Everything you need to know about EU VCT Stage 3: Challengers One open qualifier

It all leads to Berlin.

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The next round of the VALORANT Champions Tour in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is about to get underway. But before the first qualifier kick off on June 28, there are a few notable changes to keep in mind.

Stage three will feature a much-requested double-elimination format and include hundreds of more teams. A total of two qualifiers, two main events, and finally the Challengers playoffs will decide which four teams make it to VCT Masters Berlin in September. 


Qualifier one

  • One qualifier for each territory, including Europe, Turkey, and CIS
  • Open and closed qualifier
  • Up to 512 teams in the single-elimination open qualifier
  • The top eight teams advance to the closed qualifier
  • Eight teams from the open qualifier and eight invited teams will compete in the double-elimination closed qualifier
  • Invited teams based on a combination of factors, including performance in previous stages
  • The top eight teams from the closed qualifier will advance to the first main event

Main event one

  • Each of the three territories will have its own main event
  • Double-elimination format
  • Eight teams in each event
  • The top four teams from Europe and the top two teams from Turkey and CIS will advance to the EMEA Challengers playoffs
  • The bottom four teams from Europe and the teams placed third to six in Turkey and CIS will roll over to the second event
  • The seventh and eighth-place teams in Turkey and CIS will secure a spot in the second closed qualifier

Qualifier two

  • Similar to the first qualifier, the second qualifier will be split into two parts
  • Up to 512 teams will compete in the single-elimination open qualifier
  • The top eight teams that have not already qualified for the playoffs will be invited to the closed qualifier
  • The top four teams in each territory will advance to the second main event

Main event two

  • Eight teams will fight a slot in the EMEA Challengers playoffs
  • One event per territory
  • The top teams teams from Europe and the top teams from Turkey and CIS will advance to the playoffs

EMEA Challengers playoffs

  • Top 12 teams across EMEA
  • Six teams from Europe, three from Turkey, and three from CSI will compete online in a double-elimination bracket
  • The top four seeds will receive a bye-win in the first round of the event
  • The top four teams at the end of the event will qualify to VCT Masters Berlin

VCT Masters Berlin

  • The event will feature 16 teams from around the world
  • Four teams from EMEA, three from NA, two from Brazil, two from Korea, two from Japan, two from Southeast Asia, and one from Latin America
  • The winner and runners-up will receive circuit points, cash prize

VCT EMEA point standings

VCT circuit points determine which teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa make it to VALORANT’s end of year Champions event, which is reportedly expected to take place in Los Angeles in November and December.

Here are the current point standings.

2Team Liquid250
3Gaming Esports145
6BBL Esports90
7Oxygen Esports90
8FunPlus Phoenix75
9Guild Esports75
12GMT Esports45


  • Qualifier one: June 29 to July 3
  • Main event one July 7 to 11
  • Qualifier two: July 20 to 24
  • Main event two: July 28 to Aug. 1
  • EMEA Challengers playoffs: Aug. 12 to 22

Streaming options

Every match includes live commentary and can be found on VALORANT’s official Twitch channel. A Turkish, Russian, German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Finnish broadcast will also be available over the course of the circuit.

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