After months of region-locked online play, VCT Masters 2: Reykjavik will be the first international LAN for VALORANT. The second Masters tournament of the Riot sponsored 2021 competitive circuit will run a full week, kicking off on the 24th of May and culminating on the 31st.
The 10 teams will fight over a top-heavy prize-pool of $600,000 USD. With the release of the event’s official rulebook, the format of Masters 2: Reykjavik has also been made publically available, with seeds randomly drawn.
Crazy Raccoon and KRÜ Esports got the low end of the stick, and as such, will have to face the two lower seeds from EU and NA in the opening round of VCT Masters 2: Reykjavik.
The Teams at VCT Masters 2: Reykjavik
Team Liquid and Fnatic have already established themselves as household names on the European scene, having qualified through the incredibly stacked EMEA Challengers Finals. Boasting a perfect blend of strategy and lethality, count on these two as title contending rosters.
North America will be represented at the tournament by Sentinels and a Version1 without Maxim “wippie” Shepelev, as the Russian player was unable to secure a visa on time.
Having conquered the first Masters event of this region, Sentinels will be the team to look after, with goals set on culminate their spot as one of the most dominant teams in the world. Nevertheless, Version1 can and will upset on the big stage, especially if teams underestimate them.
Vision Strikers was entering the Korea Challengers as clear favourites to qualify for Masters 2. However, a series loss in the Group Stage showed everyone that despite their year-long 102 win-streak, Vision Strikers could bleed.
With their record shattered, NUTURN Gaming took VS down in the Semi-Finals and went on to secure the regional title. Having lived an entire year in the shadow of Strikers’s success, will NUTURN finally carve their own story on the international stage?
In the topic of Asian underdogs, X10 Esports and Crazy Raccoon are bound to create some chaos in the tournament. While the Thai squad of X10 has dominated in the Southeast Asia scene, Crazy Raccoon has been the number one team in Japan for a hot second.
Waving the banner for Latin America will be the Sergio “Kun” Agüero-ran KRÜ Esports. The Chilean-Argentinian squad will have a big challenge in Iceland. Will they handle the highest level of competition?