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?
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
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
|1st||Fnatic||5 — 0|
|2nd||Acend||4 — 1|
|3rd||FunPlus Phoenix||3 — 2|
|4th||G2 Esports||1 — 4|
|5th||FOKUS||1 — 4|
|6th||OG LDN UTD||1 — 4|
|1st||Guild Esports||4 — 1|
|2nd||Team Liquid||4 — 1|
|3rd||M3 Champions||2 — 3|
|4th||Natus Vincere||2 — 3|
|5th||BIG||2 — 3|
|6th||BBL Esports||1 — 4|
|BBL Esports||2 — 1||Natus Vincere|
|OG LDN UTD||0 — 2||Acend|
|Fnatic||2 — 1||FunPlus Phoenix|
|Team Liquid||2 — 0||BIG|
|Guild Esports||2 — 0||M3C|
|G2 Esports||2 — 0||FOKUS|
|BBL Esports||0 — 2||Team Liquid|
|OG LDN UTD||0 — 2||Fnatic|
|FunPlus Phoenix||2 — 0||G2 Esports|
|BIG||1 — 2||Guild Esports|
|Natus Vincere||1 — 2||M3C|
|FOKUS||1 — 2||Acend|
|Team Liquid||1 — 2||Guild Esports|
|OG LDN UTD||2 — 1||G2 Esports|
|BIG||1 — 2||Natus Vincere|
|Acend||0 — 2||Fnatic|
|BBL Esports||0 — 2||M3C|
|FOKUS||0 — 2||FunPlus Phoenix|
|Acend||2 — 1||G2 Esports|
|Natus Vincere||1 — 2||Team Liquid|
|BIG||2 — 0||M3C|
|OG LDN UTD||0 — 2||FunPlus Phoenix|
|BBL Esports||0 — 2||Guild Esports|
|FOKUS||0 — 2||Fnatic|
|Acend||2 — 1||FunPlus Phoenix|
|M3C||0 — 2||Team Liquid|
|Natus Vincere||2 — 1||Guild Esports|
|FOKUS||2 — 1||OG LDN UTD|
|BIG||0 — 2||BBL Esports|
|Fnatic||2 — 1||G2 Esports|
Format of the tournament
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
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.
|G2 Esports||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|Fnatic||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|FunPlusPhoenix||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|Acend||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|OG LDN UTD||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|FOKUS||VCT EMEA Promotion|
|Guild Esports||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|Team Liquid||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|M3 Champions (ex-Gambit Esports)||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|Natus Vincere||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|BBL Esports||VCT EMEA Challengers 1|
|BIG||VCT EMEA Promotion|
Where to watch VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels:
|Valorant Esports 2||Twitch|
|Valorant Esports 3||Twitch|