The top Valorant teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are all ready for the new 2022 Valorant season. They will get to put their skills and strategies to the test at VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers, where reigning Valorant Champions winner Acend are eager to defend their crown.

Riot Games handed out direct invites to the following teams, comprising some of the best in the region, advancing them to the Stage 1 Main Event:

These four teams were selected based on their 2021 VCT EMEA circuit point standings. All of them also participated in Valorant Champions at the end of last year. 

What is the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers?

Acend wins Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers is the first competition of the 2022 season for teams based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It consists of three phases: the open qualifiers, the regular season, and the playoffs.

The best teams in the region will be competing to qualify for the first international Masters event of the year, in addition to crucial VCT circuit points that will help them qualify for a spot at the Valorant Champions event at the end of 2022.

Tournament schedule and match results

Gambit Esports with the biggest comeback win at Valorant Champions 2021 against Team Vikings
Credit: Riot Games


The open qualifier in the different EMEA regions began on January 10, 2022. Teams that qualified from Europe, Turkey, and the CIS region have already been decided.

Main Event

The Stage 1 Main Event begins on February 11 with the new regular season format in which the 12 qualified teams will compete for their spots in the playoffs.


Group A

1stM3C (ex-Gambit Esports)4 — 1
2ndFunPlus Phoenix4 — 1
3rdTeam Liquid3 — 2
4thLDN UTD2 — 3
5thNatus Vincere2 — 3
6thBIG0 — 5

Group B

1stFnatic5 — 0
2ndGuild Esports3 — 2
3rdG2 Esports3 — 2
4thAcend2 — 3
5thBBL Esports2 — 3
6thSuperMassive Blaze0 — 5

Week 1

February 11

Team Liquid0 — 2Gambit Esports

February 12

G2 Esports1 — 2Fnatic
FunPlus Phoenix2 — 1BIG

February 13

SuperMassive Blaze0 — 2Acend
Natus Vincere2 — 0LDN UTD

February 14

BBL Esports0 — 2Guild Esports

Week 2

February 18

FunPlus Phoenix2 — 1Gambit Esports

February 19

Guild Esports2 — 1Acend

February 20

BBL Esports0 — 2Fnatic
G2 Esports2 — 0SuperMassive Blaze

February 21

Natus Vincere1 — 2 Team Liquid

Week 3

Update: Week 3 of the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers matches have been postponed by Riot Games due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Week 4

March 5

BBL Esports2 –– 0SuperMassive Blaze

March 6

G2 Esports1 — 2 Acend

March 7

LDN UTD0 — 2Team Liquid

Week 5

March 11

SuperMassive Blaze0 — 2Fnatic

March 12

G2 Esports2 — 0BBL Esports
FunPlus Phoenix2 — 0Team Liquid
Guild Esports2 — 1SuperMassive Blaze

March 13

Fnatic2 — 0Acend
BIG1 — 2Natus Vincere
G2 Esports2 — 0Guild Esports
LDN UTD2 — 1FunPlus Phoenix

March 14

Team Liquid2 — 0BIG
BBL Esports2 — 1Acend

March 16

Natus Vincere0 — 2M3C

March 17

Guild Esports1 — 2Fnatic
BIG0 — 2M3C

March 18

Natus Vincere1 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

March 19



The playoffs begin in March, where the top eight teams will square off for the available spots allotted to the EMEA region in the first Masters of the VCT 2022 season.

Format of the tournament

Fnatic defeats Cloud9 in Valorant Champions 2021's group stage match (Day 1)
Credit: Riot Games

The two open qualifiers will have four Main Event spots up for grabs and will feature a 128-team bracket. Teams will compete in a single-elimination format until they reach the round of 32, which will then switch to the double-elimination format.

The main event will see the 12 qualified teams split into two groups of six teams. They will compete in round-robin best-of-three matches after which the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs.

The playoffs will be a double-elimination bracket with all matches played out in a best-of-three series, except for the lower bracket final and grand final, which will both be best-of-five games.

The new Valorant agent Neon will also be available for tournament play for the first time on January 25.

Teams that are participating in the competition

Team Liquid at Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

Group A

Gambit Esports2021 VCT circuit points
Team Liquid2021 VCT circuit points
BIG2021 VCT circuit points
FunPlus PhoenixCIS closed qualifier winner
LDN UTDEurope closed qualifier 2 winner
Natus VincereCIS closed qualifier 2 winner

Group B

Acend2021 VCT circuit points
Fnatic2021 VCT circuit points
SuperMassive BlazeTurkey closed qualifier 1 winner
Guild EsportsEurope closed qualifier 1 winner
BBL EsportsTurkey closed qualifier 2 winner
G2 EsportsEurope closed qualifier 2 winner

Where to watch the tournament?

G2 Esports versus Sentinels at VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin, Valorant, Riot Games
Credit: Riot Games

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

Valorant EsportsTwitch
Valorant Esports 2Twitch
Valorant Esports 3Twitch
Valorant EsportsYouTube

(To be updated)

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