Following the end of Stage 1 last March, Riot Games has announced details about VCT Challengers APAC Stage 2.
For the second stage, 8 of the top teams in each country/region will compete through May to get their spot at the Stage 2 Playoffs this June. Of the 8 teams per region, four have been directly invited while the next four have qualified through Open Qualifier events in April.
Here are all the qualified teams for Stage 2:
- Direct Invites: NAOS Esports, South Built Esports, Action PH, Oasis Gaming
- Open Qualifier: Bren Esports, RRQ, Team Secret, Alpha Esports Pro
- Direct Invites: XERXIA, MiTH, Fullsense, NKT
- Open Qualifier: Purple Mood Esport, X10 CRIT, FW ESPORTS, Sharper Esport
- Direct Invites: BOOM ESPORTS, Persija Esports, ONIC G, Alter Ego Esports
- Open Qualifier: Bigetron Arctic, Dewa United, ARF TEAM (former name: Babi Guling), Hike Digital
- Direct Invites: Cerberus Esports, Fancy United Esports, Big BAAM, Unbeaten Esports
- Open Qualifier: Ronin, Victory, Nghiện Thêm Lần Nữa, Brave Wolves
- Direct Invites: Paper Rex, Bleed Esports, Laze (former name: Huat Zai), Galaxy Esports
- Open Qualifier: OGB, Todak, KPMOONIIBLM9, Blitz Esports
- Taiwan/Hong Kong
- Direct Invites: Oblivion Force, Griffin Esports, IVAN (former name: I Need Money), K7 Esports (former name: LP33)
- Open Qualifier: Ghetto Artist, Only One Word, Giant Submarine, Traitors
The VCT Challengers APAC Stage 2 format is divided into two stages. Firstly, the 8 teams in each region will go through single round robin matches where two teams will be eliminated.
After this, the 6 remaining teams will face off in a series of double elimination brackets. The top teams by the end of this stage will guarantee their spot in the Playoffs this June.
Each country/region has the following Playoffs spots:
- Thailand – 3
- Philippines – 3
- Indonesia – 3
- Vietnam – 3
- Singapore/Malaysia – 3
- Taiwan/Hong Kong – 2
- South Asia – 2
- Oceania – 1
Finally, the VCT Philippines Stage 2 matches will be streamed live via the following channels: