The North American region is about to begin the second phase of its regional circuit with the VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event.
The top 12 teams from NA are set to compete for eight playoff spots, which will put them one step closer to the second international LAN showdown of the year at Stage 2 Masters.
Masters Reykjavik 2022 champions OpTic Gaming and VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers winners The Guard, together with Cloud9 and XSET will finally return to competition. These teams secured direct spots in the Main Event for their top-four placing in Stage 1.
They will be joined by the top eight teams from the VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers qualifiers.
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 2 Challengers Main Event?
The VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event (also known as the group stage) is the second VCT regional tournament of the 2022 season for North America. It consists of three phases: two open qualifiers, the group stage, and the playoffs stage.
The Main Event will determine which eight teams make it to the playoffs, where they will then battle for a spot at the second Valorant Masters event of the year and earn VCT circuit points to qualify for Valorant Champions.
As in the Stage 1 NA Challengers event, the top two teams from the playoffs will go on to represent North America at Stage 2 Masters in July.
VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event schedule and match results
The Main Event kicks off this weekend on May 13 and runs through June 12. Six matches will be played from Friday through Sunday for five weeks, starting at 1:00 p.m. PT.
All matches will be played in a best-of-three format.
VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Group Stage Standings
|1st||XSET||4 — 1|
|2nd||Ghost Gaming||4 — 1|
|3rd||100 Thieves||3 — 2|
|4th||NRG Esports||2 — 3|
|5th||The Guard||1 — 4|
|6th||TSM||1 — 4|
|1st||OpTic Gaming||4 — 1|
|2nd||Luminosity Gaming||3 — 2|
|3rd||FaZe Clan||3 — 2|
|4th||Evil Geniuses||3 — 2|
|5th||Cloud9||2 — 3|
|6th||Sentinels||0 — 5|
|The Guard||0 — 2||100 Thieves|
|Luminosity Gaming||2 — 1||Sentinels|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 0||FaZe Clan|
|XSET||2 — 0||Ghost Gaming|
|NRG Esports||2 — 0||TSM|
|Cloud9||2 — 0||Evil Geniuses|
|FaZe Clan||0 — 2||Luminosity Gaming|
|Ghost Gaming||2 — 1||The Guard|
|TSM||2 — 0||100 Thieves|
|Evil Geniuses||2 — 0||Sentinels|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 1||Cloud9|
|XSET||2 — 0||NRG Esports|
|The Guard||2 — 0||TSM|
|Luminosity Gaming||0 — 2||Evil Geniuses|
|Sentinels||0 — 2||OpTic Gaming|
|100 Thieves||2 — 0||XSET|
|FaZe Clan||2 — 0||Cloud9|
|Ghost Gaming||2 — 0||NRG Esports|
|The Guard||1 — 2||XSET|
|Evil Geniuses||2 — 1||OpTic Gaming|
|Sentinels||0 — 2||FaZe Clan|
|TSM||0 — 2||Ghost Gaming|
|NRG Esports||0 — 2||100 Thieves|
|Cloud9||0 — 2||Luminosity Gaming|
|XSET||2 — 0||TSM|
|FaZe Clan||2 — 0||Evil Geniuses|
|NRG Esports||2 — 1||The Guard|
|100 Thieves||0 — 2||Ghost Gaming|
|Cloud9||2 — 0||Sentinels|
|OpTic Gaming||2 — 0||Luminosity Gaming|
Teams competing in VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event
Teams were split into three pools: the top four teams from Stage 1, the four teams who qualified through the first open qualifier, and the next four who qualified through the second open qualifier.
They were then split into two groups of six via a group draw conducted in front of a representative from each organization.
You can view the team groupings below.
Format of the tournament
Instead of the traditional double-elimination format, teams 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 VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event?
Valorant fans can watch the matches live on Riot Games’ official Twitch and YouTube channels: