Qualified Teams for Reykjavik Masters 1 – VCT 2022
As in the first edition, the VCT circuit includes international LANs: the Masters. If last year, the Valorant Champions Tour offered 3 Masters, this year there will be only 2. With the end of the first Challengers around the world, the first Masters of this year 2022 are approaching: the Reykjavik Masters 2022.
For this first international LAN, 12 slots were divided between the different regions:
- 3 slots for the EMEA region,
- 2 slots for the NA and APAC regions,
- 1 slot for each of the following regions: Korea, Japan, Brazil, LATAM, South America (SA).
During this competition, the best teams from each Challengers will compete. In the case of the EMEA region, FunPlus Phoenix won the Challengers Grand Final. Despite this victory, FPX will be absent from the Masters, due to difficulties in getting their entire roster to Iceland. It is therefore Team Liquid who has taken the 3rd available slot.
G2 Esports (EMEA)
Team Liquid (EMEA)
The Guard (NA)
OpTic Gaming (NA)
Paper Rex (APAC)
DRX VS (Korea)
ZETA Division (Japan)
KRU Esports (LATAM)
Ninjas In Pyjamas (SA)
Presentation of the teams
G2 Esports : In 101 games played, the structure won 94 games, i.e. 76% of victories. The European behemoth is not among the best for nothing. Nevertheless, the beginning of the season was a bit difficult, especially due to multiple changes involving Keloqz and m1xwell. Nevertheless, the team reached the playoffs of the EMEA Challengers. After a comeback in the lower bracket, the roster played the Grand Final against FunPlus Phoenix.
FNATIC : With a 78% win rate, this roster is one of the best European teams. At the Masters 2 in Reykjavik, the team lost in the Final to Sentinels. The team even participated in the Champions. During the Main Event of the Challengers EMEA, the team came out on top of its group, undefeated. The structure secured its place at the Masters by finishing 3rd.
Team Liquid : Last September, the organisation welcomed Nivera for the LCQ EMEA. Nivera helped them to qualify for the Champions, in which they finished 3/4th. Recently, with 3 wins and 2 losses in the Main Event, the team reached the playoffs. By finishing 4th, they did not qualify for the Masters, but were invited by Riot, due to theabsence of FunPlus Phoenix from the competition.
The Guard : This recent team made its debut in the Nerd Street Gamers tournaments. The roster joined the NA Challengers via the Open Qualifier. After some strong performances, the players made it to the playoffs. On the way to the Grand Final, The Guard beat big names such as Sentinels and Cloud9. In the end, they beat OpTic Gaming to become the best NA team of the early season of 2022.
OpTic Gaming : Invited to the NA Challengers Main Event, the structure came 2nd in its group with 3 wins and 2 losses. During the playoffs, OpTic Gaming players managed to beat successively, XSET, Cloud9 and The Guard in the final of the upper bracket. Unfortunately, they were unable to repeat the feat in the Grand Final and finished second.
Paper Rex : Paper Rex was already present on the competitive scene last year and even participated in the Berlin Masters. The team has remained largely unchanged since February 2021. With a strong roster, the organisation won the Malaysia-Singapore Challengers, securing a place at the APAC Challengers. At the latter's Grand Final, the roster became the top APAC team by beating XERXIA 3-2.
XERXIA : With 13 victories in 15 matches, this new team is undoubtedly the best in Thailand. They first won the FPSThailand VALORANT Tournament and then the Thailand Challengers. Thanks to this victory, the team secured its place in the APAC Challengers. Sent to the lower bracket by Paper Rex, the players managed to make it back to the Grand Final. There they lost again to Paper Rex.
DRX VS : Formerly known as Vision Strikers, DRX VS is the best team in Korea. Currently, they have a 91% win rate out of 91 matches played. Having been on the scene since 2020, Vision Strikers won the Korea Masters Phase 1 in the previous VCT and participated in the Valorant Champions. In this VCT season, the players have won again and even won the Grand Final of the Korean Challengers.
ZETA Division : Long considered the second best Japanese team, behind Crazy Raccoon, ZETA Division is now the number one team with 84% of victories. The first Challengers Japan 2022 was the occasion to confirm their supremacy over their eternal rivals, by beating them in the semi-final and then in the Grand Final.
LOUD This is the youngest roster in this international LAN. The organisation entered the competitive scene on 3rd February . This team is a strong contender, as they have not lost a single match since entering the VCT 2022 and have only conceded 2 maps out of 32 played. During the playoffs of the Challengers Brazil, the roster crushed some big teams. In particular, they inflicted two 3-0 defeats on Ninjas In Pyjamas.
KRU Esports : Last year KRU Esports gradually developed into a top team. It has participated in various international LANs: the Reykjavik Masters, the Berlin Masters and even the Valorant Champions. The team came in 3/4th place. During the playoffs of the LATAM Challengers, the team climbed up the lower bracket to obtain its place in the Grand Final. Against Leviatan Esports, KRU won.
Ninjas In Pyjamas : Present at the VCT 2021The structure is one of the best teams in Brazil. The roster had shone by finishing 1st/4th in the Challengers 1 and 2 phase 1, but also by participating in the Masters 1. This year, at the Grand Final of the Challengers of Brazil, NiP lost to LOUD. However, the team managed to qualify for the Masters during the match against Leviatan Esports.
In addition to the prize pool, teams will be awarded VCT points according to their performance: the TOP 3 will receive 750, 500 and 400 VCT points respectively.
The competition is scheduled to start on 10 April and will run until 24 April. You can follow the matches on Valorant Twitch channel.