Crazy Raccoon are the fifth team to qualify for VALORANT Champions Tour Champions thanks to ZETA DIVISION’s loss at Masters Berlin today. Crazy Raccoon earned 250 VCT circuit points before Masters Berlin. ZETA DIVISION were the only team on their heels in terms of points and, with their elimination in the group stage, they are not able to earn more circuit points.
They will join Sentinels, KRÜ Esports, X10 Esports and Vision Strikers as the only teams to qualify for Champions off of points thus far. More teams will fill out the field as points are earned at Masters Berlin and as Last Chance Qualifiers conclude.
Crazy Raccoon’s journey to Champions
Crazy Raccoon have been one of the top teams in the Japanese region. They did not immediately impress, however, losing at First Strike: Japan in the quarterfinals. But they came into VCT Stage 1 with a new meta and a more experienced squad. They qualified for Masters 1 by topping their main event group and went on to win the event. They took down fellow top team Absolute JUPITER, ZETA DIVISION before their rebrand, 3-0 and cemented their status as the best squad in Japan.
Crazy Raccoon carried that performance over to VCT Stage 2, where they qualified for Masters Reykjavík over Absolute JUPITER again, 3-1. At the first VALORANT international LAN, Crazy Raccoon did not impress. They finished in last place and did not record a single map win. But, their qualification to the event gave them 150 VCT circuit points, even with their poor showing.
The team revamped their roster for VCT Stage 3, with players leaving to stream for the organization and new ones filling those gaps. They added four players in total, including starters Hideki “Fisker” Sasaki and Teppei “ade” Kuno. They also started to experiment with their agent compositions, taking in-game leader Byeon “Munchkin” Sang-beom off of Jett on some maps.
Crazy Raccoon will start their Champions run on Dec. 5, along with the rest of the tournament.