Thailand’s X10 exit Valorant SEA Challengers playoffs in the group stages and fail to secure a berth to Masters Berlin.
X10’s tough Valorant SEA Challengers group
X10 drew into group C of the Valorant SEA Challengers playoffs. They were grouped with BOOM Esports, serial challengers champion from Indonesia, Team Big BAAM, one of the most prolific teams from Vietnam, and Galaxy Racer, arguably the Philippines’ second-best team around. Despite the tough competition, X10 was still favored to come out on top.
The group stage of SEA Challengers is a single BO2 round-robin. Winning the series 2-0 earns a team three points, and a 1-1 split earns each team one point. The outcome of the group stage was as close as can be, with all teams splitting their series until the final match of the group.
Here’s how X10’s season ended
Prior to the final day of the group stages, all the teams had earned two points. X10 drew their match with BOOM Esports in the Valorant SEA Challengers playoffs, putting both teams at three points apiece. X10’s chances of advancing to the playoff bracket was decided by the game between Team Big BAAM and Galaxy Racer.
Team Big BAAM defeated Galaxy Racer 2-0, securing 5 points and a trip to the playoff bracket for the Vietnamese side. Thus, X10 and BOOM Esports’ future were decided by a head-to-head round differential, and here’s how it turned out.
- BOOM won the first map 13-6
- X10 won the second map 7-13
- In total, BOOM won 20 Rounds, and X10 won 19
The one-round win difference between the two won BOOM Esports second place in their group and eliminated X10.
If Team Big BAAM and Galaxy Racer had drawn their series, all teams would have finished the group stage with three points. This four-way tie would have forced officials to determine winners based on each team’s total number of rounds. Considering the former, if this transpired, X10 would have won second place since they have a +8 round differential, whereas BOOM Esports have a -11 round differential.