Valorant

24 Feb 2021

Valorant Champions Tour: Start Date, Format, Teams, Regions and Everything You Need To Know

Episode 2 Act 1 has now released all over the world and players are getting the opportunity to check out all the new skins and the brand new agent.

Yoru, is one of the best agents Valorant has ever introduced and is a lot of fun to play with.

Valorant esports has been one of the biggest delights to come from 2020, and now the competition is about to heat up.

Valorant's Champion Tour is going to kick off soon, and there is a lot to know before jumping in.

Here is all you need to know! 

 

Dates

Although this event was announced all the way back in November of 2020, it is actually going to kick off sometime in February and run until the end of 2021! 

 

Structure 

Over on their official blog post announcing the VCT, Riot has noted there is going to be three tiers to the tour. Challenger, Master, and Champions!

Here's a quick rundown: 

The VALORANT Champions Tour will feature three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Challengers will focus on regional competition and will be organized both by Riot and top-tier tournament partner operators, some of whom you’ve already seen running Ignition Series events and First Strike qualifiers. Masters events will be larger, taking place only three times a year, and feature teams who represent the best talent from their region. Finally and ultimately, Champions will be the apex of the season, a two-week long tournament with the top 16 teams from around the world in attendance, where one team will be crowned the first VALORANT global Champion. Let's take a closer look.

 

Challenge Format

Here is the format for the beginning stage of the VCT, the Valorant Challenger phase: 

Each Challenger stage will consist of three tournaments and a final taking place over six weeks. Each tournament will feature eight teams who will earn their spots through open qualifiers. Teams that do well in Challenger tournaments will then qualify into Challenger Finals. The Challenger Final tournament will feature the best eight teams, and will award prizing and qualification slots into the next Masters event. 

 

Masters/Champions Format

Likewise, below is the Valorant Master's and how teams will be able to enter the Champions phase: 

International Masters events will feature global competition, and will include teams from all over the world. A total of 16 teams will battle for prizes and points that will count towards qualification into Champions, our end of year world championship. Additionally, the team who wins the last Masters event of the year will automatically earn qualification into Champions and an additional team slot at the event for their region. Specific details regarding the point distribution and prizing for Masters events will be shared at a later date. 

After the third Masters event, a series of Last Chance Qualifiers will provide teams with one final chance to qualify into Champions. Four LCQ tournaments will take place, creating a gauntlet from which one team per continent will qualify into Champions. The season will conclude with Champions, our version of Worlds. A massive two-week long event which will feature the best 16 teams from around the globe.

 

Regions

Here are all the regions eligible to participate in the VCT: 

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Middle East,
  • Africa
  • CIS
  • Turkey
  • MENA
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea