16th June 2021 – 3pm
The Valorant Champions Tour is about to enter its Phase 3. This is the last phase before the last chance tournaments and the Valorant Champions. The recipe is changing once again and the organisers have decided to add a new stage to each Challengers.
The Challengers 1 changes somewhat its usual format. This time it's open to 512 teams in a direct elimination bracket. If the first rounds is played as BO1s, all subsequent rounds will be BO3. The top 8 teams from the Open Qualifiers will face 8 teams invited to the Closed Qualifiers (the top teams from the previous Challengers that failed to qualify), a double elimination tournament. The top 8 teams from the Closed Qualifier will (finally!) meet for the different main events. In the end, only 6 European teams will advance to the EMEA Challengers.
The Challengers EMEA returns. The twelve best teams from Europe, Turkey and the Commonwealth of the Independent States will compete to determine which teams will go on to the Masters 3.
The teams will be divided into a double elimination bracket. All matches will be played in BO3, except for the finals in BO5.
The four best teams will join the Masters 3 in Berlin. In Phase 2, only 2 teams joined the Masters
The Valorant Masters 3 will be international, as was the Masters 2. This time, it's in Berlin that the competition will take place. We don't yet have the dates for the event, but it's difficult to see how it could be held before September. It's necessary to give time to the qualified teams to prepare the VISAs and the various procedures during the COVID period.
Either we are doing a poor job of explaining the competitive circuit or it's simply incomprehensible to anyone who does not scrutinise it. A single Valorant Challengers now consists of 3 different tournaments with different formats. The dates of the tournaments overlap and the players will have to play a large number of matches in a very limited period of time.
It's going to be hard to explain to the esports-curious that the match they're watching right now is an Open Qualifier knockout match, but the next match is part of a double elimination Closed Qualifier where new teams enter the game.