The VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs are finally here. The tournament’s group stage concluded after five weeks of intense Valorant action, and the top eight teams are moving on to the final phase of the competition.
The stakes are higher than ever, and teams will be battling it out for the two VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik slots and a US$200,000 prize pool.
All eyes are on Cloud9 and Version1, the top two teams from the group stage that finished with perfect 5-0 records. While they are heavy favorites to qualify, the competition is stacked and any one of the other teams could still end up upsetting them.
VCT 2021’s top-ranked North American teams, Sentinels and OpTic Gaming, are eager to return to the international stage as well, while The Guard and XSET will be aiming to make their debut at a Masters event.
Finally, as the fourth-seeded teams that advanced from the group stage, Luminosity Gaming and Knights will be hoping to score an upset against the favorites.
What is the VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs?
The Playoffs are the final leg of VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers. The top two teams will advance to VCT Stage 1 Masters Reykjavik in April.
The teams that make it to the first Valorant international tournament of 2022 will also earn VCT circuit points that will get them closer to qualifying for Valorant Champions at the end of the year.
VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs schedule and results
The playoffs will take place from March 18 to 28 with the matches starting at 4:00 a.m. GMT+8.
Upper Bracket Quarterfinals
|Cloud9||2 — 1||Knights|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 1||XSET|
Upper Bracket Quarterfinals
|Version1||1 — 2||Luminosity Gaming|
|The Guard||2 — 0||Sentinels|
Upper Bracket Semifinals
|Cloud9||1 — 2||OpTic Gaming|
|Luminosity Gaming||0 — 2||The Guard|
Lower Bracket Round 1
|Knights||0 — 2||XSET|
|Version1||2 — 1||Sentinels|
Lower Bracket Quarterfinals
|Luminosity Gaming||0 — 2||XSET|
|Cloud9||2 — 1||Version1|
Upper Bracket Final
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 0||The Guard|
Lower Bracket Semifinal
|XSET||1 — 2||Cloud9|
Lower Bracket Final
|The Guard||3 — 0||Cloud9|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 3||The Guard|
Teams that are competing in the tournament
VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs prize pool
|PLACE||TEAM||POINT POOL||PRIZE MONEY|
|1st||The Guard||Qualifies to Masters Reykjavik||US$50,000|
|2nd||OpTic Gaming||Qualifies to Masters Reykjavik||US$32,000|
|3rd||Cloud9||55 VCT points||US$26,000|
|4th||XSET||50 VCT points||US$20,000|
|5th||Luminosity Gaming||45 VCT points||US$14,000|
|6th||Version1||45 VCT points||US$14,000|
|7th||Sentinels||40 VCT points||US$10,000|
|8th||Knights||40 VCT points||US$10,000|
Format of the tournament
All teams will compete in double-elimination best-of-three matches, except during the Lower Final and Grand Final, which are best-of-five games.
Where to watch VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers Playoffs matches live?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels: