Valorant Masters Reykjavik

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Valorant Champions Tour: Masters One Reykjavik Preview

Abhimannu Das
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Valorant Masters Reykjavik is set to kick off today with 12 teams competing for Valorant circuit points and a chance to be a part of the world championships.
The North American competitive scene has changed completely with some underrated teams qualifying for Masters One.
2021's top dogs Sentinels, Gambit Esports and Acend will not be a part of this year's competition.

Valorant’s first international LAN event for 2022 is kicking off tonight and fans are excited to see which team comes out on top. Twelve teams will be competing for a chance to get one step closer to the world championships this year. Last year, Europe dominated the circuit and it remains to be scene but the competition is looking a lot tougher this year.

VCT Masters Reykjavik Overview

This year Riot Games is updating the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Circuit Points structure to more heavily reward performances at international events. Additionally, the top seeds from North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), APAC (Asia-Pacific), and the top seed from the winner of the LATAM (Latin America) and Brazil playoff will get seeded deeper in the bracket, while the remaining teams will need to battle from earlier rounds of competition.

Here’s what the official schedule looks like:

  • Group Play - 10th April - 8:00 am PDT

  • Group Play - 11th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Group Play - 12th April - 8:00 am PDT

  • Group Play - 13th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage - 14th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage - 15th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage - 16th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage - 17th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage- 18th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Bracket Stage - 22th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Lower Finals - 23th April - 10:00 am PDT

  • Finals - 24th April - 10:00 am PDT

Top three teams to look out for at Masters Reykjavik

If you have not been following the Challengers circuit, here are the three teams that deserve your attention:

The Guard

After taking down some of the biggest teams in North America, The Guard has everyone’s attention at Reykjavik. The team dismantled Sentinels, Cloud9 Blue, 100 Thieves and more on its warpath to Reykjavik and it is one of the strongest contenders heading into the international LAN event.

KRU Esports

KRU had a dream run last year and it put the Latin America region on everyone’s radar. After another convincing start to its VCT campaign, the team is back for more. While the roster is unchanged from last year, some of the coaching staff has been shuffled around. Martin "BeTony" Bourre is now the only coach leading the team.

DRX

DRX acquired the Vision Strikers roster from Korea and dominated the competitive circuit in the country. Vision Strikers was the most dominant team in Korea last year but it could not impress at the international stage. With the team under a new banner and new management, it might finally be time for the South Korean team to prove itself globally.

If you want to catch up on all of the action, you can tune into the official stream at: www.twitch.tv/valorant

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.