VALORANT Challengers group stage reveals tough road ahead for Disguised, TSM

The tournament’s organiser, Knights, revealed the two groups for the opening circuit of the upcoming VALORANT Challengers league in North America on Wednesday evening. The top teams on the circuit have been invited by Knights to compete, and Disguised, owned by streamer Disguised Toast, must contend with them. In Group A, however, FaZe Clan and G2 Esports face a difficult set of obstacles.

Disguised were one of the six teams who secured qualification for the circuit through the open qualifiers. The team, who are led by former T1 in-game leader Joshua “steel” Nissan, managed to defeat teams such as Oxygen Esports and Squirtle Squad in the first open qualifier, which concluded on Jan. 14. 

But Disguised will have some tough opponents in Group B with The Guard and M80, both dubbed two of the best teams in Challengers. 

The groups are as follows: 

Group A: 

  • FaZe Clan
  • Shopify Rebellion 
  • G2 Esports
  • Breakthru 
  • Oxygen Esports
  • Squirtle Squad 

Group B: 

  • TSM 
  • The Guard 
  • M80 
  • Disguised 
  • Dark Ratio 
  • OREsports 

Group A isn’t to be scoffed at, however. FaZe Clan looked strong in the past considering the previous matchup victories against the likes of 100 Thieves and Evil Geniuses. But FaZe are yet to play an official match since August last year. 

FaZe Clan will have to face off against G2 Esports, who set their sights on Challengers following a breakdown in partnership with Riot Games late last year to compete in the Americas international league. 

The first matchups of the VALORANT Challengers league in North America are set to begin on Feb. 1. 

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