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:
What is the VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers?
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
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.
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.
|1st||M3C (ex-Gambit Esports)||4 — 1|
|2nd||FunPlus Phoenix||4 — 1|
|3rd||Team Liquid||3 — 2|
|4th||LDN UTD||2 — 3|
|5th||Natus Vincere||2 — 3|
|6th||BIG||0 — 5|
|1st||Fnatic||5 — 0|
|2nd||Guild Esports||3 — 2|
|3rd||G2 Esports||3 — 2|
|4th||Acend||2 — 3|
|5th||BBL Esports||2 — 3|
|6th||SuperMassive Blaze||0 — 5|
|Team Liquid||0 — 2||Gambit Esports|
|G2 Esports||1 — 2||Fnatic|
|FunPlus Phoenix||2 — 1||BIG|
|SuperMassive Blaze||0 — 2||Acend|
|Natus Vincere||2 — 0||LDN UTD|
|BBL Esports||0 — 2||Guild Esports|
|FunPlus Phoenix||2 — 1||Gambit Esports|
|Guild Esports||2 — 1||Acend|
|LDN UTD||2 — 1||BIG|
|BBL Esports||0 — 2||Fnatic|
|G2 Esports||2 — 0||SuperMassive Blaze|
|Natus Vincere||1 — 2||Team Liquid|
|BBL Esports||2 –– 0||SuperMassive Blaze|
|G2 Esports||1 — 2||Acend|
|LDN UTD||0 — 2||Team Liquid|
|SuperMassive Blaze||0 — 2||Fnatic|
|G2 Esports||2 — 0||BBL Esports|
|FunPlus Phoenix||2 — 0||Team Liquid|
|Guild Esports||2 — 1||SuperMassive Blaze|
|Fnatic||2 — 0||Acend|
|BIG||1 — 2||Natus Vincere|
|G2 Esports||2 — 0||Guild Esports|
|LDN UTD||2 — 1||FunPlus Phoenix|
|Team Liquid||2 — 0||BIG|
|BBL Esports||2 — 1||Acend|
|Natus Vincere||0 — 2||M3C|
|Guild Esports||1 — 2||Fnatic|
|BIG||0 — 2||M3C|
|Natus Vincere||1 — 2||FunPlus Phoenix|
|M3C||2 — 0||LDN UTD|
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
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
|Gambit Esports||2021 VCT circuit points|
|Team Liquid||2021 VCT circuit points|
|BIG||2021 VCT circuit points|
|FunPlus Phoenix||CIS closed qualifier winner|
|LDN UTD||Europe closed qualifier 2 winner|
|Natus Vincere||CIS closed qualifier 2 winner|
|Acend||2021 VCT circuit points|
|Fnatic||2021 VCT circuit points|
|SuperMassive Blaze||Turkey closed qualifier 1 winner|
|Guild Esports||Europe closed qualifier 1 winner|
|BBL Esports||Turkey closed qualifier 2 winner|
|G2 Esports||Europe closed qualifier 2 winner|
Where to watch the tournament?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels:
|Valorant Esports 2||Twitch|
|Valorant Esports 3||Twitch|
(To be updated)