Valorant Masters 2023


Valorant Masters Heads to Japan for 2023 Season

Abhimannu Das
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Masters Japan will be the second major international event in Valorant esports next year.
Winners of the event will secure direct qualification for Valorant Champions 2023.
International League matches will take place in three cities: Berlin, Seoul, and Los Angeles which will serve as qualifiers for Masters Japan.

The official Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Japan Twitter account revealed that the Valorant Masters 2023 event will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Valorant esports’ popularity has skyrocketed in recent years and the country which is known for its console gamers is slowly opening up to PC esports. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming event.

The road to Valorant Masters Japan 2023 

The regular season of the VCT will take place in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Berlin. The one-time event in Sao Paulo will take place in February 2023. The winner of the pre-season event will earn their league an extra slot at the international Masters event in Tokyo, Japan.

After the pre-season event concludes in Brazil, a weekly LAN competition in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and North America will kick off.  International League matches will take place in three cities: Berlin, Seoul, and Los Angeles. This split will begin in March, feature eight weeks of regular-season competition, and crown three league champions in May.

While subsequent seasons will feature two International League splits, 2023 will supplement one split with the international tournament providing teams with enough time to set up hubs in the LAN event locations.

The second international tournament of the year, Masters, will return in June in Tokyo and feature the best teams from each international league. This event will reward top teams from each territory with direct qualification to Champions, the Valorant world final. July will see the return of the Last Chance Qualifiers, where the teams that have not yet qualified for Champions at the time will get one final opportunity to make it to the world championship. 

In addition to the franchised league, there will also be a Challenger Circuit, which will take place concurrently with the VCT season, providing aspiring teams with a path to qualify into international competitions for the 2024 season. Two Challenger splits will begin in January and conclude with the Ascension tournaments in July. These tournaments will feature the best teams from more than twenty different Challenger leagues competing on LAN for regional pride and promotion into the international leagues.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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