North American Valorant is about to begin the second phase of its regional VCT circuit with the VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Main Event. The top 12 teams in North America are set to compete for the eight spots in the playoffs stage, which will put them one step closer to the first international LAN showdown of the year at Stage 1 Masters.

Masters Reykjavik champions Sentinels, Masters Berlin finalist Team Envy, the new 100 Thieves roster, and Cloud9 Blue received direct invites to the main event, based on their performance at VCT 2021.

They will go up against the top four teams from the first and second qualifiers, who will be looking to prove themselves against North America’s best squads from last season.

Here’s everything you need to know about the main event, including the complete schedule, teams, results, and where to watch the action unfold.

What is the VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage?

Sentinels zombs at VCT Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík
Credit: Riot Games

VCT NA Challengers Stage 1 is the first VCT competition of the 2022 season in North America. It consists of three phases – two open qualifiers, the group stage, and the playoffs stage.

The group stage, or main event, will determine which eight teams make it to the playoffs, where they will then battle for a spot at the first Valorant Masters event of the year and earn VCT circuit points to qualify for Valorant Champions.

Only two teams will make it through the playoffs, and they will go on to represent North America at Stage 1 Masters in April.

Event schedule and match results

Cloud9 and Vision Strikers at Valorant Champions 2021
Credit: Riot Games

The main event kicks off this weekend on February 12 and runs through March 13. Matches will be played every Friday through Sunday for the duration of the tournament, starting at 1:00 p.m. PT.

VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Group Stage Standings

Group A

1stCloud95 — 0
2ndThe Guard4 — 1
3rdXSET3 — 2
4thLuminosity Gaming2 — 3
5th100 Thieves1 — 4
6thEvil Geniuses0 — 5

Group B

1stVersion15 — 0
2ndOpTic Gaming3 — 2
3rdSentinels3 — 2
4thKnights2 — 3
5thRise1 — 4
6thNRG1 — 4

Week 1

February 12

Cloud92 — 0100 Thieves
Version12 — 0Knights

February 13

Sentinels2 — 1NRG
The Guard2 — 0Luminosity Gaming

February 14

OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)1 — 2Rise
XSET2 — 0Evil Geniuses

Week 2

February 19

Knights1 — 2Sentinels
Evil Geniuses1 — 2Luminosity Gaming

February 20

XSET 1 — 2Cloud9
Rise0 — 2Version1

February 21

NRG0 — 2OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)
100 Thieves1 — 2The Guard

Week 3

February 26

Cloud92 — 1Evil Geniuses
Knights2 — 0Rise

February 27

Sentinels 1 — 2OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)
The Guard2 — 1XSET

February 28

Luminosity Gaming2 — 1100 Thieves
Version12 — 1NRG

Week 4

March 5

Rise 1 — 2Sentinels
Evil Geniuses 0 — 2The Guard

March 6

Luminosity Gaming0 — 2Cloud9
NRG1 — 2Knights

March 7

100 Thieves 1 — 2XSET
OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)1 — 2Version1

Week 5

March 12

Cloud92 — 1The Guard
NRG2 — 0Rise

March 13

100 Thieves2 — 0Evil Geniuses
XSET2 — 0Luminosity Gaming

March 14

Sentinels0 — 2Version1
OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)2 — 0Knights

Teams that are competing in the Group Stage

100 Thieves Asuna at VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Credit: Asuna

You can view the team groupings below.

100 Thieves
Luminosity Gaming
Evil Geniuses
The Guard
OpTic Gaming (Team Envy)

Format of the tournament

Version1 effys, VCT, Valorant
Credit: Riot Games

The 12 teams were split into two groups of six squads via a group draw that was conducted in the presence of representatives from each participating organization. Teams were then split into pools based on how they qualified, so teams like Sentinels who received direct invites took priority, followed by those who qualified through the first and second open qualifiers.

Instead of the traditional double-elimination format, they will compete in round-robin best-of-three matches, and the top four teams from each group will advance to the playoffs. The bottom two will be eliminated.

Where to watch the tournament?

Team Envy Yay at VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin
Credit: Riot Games

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

Valorant 2Twitch
Valorant 3Twitch
Valorant EsportsYouTube

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