Bren Esports, a Filipino team, will no longer play in the forthcoming VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 3 Masters Berlin, Germany, after failing to obtain the necessary visas in time to fly there and compete in the event.
According to Alex Francois, Head of Competitive Operations for VALORANT Esports, the final date for Bren Esports to travel to Germany and compete in VCT Masters Berlin has sadly already passed owing to “increasing travel restrictions around the world due to altering COVID-19 developments.”
Due to the withdrawal of Bren Esports from the competition, Riot Games will host the event with only 15 teams. The tournament’s format will be changed, with Group D (where Bren Esports were placed) becoming a double round-robin, with the top two teams proceeding to the elimination stage. For qualifying for VCT Masters Berlin, the team will receive 175 VCT points and prize money. The other groups in the competition will not be affected in any way.
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Southeast Asia’s two participants in VCT Masters Berlin were Singapore’s Bren Esports and Paper Rex, who won the top two slots in the VCT SEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs in August, with Bren Esports sweeping Paper Rex in the grand finals.
Bren Esports was slated to compete alongside Sentinels, the VCT Masters Reykjavik champions, as well as G2 Esports from Europe and F4Q from South Korea, in Group D, which was changed to a double round-robin format. The group’s top two teams will progress to the playoffs, while the group’s third club will be eliminated.
The other groups, fortunately, will not be affected by the change, and everything will proceed as planned for them. The Masters Berlin tournament will continue as planned and will begin on September 10 with KRU Esports vs Zeta Division as the first game.