Big changes incoming for VCT Stage 2

posted by SmittyW.,
A leaner qualifying phase, one regional final for EU, TR and CIS and an offline event in Iceland: Stage 2 takes the VALORANT Champions Tour to the next level. With Stage 2 beginning shortly, we want to introduce a couple of changes to the VALORANT Champions Tour EMEA. After a successful first stage, we are taking the next steps and introducing the EMEA Challengers Playoffs and the first global VCT offline event.

The EMEA Challengers Playoffs will be a tournament including eight teams from EU, TR and CIS. The two finalists of this event will qualify for VALORANT Masters Reykjavík, featuring the ten best teams from all around the world. Read on to find out everything about the changes that are to come!

Two meaningful qualifiers

Taking all the feedback and learnings from Stage 1 into account, we will host only two Qualifiers in Stage 2. However, both of them will be meaningful as they award fiercely contested slots for the new EMEA Challengers Playoffs at the end of April. The Open Qualifiers commence on 30 March in EU, TR, and CIS and start once more with a round-of-512 single-elimination bracket.

Playoffs slot distribution and qualifying process

For teams qualifying from the EU territory, Stage 2 will hold two Main Events distributing the four EU slots at the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. To qualify for a Main Event, teams need to reach the round-of-eight in the Open Qualifiers. The eight teams from these qualifiers will then move on to the respective Main Event, where they fight in a single-elimination bracket.

The two finalists of each Main Event book their tickets for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs, that is four teams for EU in total.

The qualification process is almost the same in TR. The top two teams from the first Main Event advance to the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. However, the second TR Main Event awards only one invitation to the Playoffs.

In the CIS, only the second Main Event holds a ticket for the EMEA Challengers Playoffs. The first Main Event qualifies the top four finishers for the second one and grants them top seedings. The four teams advancing from Open Qualifiers 2 will get the low seedings for Main Event 2.

The road map of Stage 2 shows the qualification processes for EU, TR and CIS.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 slots work for VCT EMEA

Why qualifying for the second masters CIS, Europe and TR was merged into one region with only two slots for all three regions? Why does TR/CIS have fewer seeds?

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.

Introducing the EMEA Challengers Playoffs

Unlike Stage 1, Stage 2 will host a tournament with the best teams from the entire EMEA region. The line-up will consist of four teams from the EU, three from TR and one from CIS.

The EMEA Challengers Playoffs will employ the GSL-format for the group stage. This means we will have two groups of four teams that play in a double-elimination bracket to advance to the semifinals. The semifinals will then be a single-elimination format. In contrast to the other matches of the tournament, which are best-of-three, the finals will be a best-of-five series.

Not only will the two teams advancing to the finals get the lion's share of circuit points and prize money. They will also be invited to join eight other teams from all over the world at VCT Masters in Reykjavík, Iceland. The second VCT Masters tournament will boast the biggest prize pool and the fiercest competition for the teams yet.

The EMEA Challengers Playoffs employ a GSL-like group stage and a single-elimination bracket from the semifinals on.The EMEA Challengers Playoffs adapt the format from Masters 1: a GSL-format group stage and a single-elimination bracket in the semifinals and finals.

Prize money

In Stage 2, there will be changes to the prize pools as well. Here is a concise overview 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 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 Open Qualifiers, Main Events and EMEA Challengers Playoffs, head over to "Play" under the Challengers tab in the navigation bar and select the season you want to learn more about.

  • For those who want to check out the Open Qualifiers progress, you can click on the "Qualifiers" section of each season, which is located further below the bracket. Please bear in mind that there are hundreds of teams going into the Qualifiers. The tournament tree and the results are also listed there.

Can I join the tournament? And how do I sign up?

There are a few rules and requirements to join the tournament. Please read all rules carefully in advance before signing up. Remember that the VALORANT Tournament client needs to be installed throughout the entire tournament.

You can find all rules in detail in our rulebook which you can find under the Challengers section in the navigation, or if you click here.

So you've read through all the rules and are now eager to take your shot? Then it's time to sign up for one of the upcoming Open 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.

How can I stay updated?

To stay up to date with the latest news, updates and information on VCT EMEA, follow our social channels listed below:

I still have questions!

Still have questions? No problem! Drop a message to our support team at any time and they will get back to you as soon as possible, or check out our FAQ section.

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