduced for the 2023 season as a part of the new partnership model – similar to League of Legends.

The complete reconstruction of the Valorant competitive landscape did introduce some significant changes. Yet the most notable came in the exodus of some prominent esports organisations like Acend, FunPlus Phoenix, and G2 Esports, which Riot Games didn’t accept as partners.

  • Date: March 27 – May 19
  • Venue: Messe Berlin Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany
  • Where to Watch: Twitch, YouTube

Like its sister leagues (Pacific and Americas), the VCT 2023 EMEA League will be divided into two stages – regular season and playoffs. The regular season will run from March 27 to May 19, followed by the Playoffs, scheduled for May 23-28.

The regular season will use a single round-robin format, with all matches played as best-of-three (Bo3). The top four teams from the regular season will advance to the playoffs, while the bottom four will be eliminated.

VCT 2023 EMEA League playoffs will use a double-elimination bracket, with all matches except for the lower final and the grand final played as best-of-three (Bo3). The two finals will be played as best-of-five (Bo5).

The league will feature 10 Valorant esports teams, including many returning names in Fnatic, Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, KOI, Team Liquid, Giants, Team Heretics, FUT Esports, and BBL Esports. Moreover, VCT 2023 EMEA League will welcome back mostly the same players who competed in various European teams but now representing different banners.

Fnatic, Natus Vincere & The Rest

It’s no secret that the VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo heavily affected the public’s perception of the Valorant esports teams, and to some degree, that’s fair. The tournament welcomed all 30 partnered VCT teams and two Chinese squads to determine which team made the best changes and is in the best spot to win their respective league.

Before the LOCK//IN Tournament, the public perception was that Natus Vincere (who acquired the former FunPlus Phoenix roster) are the best team in the world, but after Fnatic won the tournament in a spectacular fashion, the Black & Orange took over the tag as the team to watch this season.

This also explains why esports betting sites have Fnatic (2.50 at bet365) priced as the main favourites to win the VCT EMEA crown, with Natus Vincere (2.75) close behind. Besides the two, EMEA has many excellent squads, including Team Liquid (6.00) and Team Vitality (9.00), yet none are considered a serious threat for the frontrunners.

And then there are FUT Esports (19.00), KOI (19.00), Giants Gaming (21.00), BBL Esports (41.00), Karmine Corp (51.00), and Team Heretics (67.00), whose performance in Brazil left a lot to be desired. This consequently made them complete outsiders to compete for the VCT 2023 EMEA League title.

VCT 2023 EMEA League Betting Odds Comparison

Team / BookmakerBet365PinnacleGG.Bet
Natus Vincere2.752.712.75
Team Liquid6.005.816.00
Team Vitality9.008.629.00
FUT Esports19.0017.2419.00
Giants Gaming21.0018.8721.00
BBL Esports41.0034.4841.00
Karmine Corp51.0040.0051.00
Team Heretics67.0050.0067.00

Can Any Team Challenge Fnatic and Natus Vincere?

According to the latest Valorant esports betting odds, Natus Vincere and Fnatic are by far the strongest teams in VCT 2023 EMEA League, and before the season kicks off, it’s hard to argue with that logic.

Fnatic showed up big at VCT LOCK//IN tournament and are rightly considered one of the best teams in the world. On the other side, Natus Vincere, whose only defeat in Sao Paulo came against Fnatic in the semifinals, field the former FPX roster, which was easily the most accomplished team in EMEA last season.

As it stands now, it seems like the VCT 2023 EMEA crown will be contested between the two squads, but it’s easy to look past Team Vitality and Team Liquid, who made significant roster upgrades in the offseason and could shake up the balance of power in the region.

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