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Esports: VALORANT EMEA League

The VALORANT Champions Tour continues this week with the EMEA League in full swing in Berlin.

Taking place at the Messe Berlin Charlottenburg in Germany, the EMEA League is an S-Tier event featuring 10 teams with the top three set to secure places in the VCT Champions and VCT Masters Tokyo this year.

The teams initially compete in a single round-robin format in best-of-three contests and the top six teams in the division will then progress to the playoffs.

The playoffs take place in a double-elimination bracket with the remaining teams playing through lower and upper brackets for their shot at glory.

As it stands, the event is still in its infancy with only two weeks having passed in the regular season and Wednesday marks the start of the third week with Natus Vincere taking on Team Heretics.

There is then a double-header on Thursday as KOI firstly take on FUT Esports before Team Liquid and Fnatic lock horns.

Natus Vincere face Team Heretics

WhatNatus Vincere v Team Heretics, VCT EMEA
WhereBerlin, Germany
WhenWednesday 12th April 2023
How to watchVCT Twitch/Youtube channels
OddsNatus Vincere -1000, Team Heretics +550

There have been plenty of eyes on Natus Vincere's VALORANT side since they acquired the FunPlus Phoenix roster and, so far, things have gone pretty well for them in the EMEA League.

Natus Vincere, otherwise known as NAVI, have a 2-1 win-loss record in the division this season, having bounced back from their opening defeat to KOI with wins over Giants and basement side BBL Esports. Team Heretics have a 1-2 record after three matches.

NAVI have a capable roster at their disposal with FunPlus Phoenix having gone deep in the VCT Champions 2023 playoffs last year.

FUT Esports should prevail

WhatKOI v FUT Esports, VCT EMEA
WhereBerlin, Germany
WhenThursday 13th April 2023
How to watchVCT Twitch/Youtube channels
OddsKOI +100, FUT Esports -138

Heading into the third week of this season's EMEA League, only pacesetters Fnatic are ahead of FUT Esports in the standings.

FUT Esports have a 2-1 record after three matches, having swatted aside Team Heretics and Team Vitality 2-0 either side of a 2-1 defeat to Team Liquid.

At this early stage of the season, the table can be misleading and it remains to be seen if FUT Esports can go the distance.

KOI started on the front foot with victory over Natus Vincere but lost their other two assignments and should be opposed here.

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Fnatic can maintain winning start

WhatTeam Liquid v Fnatic, VCT EMEA
WhereBerlin, Germany
WhenThursday 13th April 2023
How to watchVCT Twitch/Youtube channels
OddsTeam Liquid +175, Fnatic -250

Having qualified via EMEA circuit points and the EMEA last chance qualifier respectively, Fnatic and Team Liquid both featured at the VCT Champions 2022 at the end of last season and are considered two of the biggest hitters in Europe.

That has also been clear to see from the early stages of this year's EMEA League with both of these sides occupying places in the top three of the standings heading into week three.

Team Liquid have won two of their first three matches in this season's EMEA League but it is Fnatic who are out in front with a 3-0 record, putting them top of the table.

It was also Fnatic who went a touch further than Liquid in the VCT Champions last year, having beaten their European counterparts in the first round of the lower bracket 2-0.

Fnatic are -250 to win which looks about right.

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