NA Valorant Challengers: Schedule, results and how to watch

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Tier-two North American Valorant is heating up as Split 1 of the Challengers League is underway. Here is everything you need to know about this exciting tournament.

With the VCT Americas league limited to five NA-based organizations, several elite-level Valorant players were left out in the cold, unable to find opportunities in the region’s top competition. They now turn their attention to the Challengers League with hopes of securing promotion to Riot Games’ partner league.

Twelve North American teams are competing in the Challengers League, which is organized by Knights Arena. After a long and intense season spanning two splits, a mid-season event, and the playoff stage, two teams will progress to the Americas Ascension tournament, where they will be joined by Brazilian and LATAM sides.

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The names of the 12 teams that will compete in Split 1 of the Challengers League are already determined, with six of those spots being filled through invites. The other six spots went to the top teams of the two open qualifiers, each featuring 256 sides.

Below you can find all you need to know about the NA Valorant Challengers League.

NA Valorant Challengers League: How to watch

The Challengers League is broadcast on Riot Games’ Valorant North America Twitch and YouTube channels. We have embedded the Twitch stream below for your convenience.

NA Valorant Challengers: Format and schedule

The qualifying process for Challengers took place in January with two open brackets, each featuring 256 teams. The first qualifier had four spots on offer, while the last-chance qualifier had just two.

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The six qualified teams will join a roster of six invited teams in Challengers. There will be two splits, each featuring two groups of six teams and weekly matches. After the first split, the top eight teams will participate in a mid-season tournament, where more Challengers points will be on offer.

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There will be more points on offer as the season progresses

The groups will be reseeded for the second split, based on the points earned by the teams in the first split and the mid-season event. In the end, the eight teams with the most points accrued throughout the season will advance to the Challengers League Playoffs, where the top two will advance to the Ascension tournament.

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  • Challengers League Split 1: February 1-March 17
  • Mid-Season Invitational: March 22-31
  • Challengers League Split 2: April 18-May 19
  • Challengers League Playoffs: May 31-June 10

Week 1 schedule (February 1-3)

Day Match PT ET GMT
February 1 FaZe 1-2 G2 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
The Guard 2-0 Disguised 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
February 2 TSM 2-1 MAD Lions 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
BreakThru 2-0 Oxygen 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
February 3 Shopify Rebellion 2-0 Turtle Troops 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
M80 vs OREsports 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

Week 2 schedule (February 8-10)

Day Match PT ET GMT
February 8 Shopify Rebellion vs Oxygen 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
The Guard vs OREsports 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
February 9 Disguised vs MAD Lions 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
M80 vs TSM 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
February 10 FaZe vs Turtle Troops 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
G2 vs BreakThru 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

Week 3 schedule (February 27- March 1)

Day Match PT ET GMT
February 27 The Guard vs TSM  1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
Turtle Troops vs BreakThru 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
February 28 G2 vs Oxygen Esports 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
FaZe vs Shopify Rebellion 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
March 1 Disguised vs OREsports 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
M80 vs MAD Lions 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

Week 4 schedule (March 8-10)

Day Match PT ET GMT
March 8 M80 vs Disguised 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
TSM vs OREsports 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
March 9 G2 vs Turtle Troops 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
The Guard vs MAD Lions 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
March 10 Shopify Rebellion vs BreakThru 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
FaZe vs Oxygen 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

Week 5 schedule (March 15-17)

Day Match PT ET GMT
March 15 G2 vs Shopify Rebellion 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
The Guard vs M80 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
March 16 FaZe Clan vs BreakThru 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
TSM vs Disguised 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM
March 17 Turtle Troops vs Oxygen 1 PM 4 PM 9 PM
OREsports vs MAD Lions 4 PM 7 PM 12 AM

NA Valorant Challengers: Split 1 Groups

The 12 participating teams have been seeded into the following two groups for the league:

Group A

Green = Qualified for Mid-Season Event.

Placement Team Record
1 Shopify Rebellion 1-0
2 G2 Esports 1-0
3 BreakThru 1-0
4 Oxygen 0-1
5 FaZe Clan 0-1
6 Turtle Troop 0-1

Group B

Green = Qualified for Mid-Season Event.

Placement Team Record
1 The Guard 1-0
2 TSM 1-0
M80
OREsports
5 MAD Lions 0-1
6 Disguised 0-1

NA Valorant Challengers: Teams

The Valorant Challengers League will feature 12 teams, half of which are directly invited by Riot Games. The remaining six participants were determined by a grueling open qualifier system with two 256-team brackets.

Knights revealed on January 7 the list of teams invited to the Challengers League. Big-name teams like G2 Esports, TSM and FaZe Clan skipped the qualifiers and went straight to the main tournament. With the exception of M80 Esports, a brand new esports organization launched by XSET co-founder Marco Mereu, all teams invited to the Challengers League were denied partnership slots by Riot Games.

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The other six teams came through the grueling online qualifiers. Squirtle Squad have since changed their name to Turtle Troops due to a Nintendo trademark, while Dark Ratio have since signed with MAD Lions.

Invited:

Team Players
G2 Esports ShahZaM, dapr, wippie, penny, OXY 
TSM seven, corey, gMd, hazed, NaturE
FaZe Clan dicey, supamen, babybay, poised, Rossy
M80 Esports koalanoob, zander, eeiu, johnqt, NiSMO
The Guard trent, JonahP, neT, valyn, tex
Shopify Rebellion mada, dazzLe, bdog, moose, v1c

Qualified:

Team Players
Disguised XXiF, steel, clear, genghsta, Exalt
BreakThru thief, aproto, flyuh, sym, brawk
Oxygen mitch, pwny, randyySAVAGE, skuba, Verno
MAD Lions Trick, Ange, Will, ZexRow, drone
Turtle Troops Add3r, Governor, Harmful, Okeanos, Wedid
OREsports Jonaaa6, Lebar, Zeldris, PureVNS, nillyaz