All teams qualified for VALORANT Champions 2021

It all comes down to Champions.

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VCT 2021, Riot’s first official tournament circuit for VALORANT, all boils down to Champions.

The world championship will see 16 teams from around the world compete in a two-week-long tournament to decide the first VALORANT global champion in December.

Throughout the year, stages consisting of Challengers and Masters events will provide teams with the chance to earn circuit points and qualify for the end-of-year tournament. 

Eleven teams representing North America, Europe, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, and Latin America will qualify for Champions through circuit points obtained over the year. The winner of VCT Masters Berlin will also automatically qualify for the tournament.

The four remaining spots at the event—one from NA, one from EMEA, one from South America, and one from Asia—will qualify through the Last Chance Qualifier in October. 

Circuit point standings

EMEA

TeamPoints
Gambit Esports470
Acend375
Fnatic350
G2 Esports325
Team Liquid 300275
SuperMassive Blaze225
Futbolist120
Oxygen Esports120
Guild Esports115
forZe110

North America

TeamPoints
Sentinels775
Team Envy450
100 Thieves375
Version1200
FaZe Clan120
XSET90
Luminosity Gaming60
Cloud9 Blue50
Gen.G 50
Rise50

Brazil

TeamPoints
Team Vikings350
Vivo Keyd225
Sharks Esports215
Havan Liberty210
FURIA Esports145
Gamelanders Blue135
NOORG 2.065
Stars Horizon45
Jaguares Esports40
SLICK40

Southeast Asia

TeamPoints
X10 Esports295
Paper Rex225
Team Secret225
FULL SENSE140
BOOM Esports115
Alter Ego80
Team SMG70
CBT Gaming60
CERBERUS Esports50
Team Big BAAM50

Korea

TeamPoints
Vision Strikers415
NUTURN Gaming410
F4Q255
DAMWON Gaming160
TNL Esports95
Prince80
GochuGaru40
World Game Star40
APEX PEOPLE0
Rio Company0

Japan

TeamPoints
Crazy Raccoon475
ZETA DIVISION305
REJECT140
Northeption90
FENNEL80
Feeling45
Insomnia45
BlackBird Ignis40
Lag Gaming40
SCARZ30

Latin America

TeamPoints
KRÜ Esports495
Six Karma200
Australs175
Infinity170
LAZER150
Border Monsters115
9z Team110
Furious Gaming45
Meta Gaming45
VELOX40

All teams qualified for Champions

EMEA

  • Gambit Esports
  • Acend
  • Fnatic

Gambit automatically qualified for Champions as the winner of Masters Berlin. The Russian team’s almost flawless run at the tournament culminated in a commanding 3-0 win against NA’s Envy in the finals.

A quarterfinal finish for Acend at Masters Berlin was just barely enough for the EU team to make it to Champions. With 375 points pocketed, Acend beat out regional rivals Fnatic (350) and G2 Esports (350).

Fnatic had to rely on Gambit to qualify for Champions. After failing to make it to Masters Berlin, the team was in danger of being surpassed in the circuit point standings. But because Gambit ended up winning the tournament, EMEA was awarded an extra spot at Champions.

North America

  • Sentinels
  • Envy

Sentinels earned themselves 400 circuit points after making the perfect run at VCT Masters Reykjavík and beating Fnatic 3-0 in the finals. The North American team automatically secured a spot in Champions due to their unsurpassable points tally, making them the first squad to qualify for the end-of-year event.

An incredible run to the Masters Berlin finals saw Envy qualify for Champions as NA’s second seed with 450 circuit points. The team had to beat tournament favorites Sentinels and regional rivals 100 Thieves to get that point.

Brazil

  • Team Vikings
  • Vivo Keyd

A total of 350 circuit points, which was largely acquired over the course of Masters One and Masters Two, was more than enough for Team Vikings to qualify for Champions. They exceeded the second-place team in the region by over 100 points.

Despite being eliminated from VCT Masters Berlin in the group stage, Vivo Keyd made it to Champions. The 225 circuit points earned throughout the year were narrowly enough to surpass Shark Esports (215) and Haven Liberty (210).

Southeast Asia

  • X10
  • Team Secret

Although X10 failed to qualify for VCT Masters Berlin, they did enough to earn a spot at Champions. The Thai team secured 295 circuit points over the course of the year, above and beyond any other team in the region.

Team Secret, who signed the former Bren Esports squad in September, qualified for Champions after SEA rivals Paper Rex failed to make it out of the group stage of Masters Berlin. Tied with 225 circuit points apiece, Team Secret’s winning record against Paper Rex in the regional playoffs ended up being the difference-maker.

Korea

  • Vision Strikers

After advancing to the knockout stage of VCT Masters Berlin in September, Vision Strikers surpassed NUTURN Gaming in the circuit point standings and qualified for Champions as the sole Korean representative at the event.

Japan

  • Crazy Raccoon

Crazy Raccoon earned Japan’s only spot at Champions with a win against Brazil’s Havan Liberty at VCT Masters Berlin. As the most consistent team in the region, the team racked up 475 circuit points throughout the year, beating second-place ZETA DIVISON’s 305 points. In total, Crazy Raccoon accumulated 100 circuit points from Masters One, 150 from Masters Two, and 225 from Masters Three.

Latin America

  •  KRÜ Esports

KRÜ well and truly dominated in Latin America this year. After winning Challengers Stage Two and Three in the region, the team qualified for Champions. A tally of 495 circuit points was more than enough to top second-place team Six Karma.

Last Chance Qualifier

  • North America: TBD
  • EMEA: TBD
  • South America: TBD
  • Asia: TBD

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