The third and final phase of the VALORANT Champions Tour is nearing its end, with several of the world’s best teams collecting sizable troves of vital VCT circuit points to qualify for Champions at year’s end.
Professional VALORANT teams across each region are one step closer to a potential spot at the Champions final at the end of the year. But some teams have taken a larger step than others based on their Masters performances. North America is a red hot region in terms of both viewership and highlights. Several organizations see a bright future for VALORANT in this region and have jumped in headfirst.
Here’s how the teams stand in terms of total VCT points right now. The top two teams at the end of the year will directly qualify for Champions, while third through 10th will qualify for the Last Chance Qualifier.
|Place||Team||Points (Masters One)|
Teams with an asterisk(*) have already qualified for the upcoming NA Stage Three Challengers Playoffs and will earn (at minimum) an additional 40 points on top of what they already have at that event. The three teams that reach Masters Three Berlin will earn (at minimum) 175 points just by attending, while the winner in Berlin will directly qualify for Champions.
Sentinels’ total is in bold due to them already having enough points to directly qualify for Champions. They’re the only team in the world to have done so as of now.
VCT NA Challengers Finals and Masters Two
Sentinels ran through the competition at the NA Challengers Finals just as they did in the previous stage, only dropping three maps of a 12 total played to punch their ticket to VALORANT‘s first international LAN in Masters Two Reykjavík.
But the driving story of the Challengers Finals was the rise of teams absent from Stage One, most notably in Version1 and Cloud9 Blue. Both teams consist of numerous former NA CS:GO pros but both took very different roads in the Finals. C9 went through the upper bracket, sweeping Envy and NRG before falling 2-1 in back-to-back series to Sentinels and V1. V1 took an opening map off Sentinels in the first round but lost the next two to get sent down to the lower bracket. But they rallied with four straight wins in the lower bracket to reach the grand finals and secure their own spot in Masters.
In Reykjavik, V1 got off to a hot start with wins over Japan’s Crazy Raccoon and Europe’s Team Liquid before falling to NUTURN out of Korea and eventual grand finalists in Fnatic. But Sentinels cemented their place in history with an absolutely dominant run at Masters without dropping a single map, capping it off with a sweep over Fnatic in the grand finalists.
VCT NA Masters One
Sentinels earned 100 points with a first-place finish at the first NA Masters event in March. The team called upon Tyson “TenZ” Ngo to fill the void left by Jay “sinatraa” Won just a day before the tournament began. The former Cloud9 star answered the call and the Sentinels roster as a whole stepped up across the entire event. They defeated FaZe 3-0 in the grand finals.
While FaZe failed to overcome Sentinels during Masters, they expertly eviscerated every other team that they came across. Mixing aggression and unpredictability while riding the hot performance of Andrej “babybay” Francisty, FaZe dominated the rest of the NA field to come in second place.
Both Gen.G and Team Envy had impressive runs at Masters, reaching third and fourth place, respectively, and even taking a series off each other. They both had the honor of losing to FaZe, too.
The VALORANT Champions Tour resumes in North America on April 1 with the open qualifiers for Phase Two’s Challengers One event.
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