The second and final Valorant Masters event for 2022 is in the books: VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. It was each team’s last chance to earn points towards Valorant Champions qualification, and now we know who has to run through the regional gauntlets for a spot. Here’s how it all played out.
- FunPlus Phoenix wins VCT Stage 2 Masters after marathon 3-2 series against Paper Rex
- FPX takes down OpTic 3-1 in Lower Bracket Final
- Paper Rex send OpTic to Lower Bracket with 2-1 win
Valorant esports is staying in Europe yet again as Riot brought the action to Copenhagen, Denmark for the second and final Valorant Masters event of 2022.
For 12 lucky teams, it was a chance to shore up their VCT Circuit Points ahead of the big Valorant Champions event in September. It was also a chance to size up, yet again, which regions are excelling and who the favorites are ahead of the world championship.
OpTic Gaming were obvious favorites to return to try and defend their title — but they stumbled at the first roadblock after being swept by Guild in their opening match. They seemed to bounce back from that setback, but fell in the lower bracket finals vs eventual champs FunPlus Phoenix.
Here’s the full recap and results for VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen.
VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen: Recap
Eventual champs FunPlus Phoenix started out of the playoffs of the VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters in the lower bracket, while their opponents in the Grand Final, Paper Rex, cruised through the upper bracket.
FPX would survive challenges against Guild, DRX, and Fnatic, before taking on former champs OpTic in the Lower Bracket Final.
Paper Rex also had to play Guild, Fnatic and OpTic to make the Grand Finals, so come July 24 there was no clear sign who the better team really was.
The Grand Final at Masters Copenhagen would end up being one of the most epic in Valorant esports to happen yet. FPX and Paper Rex went the distance, trading maps back and forth until it all came down to Breeze.
Like every other map in the series, things were tight all the way until the end. However, FPX would pull ahead and secure the 13-9 victory on Breeze to lock the Championship up.
VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen: Schedule & results
Day 1: July 14
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Paper Rex 2-0 Guild Esports||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Fnatic 2-0 FPX||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 2: July 15
|Upper Bracket Round 1||Leviátan 2-0 DRX||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Upper Bracket Round 1||XSET 0-2 OpTic||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 3: July 16
|Lower Bracket Round 1||Guild 1-2 FPX||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 1||XSET 1-2 Leviátan||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 4: July 17
|Upper Bracket Semifinals||Paper Rex 2-0 Fnatic||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Upper Bracket Semifinals||DRX 1-2 OpTic||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 5: July 18
|Lower Bracket Round 2||Leviátan 1-2 Fnatic||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 2||FPX 2-0 DRX||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 6: July 22
|Upper Bracket Final||OpTic 1-2 Paper Rex||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Lower Bracket Round 3||Fnatic 1-2 FPX||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 7: July 23
|Lower Bracket Final||OpTic 1-3 FPX||8AM||11AM||4PM|
Day 8: July 24
|Grand Final||Paper Rex 2-3 FPX||8AM||11AM||4PM|
Day 1: July 10
|Group B Opening Match||DRX 2-0 Northeption||6AM||9AM||2PM|
|Group A Opening Match||LOUD 1-2 KRU Esports||9AM||12PM||5PM|
|Group A Opening Match||OpTic 0-2 Guild||12PM||3PM||8PM|
Day 2: July 11
|Group B Opening Match||FunPlus Phoenix 2-1 XERXIA||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Group A Winners Match||KRU Esports 1-2 Guild||11AM||2PM||7PM|
Day 3: July 12
|Group B Winners Match||DRX 2-0 FunPlus Phoenix||6AM||9AM||2PM|
|Group B Elimination Match||Northeption 2-1 XERXIA||9AM||12PM||5PM|
|Group A Elimination Match||LOUD 1-2 OpTic Gaming||12PM||3PM||8PM|
Day 4: July 13
|Group B Decider Match||Northeption 0-2 FunPlusPhoenix||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Group A Decider Match||OpTic Gaming 2-0 KRU Esports||11AM||2PM||7PM|
VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen: All qualified teams
12 teams qualified for VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen from all around the world. Europe sent the most representatives with three, while APAC and NA sent two a piece.
Korea, Japan, Latin America, and Brazil sent one each — although the last two have a chance of sending an extra one depending on who wins the interregional playoffs before Masters.
Europe’s Guild and Fnatic locked their place after a dominant EMEA Challengers season — FunPlus Phoenix joined them after missing the first Masters of the year. NA’s OpTic Gaming also secured their spot as they attempted to defend their Reykjavik crown.
You can find the full list of qualified teams below.
|Fnatic||EMEA||Boaster, Mistic, Derke, Enzo, Alfajer|
|FunPlus Phoenix||EMEA||ANGE1, Shao, Zyppan, ardiis, SEIDER|
|Guild Esports||EMEA||Leo, Sayf, koldamenta, Russ, trexx|
|OpTic Gaming||NA||FNS, Victor, crashies, yay, Marved|
|XSET||NA||AYRIN, BcJ, dephh, zekken, Cryocells|
|Paper Rex||APAC||mindfreak, f0rsakeN, Benkai, d4v41, Jinggg|
|XERXIA||APAC||foxz, sushiboys, sScary, Crws, Surf|
|Northeption||Japan||Derialy, Meteor, BlackWiz, xnfri, JoXJo|
|DRX||Korea||stax, Rb, Zest, BuZz, MaKo|
|LOUD||Brazil||pANcada, Sacy, Saadhak, aspas, Less|
|Leviatan||LATAM||Tacolilla, Melser, adverso, kiNgg, Shyy|
|KRU Esports||LATAM||keznit, Klaus, Mazino, NagZ, delz1k|