The Valorant Champions Tour is a year-long series of international competitions that culminates in a Champions event to crown the first world champion. The North American qualifier events have seen Sentinels emerge above the competition.
What is the Valorant Champions Tour Format?
It all started with the Challenger series of tournaments, which consisted of regional tournaments with an open qualifying scheme. The Challenger tournaments are based on an open qualification system, with three sets of challenger events spanning over three weekends.
For the first set of events, each region hosted its own Masters event with eight teams participating in the tournament. However, Masters Two will not be a series of regional events, but one big international event featuring 10 teams from around the world. So, at the end of Challengers Stage 2, two teams from NA, EMEA and BR alongside one team from KR, SEA and LATAM will proceed to the Masters event.
VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers Results
Perhaps the biggest upset of the series took place as soon as the Challenger tournaments began. In the final round of open qualifiers for Challengers One, three of the top four at Masters fell shy of qualifying. Sentinels, FaZe Clan and Gen.G all failed to make it through the final round as 100 Thieves, XSET, Team Envy and Version1 qualified at their expense thanks to stunning performances in the first Challengers event.
An additional four teams proved themselves worthy of the Challenger Finals by advancing through the brackets. These teams were Sentinels (who, despite a bad first round, redeemed themselves by returning to their Masters One form), Cloud9 Blue, NRG,(who, by the help of Duelists, managed to defeat Immortals on Ascent and Haven), and Andbox, who shocked everyone by defeating Sentinels and TSM to secure a fourth-place finish.
After falling to Cloud9 Blue, Andbox was forced into the Lower Bracket to battle TSM. TSM, looking forward to making the Challenger Finals tried to put up a fight, but Andbox managed to dominate Haven and Ascent, securing the Challenger Finals spot without letting the series proceed to a third match.
The NA Challengers Finals provided an action-packed weekend of Valorant. It may have produced some of the most intense and fierce battles in the history of the game’s competitive scene. Sentinels fought their way into the upper bracket, beating Version1 in the quarterfinals, then 100 Thieves and Cloud9 Blue in the finals. After their initial loss, Version1 fought their way through the lower backet, defeating Andbox, NRG, Team Envy and Cloud9 Blue.
The tournament concluded with Version1 and Sentinels earning themselves a spot in the Masters in Iceland, Valorant’s first-ever LAN tournament. However, Sentinels just earned themselves an extra push in the Masters as they managed to defeat Version1 in the Grand Finals of the Challengers, which itself was a spectacle to watch.
These finalists would have the opportunity to play on all maps; however, Sentinels looked to finish off the competition in a three-round sweep over Version1. The match started on Bind, with a score of 7:5 to Version1. The Sentinels then took the pistol round, putting them in a good position to level the game in the following round and soon after, they managed to take the lead. Due to these victories, Sentinel’s economy was booming and their momentum was consistent, making it difficult for Version1 to make a comeback and granting Sentinels a victory with 13:8.
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On Haven, Sentinels fought their way to double digits, eventually reaching 11 rounds. V1 kept it as close as they could, but Sentinels finished their second map victory 13:9. On Icebox, Sentinels took the lead with the pistol round and extended it rather quickly. Their attacking side on Icebox went by extremely fast and shortly after the 12th round came on a massive near-Clutch by wippie Sentinels sweeping the Grand Finals series on Icebox with yet another 13:9 finish.
What’s next after Reykjavík?
Teams competing in the three Masters events will earn points toward qualifying to the world championship event, Valorant Champions. Additionally, the team that wins the final Masters event will qualify regardless of their points total. After that final Masters event, four Last Chance Qualifiers will produce the final four teams for Champions. Both eyes are on the competition in Reykjavik now that regional competitions are on hold until the end of Masters Two.
The Sentinels are one of the best teams in the world and are expected to go all the way to bring home the title in Iceland. On the other hand, Version1, which was unknown