After a long wait, we finally have all the information regarding Riot’s first Valorant LAN event in Reykjavík, Iceland. With the ten teams, seven different regions, a massive $600.000 prize pool, and much more, the Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2 Masters – Reykjavik looks poised to deliver. We’ll go through the list and analyse all the surprises that await in Reykjavík. Without much further ado, let’s jump right into the action!
Seven regions – only one will come out on top
The biggest significance of this event is the fact that this is not only Riot’s first Valorant LAN event, but also because this is the first time we’ll see all the different regions compete against one another at the same location.
The pandemic has been relentless and esports suffered greatly. Valorant was no exception, and most if not all of Valorant esports have been played online.
The Laugardalshöll arena is the place where all these teams will finally meet face-to-face for the first time, so this will be an exciting moment for everyone involved, including the fans who follow the teams participating.
Statistically speaking, three regions have the numbers advantage, and that’s EMEA, NA, and Brazil. Each brings two teams into this event, while the remaining four regions only bring one. Still, this matters little in the grand scheme of things, as each and every one of these teams is capable of winning the event.
We cannot express how anxiously we’ve been waiting to see which Valorant region rules supreme and looks like we’ll finally have our answer.
The biggest prize pool yet
The Valorant Champions Tour has been a very generous event so far, and Riot has spared no expense to make this a true spectacle. However, this time they’re raising the bar and pushing the prize pool to a whopping $600.000.
If you thought the competition couldn’t get more intense, think again. With this much money on the line, every single team will certainly bring their A-game.
The spotlight has been on the NA and EU region for all this time, and very little info was coming from the other regions. NA has flashy fraggers and much is being invested into promotions, not to mention that most of the Valorant influencers come from NA and have ties to the North American Valorant organisations.
This could be a turning point in the Valorant scene, where we might see NA and EU be dethroned by one of the other regions. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Event Format
The event will use a double-elimination bracket, with each match being best-of-three and the Grands Finals being best-of-five. All maps except Breeze will be eligible.
Breeze is a relatively new map, and the players haven’t had enough time to fully test it, so in order to preserve a fair and balanced environment Riot ended up suspending it for the duration of this event.
The winners of NA and EMEA VCT Stage 2 Challengers Finals await in the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals, and that’s Sentinels from NA and Team Liquid from EU. Whoever wins in Round of 10 will end up facing these two teams.
The opening matches will see Fnatic face off against KRÜ Esports, the LATAM Challengers Finals winners. EU vs. LATAM, who will persevere?
The NA surprise, Version1, will test their skills against the Japanese Crazy Racoon. Crazy Racoon has been dominating the JP scene, even overthrowing the long-time favorites Absolute JUPITER. Will they beat Version1, or will the fast-paced NA meta prove to be too much to handle?
Two other matchups are scheduled for the Upper Bracket Quarterfinals. Team Vikings will fight against the SEA champions X10 Esports. Sharks Esports are paired against NUTURN Gaming.
This event will be a battle of the titans. According to Riot, more than 2000 teams from seven different regions attempted to qualify to get here, and out of all of those, only 10 teams came out on top. This will be an event we’ll likely remember for a long time, so we can’t wait for the action to finally kick-off.
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