The Inaugural VCT Pacific League Is Ready To Begin
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The Inaugural VCT Pacific League Is Ready To Begin

The 2023 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) season will officially begin with the VCT 2023 Pacific League as the first of the three regional leagues to begin its season. The newly-introduced competition will welcome 10 partnered Valorant esports teams, who’ll compete for a spot at the Valorant Champions and tickets for VCT Masters Tokyo

VCT 2023 Pacific League Format & Schedule

Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Pacific League will be the first iteration of the Pacific regional league for Valorant esports teams and the first league of the three to kick off. The season will begin on Saturday, March 25 and run until May 28, when the Pacific region will crown a new champion and determine which three teams will qualify for the upcoming VCT Masters Tokyo.

  • Date: March 25- May 28
  • Venue: Jangchung Arena in Seoul, South Korea
  • Where to Watch: Twitch, YouTube

The VCT 2023 Pacific League will feature 10 Valorant esports teams and be divided into two parts – the regular season and playoffs.

The regular season will run from March 25 and conclude on May 16 and will use a single round-robin format. All matches will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), with the top six teams advancing into the playoffs.

The VCT Pacific League Playoffs will run for just over a week on May 19-28, 2023, and see the six Valorant esports teams compete in a double-elimination bracket. All matches except for the lower final and grand final will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), while the two finals will be Bo5.

A total of $250,000 will be split among the top six teams, with the champions taking home $100,000 in tournament winnings and an invite for the VCT Masters Tokyo and the VALORANT Champions 2023.

All Eyes On DRX

DRX are one of the few Valorant esports teams that haven’t made any roster changes ahead of the 2023 season, but they didn’t have to. The South Korean squad had an impressive run through the last season, in which they ended with a bronze medal from VALORANT Champions 2022, but their impressive run didn’t stop then.

DRX proved that keeping its roster intact was the right move at the start of March when they reached the semifinals of VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo, where they were by far the most successful Pacific Valorant team. And even though their success in the season-opening event doesn’t necessarily guarantee DRX success in the VCT Pacific League, they’ve definitely earned the tag as the main favourites (2.00 at bet365).

Behind DRX, we have a couple of strong contenders in Talon Esports (5.00) and Paper Rex (8.00), who had a rough start to the year but were a bit unfortunate with their bracket in Sao Paulo. Regardless, both teams field some of the top talents in the region and are rightly considered dangerous outsiders to make a splash.

The rest of the field consists of Team Secret (8.00), ZETA Division (11.00), Gen.G (15.00), T1 (23.00), Global Esports (34.00), Rex Regnum Qeon (51.00), and DetonatioN FocusMe (67.00), who’ll have a mountain to climb to contest the VCT Pacific League crown.

VCT 2023 Pacific League Betting Odds Comparison

Team / BookmakerBet365PinnacleGG.Bet
DRX2.001.8842.00
Talon Esports5.005.065.00
Paper Rex6.006.026.00
Team Secret8.007.968.00
ZETA Division11.0010.7711.00
Gen.G15.0014.3515.00
T123.0021.5023.00
Global Esports34.0030.3334.00
Rex Regnum Qeon51.0041.2251.00
Detonation FocusMe67.0051.4967.00

Who To Bet On In VCT Pacific League?

Based on what we saw from the Pacific Valorant teams in Sao Paulo earlier this month, DRX are by far the strongest team from the region, but it’s not like their run in Brazil is the only indication of that.

DRX had a very successful run through the 2022 season, and their bronze medal from the VALORANT Champions 2022 only further confirms that they’re serious candidates to dominate in the Pacific League. But with Talon Esports and Paper Rex both breathing behind their necks, there are no guarantees that DRX will come out on top.

The season is long and as we’ve seen in the previous seasons, the Pacific region can produce very competitive teams out of nowhere, so there’s definitely a chance another team will rise up to challenge DRX and shake up the balance of power.

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