Esports Picks: Valorant – Red Bull Home Ground 2022

  • What: Valorant – Red Bull Home Ground 2022
  • Date: December 9-11, 2022
  • Location: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, England
  • How to Watch: YouTube and Twitch

One of the biggest offseason Valorant tournaments takes place this weekend at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, England, when eight of the best teams in the world compete for a share of a prize pool of $100,00. The winner of the Red Bull Home Ground 3 event takes home the loin’s share of that amount — $50,000 — while the runner-up squad pockets $20,000.

Eight teams are participating in the event: Team Liquid, Team Vitality, 100 Thieves, KRU Esports, Team Heretics, Cloud9, FOKUS and FUT Esports. The eight teams are divided into two groups to begin the event. Following three rounds of best-of-three matches, the top three teams from each group move to the playoff round. From there, the top team in each group head to the semifinals. The winners then face off in the finals.

Before we look at the betting breakdown for the Valorant – Red Bull Home Ground 2022 tournament, check out the best esports betting sites to get started on making the best Esports bets and while you’re at it, take a look at our best  Valorant betting sites. 

Valorant: Red Bull Home Ground picks

To Win 2022 Red Bull Valorant Home GroundBovada
Team Liquid+300
100 Thieves+500
Team Vitality+550
KRU Esports+1400
FUT Esports+2000


Cloud9 is debuting a new roster at the Red Bull Home Ground 3 event. The American team is captained by Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina. The other members of Cloud9 are Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach, Nathan ‘Leaf’ Orf, Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker and Jordan ‘Zellsis’ Montemurro.

Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker was the big score for Cloud9. The former member of OpTic Gaming, he is seen as one of the best, if not the best, Valorant players in the world.

Expectations are very high for this lineup heading into Red Bull Home Ground 3.

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Team Liquid

On Thursday, Team Liquid got some bad news. Two of the team’s players, nAts and Regdar will miss the Home Ground 3 event because of visa issues. Team Liquid will still compete in the tournament. In place of the two missing players will be Johan ‘Meddo’ Lundborg formerly of G2 Esports and Enzo ‘Enzo’ Mestari, who was last with Fnati. This is a blow for the team since there were expectations that this event would be the debut of the complete Team Liquid since the team added Igor ‘Redgar’ Vlasov and Ayaz ‘nAts’ Akhmetshin from Gambit Esports and Saif ‘Sayf’ Jibraeel from Guild Esports.

Expectations are that the full roster of Team Liquid will be available at VCT LOCK//IN Brazil in February.

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100 Thieves

100 Thieves picked up Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban in the offseason. So. this event will allow him to gel with an American team that also includes captain Brenden ‘stellar’ McGrath, Peter ‘Asuna’ Mazuryk, Derrek ‘Derrek’ Ha, and Sean ‘bang’ Bezerra. This squad has not competed against European teams and so they are a bit of a wildcard entering the Red Bull Home Ground 3 event. With that being said, 100 Thieves improved throughout the Valorant season, so it will be interesting to see what they bring with them into this event.

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Our pick

With expectations high for Cloud9 and Team Liquid losing two of its players at the last minute, the best bet for the Red Bull Home Ground 3 event is a Cloud9 victory.

Pick: Cloud9 to win Valorant – Red Bull Home Ground 2022.

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Trent is a professional sports journalist specializing in UFC, MMA, and esports coverage. His work has been featured in prestigious publications such as USA Today Sports, Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively. Trent's connection to MMA dates back to the early days when he and his friends pooled their resources to purchase the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1. He also has extensive experience in esports, particularly League of Legends and Counter Strike, dating back to the game's launch.