Riot Games has announced today their next step in developing the VALORANT competitive scene, the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. This circuit will divide itself through three events organized between Riot and top-tier tournament partner operators.
After the success of the Ignition Series and First Strike, this marks the first official year long plan that Riot Games has announced for its First Person Shooter.
This circuit will be divided into three tiers, with each tournament qualifying you for the next one, up until VALORANT Champions, where 16 teams will fight for the title of first VALORANT global Champion.
Kicking off in January, Challengers will be the opening step of this circuit. Each Challenger stage will consist of three tournaments and a final taking place over six weeks.
Each of these three tournaments will begin with regional online open qualifier and filter through the best eight teams of any region into the Challenger Finals. From there, teams will fight for a limited number of slots on the International VALORANT Masters series.
The Masters series will also spread across three tournaments, each of these with 16 teams, attributing prizes and points that count towards qualification into the final Champions stage.
Initially, the VALORANT Masters Series are set to take on a similar regional format, but they could be subject to change as the current global pandemic evolves, as Riot has not excluded the option of transitioning these events into international LANS as soon as possible.
VALORANT Champions is set to be similar to Worlds
After the conclusion of the third Masters, a series of four Last Chance Qualifiers will allow one additional team per continent will qualify into Champions.
The season will conclude in December with Champions, VALORANT’s “version of Worlds”. A massive two-week long event which will feature the best 16 teams from around the globe and crown its first World Champions.