18th August 2021 – 12:10pm
The Valorant Masters 3 is the second international tournament on the official Valorant circuit. Like the Masters 2 in Reykjavik, the tournament will be held in LAN, but this time in Berlin and with more teams that in Iceland. Here are the 16 teams qualified for the event.
In the same way as for the Masters 2, the number of slots distributed is different for each region. Thus, the EMEA region has 4 slots available this time, followed by North America with 3 slots.
The slots are distributed as follows:
The EU Masters 1 champions, Acend, has been more timid in Phase 2, finishing 5-8th in both Challengers. The team made a strong comeback for this 3rd phase by winning the Challengers 1 and then qualifying for the Berlin Masters, notably thanks to cNed and his Jett.
La qualification des SuperMassive Blaze est une grosse surprise ! L’équipe turque, qui s’est montée juste avant la phase 3 du VCT, a décroché son billet pour Berlin grâce à une large victoire 2 – 0 contre G2 Esports ! Il sera très intéressant de voir ce que les SuperMassive Blaze menés par pAura, un ancien de chez la Team Heretics, auront à proposer lors d’un tournoi international.
Gambit Esports have been leading the CIS region since the beginning of the VCT. They qualified for Berlin after a 2-1 victory against Team Liquid, the participants of the Masters 2. This will be the first Russian team to participate in an international tournament.
The G2 Esports finally shine during the VCT! The team that dominated Europe in 2020 had not done well since then, but this time managed to qualify for Berlin by beating Giants Gaming, davidp's team, a former G2 player.
After the buyout of TenZ at the end of the Masters 2, Sentinels continue to impose their superiority in North America and easily got a place for the next international tournament where they will have to defend their throne. Sentinels will be the only North American team to have participated in all three Masters of the VCT 2021.
If 100 Thieves was far from qualifying for the last Masters by finishing 5th-6th in the Challengers Finals, this time, they did it with two 2-0 victories against FaZe Clan and XSET which gave them their place in Berlin. The team is back to its best, so it will be interesting to see how it performs against teams from other regions.
Team Envy wins few tournaments but is still in the top of the rankings. The team took advantage of the extra slot allocated to the NA region to qualify for the Masters 3, eliminating TSM, FaZe Clan and XSET.
Havan Liberty was not necessarily the favourite team in the Brazilian Playoffs, but they still had a remarkable run. They beat Team Vikings, who qualified for the Masters 2, on a 2-0 and inflicted a clear 3-0 against FURIA Esports in the final of the upper bracket. Havan Liberty thus takes the first of two Brazilian slots in Berlin.
Keyd Stars is a team that has changed its lineup twice in 2021. The new roster arrived in June went on to win the Brazilian Playoffs by winning the entire lower bracket and the Grand Final 3-0. During its journey, the team beat Team Viking and Yng Sharks, which had qualified for the Masters 2.
Despite failing to qualify for the Masters 2 by losing to Nuturn Gaming for the first time, Vision Strikers is undoubtedly the best team in Korea. They have not conceded a single map since the beginning of Phase 3 and thus qualified for the Masters 3.
F4Q is one of those teams in Korea that manage to qualify for the main events of tournaments but don't get very far afterwards. This time, after a change of coach and the arrival of Esperanza, F4Q made it all the way to the final of the Challengers Playoffs and secured its place in Berlin.
ZETA DIVISION, formerly called Absolute JUPITER, is the second best team in Japan, the great rival of Crazy Raccoon. After a tight BO5 final, ZETA DIVISION won 3-2 against the Raccoons and will have a better seed in Berlin.
The Crazy Raccoon once again qualified for the Masters without too much difficulty despite their defeat in the final of the Japanese Playoffs. They have the opportunity to take their revenge and go further than in Reykjavik where they finished 9-10th.
Bren Esports qualified for the Masters 3 in Berlin by winning the first place in the Playoffs with a 3-0 victory over Paper Rex. This is a good team that won a Challengers from each phase of the VCT.
Since the CS:GO team switched to Valorant earlier this year, Paper Rex has become a very good Asia-Pacific team and has finished at least 3rd in every VCT SEA tournament. They made a flawless performance until the Grand Final before losing to Bren Esports. It will be interesting to see what this former Valve FPS has to offer in Berlin!
Along with Sentinels and Crazy Raccoon, KRÜ Esports is the third and final team to qualify for the Masters 2 and 3. The players made it all the way to Berlin with only one slip-up in the upper bracket final against Australs.