All of the EMEA Closed Qualifiers have ended, and we now know who will compete in the VCT EMEA 2022 Stage 1 Challengers on February 11th. Acend, Gambit Esports, Team Liquid, and Fnatic were given direct invites to the EMEA Challengers, while the other eight teams had to participate in the EMEA Closed Qualifiers. The number of teams that will qualify for Stage 1 Masters and the final prize money are both unknown at this time, but we’re confident Riot will publish all of the details when the time comes.
The VCT EMEA Stage 1 Challengers is the inaugural competition for teams from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa in the 2022 season. It is divided into three parts: open qualifiers, regular season, and playoffs. The region’s best teams will compete for a berth in the year’s first international Masters event, as well as critical VCT circuit points that will help them qualify for the Valorant Champions tournament at the end of 2022.
VCT EMEA Groups:
|Gambit Esports||2021 VCT circuit points|
|Team Liquid||2021 VCT circuit points|
|BIG||2021 VCT circuit points|
|FunPlus Phoenix||CIS closed qualifier winner|
|LDN UTD||Europe closed qualifier 2 winner|
|Natus Vincere||CIS closed qualifier 2 winner|
|Acend||2021 VCT circuit points|
|Fnatic||2021 VCT circuit points|
|SuperMassive Blaze||Turkey closed qualifier 1 winner|
|Guild Esports||Europe closed qualifier 1 winner|
|BBL Esports||Turkey closed qualifier 2 winner|
|G2 Esports||Europe closed qualifier 2 winner|
VCT EMEA 2022 Stage 1 Challengers Format:
There will be four Main Event slots up for grabs in each of the two open qualifiers, which will comprise a 128-team bracket. Teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament until the round of 32, after which they will compete in a double-elimination style.
The 12 qualified teams will be divided into two groups of six for the main event. They’ll play in a round-robin format with best-of-three matches, with the top eight teams advancing to the playoffs.
VCT EMEA 2022 Stage 1 Challengers Schedules:
On January 10, 2022, the open qualifier in the various EMEA regions began. Teams from Europe, Turkey, and the CIS Region have already been chosen. The new regular season structure for the Stage 1 Main Event, in which the 12 qualified teams compete for their berths in the playoffs, kicks off on February 11th. The playoffs begin in March, with the top eight teams competing for a position in the first Masters of the VCT 2022 season, which will be held in the EMEA region.
— VALORANT Champions Tour EMEA (@valesports_emea) January 24, 2022
VCT EMEA will be streamed on Valorant Esports channel of Twitch and Youtube Respectively