What’s next for T1?
T1’s 2022 VCT run has come to an early end after the team crashed out of VCT Stage 2 Challengers open qualifiers. They lost 0-2 to Virtuoso in the lower bracket, a disappointing end to their run despite higher expectations from the roster.
T1 came into 2022 with high expectations after a series of roster changes most notably bringing on Steel to help build the team as the team’s IGL. Fans expecting better results, were however, left disappointed as T1 failed to qualify for the Stage 1 Challengers. With their early exit from Stage 2 Challengers, the org’s 2022 VCT run has come to an abrupt end.
An early loss to Soniqs in Round 1 sent T1 to the lower bracket. The team survived its match against Team Reckaroo but could not overcome Virtuoso in the next match. The (10-13,6-13) loss means T1 finishes its 2022 VCT run without any circuit points.
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When will we see T1 next?
The lack of circuit points means T1 will not participate at VCT Champs later this year. But it also means that they will not be able to take part in the Last Chance Qualifier, a last opportunity for teams to qualify for VCT Champs.
Essentially, this means T1 will only take part in tier 2 tournaments through the rest of the year. Their next VCT match will be for the 2023 circuit. Riot has already announced significant changes to the 2023 Valorant circuit.
The VCT Stage 2 Challengers open qualifier NA is packed with some of the best teams. Sentinels is in the lower bracket and fighting for survival, while 100Thieves and Evil Geniuses have already qualified to Challengers 2.
There are two more slots available for the NA Challengers 2. Sentinels is one of the favorites to secure one of these two spots. Challengers 2 kicks off on May 13 and will come to an end on June 26.