Coming off of the excitement of the VALORANT First Strike qualifying tournaments, Riot is already looking forward into 2021 for their latest esport. Riot introduced audiences to the next big thing on Tuesday, November 11. Starting next year, teams will have the chance to prove themselves throughout the new VALORANT Champions Tour.
The aim for the VALORANT Champions Tour is to cultivate the VALORANT esport scene at every level. Starting with the more frequent VALORANT Challengers tournaments, teams can battle their way through their local competition to face the larger end-bosses of the game. The Challengers format features multiple tournaments over the course of six weeks. There are open qualifiers for each tournament, meaning any group of five can make a run to the top.
If a team performs well at the VALORANT Challengers event, they will have a chance to display their skills again in the Masters event. Masters events will stay regional for the time being, thanks to the worldwide pandemic. In the future Riot is aiming to make these Masters tournaments international LAN events. These events will have an eight team format mirroring what teams can expect from the Challengers events.
Teams qualify for the Champions event by accumulating “Circuit Points”. Or if one team is ready to make a miracle run, simply winning the last of the Masters events will stamp their ticket to the final event.
The season will end with the VALORANT version of the popular League of Legends Worlds tournament. The Champions event is a two-week long event featuring the best sixteen teams from around the world. Riot is looking to continue expanding the VALORANT esport, and the Champions Tour will be the next big event to set it apart from the competition.
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