The official graphic for VCT Americas' 2024 Kickoff tournament
Image via Riot Games

VCT Americas Kickoff 2024: Bracket, schedule, scores

The intensity is up for 2024.

A lot has changed in the Americas region between the 2023 VCT Champions tournament in Los Angeles and the beginning of the 2024 season. From new contract signings to various organizations having major internal changes, the storylines are practically writing themselves for VALORANT Champions Tour Americas in 2024.

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This year, each VCT region will begin with its own Kickoff tournament to decide which two VALORANT teams will represent them at Masters Madrid in March. With changes in the VCT format, no regular rotational regional play will occur before the year’s first major international tournament. Instead, teams are shuffled into the Kickoff bracket right away.

With the adjusted format, each match becomes even more important for every team, especially at the very beginning of the year. The best team from each VCT region in 2023 has received a bye through the first round of the group stage, meaning Evil Geniuses will have a bye after their 2023 Championship-winning performance.

VCT Americas Kickoff bracket and format

The groups for the first tournament in VCT Americas for 2024.
The luck of the draw. Image via Riot Games

The VCT Americas Kickoff tournament ran from Feb. 16 to March 3 and was held in Los Angeles. The tournament had three stages: a group stage, a play-in stage, and playoffs.

The group stage featured three groups; two with four teams and one with three teams. Each group plyed through its own double-elimination bracket to decide which teams moved to the playoffs, play-ins or elimination.

  • Group A: NRG, Furia, Cloud9, MIBR
  • Group B: LOUD, Sentinels, Leviatán, 100 Thieves
  • Group C: KRÜ, G2, Evil Geniuses (bye)

The winning team from each group automatically qaulified for the playoffs, while the group’s runner-up went to the play-ins with one last chance to make it to the tournament’s final stage for a chance at Masters Madrid. The Kickoff tournament grand final was held on March 3.

VCT Americas Kickoff tournament schedule and scores

The play-in and playoff formats for the VCT Americas Kickoff tournament.
Play-ins and playoffs will turn up the heat. Image via Riot Games

Here is the full schedule and results for the VCT Americas Kickoff tournament.

Standings

PlacementPrizeTeam
FirstMasters Madrid Qualification, three VCT Americas PointsSentinels
SecondMasters Madrid QualificationLOUD
ThirdEvil Geniuses, NRG
FifthG2 Esports
SixthMIBR
SeventhCloud9, Leviatán,
KRÜ Esports
10thFURIA, 100 Thieves

Group stage

Friday, Feb. 16

  • 4pm CT: NRG 2-0 FURIA
    • NRG win 13-10 on Breeze.
    • NRG win 13-8 on Ascent.
  • 7pm CT: Cloud9 2-1 MIBR
    • C9 win 13-11 on Bind.
    • MIBR win 13-8 on Split.
    • C9 win 13-10 on Lotus.

Saturday, Feb. 17

  • 4pm CT: LOUD 2-0 Sentinels
    • LOUD win 13-11 on Split.
    • LOUD win 13-9 on Ascent.
  • 7pm CT: Leviatán 2-1 100 Thieves
    • Leviatán win 13-9 on Bind.
    • 100T win 13-3 on Split.
    • Leviatán win 13-11 on Icebox.

Sunday, Feb. 18

  • 4pm CT: G2 2-1 KRÜ
    • KRÜ win 13-9 on Icebox.
    • G2 win 13-9 on Sunset.
    • G2 win 13-11 on Ascent.

Monday, Feb. 19

  • 4pm CT: MIBR 2-0 FURIA
    • MIBR win 13-9 on Split.
    • MIBR win 13-11 on Breeze.
    • FURIA is eliminated from VCT Americas Kickoff.
  • 7pm CT: Sentinels 2-1 100T
    • Sentinels win 13-5 on Lotus.
    • 100T win 13-6 on Bind.
    • Sentinels win 13-8 on Split.
    • 100T is eliminated from VCT Americas Kickoff.

Friday, Feb. 23

  • 4pm CT: NRG 2-0 Cloud9
    • NRG win 13-7 on Sunset.
    • NRG win 14-12 on Ascent.
    • NRG advances to semifinals.
  • 7pm CT: LOUD 2-1 Leviatán
    • Leviatán win 13-11 on Bind.
    • LOUD win 13-10 on Split.
    • LOUD win 13-7 on Ascent.
    • LOUD advances to semifinals.

Saturday, Feb. 24

  • 2pm CT: Evil Geniuses 2-0 G2
    • EG win 15-13 on Sunset.
    • EG win 13-11 on Icebox.
    • EG advances to semifinals.

Sunday, Feb. 25

  • 2pm CT: MIBR 2-0 Cloud9
    • MIBR win 14-12 on Bind.
    • MIBR win 13-9 on Ascent.
    • MIBR advances to Play-In, Cloud9 is eliminated.
  • 5pm CT: Leviatán 1-2 Sentinels
    • Sentinels win 13-3 on Split.
    • Leviatán win 13-6 on Breeze.
    • Sentinels win 13-9 on Bind.
    • Sentinels advances to Play-In, Leviatán is eliminated.
  • 8pm CT: G2 2-0 KRÜ
    • G2 win 13-8 on Split.
    • G2 win 13-8 on Sunset.
    • G2 advances to Play-In, KRÜ is eliminated.

Play-In

Monday, Feb. 26

  • 2pm CT: Sentinels 2-0 MIBR
    • Sentinels win 13-7 on Split.
    • Sentinels win 13-6 on Ascent.
  • 5pm CT: MIBR 2-1 G2
    • MIBR win 13-9 on Sunset.
    • G2 win 15-13 on Split.
    • MIBR win 13-10 on Breeze.
  • 8pm CT: G2 2-1 Sentinels
    • Sentinels win 13-8 on Sunset.
    • G2 win 13-9 on Breeze.
    • G2 win 13-9 on Split.
    • Sentinels advance to semifinals on map differential.

Semifinals

Saturday, March 2

  • 4pm CT: LOUD 2-1 Evil Geniuses
    • EG win 13-7 on Ascent.
    • LOUD win 13-7 on Icebox.
    • LOUD win 13-5 on Sunset.
    • LOUD qualifies for Masters Madrid.
  • 7pm CT: NRG 1-2 Sentinels
    • Sentinels win 16-14 on Sunset.
    • NRG win 13-8 on Ascent.
    • Sentinels win 13-3 on Split.
    • Sentinels qualifies for Masters Madrid.

Grand final

Sunday, March 3

  • 4pm CT: LOUD 2-3 Sentinels
    • Sentinels win 13-9 on Sunset.
    • Sentinels win 13-3 on Split.
    • LOUD win 13-11 on Icebox.
    • LOUD win 13-8 on Bind.
    • Sentinels win 13-4 on Lotus.
    • Sentinels earns three VCT points.

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