Champions 2021 started on December 1, with action happening up until the Grand Finals on December 12. Eventual champions Acend cruised through the Group Stage, before facing off against Team Secret in the Quarterfinals.
They would take down Secret and Liquid 2-0 each, but the Grand Final would be one that will go down in Valorant history. Acend looked dominant after Map 1, but Gambit would charge right back and take the next two maps without much of a fight.
Down 2-1 and their backs against the wall, Acend would come back with a vengeance. After barely surviving Icebox, they would finish things off with a convincing win on Split to take home the Valorant Champions 2021 crown, and the $350,000 grand prize.
Valorant Champions 2021 details: dates, format, location
Valorant Champions started on December 1 and finished on December 12. Champions was originally rumored to take place in Los Angeles, but Riot decided to host the event in Berlin, the same city that staged the VCT Stage 3 Masters, conflicting with their plan to host each of their international events in a different region.
Riot’s reasoning for hosting Champions in Berlin is due to the current European travel policies being friendlier and making it easier for all teams to attend. Sixteen teams converged to fight for the title of Valorant’s first true world champion.
Acend took down Gambit to become 2021 Valorant World Champions.
Valorant Champions kicked off with a double-elimination group stage, with eight teams advancing to the single-elimination knockout stage.