Riot Games has officially revealed this Wednesday its plans to host the third and final event of the VCT: Masters series in Berlin, Germany. The event is scheduled to take place from September 9th to the 19th.
The competition will take place at Verti Music Hall, which has previously hosted the 2019 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage. Riot is aiming to have a live audience attend the event, but the situation is still on development.
Masters: Berlin will also expand on previous events of its kind, increasing the teams in attendance from 10 to 16. Qualifiers will begin in June, with Riot organizing seven regional Challengers events.
“We’re excited to continue to break new ground with Masters Reykjavik. In the run-up to the tournament, more than 2,000 teams from around the world participated in qualifying events, the most of any VALORANT event to date.”
Whalen Rozelle, Riot’s Senior Director of Esports
In addition to more teams, whoever is crowned champion at Masters: Berlin will automatically qualify into VALORANT Champions, the final and conclusive tournament of the VCT circuit, in which a single team will be crowned the best VALORANT team of 2021.
Moving forwards, the VALORANT Champions Tour will also feature a brand new sponsor, with HyperX joining the series as its Official Keyboard and Mouse Partner.
For now, the Reykjavík Stage 2 Masters is set to start at the end of this month, with 10 organisations fighting for points in the VCT circuit, the everlasting prestige of winning the first international VALORANT LAN tournament and its recently unveiled Masters Trophy.
This tournament will also be the competitive debut of coaching slots, a much-demanded feature that will allow coaches to watch their player’s viewpoints during official matches. Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot, considers that these new tools will only help “improve player performance and increase the level of competition”.
Seven teams have already qualified for the event: Sentinels and Version 1 representing North America, Team Liquid and Fnatic waving the banner of the EMEA region, NUTURN showcasing the best of Korean VALORANT, Crazy Raccoon hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun and X10 Esports as the wildcards from Southeast Asia.