Riot announces Valorant Masters Stage 3 to take place on LAN in Berlin

Brad Norton
VCT Stage 3 key art

The third and final Valorant Masters tournament of 2021 will come to a head in Berlin, Germany as Riot Games has unveiled details surrounding the next major offline event.

  • Valorant Stage 3 Masters held in Berlin.
  • LAN competition runs through September 9-19.
  • Final Masters tournament ahead of the Valorant Champions event.

When Riot first showcased the competitive calendar for Valorant’s first full year, three Masters events were locked in without any set locations. These regional tournaments provide points towards the end-of-year Champions finale.

While the first iteration was limited to online competition, Stage 2 Masters locked in Iceland for the first international Valorant event. Just weeks out from this high-stakes tournament and we now know what lies ahead for Stage 3.

The world’s best players will be traveling to Berlin, Germany, Riot confirmed on May 5. The Stage 3 LAN gets underway on Thursday, September 9, and runs through until the Grand Finals on Sunday, September 19.

Valorant Masters 3 trophy
The world’s best Valorant teams will be battling for this trophy at the second international LAN event.

Continuing the globe-trotting trend of the inaugural Champions Tour, Valorant competition will next head to Berlin. Just the second international showcase, Stage 3 Masters will serve as the final opportunity to lock in a Champions spot.

16 teams will make it to Germany from all across the world, a noticeable bump from the 10 spots available in Stage 2. Teams earn their spot through regional Challengers events no different from before. Competition is sure to be tougher than ever though. Riot confirmed “more than 2,000” rosters battled for a spot at Iceland over the past few months.

When action kicks off in Berlin, teams will be competing at the Verti Music Hall, a familiar venue for Riot. This 2,250 seat arena featured throughout the 2019 League of Legends World Championship Group Stage. It’s worth noting, however, there are currently no plans in place for fans to attend.

International squads will be competing in an offline setting for just the second time in Valorant’s short history.

VCT 2021 timeline
Stage 3 Masters is the final tournament ahead of the Valorant Champions event in December.

With the bump to 16 teams, there’s currently no telling where the extra spots will be allocated. We’ll keep you up to speed as the competition draws near.

In the meantime, be sure to brush up on every international lineup traveling to Iceland for the Stage 2 Masters event.

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Brad Norton is the Australian Managing Editor at Dexerto. He graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been working full-time in the field for the past six years at the likes of Gamurs Group and now Dexerto. He loves all things single-player gaming (with Uncharted a personal favorite) but has a history on the competitive side having previously run Oceanic esports org Mindfreak. You can contact Brad at