Riot has finally disclosed the venues of the next two Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) international LAN events, VCT Stage 2 Masters and Valorant Champions 2022, after considerable speculation in recent weeks. Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, will host the forthcoming Stage 2 Masters, while Istanbul, Turkey’s most decorated city, will host the Valorant Champions 2021. Qualified teams will travel to these cities to represent their regions on a global scale.
From July 10 to July 24, twelve teams from around the world will compete for Circuit Points and the worldwide title at VCT Stage 2: Masters Copenhagen. North America will send two representatives to the Masters event once again.
Valorant Champions, the VCT’s end-of-year final, will take place from September 2 to September 18, with an expanded field of 16 foreign teams vying for the ultimate title. Unlike last year, only ten teams will qualify for the Champions event based on their points earned throughout Stages 1 and 2, with six seats made available during the Last Chance Qualifiers in August.
“Our goal is to see our biggest international events played in front of a live audience and both of these cities provided clear pathways towards this goal, while also providing the best possible guarantee that all qualified teams will be able to safely attend and compete,” Riot said.
The announcement put an end to debate over the locations of the VALORANT Champions Tour’s last two foreign tournaments for the 2022 season. The first international event of the year, Stage 1 Masters, was held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Both the Stage 2 Masters and Champions were contested in Berlin, Germany in 2021. This means that the VCT will be breaking new ground in both Istanbul and Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has hosted numerous esports events over the years. Denmark has an extensive esports infrastructure, making Copenhagen a suitable destination for a VCT event. Istanbul, on the other hand, does not have the same amount of experience hosting international esports tournaments.