The Valorant community has found another curse that can destroy a team’s chances of victory. This is a particular curse for teams that play on Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) local networks to give casual and ranked players a breather. The title Valorant, which received second place in the LAN curse, pretty much explains the same thing. A theory created by fans is that whenever a team finishes second in an international competition, the team is eliminated from the next tournament fairly early and has little to no success. Paper Rex’s departure from Valorant Champions 2022 makes the curse very plausible.
Teams affected by Valorant’s new curse
To decipher this recently unearthed Valorant LAN curse, let’s take a look at all the teams that finished second and lost the next tournament. The curse is believed to have started with Fnatic’s second place finish at VCT 2021: Masters Stage 2 – Reykjavik, where they finished second to Sentinels. This is followed by EMEA [Europe, Middle East, and Africa] the team failed to even qualify for the next Masters in Berlin, which took place in the coming months.
At the next LAN, VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin, Team Envy (now OpTic Gaming) finished second to Gambit Esports and were eventually eliminated from Valorant Champions 2021, where the team failed in the group stage.
In the inaugural Valorant World Champions, aka Valorant Champions 2021, Gambit finished second after losing to Acend, Valorant’s first eSports champion team. The next international event was VCT 2022: Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavik and unfortunately Gambit missed out on that event.
The first LAN of the year, Masters Reykjavik, saw the appearance of LOUD Esports, who took second place. Continuing the curse, LOUD didn’t have a good LAN at VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen as he was eliminated in the group stage.
The latest team to be affected by the curse is Singaporean team Paper Rex. The Asia-Pacific (APAC) team showed remarkable resilience to succeed at Masters Copenhagen and narrowly lose to FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) in the finals. After finishing second in Copenhagen, Paper Rex has now been eliminated from Valorant Champions 2022 in the group stage.
Following the defeat, Paper Rex CEO and co-founder Nikhil Hathiramani tweeted:This is curse nonsense – it just shouldn’t be. We’ve had some good results in 2022, but this year’s #VCT is all about it. GGWP – I’m going to Istanbul but now I feel weird.»
Valorant Champions 2022 is in full swing and the playoff bracket is almost set. The next phase of the tournament will begin on September 9 and conclude on September 18 with the grand finale and the newly crowned Valorant Champions team.
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