Organized by Riot Games, the VRL Finals 2022 pits the best teams from their respective regions, all of whom have come through a rigorous qualification process, against one another. Teams have been split into two groups, with the top two from each advancing to the playoffs. All matches in the group stages will be played in a best-of-three format.
The playoffs will be held in a double-elimination format, with the lower-bracket final and the grand finale played to a best-of-five format. At stake is a prize pool of €150,000 spread among the teams. The notable omission is a team from the CIS, a league that continues to be on hold due to the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and Russia.
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Odds as of July 26 at Betway
Favorites For The VRL Finals 2022
Vitality emerged as runaway winners at the VRL Revolution Stage 2 that concluded last week after an exhaustive two-month process. The championship pitted 10 teams from France and Benelux against each other. Vitality finished with a mighty impressive 14 wins and four losses to secure a place in the final alongside MAD Lions, a team they beat 3-0 to win the league and secure an entry to the VRL Finals.
The likes of baddyG, H1ber and BONECOLD have all been key to their performances in Stage 2; they helped beat the odds and turned a middling team into champion material. That win has now heightened expectations to the extent that they’ve got top billing in the VRL Finals.
Excel Esports (+200)
They have had the highest of highs and crushing lows, so in terms of what to expect, one would think a mixed bag. But don’t let the lows fool you; they finished joint-second in the regular season of VRL Stage 1 in Northern Europe not too long ago by making an inspired run through the lower bracket after losing to Tenstar in the first round.
The lows were, of course, their inability to recreate the magic from Polaris Stage 1 at an international level. However, there is little doubt about their pedigree, and at a regional level, they’re still the boss. No wonder then they have got the second-best odds.
Dark Horses For The VRL Finals 2022
They are far from being champion material yet, but Tenstar have time and again over the last year or so proved they’re no pushovers. They entered Valorant in May last year and have an accomplished international roster, with Br0die as one of their most prolific players. They have had mixed results so far this year, starting with their inability to make the EMEA VCT Challengers Stage 1 due to losses to BIG and LDN UTD in the closed qualifiers.
However, they then bounced back to finish second to EXCEL at VRL Northern Europe Polaris Stage 1. The encouraging result there led to MAD Lions expressing their desire to take over their Valorant lineup. The move eventually came about with Tenstar receiving a massive cash injection that has helped them compete and sign a new roster.
Case Esports (+700)
For a long time now, Case Esports have remained one of the top teams at VRL Spain: Rising. They endured slight turbulence during Stage 2 of the regional competition but bounced back in style to finish in the top two. Their offensive potential has been a standout so far among the Spanish teams, and is being talked about as being in the same league as some of the top teams internationally.
This could be put to the test here at the VRL Finals. That said, merely having a good offense is no guarantee of success, something they’d be aware of. Nonetheless, this is an opportunity for them to pitchfork their potential on a bigger stage. As such, the odds are heavily against them in terms of winning the title, but don’t be surprised if they cause an upset or two.
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