Teams qualified for the Ascension EMEA 2023 tournament
Ascension EMA is one of the new stages in the Valorant Champions Tour. This promotional tournament has been set up to allow the best teams in the Valorant Challengers Leagues EMEA to reach the next level of the competition. The stakes are high, as the winner will be awarded a slot in the EMEA League, for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
Ascension EMEA brings together the nine teams that have achieved pole position in their respective leagues. The overall ranking was determined by the total of VCL points acquired at the end of the two splits of the 2023 season.
A tenth team will get its ticket by winning the Play-Ins tournament. After several days of matches, YaBoiLewis and his team-mates from the German team FOKUS qualified for Ascension.
Breakdown by group
To determine which teams will reach the play-offs, the ten qualifiers will take part in a preliminary stage, the group stage. At the end of the various matches, only the two best performers in each group will earn their place for the rest of the competition. Here is the composition of groups A and B:
- Group A - Acend, Dsyre, CGN Esports, Digital Athletics and SAW,
- Group B - Team Falcons, Apeks, Case Esports, Gentle Mates and FOKUS,
Presentation of the teams
TakaS - nataNk - LogaN - beyAz - Wailers
Gentle Mates - Initially known as Supra Beaux Gosses, this team is none other than the best team in the VCL France. In the first split, they dominated the regular season, winning fourteen of the eighteen matches played. They then won the final against Mandatory. At the end of the regular season in the following Split, TakaS and his mates again climbed to the top of the overall rankings. They once again came out on top of the last duel against Mandatory, but not without difficulties. Even so, the team has every chance of success in this new competition.
Magnum - Mistic - Enzo - ShadoW - keiko
Apeks - This young company launched on Valorant last January, with Frenchman Enzo at the head of his team. The mix is made up of very experienced players, some of whom - Enzo, Magnum and Mistic - have even played for Fnatic in the past. In many leagues, the top of the standings can be hard-fought, but in the VCL Northern Polaris it's the Apeks players who dominate. After winning the first split, they reached the playoffs in the second. without losing a single regular season match. Unsurprisingly, they won the final once again. They are without doubt one of the favourites in this tournament.
Yurii - MiniBoo - Kiles - Ease - roxie
Case Esports - In 2022, Case Esports won Split 2 of the Spanish VRL and finished third in the final tournament. This year, the players completed a superb double in the Valorant Challengers League, twice achieving excellent results during the regular season, before winning the Grand Final. It's no coincidence that Case Esports is one of the teams taking part in Ascension. They are therefore major challengers to keep a very close eye on.
BennY - Vince - azury - Shazeon - elllement
CGN Esports - You may not be familiar with the name of this organisation, and with good reason: it took part in the Coupe de France and the Lyon Esport last year. During the latter event, it even came second in the final. in a thrilling final against Mandatory. This year, the existing roster performed very well in the German League. BennY and his teammates first defeated Unicorns of Love in the Split 1 Final, before overcoming MOUZ in the Split 2 Final. Like the others, CGN Esports fully deserves its place in this tournament.
BennY - Vince - azury - Shazeon - elllement
Digital Athletics - Unlike other more recent structures, Digital Athletics already has a long history on the Valorant esports scene and even took part in the first edition of the VCT in 2021. After missing out on the VRL last year, this team took part in the two Splits of the VCL Turkey. Although the results were not as good as expected in the first half of the season, Digital Athletics sprang a surprise in the next round, beating S2G Esports in the final., the former Champions. They may not be Ascension's favourites, but they're a good team nonetheless.
MONSTEERR - ALIVE - Br0die - musashi - baddyG
Acend - After winning the very first Masters Europe during the VCT 2021, Acend emerged victorious from the Valorant Champions against Gambit Esports. In 2022, the organisation lost momentum and was unable to maintain its position at the highest level in the EMEA region. This year it took part in the VCL East: Surge, a league in which its new players distinguished themselves during the two Splits. Each time, they dominated the regular season, before reaching the Grand Final with ease. And twice, they have won the Champions title in their VCL. There's no doubt that they'll be doing everything in their power to reach the EMEA League in 2024.
alvar - Moh - OuTLaW - spY - KHaaLiD
Team Falcons - In 2022, Team Falcons won back-to-back VRL MENA final tournaments, Saudi eLeagues Season 1 and Saudi eLeagues Season 2. This year, OuTLaW and his mates only finished second in Split 1 of the VCL MENA in the GCC/Iraq sub-region. However, they are the ones who rule over Valorant in this League. In Split 2, they proved to be extremely efficient and regained pole position. After this feat, the Falcons went on to claim a second victory in the MENA region's final tournament. So it's not impossible that this team will surprise us in Ascension...
Tag - caydeN - Xazyy - Wackie - Feqew
Dsyre - Last year, the Dsyre structure was operating within VRL DACH in Germany, but with the creation of an Italian League, the team has changed territory. In the first Split, the team dominated the regular season - with thirteen wins and just one defeat - but the trophy passed them by when they lost to GMT Esports. In the following Split, the Dsyre did not perform as well in the regular season, but still qualified for the play-offs. They then lost the Final of the top bracket to GMT Esports, before taking their revenge in the Grand Final. Their determination will be a major asset in the Ascension.
Addicted - DaviH - tomaszy - Fizzy - Bati
SAW - GTZ and SAW fought it out for top spot in the VCL Portugal: Tempest. In both the first and second splits, they finished in the top 2 of the regular season with excellent performances. However, in the play-offs, Addicted, DaviH, tomaszy, Fizzy and Bati proved stronger and more effective when needed. They twice defeated the GTZ in the final of the top bracket before knocking them out again in the Grand Final. This team should not be underestimated: it currently sits in second place in the ranking of the best teams in Europe, just behind Fnatic.
YaBoiLewis - JUGi - Lime - KPZET - WADDLE
FOKUS - After failing to qualify for the first VRL DACH split last year, the FOKUS players won the second leg of the season. As a result of their first-place finish, they took part in the at the VCT promotional tournamentThis was a competition in which they dominated. Once again, their good performances opened the doors to the top level, which was none other than the EMEA Challengers. Due to poor results, the team was relegated to the VCL. The German team then left the DACH circuit to tackle the VCL Northern Polaris. Twice, Lime and his cohorts took second place, enough to secure a slot in the Play-Ins. Once again, they pulled out all the stops to reach the Ascension. So they're strong competitors!