Teams qualified for the Valorant Masters Tokyo
Unlike past editions, the Valorant Champions Tour 2023 has just one Masters. With the growing popularity of the Japanese community for Valorant esports, Riot Games has chosen to hold this international LAN near the Japanese capital. The TIPSTAR DOME CHIBA and the Makuhari Messe will host the Tokyo Masters, a tournament that brings together the world's best teams from China and the various leagues.
Unlike LOCK//IN Sao Paulo, not all franchise teams are invited to the Tokyo Masters. For this new international LAN, only those who have proved their worth during the League segment have been given a place. As a result, only twelve teams in total, the slots were allocated as follows:
- 3 for the best teams in the EMEA League and 1 bonus slot acquired through LOCK//IN,
- 3 for the best teams in the Americas League,
- 3 for the best teams in the Pacific League,
- 2 for China, awarded via the FGC Valorant Invitational 2023: Act 1.
Teams qualified for the playoffs
All the participants in the Tokyo Masters are excellent players, but some were even better, winning the Challengers Final in their respective leagues. As a result, Team Liquid, Paper Rex and LOUD are through to the quarter-finals of the play-offs. Fnatic joins these three pre-qualified teams, thanks to the extra slot it won at LOCK//IN.
While nothing can be taken for granted - as shown by the fact that Team Liquid shuts down Fnatic to win - these four teams are already among the favourites for the title. They all have experience of the very highest level, having already taken part in at least one edition of the Valorant Champions. In 2022, it's even LOUD which was crowned World Champion.
Teams qualified for the group stage
The other eight teams have to go through the group stage. Only the top four - two from each group - will progress to the play-offs. With teams such as DRX and Natus Vincere in particular, this phase promises to be particularly intense.
What are the challenges for the EMEA teams?
In each of the other two leagues, the overall ranking at the end of the play-offs was used to select the three representatives who will automatically take part in the Valorant Champions 2023, which is not the case in the EMEA region.
The Tokyo Masters is of particular importance to Fnatic, Team Liquid, FUT Esports and Natus Vincere, as it will determine the EMEA trio that qualified for the final tournament of the season. Only the top three at the end of the Masters. The team not selected will take part in the Last Chance Qualifier scheduled for July, along with the other non-qualified teams.
The Tokyo Masters takes place from 11th to 25th June. Will Fnatic be able to repeat their LOCK//IN feat and establish their domination on the world? Will LOUD regain its position as world number one? Will DRX land a first international title? To see it live, go to the Twitch channel Valorant France.