Valorant fans in the region will be pleased to know that the competitive season is just around the corner. The 20 best teams in APAC will be duking it out starting next week in the VCT APAC Challengers Stage 1 Playoffs! It will be a three-stage tournament, starting with the play-ins, followed by the group stage and the knockouts. The teams will be playing for a cut of the USD 150,000 Prize Pool, and more importantly - one of two seats in Masters 1.

8 teams will be taking part in the play-ins (GSL format), with only 4 moving forward to join the other 12 teams in the group stages. Dates: 10-13 March.

For the play-ins, we have:

In the group stages, there will be 12 + 4 teams going through a GSL format stage as well. 8 teams will move on to the knockout stage. Dates: 16-21 March.

For the knockouts, 8 teams will go through a series of double elimination brackets, with the final 2 teams being invited to Masters 1 in Iceland. Dates: 24-27 March. Liquipedia.

Want to watch the action live? Follow the official Valorant esports website for the latest info and details.

After the debut of the VCT Game Changers last year to promote females in Valorant Esports, Riot has announced that they will be bringing it back for the 2022 season. Meant to supplement this year's Valorant Champions Tour, VCT Game Changers will provide additional opportunities and exposure for women and marginalized genders in the Valorant esports ecosystem.

This year there will be 4 stages throughout the year, with a total prize pool of USD60,000.

VCT Game Changers APAC Open 1-4: a maximum of 64 teams will compete in a series of double elimination rounds across 4 Open tournaments to win points. The top 3 teams on the leaderboard qualify for the APAC Elite stage. Teams can win USD5,000 at each stage of the Open tournaments.

VCT Game Changers APAC Open Overtime: 8 teams ranked 4th - 11th in the APAC Open stages have another chance to qualify for the APAC Elite tournament. Matches will be played in a double-elimination format, with the top 3 teams moving on to the APAC Elite stage.

VCT Game Changers APAC Last Chance: the final opportunity for unqualified teams to make it to the APAC Elite. There will be a maximum of 64 teams in the double-elimination tournament, with only the top 2 making the cut. Teams can also win USD5,000 at this stage.

VCT Game Changers APAC Elite: the tournaments all teams in Game Changers will be looking forward to - the 8 teams at the event will compete over two weekends for the title of VCT Game Changers APAC Champion, and a cut of the USD35,000 prize pool. They will also get a chance to be invited to a global Game Changers tournament later in the year.

Tournament dates:

Have a suitable team that's ready to compete? Be sure to register yourselves on the official Valorant website (stay tuned). Rules and Regulations.

Playoffs of the VCT Game Changers APAC 2022 will be broadcast live on:

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