After the successful conclusion of the first Valorant Champions Tour, it looks like Riot Games are ready to reveal more details about the upcoming season. Announced in a press release yesterday, here’s what's changed:
South Asia and Oceania to play alongside Southeast Asia in the APAC Circuit. This brings the total number of participating regions to 8. This is the slot allocation for VCT 2022 APAC:
With the inclusion of more regions, it looks like qualifiers for the major tournaments are going to be a lot tougher than before.
The VCT 2022 season is structured around 3 global events: Masters 1, Masters 2 and Champions. From the APAC level, teams can expect to fight through a three-stage competitive format for the chance to compete at the global events.
The very first Valorant Championship came to a conclusion this morning as the grand finals between Acend and Gambit Esports went all the way to five games, with the European squad coming out on top, 3-2. The team showed off their dominance at the event, only dropping a single map in the group stage before a flawless run in the playoffs. It was during the grand final where they met their toughest opponent at the last possible stage.
Gambit, one of the favourites of the tournament didn't have the cleanest of runs, going 2-1 all the way until the grand finals where they were the first to match point. However, Acend pulled off an epic comeback on map 4 (Icebox), taking it into overtime and equalizing the series. For the final map, it looked like it was Acend's to win, which they eventually did without much trouble. If you missed the action live, check out the replay.
Congratulations to BONECOLD, cNed, Kiles, starxo, zeek and their coach, Nbs - they are officially the best Valorant team in the world! Acend walk away with the grand prize of $350,000 and Gambit Esports with $150,000 for second place. In addition to the main prize pool, all the teams receive about an additional $500,000 each from the total sales of the Valorant Champions bundle.
Valorant esports will be taking a break for the rest of the year and will resume in February 2022, stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates!
After an exciting week of matches, the group stages for Valorant Champions has come to a conclusion. With the dust settled, we now have the top 8 teams still in the running for the ultimate trophy. Congratulations to Acend, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Cloud9 Blue, Gambit Esports, X10 CRIT, Fnatic and KRÜ Esports for making it out of the preliminaries. They must now face each other in the single-elimination, best-of-three Playoff stage for a chance at the grand prize. Here's a look at the brackets:
Despite not playing in any international tournaments this year, Team Secret has shown that they have the ability to take on anybody in the world. Sure, their group stage series against Gambit, winners of Champions Berlin, didn't go too well but since that defeat, the team managed to bounce back and claim a spot in the playoffs. They'll be going up against Acend, who have been on top of the EU region for most of the year.
Cloud9 Blue vs Team Liquid is going to be an interesting matchup, with both of the teams entering Champions through the last chance qualifiers. Cloud9 Blue are North America's last hope, and Team Liquid are no slouches despite failing to make it to Berlin. It's going to be interesting to see who makes it out of this brawl.
X10 CRIT from Thailand are one of the two remaining SEA teams in the tournament. While the team dominated the scene during the earlier part of 2021, they haven't been looking too hot recently. Their opponents, Gambit Esports, look extremely scary so it'll probably be the most difficult team they have to face at the tournament. But this is the big stage, and in a single-elimination game, anything can happen so don't count them out just yet.
Finally, we have KRÜ Esports vs Fnatic. The last time the two teams met (Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík), Fnatic 2:0'd them. Can the last hope of South America exact revenge on the European squad or will history repeat itself?
Valorant Champions 2021 playoffs will kick off on December 9, 1 AM (GMT+8), with Acend vs Team Secret and Team Liquid vs Cloud9 Blue. Catch the action live on eGG Network TV, Twitch, or YouTube. More info.
It's been a long time coming, but the long-awaited Valorant Champions 2021 is almost here. After a whole year of the Valorant Champions Tour circuit, it has boiled down to the best 16 teams in the world and they'll be ready to duke it out for the very first world championship trophy in less than two weeks. The teams will be competing offline, in Berlin, for a cut of the $1,000,000 prize pool and title of the first Valorant Champion.
These are the competing teams:
The top 2 teams in each group will move on to the knockout stage, where they will face off against the top teams from the other groups.
All games will be best-of-three except for the Grand Final, which will be a best-of-five.
Date and Times:
Semifinals and Finals
All times in GMT +8
Where to Watch:
It's going to be a thrilling way to cap off the year, and a preview of things to come for the following season. We can't wait to see who wins the very first Valorant crown. Make sure you tune in to catch all the action live!