How to qualify for VCT Challengers through Valorant Premier

Declan Mclaughlin

Riot Games has revealed how players from Valorant Premier, its path to pro system in-game, will link up with VCT Challengers. Here is how players can qualify for the Valorant Esports League.

Valorant Premier has been set up as the in-game path to pro for players who want to get into the VCT Challengers Leagues. The Challengers Leagues are the second-tier competitions in the Valorant Champions Tour. Each league’s top finishers will get a chance to earn a promotion into the VCT international leagues through an Ascension tournament.

Starting in 2025, Challengers Leagues will no longer have open qualifiers, and will only feature promoted teams from Premier. Most regions will start adapting Premier for Episode Act 2. Riot Games has just dropped its road map for the 2024 VCT season and beyond for how players should expect to get a promotion into the VCT Challengers Leagues.

Here is how players can qualify for their respective Challengers Leagues through Valorant Premier for the 2025 season.

How players go from Valorant Premier to VCT Challengers

To start the process, players must first achieve a rank of Immortal 3 or higher before the first Act of the year starts, then sign up and register to play in the current Premier window.

Next, players will need to make sure they are eligible to play in the Challengers Leagues in 2024. There is an age restriction as players below 16 years old are not eligible to compete. Players can only compete in Premier with one account, so no ringers, substitutes, or cross-region players are allowed.

Teams must then qualify for the Contender Division within Premier, which is done when a team of Immortal 3 Rank players assemble.

Players will then need to sign up for the Premier zone that connects to their desired Challengers League.

Valorant Premier schedule
The schedule for Valorant Premier in 2024.

Teams that don’t qualify for their respective Challengers Leagues will play in the Premier Contender Division. The competition will have two stages of play with a playoff at the end of each and a regular season. The top teams from the Contender standings will be seeded into a playoff. The second stage’s playoffs will qualify teams for the Challengers Promotion tournament where they will play the worst teams from the Challengers League for a shot at the second-tier league.

The number of teams qualified for the tournament from the Challengers and Contenders side will vary depending on region. However, there will always be a minimum of two spots up for promotion in every Challengers League.

Qualifying teams will be contacted by their Challengers League Tournament Organizer right after their Premier playoffs. If contacted through email, players are expected to respond within two days, or the organizer will reach out to the next best team and disqualify the other.

How each region’s Premier division breaks down regionally is slightly different depending on where you are in the world. Riot Games has broken players down into Gamepods (which servers they are playing from), which feed into Zones, which then feed into the Challengers Leagues.

How that is broken down is shown below:

Americas Promotion Path

  • North American Challengers League
    • US East (Zone)
      • Ashburn (Gamepod)
      • Dallas
      • Chicago
      • Atlanta
    • US West
      • Oregon
      • Dallas
      • Chicago
      • Northern California
  • Latin America North Challengers League
    • Latin America North
      • Mexico City
      • Miami
      • Latin America Chicago
  • Latin America South Challengers League
    • Latin America South
      • Santiago
      • Bogota
  • Brazil Challengers League
    • Brazil
      • São Paulo

EMEA Promotion Path

  • DACH Challengers League
    • DACH
      • Frankfurt
  • Northern Europe Challengers League
    • Northern Europe
      • London
      • Stockholm
  • Portugal Challengers League & Italy Challengers League & Spain Challengers League
    • Ibit
      • Madrid
  • France Challengers League
    • France
      • Paris
  • Eastern Europe Challengers League
    • Eastern Europe
      • Warsaw
  • Turkey Challengers League
    • Turkey
      • Istanbul
  • MENA Challengers League
    • Middle East
      • Bahrain

Pacific Promotion Path

  • Japan Challengers League
    • Japan
      • Tokyo
  • South Korea Challengers League
    • South Korea
      • Tokyo
  • South Asia
    • South Asia
      • Mumbai
  • Malaysia/Singapore Challengers League & Thailand Challengers League & Philippines Challengers League & Vietnam Challengers League & Hong Kong/Taiwan Challengers League & Indonesia Challengers League
    • Asia
      • Singapore
      • Hong Kong
  • Oceania
    • Oceania
      • Sydney

This process could change in the coming months as Riot Games tweaks this system following its implementation at the start of 2024.

About The Author

Based in Indiana, Declan McLaughlin is an esports reporter for Dexerto Esports covering Valorant, LoL and anything else that pops up. Previously an editor and reporter at Upcomer, Declan is often found reading investigative stories or trying to do investigations himself. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University. You can contact him at declan.mclaughlin@dexerto.com.