How does the VALORANT Champions Tour Challengers EMEA change for the year?
The VCT EMEA is currently in full swing and the first participants already collected some valuable VCT Points. The road to VCT Champions, the most prestigious event of the year, got a few upgrades. The second Stage has been remodeled so the three territories get a chance to actually compete against each other. Stage 2 ends with a special offline event in Iceland where the top EMEA teams fight face-to-face against teams from around the world to claim more VCT Points and determine which team is the best across all regions. Let's take a look at all changes in detail.
What's the format of Stage 2?
After Stage 1 came to an end earlier in March, we decided to bring a twist to the following Stages and hold Masters 2 as an offline LAN event as a highlight! But let's start from the beginning:
- Qualifiers 1: Every team starts with Qualifiers. There is one Qualifier for each territory; EU, TR and CIS. A maximum of 512 teams compete in each Qualifier, with the eight best squads advancing to their respective Main Event 1. Teams from Masters 1 will receive the top seeds in their respective tournaments.
- Main Event 1: Each of the three territories has its own Main Event. The eight strongest teams fight against each other. The top two teams from EU and TR advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs, the top four from CIS qualify for Main Event 2 as higher seeds.
- Qualifiers 2: The teams that did not make it in the first qualifier have a second chance in Qualifiers 2. Per territory, a max of 512 teams starts, with the top 8 advancing to the Main Event 2 in EU and TR. In the CIS Qualifiers, only the top four teams advance as lower seeds to Main Event 2.
- Main Event 2: Similar to Main Event 1, there will be one Main Event per territory, eight powerhouses will fight for a slot in the Playoffs. In the second Main Event, the two top teams from EU, one team from TR and one tream from CIS advance to the Playoffs.
- EMEA Challengers Playoffs: Once the eight strongest teams across EMEA have been determined, it's time for them to compete against each other! Four EU teams, three from Turkey and one team from the CIS. The two teams advancing to the Grand Finals will book their tickets to the VCT Masters in Iceland.
- VCT Masters Reykjavík: The Masters event is the highlight of Stage 2. A total of ten teams from around the world, including the two finalists of the EMEA Challengers Playoffs, battle it out live on stage in Iceland at the first LAN of the VALORANT Champions Tour. The remaining participants come from other VCT regions such as North America, Southeast Asia, and South Korea.
For additional information about the seeding, prize money distribution and more, head over to our article "Big changes incoming for VCT Stage 2".
Teams qualify over Open Qualifiers for the Main Events of each territory. The winners advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. The finalists of the Playoffs attend VCT Masters Reykjavík.
How does the seeding work for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs?
As mentioned in the section above, the best teams of the two Main Events will advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. The three territories each send in their best candidates with the following seeding:
Main Event 1: Top 2 EU teams, top 2 TR teams advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. Top 4 CIS teams get a higher seeding for the Main Event 2.
Main Event 2: Top 2 EU teams, top 1 TR team and top 1 CIS team advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs.
Why are there different slot distributions for the three territories?
When we consider seeding, we will use a combination of regional competitiveness (measured using the proportion of high-elo players in a region) and historical performance. As we don't yet have historical performance, we've been guided by the distribution of high-elo players. Moving forward, if this distribution changes and we have more competition to draw from, seeding may change. This flexibility is by design and ensures the seeding changes as the region does.
Can we expect the same number of seedings for upcoming events?
Seeding is guided by a combination of regional competitiveness (measured by distribution of high-elo players) and historical performance.
*This is subject to change with distribution to be evaluated prior to the start of each stage. Information will be shared closer to the event time.
What's the schedule for Stage 2?
So many exciting matches ahead, but when exactly do they take place? The first Qualifiers already kick off on 30 March, so it’s showtime soon. For an overview on each matchday, head over to our schedule and find out when the broadcast is starting on which day. The schedule can be found under the Challengers option in the navigation, or you can click here.
What's the entire timeline for the 2021 VCT?
Now that you know the schedule for Stage 2, let's take a look at the remaining VCT timeline.
Stage 3 kicks off in July and we plan to employ the same format as Stage 2. Two Qualifier rounds, two Main Events, one Playoffs and one last Masters event wraps up the regular season of the VALORANT Champions Tour.
In October, teams will have their final opportunity to earn their spot in VCT Champions via the Last Chance Qualifier.
Once the strongest participants from all over the globe have been determined after Stage 3 and the Last Chance Qualifier, the top teams will prepare for the long awaited Main Event. The VCT Champions that takes place in December and is the final arena from which the 2021 VCT world champions will emerge victorious.
In Stage 2, we'll only have two Qualifiers per region, that lead to one Main Event for each territory. The EMEA Challengers Playoffs determine the participants for VCT Masters.
What does EMEA region mean?
The EMEA region is one competitive area that is made up of three territories which are EU, TR and CIS. When competing in the Global VCT events, Masters and Champions, teams will be collectively representing the EMEA region.
Participants from the following countries are eligible to participate: Europe, Turkey, Russia, CIS and MENA. Participants from the following countries are eligible to take part: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal And Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine(Un Observer State), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (UK), Uzbekistan, Vatican City (Holysee), Western Sahara (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic), Yemen.
What is the prize money and VCT points distribution?
There are changes to the prize pools for Stage 2. Below is a breakdown of the prizes awarded to the teams participating:
Challengers Main Event EU/TR/CIS
EMEA Challengers Playoffs
The VCT Points System
Stay tuned for the reworked VCT points system! We'll release more info next week.
Where can I watch the games?
If you aren't playing yourself and simply want to watch some matches, grab your popcorn and tune in to one of our streams. We broadcast in English and seven other languages, the full list of which can be found below.
All Main Event and Playoffs matches will be broadcast. Addtionally, there will be extra streams for the Qualifier phase, starting on 10 April. Find more information about the additional broadcasts right here:
There will be no official broadcast for Qualifier matches but active participants are allowed to stream POV only.
Missed a game? Don’t worry. All broadcasts are available as VODs on our Twitch and YouTube channels. See below for the full list of channels and languages available:
The official VCT EMEA streams are:
- EU - English Twitch
- TR - Turkish Twitch
- CIS - Russian Twitch
- EU - German Twitch
- EU - French Twitch
- EU - Italian Twitch
- EU - Polish Twitch
- EU - Spanish Twitch
- EU - Portuguese Twitch
- EU – Finnish Twitch
Is co-streaming allowed?
We are a diverse region with many different cultures and languages. Our main focus is to make sure fans have access to all events of our competition in as many of those languages as possible. To ensure consistent high quality broadcast for all, we are investing in broadcast partnerships that guarantee year-long coverage of all events.
Although co-streaming is not allowed during events with official broadcasts, we encourage players participating in the tournament to stream their own POV, with a 3 min delay, for competitions that fall out of this scope. In addition, streamers are allowed to use VODs on their streams for commenting, analysing or creating content around matches once the official live broadcasts are over and as long as our competition is being represented in it’s intended format.
For more information, please refer to the official rulebook.
Where can I find the results?
Head to our League overview to stay up to date with the current standings as well as which teams have progressed to the next stage.
- For all information on the Qualifiers, Main Events and EMEA Challengers Playoffs, head over to "Play" on the Challengers point in the navigation and select the season you want to learn more about.
- For those who want to check out the Qualifiers progress, you can click on the "Qualifiers" section of each stage, located further below the bracket, including tournament brackets and results. Please bear in mind that there are hundreds of teams going into the Qualifiers.
Can I join the tournament? And how do I sign up?
There are a few rules and requirements to be aware of before you join the tournament. Please read all rules carefully before signing up and remember that the VALORANT Tournament client needs to be installed throughout the tournament.
You can find all rules in detail in our rulebook which can found under the Challengers section in the navigation, or click here.
Now that you've read through all the rules and are eager to take your shot, it's time to sign up for one of the upcoming Qualifiers. No, you do not need a professional organisation to take part, the goal is to look for the best of the best teams and players out there.
Make sure to check out our signup guide which you can find under the Support section of the navigation, or by clicking here.
You can head over to the Leagues overview to see if there are any sign-ups open at the moment.
FAQ about Stage 2:
Why did you not make Stage 2 EMEA Challengers Playoffs Double elimination?
For VCT Stage 2 EMEA Challengers Playoffs, we decided to retain the GSL format from Masters 1 based on several factors including competitive integrity, region size, team participation, time and cost restraints, as well as feedback we have received from teams, players and the community. We are constantly evaluating competition formats with the fairest system for all participants, and best viewing experience for all our fans in mind, and will continue to reassess in the future.
Why is Challenger Finals not an offline event where every team can play with the same ping?
The VCT strives to create the best experience for world class competitive VALORANT for all our fans, players and teams around the world to enjoy, but without compromise, the health and safety of everyone is our top priority. We are constantly observing and evaluating health and safety measures globally to ensure that our teams, players, and crew have the safest environment possible to perform their best at. We will continue to adhere to local government advice and restrictions. At this moment, tournament organisers have decided to continue with the VCT EMEA Challengers Stage 2 as an online only event.
Can we expect the same number of seedings for upcoming events?
Seeding is guided by a combination of regional competitiveness (measured by distribution of high-elo players) and historical performance.*This is subject to change with distribution to be evaluated prior to the start of each stage. Information will be shared closer to the event time.
Which team gets to choose which server we’re playing on?
Choosing the server is the responsibility of the tournament officials, not the teams, and will be based on which server will provide the optimal and fairest experience for participating teams.
How to stay updated?
To stay up to date with the latest news, updates and information on VCT EMEA, follow our social channels listed below:
- Added links to Portuguese and Finnish Twitch
- Added link to "Additional Broadcasts and Streams coming for VCT EMEA Stage 2 Qualifiers".
I still have questions!
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