The Red Bull Campus Clutch National Finals are complete and 35 teams are gearing up for intense VALORANT action at the World Finals at the Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. Four days of head-to-head matches will include the group stages, the top 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Grand Final – with the deciding matches live from Turkey starting on November 23.
Some of the 2023 teams and team members have battled it out in the World Final before. And whether they’re defending the title of best student VALORANT team (we’re looking at you, Team USA), looking to regain it (hello, Egypt), or looking to prove themselves after a rocky way of previous editions (you know who you are), the memory of those experiences makes them particularly hungry. Which also makes them look.
But Northwood showed a moment of weakness when they lost early in the US Final 8. While they quickly recovered, you can be sure that the international teams in Istanbul will be looking to find another part of their armor.
Therefore, ending their campaign in the top 16 last year was a disappointment that only strengthened their desire for victory this time. This year’s team features players from previous World Finals and their focus is set on becoming the first team to win two Red Bull Campus Clutch titles.
Previous runner-up: Portugal
Beware of the team from Portugal. Their inspirational captain Bati has served in that role since 2021, when the team stood second on its first ever World Final podium. Portugal’s efforts in 2022 saw them knocked out of the top 16 and now Bati will use his depth of experience to bring his teammates back to the top.
Previous semi-finalists: Poland
So close and yet so far. Poland is one of the most formidable contenders in the 2022 World Final, despite being new to the lineup. Their training schedule – 10 to 12 hours a day – is daunting enough. However, the way they use the benefits of that competition training is amazing.
The team defeated everyone in their path, but was eventually stopped in the semi-finals by a brave Wildcard team from Canada. This year, with their discipline and with the hands-on World Final experience they didn’t have before, they will be desperate to go all the way.
Spoilers: South Africa, Germany, Belgium and Turkey
You can’t underestimate a team with something to prove, and that’s the case with these contenders, who boast members with previous World Finals experience and are set to make their first jump from in the group stage.
Socks Up, the team from South Africais back for a second consecutive World Finals and will be looking to pull those socks up into the top 16 – or higher – for the first time.
With two members of their 2022 team returning to the World Final this year, Germany’s will aim to reach the later stages of the tournament.
The team from Belgium, on the other hand, will be back for a third World’s End campaign, although some of their roster has changed over time. Will they find success this time?
Among the most motivated of all is the Werder Weremen team from Turkey, who will participate in their second Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final. Not only do they have the goal of trying to break into the top 16 for the first time, but as the home team, they will enjoy wild support from the Turkish fans.
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