VCT Masters 2022 Might Return To Reykjavik


[Updated] First VCT Masters Event of 2022 Might Return to Reykjavik

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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A statement by the official Valorant esports handle on Weibo reportedly detailed that Reykjavik will host the first VCT Masters event of the year.
The announcement detailed that the offline event will reportedly take place between 10-24th April.
It did not state whether there would be a live audience at the venue.

Update: Riot Games To Host VCT Stage 1 Masters in Iceland

Riot Games officially announced that the first international event of the 2022 Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland between 10th-24th April. Earlier in February, a statement by the official Valorant esports handle on Weibo which was in Mandarin detailed that Reykjavik would host the first VCT Masters event of the year.

Riot made it clear that this event would not have a live audience. The company explained that it hopes to bring back a live-audience for its Valorant events live in 2022. It added that Iceland was an incredibly favorable location to host international LANs, since it had a deep relationship and familiarity with the country and that the country provides the best possible guarantee that all qualified teams would be able to attend and compete. In addition to this, the time zone also falls in place and favors different groups of online audiences.

Riot also revealed that it was updating the VCT Points structure to reward performances at international events. It said, “The top seeds from North America, EMEA, APAC, and the top seed from the winner of the LATAM and Brazil playoff will get seeded deeper in the bracket, while the remaining teams will need to battle from earlier rounds of competition.

Slot allocation for Masters

Circuit Point Awards

Dot Esports reporter George Geddes posted on Twitter that the event will be a “double-elimination group stage into a double-elimination bracket” and that the event will not allow press as well.

The first Valorant Masters event of 2022 is reportedly going to be hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland, according to an announcement that appeared on the official Valorant esports Weibo account on 18th Feb. The post which was in Mandrain revealed information about the upcoming offline events in the Valorant esports scene.

The announcement detailed that the offline event will reportedly take place between 10-24th April, following the conclusion of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 1 Challengers of major regions including North America (NA) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in March.

Reykjavik was also the venue for the first international Valorant Masters event that was held in May 2021.

The original announcement about VCT Masters was in Mandarin

VCT Masters in Reykjavik

According to a report by Dexerto, the original post in Mandarin read, “Today we are excited to announce that the inaugural international event of the 2022 Valorant Champions Tour is returning to Reykjavik from April 10-24! As host country, Iceland has hosted our recent major events brilliantly and, in the current global situation, provides the best way to ensure a successful event.”

The statement that was made on the Weibo account further revealed that Riot Games was aiming towards having live audiences for Valorant esports. It said, “Bringing Valorant events to live audiences in 2022 is a top priority for esports. However, Iceland remains an ideal location to host international offline competitions until it is safe to host an event that will keep fans engaged.”

The statement does not clearly state whether there would be a live audience present at the venue. However, it detailed that Riot chose Iceland as the location given its connection with Iceland and its time zone. This gives teams the best chance of attending the LAN event amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which may restrict travel to and from certain countries.

“​​It is precisely because of our deep relationship and strong connection with Iceland that all qualifying teams are given the best guarantee of participation. In addition, Iceland’s time zone makes it easy to schedule matches for online viewers on different continents,” read the original post in Mandarin.

The statement also included a complete table with point distribution. From the table, it seems that Valorant Masters 2 will have 16 teams competing, instead of 12 teams.

Point distribution

The first-ever LAN event for Valorant took place in Reykjavik in 2021. Sentinels from North America took home the glory and the trophy as it emerged victorious over the ten other teams that participated. The event did not feature an audience and Sentinels walked away with $200K USD and 400 circuit points.

The next few months are going to be loaded with action-packed matches for the fans of Valorant esports. It will be interesting to see how the teams adapt and how well they translate their experiences of playing in VCT Challengers, moving into this major LAN event.

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Sadakshi is the newest addition to AFK Gaming. As a passionate gamer and an ardent League of Legends fan, she brings her journalism experience to the esports scenes of LoL and Valorant