The first international Valorant event of the year is nearly upon us. The 12 best teams from around the world are heading to Iceland to compete at Masters Reykjavik 2022, where they will battle to be crowned VCT Stage 1 champions.

However, the playing field looks considerably different from last year. All three winners of past international LAN events – Sentinels, Gambit Esports (now known as M3 Champions), and Acend – failed to qualify through their respective Stage 1 Challengers tournaments.

In their place are teams like G2 Esports, Fnatic, and rookie wunderkind The Guard, all looking to lift their first Masters trophy and lay claim to the title of the world’s best Valorant team.

Meanwhile, new Brazilian superteam Loud and Korea’s DRX Vision Strikers arrive in Iceland on the back of incredibly dominant streaks in their respective countries. After falling short last year, their rosters will be looking to fix their mistakes and finally find success on the global stage.

What is VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022?

VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022
Credit: Riot Games

It is the first international Valorant LAN event of the VCT 2022 season, featuring the top teams from North America, EMEA, Korea, Japan, APAC, Brazil, and Latin America.

The tournament marks the culmination of VCT 2022 Stage 1, where teams can earn VCT circuit points that will go toward qualification for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.

VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022 schedule and results

Masters Reykjavik 2022 schedule
Credit: Riot Games

VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022’s group stage will run from April 10 to 14, followed by the playoffs from April 15 to 25.

Here are the groups and opening matches for Masters Reykjavik 2022.

(To be updated)

Group Stage Standings

Group A

1stDRX2 — 0
2ndZeta Division2 — 1
3rdNinjas in Pyjamas1 — 2
4thFnatic0 — 2

Group B

1stTeam Liquid2 — 0
2ndOpTic Gaming2 — 1
3rdXerxia Esports1 — 2
4thKRU Esports0 — 2

April 10

DRX Vision Strikers2 — 0Icebox 13-2
Haven 13-3
Zeta Division

April 11

KRU Esports0 — 2Fracture 5-13
Ascent 14-16
Team Liquid
OpTic Gaming0 — 2Icebox 10-13
Ascent 10-13
Xerxia Esports

April 12

Fnatic0 — 2Ascent 7-13
Split 8-13
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Team Liquid2 — 1Split 13-7
Icebox 13-11
Ascent 17-15
Xerxia Esports
DRX Vision Strikers2 — 0Icebox 13-4
Breeze 13-8
Ninjas in Pyjamas

April 13

KRU Esports0 — 2Bind 5-13
Ascent 10-13
OpTic Gaming
Zeta Division2 — 0Fracture 13-7
Icebox 13-11

April 14

Xerxia Esports0 — 2Fracture 8-13
Haven 6-13
OpTic Gaming
Ninjas in Pyjamas1 — 2Split 13-6
Icebox 10-13
Fracture 12-14
Zeta Division


April 15

G2 Esports2 — 0Split 13-7
Bind 13-10
Zeta Division
LOUD2 — 1Icebox 13-10
Haven 3 – 13
Ascent 13-10
Team Liquid

April 16

Paper Rex1 — 2Haven 13-10
Bind 8-13
Ascent 8-13
The Guard1 — 2Icebox 7-13
Haven 13-7
Fracture 11-13
OpTic Gaming

April 17

Zeta Division2 — 1Fracture 13-7
Haven 4-13
Split 13-7
Team Liquid
Paper Rex2 — 0Haven 13-10
Split 13-8
The Guard

April 18

DRX1 — 2Ascent 13-8
Icebox 11-13
Split 13-15
OpTic Gaming
G2 Esports0 — 2Ascent 5-13
Breeze 11-13

April 19

DRX1 — 2Icebox 11-13
Ascent 13-10
Split 4-13
Zeta Division
G2 Esports0 — 2Split 10-13
Bind 7-13
Paper Rex

April 23

Upper Bracket Final

OpTic Gaming1 — 2Fracture 13-2
Ascent 8-13
Icebox 11-13

Lower Bracket Semifinal

Zeta Division2 — 1Icebox 6-13
Haven 13-2
Split 13-10
Paper Rex

April 24

Lower Bracket Final

OpTic Gaming3 — 0Haven 15-13
Fracture 13-5
Bind 13-8
Zeta Division

April 25

Grand Final

Loud0 — 3Ascent 9-13
Bind 12-14
Breeze 13-15
OpTic Gaming

Teams that are competing at VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022

The Guard best Valorant team in NA
Credit: The Guard

The 12 teams in the competition have been split between the top-seeded teams and the group stage squads. The four top-seeded teams advance directly to the playoffs, where they await the winners of the group stage.

Out of the eight teams in the group stage, only four will move on to the playoffs.

FunPlus Phoenix, the first seed in VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers, will not attend Masters Reykjavik as a result of travel and COVID-19 restrictions. G2 Esports takes their place as EMEA’s top seed, while the fourth-placed Team Liquid will attend as the third EMEA representative.

Playoffs teams

G2 EsportsEurope2nd place VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
The GuardNorth America1st place VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
Paper RexSingapore (Southeast Asia)1st place VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
LOUDBrazil1st place VCT Brazil Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs

Group stage teams

FnaticEurope3rd place VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
Team LiquidEurope4th place VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
OpTic GamingNorth America2nd place VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
DRX Vision StrikersKorea1st place VCT Korea Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
Xerxia EsportsThailand (Southeast Asia)2nd place VCT APAC Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
Zeta DivisionJapan1st place VCT Japan Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
KRU EsportsArgentina (Latin America)1st place VCT LATAM Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs
Ninjas in PyjamasBrazil1st place South America Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs

Prize and point pool of the tournament at the Valorant international LAN at Iceland

DRX Vision Strikers qualifies to Masters Reykjavik 2022
Credit: DRX Vision Strikers

All teams are competing for a share of the 3,400 circuit points that will go toward qualifying for Valorant Champions at the year’s end. Riot Games has yet to announce the prize pool for the tournament.

FunPlus Phoenix have been awarded the eighth-place prize as a result of their inability to attend, which is the lowest placement they could have achieved at the event. The team will receive 200 circuit points and US$25,000 in prize money.

DNPFunPlus PhoenixUS$25,000200

Format of VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022

VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifier, VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin Stage, Valorant, Riot Games
Credit: Riot Games

The tournament begins with the group stage. Eight teams have been sorted into two groups, and each group will play through a double-elimination bracket. The first two teams from each group to win two matches will advance to the playoffs.

The four teams that emerge from the group stage will be placed randomly in the double-elimination playoffs bracket, where the top-seeded squads from each region will be waiting.

Teams from the same group will be placed on opposite sides of the playoffs bracket to avoid a repeat match-up too early in the winner’s bracket.

All matches will play out in best-of-three series, except for the lower bracket final and grand final, which will be best-of-five games.

Where to watch VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022?

Valorant, Yehty, in-game observer, VCT, Esports behind the scenes
Credit: Yehty

Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels:

Valorant Champions TourYouTube
Valorant Esports 2Twitch

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