Here is a summary of how circuit points can help these European Valorant teams that made it to Challengers Playoffs secure a berth to Valorant Champions or the EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers.
Master Berlin coming up: it’s crunch time yet again
We are a couple of days away from the much anticipated Valorant EMEA Challengers Playoffs. Twelve teams from all across the region have played countless hours of Valorant to get to this stage in the hopes of propelling themselves to Masters Berlin and beyond.
While the immediate goal for most teams will be a ticket to the German capital there’s a much larger prize at stake: a spot at Valorant Champions. Outside of the tall feat of winning Masters Berlin, the only other way to qualify for Champions is through circuit points.
Valorant EMEA circuit points: the race is still wide open
EMEA currently has only four teams that have, at the very least, secured a berth into the Last Chance Qualifiers for the region: FNATIC, Team Liquid, Gambit Esports, and Acend. Of the top ten teams in terms of circuit points from the region, three have failed to qualify for the playoffs: FNATIC, Futbolist, and BBL Esports. They will have to watch from the sidelines and crunch the numbers whether they’ll be taken out of the running for Last Chance Qualifiers spots, or, in Fnatic’s case, one of the two Valorant Champions slots for EMEA.
Berlin or bust for the bottom teams
Interestingly, five teams that have made it to the EMEA Playoffs have only just secured their first set of circuit points: Fire Flux Esports, G2 Esports, Giants Gaming, Natus Vincere, and SuperMassive Blaze will need to earn more than BBL Esports’ 90 circuit points to have a chance at advancing to the Last Chance Qualifiers. Moreover, forZe, the CIS Masters 1 runners-up and the team that currently holds the final seat to the Last Chance Qualifiers is guaranteed at least 100 points after the playoffs.
Finishing between 5th-12th will net the teams between 30 and 50 circuit points while qualifying for Masters Berlin will secure at least 175 points. It’s safe to say it is Berlin or Bust for these five teams.
Meanwhile, teams with the 3rd-9th highest circuit points total will join the winner of Strike Arabia Valorant to complete the eight teams that will compete at the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Oxygen Esports, FunPlus Phoenix, and Guild Esports are already guaranteed over 100 circuit points coming into the playoffs, meaning they just need to hold off the bottom five teams mentioned earlier to guarantee their spot at the Last Chance Qualifiers. If they are successful, the three of them plus Futbolist get a chance to play for the last Champions seat for EMEA.
The EMEA Challengers Playoffs will begin on August 12th and conclude on the 22nd.