Riot Games’ second Valorant LAN event of the year is nearly upon us.
While the rest of the regions in the VCT are still battling in their Stage 2 Challengers regional tournaments, Guild Esports and Fnatic from the EMEA region have emerged as the first teams to qualify for Masters Copenhagen in July.
Guild and Fnatic won their VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs upper bracket semifinals matches and advanced to the upper final. Since both teams have also secured a top-three finish in the tournament, they’re each guaranteed one of the three EMEA slots at Masters Copenhagen.
The 10 remaining slots remain vacant as the best teams around the world continue to duke it out to see which squads will be traveling to Denmark.
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Full list of teams qualified for VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen 2022
Fnatic have been on a tear throughout the entirety of Stage 2, first going undefeated in the VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers group stage, then besting Stage 1 champions FunPlus Phoenix in the upper bracket semifinals to qualify for their fourth Masters event.
Meanwhile, Guild Esports are set to make their international Valorant LAN debut, after defeating M3 Champions 2-0 in the upper bracket semifinals.
Over in North America, OpTic Gaming and XSET are the frontrunners to qualify in the VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers playoffs. They are set to face one another in the upper final, with the winner qualifying for Masters Copenhagen.
Brazilian contenders LOUD and Ninjas in Pyjamas lead the way in their region, after dominating their respective groups in the VCT Brazil Stage 2 Challengers group stage.
Elsewhere, KRU Esports from Latin America, DRX from Korea, and Zeta Division from Japan are the favorites to qualify from their regions, following perfect runs in their Stage 2 Challengers group stage.
Finally, Paper Rex continues to look strong in APAC, winning both their group stage matches in the VCT APAC Stage 2 Challengers playoffs.
|Fnatic||EMEA||1st place in VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers|
|FunPlus Phoenix||EMEA||2nd place in VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers|
|Guild Esports||EMEA||3rd place in VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers|
|XSET||North America||1st place in VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers|
|OpTic Gaming||North America||2nd place in VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers|
|DRX||Korea||1st place in VCT Korea Stage 2 Challengers|
|Northeption||Japan||1st place in VCT Japan Stage 2 Challengers|
|Paper Rex||APAC||1st in VCT APAC Stage 2 Challengers|
|XERXIA Esports||APAC||2nd in VCT APAC Stage 2 Challengers|
|LOUD||Brazil||1st place in VCT Brazil Stage 2 Challengers|
|Leviatán||Latin America||1st place in VCT Latin America Stage 2 Challengers|
|KRU Esports||LATAM/Brazil||1st place in LATAM and Brazil Stage 2 Challengers playoffs|
Riot Games has yet to announce if the top squads that finish first in their respective Stage 2 Challengers regional tournaments will advance directly to the Masters Copenhagen playoffs, as they did at Masters Reykjavik.
That turned out to be a huge surprise during Stage 1 Challengers, where teams like OpTic Gaming didn’t know they were competing for a playoffs spot in Masters Reykjavik, while they were up against The Guard in the VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers playoffs grand final.
Stage 2 Masters will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, from July 10 to 24, featuring 12 of the world’s best teams.
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