03 Aug 2021 7:18 AM +00:00

Valorant VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs North America: Everything You Need To Know

Valorant Challengers Playoffs are right around the corner, and eight teams have secured their spot from North America.

The Challengers Playoffs is the last shot for North American teams to qualify for Masters Berlin. Only three teams will make it through the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs to represent NA at Berlin.

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Here's everything you need to know about the VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs North America.

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Start Date

Both the main events for Stage 3 Challengers North America have concluded. They were exciting and filled with upsets, showing how NA is the most competitive region for Valorant.

Out of the main events, only eight teams have secured their spots for the Challengers Playoffs. From here on, only three teams will make it through and qualify for Berlin.

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The VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs for North America is scheduled to begin on 12th August 2021.

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Prize Pool

The prize pool for the VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs is $100,000 and VCT Circuit points. This will be distributed among the qualified teams in the following order:

  • 1st position - $40,000 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 2nd position - $20,000 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 3rd position - $15,000 (qualify for Berlin)
  • 4th position - $10,000 (60 VCT Circuit points)
  • 5th-6th position - $5000 (50 VCT Circuit points)
  • 7th-8th position - $2500 (40 VCT Circuit points)
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Format

The format for the Challengers Playoffs will be similar to all the main events. All teams will match up in a Double Elimination bracket. Matches will be played in a best of three formats, and all six maps will be allowed.

Interestingly, the finals will be a best of five matches, just like all the main events. It will be exciting to see which three teams progress from the Challengers Playoffs.

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Qualified Teams

The eight teams that have qualified for the VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs from North America are:

  • Sentinels (Challengers 1)
  • XSET (Challengers 1)
  • 100 Thieves (Challengers 1)
  • Team Envy (Challengers 1)
  • TSM (Challengers 2)
  • FaZe Clan (Challengers 2)
  • Luminosity (Challengers 2)
  • Rise (Challengers 2)
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Schedule

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The Schedule for VCT Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs for North America are as follows:

Upper Bracket Quarter Finals (12th August)

  • Sentinels vs Rise
  • Team Envy vs TSM
  • XSET vs Luminosity
  • 100 Thieves vs FaZe Clan
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Lower Bracket First Round (12th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD

Upper Bracket Semi Finals (13th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD
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Lower Bracket Second Round (13th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
  • TBD vs TBD

Lower Bracket Round 3 (14th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
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Upper Bracket Finals (14th August)

  • TBD vs TBD

Lower Bracket Finals (15th August)

  • TBD vs TBD
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Grand Finale (16th August)

  • TBD vs TBD

Keep An Eye On

Fans should keep an eye on the following teams as they are clearly the top dogs to win the tournament. World Champions Sentinels and First Strike Champions 100 Thieves are definitely going to look for an early spot in Masters Berlin.

100 Thieves will hope to bounce back from their absence in Masters 2 Reykjavik. Hopefully, this time around, Hiko and his team will make it through the qualifiers.

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However, it won't be easy as TSM, FaZe, and XSET are also top contenders in the Challengers Playoffs. TSM won the Challengers 2 Main Event and are looking to redeem themselves in the playoffs.

On the other hand, XSET are the only team in the world who could stop the mighty Sentinels. It will be interesting to see how the matches play out between the top contenders.

Finally, we have Rise and Luminosity who are the underdogs in the playoffs. Their consistency in previous tournaments has led to their success in Stage 3. Hopefully, fans will get to see one or two unplanned upsets on the road to Berlin.