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?

Valorant The Guard Masters Reykjavik 2022
Credit: Riot Games

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

Valorant Champions 2021 Cloud9
Credit: Riot Games

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

Group A

1stXSET4 — 1
2ndGhost Gaming4 — 1
3rd100 Thieves3 — 2
4thNRG Esports2 — 3
5thThe Guard1 — 4
6thTSM1 — 4

Group B

1stOpTic Gaming4 — 1
2ndLuminosity Gaming3 — 2
3rdFaZe Clan3 — 2
4thEvil Geniuses3 — 2
5thCloud92 — 3
6thSentinels0 — 5

Week 1

May 14

The Guard0 — 2100 Thieves
Luminosity Gaming2 — 1Sentinels

May 15

OpTic Gaming2 — 0FaZe Clan
XSET2 — 0Ghost Gaming

May 16

NRG Esports2 — 0TSM
Cloud92 — 0Evil Geniuses

Week 2

May 21

FaZe Clan0 — 2Luminosity Gaming
Ghost Gaming2 — 1The Guard

May 22

TSM2 — 0100 Thieves
Evil Geniuses2 — 0Sentinels

May 23

OpTic Gaming2 — 1Cloud9
XSET2 — 0NRG Esports

Week 3

May 28

The Guard2 — 0TSM
Luminosity Gaming0 — 2Evil Geniuses

May 29

Sentinels0 — 2OpTic Gaming
100 Thieves2 — 0XSET

May 30

FaZe Clan2 — 0Cloud9
Ghost Gaming2 — 0NRG Esports

Week 4

June 4

The Guard1 — 2XSET
Evil Geniuses2 — 1OpTic Gaming

June 5

Sentinels0 — 2FaZe Clan
TSM0 — 2Ghost Gaming

June 6

NRG Esports0 — 2100 Thieves
Cloud90 — 2Luminosity Gaming

Week 5

June 11

FaZe Clan2 — 0Evil Geniuses

June 12

NRG Esports2 — 1The Guard
100 Thieves0 — 2Ghost Gaming

June 13

Cloud92 — 0Sentinels
OpTic Gaming2 — 0Luminosity Gaming

Teams competing in VCT NA Stage 2 Challengers Main Event

Valorant XSET Cryocells VCT NA
Credit: XSET

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.

The Guard
NRG Esports
100 Thieves
Ghost Gaming
OpTic Gaming
FaZe Clan
Luminosity Gaming
Evil Geniuses

Format of the tournament

Sentinels new Valorant meta
Credit: Riot Games

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?

TSM Valorant qualified VCT NA Stage 2 Main Event
Credit: TSM

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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