In a few days, the first matches of the official Valorant tournament by Riot Games will start. This article will give you all the information you need to know about the format and dates.
The Valorant Champions Tour consists of three levels of tournaments: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.
Challengers are regional tournaments with an open qualification system. Each tournament will consist of three stages, the participating teams will be selected as follows:
First stage: eight teams from the open qualifiers;
Second stage: teams ranked 1-4 places in the first stage + four teams from the open qualifications;
Third round: teams ranked 5-8 in the second round + four teams from open qualifiers
The best four teams of the second and third stage will take part in the regional final, which will draw a ticket to the Masters Series tournament. Sixteen teams will participate:
Three teams from North America (teams from Oceania will have to participate in the North American qualifiers);
four teams from Europe (teams from the CIS, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa will be required to participate in the European qualifications);
two teams from Brazil;
two teams from Korea;
two teams from Japan;
two teams from Southeast Asia;
one team from Latin America.
The Masters Series tournaments will earn teams the points necessary to qualify for the main tournament of the year, the Champions. There will be several ways to get to it: by collecting the required number of points, by winning the last Masters tournament, or by qualifying "Last Chance". Champions teams will be selected as follows?
The teams with the highest scores in their respective regions: two teams from North America, two teams from Europe, two teams from Brazil, one team from Latin America, one team from Japan, two teams from Southeast Asia, one team from Korea;
by Last Chance qualification: one team from North America, one team from Europe, one team from Brazil and Latin America, one team from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Korea;
the winner of the last Masters Series tournament of the year.
The first rounds of Challengers Series tournaments will begin as early as January 26 in Latin America, then as early as January 30 in Brazil and Korea, February 3-7 in North America, February 5 in Southeast Asia, and February 11 in Europe, CIS, and Turkey. The dates of qualification in Japan and the Middle East and North Africa are still unknown.
Due to the unstable situation in the world, the dates of the remaining tournaments remain tentative.