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Valorant Champions Tour 2023: Partnered Teams, Global events, Challengers and more

Valorant Champions Tour 2023 format explained

Riot Games has revealed its plan for the Valorant competitive scenario for the next five years with a new partnered league system, more expanded regional leagues along with one Masters and Champions event and new opportunities for players to enter into the pro Valorant scene. The 30 announced Valorant partnered teams will compete in the biggest Valorant league, while more teams from different regions will get a chance to enter into the Valorant Champions Tour in the future years.

VCT 2023: Riot Games have announced a new international league with its partnered teams

Riot has announced its new Valorant-partnered league system, which will feature the teams who will only participate in its Global LAN events. Instead of the teams qualifying through open qualifiers for Masters and Champions, Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 will have 30 teams selected by Riot from the three different regions, who will compete in the International leagues of Valorant Esports.

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This means no other teams except the ten selected teams from each region will be getting a chance to qualify for Masters or Champions in 2023. The international league for EMEA, Americas and Pacific will occur in Berlin, Los Angeles and Seoul, respectively.

In 2023, only the selected Valorant partnered teams will compete in their respective International League Split to qualify for Masters and Champions. Last Chance Qualifiers will return to all three regions for the teams to compete for the final time and get a slot for Champions.

Riot-partnered Teams

  • EMEA: Fnatic, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, Karmine Corp, Team Heretics, Giants, NAVI, FUT Esports, BBL Esports, KOI
  • Americas: Sentinels, 100 Thieves, Cloud9, NRG, Evil Geniuses, FURIA, LOUD, MIBR, KRU ESPORTS, Leviatan
  • Pacific: ZETA Division, Detonation Gaming, Gen.G, T1, DRX, Team Secret, Paper Rex, Rex Regum Qeon, Talon Esports, Global Esports

Valorant Champions Tour 2023 will start in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the kick-off tournament, featuring all the selected 30 teams competing in a three-week-long tournament. The winner of the event will earn one extra slot in their respective region’s Masters event.

New Challengers and Ascension league is introduced by Riot Games

Though no teams will be getting a chance to participate in the International League in 2023, they will still have a chance to qualify for the International leagues in the 2024 season through the newly introduced Challengers and Ascension tournament.

Valorant Challengers 2023: Expanded regions

Twenty-one Challengers league will be held in two splits for the three regions, as their only chance for qualifying for the international leagues in VCT 2024. The Challengers League will be an open qualifier tournament, where the teams will be competing to be the best in their respective regions and get a slot in the Ascension tournament.

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The leagues from the three regions are listed below:

  • EMEA: Northern Europe, Southern Europe (Spain, Italy and Portugal), France and Benelux, Dach (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Turkey, Eastern Europe, MENA.
  • Americas: NA, LATAM North, Brazil, LATAM South
  • Pacific: South Asia (Includes India), Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Oceania.

The top teams from each challengers league will advance into the newly introduced Ascension tournament.

Newly introduced Valorant Ascension tournament

Three Ascension tournaments will be hosted in the three regions, which include the likes of EMEA, Americas and Pacific with the winners of each challengers tournament. The top teams from each Ascension tournament will be crowned as the best team from their region and will qualify for participating in the international league for the next season of the Valorant Champions Tour. The international league in 2024 will have a total of 33 teams, with 11 teams from each region. Following this format, the international league will add three teams from three regions each year.

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Teams who will qualify for the international league after winning the Ascension tournament will confirm their slot in the international league for two years, and after that, they will have to start over again from the challengers league.

What are your thoughts on the new Valorant League system, which will be in effect from 2023? Are you excited about the Valorant Champions Tour 2023? Let us know in the comments below!

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