Masters Reykjavik 2022 is the most competitive Valorant LAN event in recent memory.
For the first time in VCT history, the top six teams at Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik 2022 are from six different regions, including Korea, Japan, APAC, and Brazil.
While previous VCT international tournaments were dominated by North American and EMEA teams, both these regions have had to contend with just a single team left in the playoffs.
Korea, Japan, APAC, and Brazil are all in the top six at Masters Reykjavik 2022
The first VCT LAN event of 2022 has seen several unlikely teams make deep tournament runs in the playoffs.
Zeta Division has put the land of the rising sun on the map by being the first Japanese team to qualify for the playoffs. And with wins over Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, and Team Liquid, Zeta have emphatically proven that they are not a team to be overlooked.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s LOUD has fully lived up to their hype in Iceland. After going undefeated in VCT Brazil Stage 1 Challengers, the superteam’s streak remains unbroken in Reykjavik with wins over EMEA powerhouses Team Liquid and G2 Esports.
They are now slated to face OpTic Gaming in a hotly-anticipated upper bracket final, setting up a clash of two regions that have frequently seen their fans lock horns.
Finally, Korean juggernaut DRX looks like they could win it all. Despite taking a loss to OpTic Gaming, the team looks in a good place to make it out of the lower bracket. They have played incredible Valorant throughout the tournament, displaying excellent utility usage, brilliant set plays, and the raw firepower needed to win games.
They are the most well-rounded team in the tournament so far, and are one of the favorites to take the entire tournament.
Masters Reykjavik 2022 could be the event where we finally see a “minor” region win an international Valorant LAN, finally putting to rest the notion that Valorant is only NA and EMEA’s game.