The Valorant Champions 2023 has reached its fifth day of group stages. It showcases thrilling gameplay and unexpected twists. With a grand prize pool of $2,250,000. Riot Games has organized this year’s biggest Valorant event, featuring 16 competing teams.
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) August 10, 2023
A highly anticipated upcoming match in Valorant Champions 2023 is set between FunPlus Phoenix and T1. This match holds significant stakes as it’s an elimination round, where the losing team will exit the tournament. Emerging from the Pacific and China qualifiers respectively, these two teams may be considered underdogs but should not be underestimated. With dedicated practice and strategic preparation, they have the potential to create major upsets in the tournament.
However, the current expectations for these teams in Valorant Champions 2023 are relatively moderate. FunPlus Phoenix had to rebuild their roster due to franchising delays and their performance in the China qualifiers was passable at best. They are yet to showcase their true potential in the tournament. On the other hand, T1 has experienced the big stage before, but their results haven’t been remarkable. To achieve a top-three or top-four finish in Valorant Champions 2023, T1 needs to unlock their team’s full capabilities.
In this matchup, T1 is predicted to secure the victory.
Interestingly, T1 and FunPlus Phoenix have never crossed paths with their current rosters. Making their upcoming encounter in Valorant Champions 2023 their first. Looking at recent results, T1 secured the third position in the VCT Pacific league. Prevailing over notable teams like Zeta Division and Gen G. Similarly, FunPlus Phoenix also secured a third-place finish in the China qualifiers. Narrowly losing to Bilibili Gaming with a score of 2-3.
The expected rosters for the match include:
- Son “xeta” Seon-ho
- Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-beom
- Joseph “ban” Seungmin Oh
- Ha “Sayaplayer” Jung-woo
- Lee “Carpe” Jae-hyeok
- Kang “iNTRO” Seung-gyun (Substitute)
- Yoon “Autumn” Eu-teum (Head Coach)
- Zhang “AAAAY” Yang
- Zhang “BerLIN” Bo-lin
- Huang “Yuicaw” Yung-chieh
- Tang “TZH” Zhehao
- Liang “Lysoar” Youhao
- He “WudiYuChEn” Cai (Substitute)
- Deng “NaThanD” Senqiao (Coach)
The match between FunPlus Phoenix and T1 will be streamed live on Valorant’s official Twitch and YouTube channels, alongside all other matches of Champions 2023. By linking your Riot accounts to Twitch, you can access exclusive drops during the event. Additionally, various popular streamers are hosting watch parties where you can join and enjoy the matches collectively.
The match is scheduled to take place on August 10, 2023, at 3 pm PDT/ 12 am CEST (next day)/ 3:30 am IST (next day). So, it will be exciting to watch which team will come out on top. Will there be a twist in the tail or will the stronger team on paper choke? Stay Tuned!