Guild, Vitality, Rebels, BIG survive VCT Europe Stage 1 open qualifiers

Guild, Vitality, Rebels, BIG survive VCT Europe Stage 1 open qualifiers

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

1/13/2022, 12:24:36 AM

VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) EU Stage 1 Challengers open qualifiers have finished with four teams making it out alive. Guild, Vitality, Rebels, and BIG have all ran almost flawlessly through the open qualifiers bracket to get themselves a spot in the closed qualifier. There, four invited European teams await with two spots up-for-grabs for the EMEA Challengers event.

Guild Esports

Guild Esports entered the event with a reworked roster by signing the trio of Jose “koldamenta” Luis Aranguren Herrero, Russel “Russ” Mendes, and Nikita “trexx” Cherednichenko.

Guild had a relatively easy way to the final best-of-three match, flawlessly brushing away opponents that were no match for the experienced cinco. In the final match, the team faced CGN Esports, a new squad that had a relatively impressive run-up to the final match against Guild. However, a 13:8 on Haven, followed by a 13:5 on Icebox, saw Guild reign supreme. Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel looked confident on Jett to drag his team to the closed qualifiers of Stage 1 VCT.

Team Vitality

Team Vitality also had a relative smooth sail to the final match. One little hiccup in a BO3 against Anorthosis Famagusta Esports saw Vitality drop one map along the way. Nevertheless, they brushed that off to reach the final to face KOI. A new and promising lineup that put up quite the fight against the European medley of Vitality. An easy 13:4 Icebox, was followed with a hectic matchup on Ascent. There, KOI managed an impressive 10:2 lead at the half, yet, Vitality managed to force overtime and take the second map with a 15:13 to give themselves a spot in the closed qualifiers.

Rebels Gaming

The biggest surprise team of making it out alive through the open qualifier is Rebels Gaming. Owned by the famous footballer, David de Gea, Rebels defied all expectations by making it through. A mix of 2-1 and 2-0 victories in the run up against Team Queso, Rebels stayed composed to bring it home. A 13:6 victory on Breeze brought us Split, a map where a set of rarely-seen OT numbers appear on the viewers’ screens. After a back-and-forth battle, Rebels took the victory on Split at 20:18, a match that lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes. The impressive 2-0 victory over Team Queso saw Rebels pull through to the closed qualifier.


The German BIG are back with Fatih “gob b” Dayik at the steer. BIG had a relatively solid run-up to the finals against LDN UTD, only dropping a map to StunZin5 in the bracket. After dropping Haven in a tight 11:13 scoreline against LDN UTD, BIG pulled the reverse sweep by bagging Ascent 13:7 and 13:6 with Karel “Twisten” Ašenbrener pulling out all the stops on their map victories. BIG are looking solid in early 2022 and hope to carry on their momentum to the VCT Europe Stage 1 Challengers 1 closed qualifier.

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Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

An avid competitive FPS lover that started off with covering the Counter-Strike scene and now is starting to love Valorant. Covered IEM Katowice 2019 Major as press and is now conducting interviews on the regular at the Valorant Champions Tour online press room. If I'm not covering Valorant news, I'm trying to stay alive in Immortal lobbies with controllers. Twitter: @NaimRosinski Email: naim.rosinski@gmail.com