VCT Pacific League playoffs preview

With the conclusion of the league stage, the focus now shifts to the high-stakes VCT Pacific Playoffs. Not only... Jason | 18. May 2023

With the conclusion of the league stage, the focus now shifts to the high-stakes VCT Pacific Playoffs. Not only will teams compete for the Pacific champions title, but also the coveted VCT Master Tokyo slot, intensifying the competition to new levels.

The eagerly anticipated VCT Pacific Playoffs kick off on May 19, culminating in the grand finals that will determine the ultimate champion after nearly two months of intense matches. We bring you comprehensive information on the schedule, format, and viewing platforms. Additionally, we’ve identified the team to watch out for, ensuring you stay up-to-date with all the thrilling action as the playoffs unfold.

VCT Pacific Playoffs: Schedule and Bracket

DRX and Paper Rex has been selected for upper bracket semifinals from the start thanks to their incredible run during the league stage. Meanwhile, other teams have to start their campaign as an upper bracket quarter-final. Following are the matchups: All times are in CET (Central European Time).

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Friday, May 19

  • ZETA vs Team Secret (Upper bracket quarter-final 1): 9 AM
  • T1 vs GenG (Upper bracket quarter-final 2): 11:30 AM

Saturday, May 20

  • DRX vs. ZETA/Team Secret (Upper bracket semifinal 1): 9 AM
  • Paper Rex vs. T1/GenG (Upper bracket semifinal 2):11:30 AM

Furthermore, the lower bracket quarter-final 1 will take place on Sunday, May 21 followed up by the lower bracket quarter-final 2 on Monday, May 22, and so on. The grand finals of VCT Pacific will be held on May 28.


The matches in the playoffs will follow a best-of-three series format, where the first team to win 2 maps secures the victory. However, the grand finals will feature a best-of-five series. The tournament will not be single elimination, as the loser from the upper bracket will have a chance to compete against teams entering the lower bracket. The highly anticipated grand finals of VCT Pacific will see the winners of the upper bracket finals and lower bracket finals face off against each other.

Team to watch

Without a doubt, every team competing in the playoffs possesses the extraordinary skill and the ability to outsmart their opponents. However, there are a few teams that stand out as major threats and potential title holders. One such team is DRX, and it comes as no surprise given their incredible performance throughout the league stage, showcasing coordinated gameplay and consistent dominance. Another formidable contender is Paper Rex, whose exceptional gunplay and fragging abilities make them a force to be reckoned with

In addition, Team Secret cannot be overlooked. Despite being a surprising addition to this list, many would agree that they have the potential to surprise any team at any given moment. Notably, Team Secret holds the distinction of being the only team to defeat both Paper Rex and DRX during the league stage, demonstrating their ability to overcome formidable opponents.

Where to watch

Don’t miss out on the exhilarating VCT Pacific playoffs, available for live streaming on Riot Games’ official Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook channels. To server to a global audience, the matches will also be broadcasted on additional channels in nine languages, providing extensive coverage across popular platforms like Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Loco, Naver, and AfreecaTV.

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