VALORANT Champions Tour is set for Masters 3 Berlin as all the regional playoffs are finally completed. 16 teams emerged victorious from the playoffs and have qualified for VALORANT's second international LAN event.
Defending champions Sentinels are clear favourites to win Masters 3 Berlin, and will look to assert their dominance early on. As for EU, all four teams have qualified for their first VALORANT Masters.
On the other hand, KRU Esports from LATAM has secured a spot for the Championship, the end-of-year VALORANT World Final. The competition will be ruthless as this will be the last opportunity for teams to earn Circuit Points that will count towards qualification for Champions.
Here's everything you need to know about VALORANT Masters 3 Berlin.
The VALORANT Champions Tour Master 3 Berlin is scheduled between 10-20th September 2021. Episode Act 2 will go live around 8th September, so it's unclear which patch will be used for the masters.
The Masters 3 Berlin will feature sixteen teams, representing North America, Brazil, Korea, South East Asia, Latin America, Japan, Europe, CIS and the Middle East.
Riot Games recently announced the updated format for Masters 3 Berlin after responding to all the fan requests. The knockout stage of VCT Masters 3 Berlin will pivot to an eight-team single-elimination bracket and remove the final match of group play.
The organizers also revealed that more details regarding the format will be released in the upcoming weeks. The previous four groups format was good on paper, but fans wanted to see more from their favourite teams.
The tournament will consist of GSL style group play, followed by an eight-team single elimination bracket. Teams were first sorted into four draw pools based on a combination of their respective final placements at the Challenger events and their regional strength.
- Pool 1: NA #1, EMEA #1, KR #1, BR #1
- Pool 2: NA #2, EMEA #2, LATAM #1, SEA #1
- Pool 3: JP #1, BR #2, KR #2, EMEA #3
- Pool 4: NA #3, SEA #2, JP #2, EMEA #4
Next, each team in a pool will be randomly drawn into one of the four groups (Groups A-D). If at any point a team is drawn into a group that already has a team from their region, then they get placed into the next alphabetically sequential group. The only exception to this are teams from EMEA, which as a result of having the most representatives at the tournament, can have two teams drawn into a single group.
During the Group Stage, teams will compete through a four-team, double-elimination bracket to identify two winners from each group. In the first round of each group, teams from Pool 1 will face teams from Pool 4 and teams from Pool 2 will face teams from Pool 3.
After the conclusion of the fourth day of matches, a random draw will seed the Knockout Stage. The four teams who will have advanced out of their group in 1st place will be randomly assigned a yet-to-be-determined 2nd place team from a different group. The teams then will play through an eight-team single elimination bracket, with the first round seeing teams who placed 1st play against teams who placed 2nd.
The tournament will be held at the prestigious Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany. This location is iconic in Riot's history as the group stages of the League of Legends 2019 World Championship was organized in the same arena. For the health and safety of the players, staff, and local residents, the event will not be able to accommodate a live audience.
The teams that have already qualified for VCT Masters 3 Berlin from their respective regions are as follows:
- Sentinels - 1st in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (North America)
- 100 Thieves - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (North America)
- Envy - 3rd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (North America)
- KRU Esports - 1st VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (LATAM)
- Vision Strikers - 1st in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Korea)
- F4Q - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Korea)
- ZATA Division - 1st in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Japan)
- Crazy Racoons - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Japan)
- Bren Esports - 1st in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (South East Asia)
- Paper Rex - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (South East Asia)
- VIVO KEYD - 1st in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Brazil)
- Havan Liberty - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (Brazil)
- Gambit Esports - 1st VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (EMEA)
- SuperMassive Blaze - 2nd in VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (EMEA)
- Acend - 3rd VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (EMEA)
- G2 Esports - 4th VCT Stage 3 Challenger Playoffs (EMEA)
The groups for VCT Masters 3 Berlin were also revealed recently, and they are as follows.
- Vision Strikers
- Paper Rex
- SuperMassive Blaze
- Havan Liberty
- Team Envy
- KRU Esports
- ZETA Division
- Gambit Esports
- Crazy Racoons
- 100 Thieves
- VIVO KEYD
- G2 Esports
- Bren Esports
The schedule for VALORANT's second international LAN tournament was also revealed recently. The group stages will start on 10th September 2021, from 2:30 PM ET/7:30 pm BST.
The Group stages are scheduled to end by 16th September. Fans can catch all the action live from the group stages at valorantesports.com.
Here are the dates and timings for Quarterfinals, Semis and Finals of VCT Masters 3 Berlin:
- Quarterfinals - 17th September, 2:30 PM ET/7:30 PM BST.
- Semifinals - 18th September 4:30 PM ET/9:30 PM BST
- Finals - 19th September 4:30 PM ET/9:30 PM BST
Riot Games have revealed the breakdown for the distribution of Circuit Points in Masters 3 Berlin. As of now, every team in Masters 3 Berlin will be competing for the 3,725 VCT Circuit Points.
The winner from Masters 3 will get a direct entry to the annual event of VALORANT Champions Tournament 2021. The rest of the teams will get Circuit Points in the following order:
|3rd - 4th||325|
|5th - 8th||275|
|9th - 12th||225|
|13th - 16th||175|