The Valorant action is ramping up in the EMEA region. The VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event kicks off this weekend as the top teams from the region test their skills against one another and compete for a spot at the next Masters event.

The top 10 teams from Stage 1 are returning to the EMEA group stage, in addition to FOKUS and BIG, the top two teams from the VCT EMEA Challengers Promotion tournament.

Six teams will advance to the playoffs, where they will compete for the three spots at the next international Valorant LAN.

What is the VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event?

Acend cNed at Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers is the second and final competition of the 2022 season for teams based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The competition consists of four phases: the new Valorant Regional League (VRL), the EMEA Challengers Promotion, the regular season, and the playoffs.

Unlike VCT NA which relies on open qualifiers, new teams hoping for a spot in the EMEA Main Event will have to first win their respective VRL and the Challengers Promotion tournament.

The VRL system is unique to the EMEA region, with Spain, France, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, MENA, Turkey, and DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) hosting their own tournaments.

The winners of each VRL tournament advanced to the VCT EMEA Challengers Promotion tournament, where they were joined by BIG and SuperMassive Blaze, two teams that tied for 11th to 12th place in VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers.

The top two teams from the VCT EMEA Challengers Promotion tournament, FOKUS and BIG, then qualified for VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers.

Stage 2 Challengers features the best teams from Europe, the CIS, and Turkey, all competing to qualify for the second international Masters event of the year, in addition to crucial VCT circuit points that will help them net a spot at the Valorant Champions event at the end of 2022.

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers schedule and match results

Gambit Esports wins semifinals match after Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

Main Event

The Stage 2 Main Event will run from May 13 to June 12. Out of the 12 teams, only six will advance to the playoffs.

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Standings

Group A

1stFnatic5 — 0
2ndAcend4 — 1
3rdFunPlus Phoenix3 — 2
4thG2 Esports1 — 4
5thFOKUS1 — 4
6thOG LDN UTD1 — 4

Group B

1stGuild Esports4 — 1
2ndTeam Liquid4 — 1
3rdM3 Champions2 — 3
4thNatus Vincere2 — 3
5thBIG2 — 3
6thBBL Esports1 — 4

Week 1

May 13

BBL Esports2 — 1Natus Vincere

May 14

OG LDN UTD0 — 2Acend
Fnatic2 — 1FunPlus Phoenix

May 15

Team Liquid2 — 0BIG
Guild Esports2 — 0M3C

May 16

G2 Esports2 — 0FOKUS

Week 2

May 20

BBL Esports0 — 2Team Liquid

May 21

OG LDN UTD0 — 2Fnatic
FunPlus Phoenix2 — 0G2 Esports

May 22

BIG1 — 2Guild Esports
Natus Vincere1 — 2M3C

May 23

FOKUS1 — 2Acend

Week 3

May 27

Team Liquid1 — 2Guild Esports

May 28

OG LDN UTD2 — 1G2 Esports
BIG1 — 2Natus Vincere

May 29

Acend0 — 2Fnatic
BBL Esports0 — 2M3C

May 30

FOKUS0 — 2FunPlus Phoenix

Week 4

June 3

Acend2 — 1G2 Esports

June 4

Natus Vincere1 — 2Team Liquid
BIG2 — 0M3C

June 5

OG LDN UTD0 — 2FunPlus Phoenix
BBL Esports0 — 2Guild Esports

June 6

FOKUS0 — 2Fnatic

Week 5

June 10

Acend2 — 1FunPlus Phoenix

June 11

M3C0 — 2Team Liquid
Natus Vincere2 — 1Guild Esports

June 12

BIG0 — 2BBL Esports

June 13

Fnatic2 — 1G2 Esports

Format of the tournament

Fnatic Valorant roster Masters Reykjavik 2022
Credit: Riot Games

The Main Event will see the 12 qualified teams split into two groups of six teams. They will compete in a single round robin format, with each match played in a best-of-three series.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the playoffs, with the first-place teams granted an opening bye.

Teams competing in VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers

VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event
Credit: Riot Games

To determine the groups for VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers, the 12 teams were separated into two pools, comprising Stage 1 playoff teams in Pool 1 and Stage 1 teams that fell in the Stage 1 group stage in Pool 2.

Teams were then randomly drawn from one pool at a time, starting with Pool 1, followed by Pool 2. Drawn teams were placed into groups in alternating order until the groups were filled.

Group A

G2 EsportsVCT EMEA Challengers 1
FnaticVCT EMEA Challengers 1
FunPlusPhoenixVCT EMEA Challengers 1
AcendVCT EMEA Challengers 1
OG LDN UTDVCT EMEA Challengers 1

Group B

Guild EsportsVCT EMEA Challengers 1
Team LiquidVCT EMEA Challengers 1
M3 Champions (ex-Gambit Esports)VCT EMEA Challengers 1
Natus VincereVCT EMEA Challengers 1
BBL EsportsVCT EMEA Challengers 1

Where to watch VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers?

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

READ MORE: All the qualified teams for VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event