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Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Challengers 3 EU and NA: TSM, NRG qualify

Published: 28/Feb/2021 2:40 Updated: 28/Feb/2021 2:45

by Andrew Amos

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With Challengers 2 out of the way, Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 is continuing with Challengers 3 in Europe and North America. With Masters spots on the line, be sure to tune into the action across the coming days.


  • NA and EU Challengers 3 has kicked off, with only four more spots for the Stage 1 Masters
  • TSM and NRG make it through the Open Qualifiers for one last chance at Masters
  • Cloud9, T1, beastcoast, and DHBK to fight for final two spots

Stage 1 of the Valorant Champions Tour is heating up as we enter the final qualifiers in Challengers 3. With only four spots left in each region, the competition is getting fierce.

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If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here. If you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need! For now, here’s a complete rundown on the NA and EU competition.

VCT Stage 1: Stream

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VCT Stage 1 NA: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 3 – 7
    • Qualified teams: Luminosity, 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan, Gen.G, TSM, NRG
  • Masters: March 13 – 21
    • Qualified teams: Envy, Sentinels, Immortals, XSET

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Sentinels $20,000
2nd Immortals $10,000
3rd Luminosity Gaming $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Team Envy $3,000
Gen.G Esports $3,000
7th-8th NRG $1,000
Andbox $1,000

As action got underway, two teams were quickly knocked out of the running. Both Andbox along with NRG were eliminated without having won a map. Meanwhile, it was Immortals who blitzed through the upper bracket, taking down XSET, Gen.G, and Luminosity on their path to the Grand Finals.

There they would meet Sentinels who had already been put through the wringer. Having lost their first matchup, Sentinels had to win four consecutive series to complete the lower bracket run. In the ultimate rebound, they pulled it off and took out Immortals 3-1 in the closing showdown to cement their place atop NA.

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  • Challengers 2: February 20 – 23
Place Team Prize money
1st Team Envy $20,000
2nd Sentinels $10,000
3rd Immortals $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Luminosity Gaming $3,000
100 Thieves $3,000
7th-8th FaZe Clan $1,000
Gen.G Esports $1,000

Top teams like FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves once again struggled in Challengers, failing to make deep runs to qualify for Masters. But the event saw teams like XSET and Immortals get through to the next stage of VCT.

The biggest headline was Envy’s incredible run throughout the upper bracket. The team only dropped one map in their campaign, beating the likes of XSET, Sentinels, Immortals, and a 3-0 win in their rematch with Sentinels in the Grand Finals.

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VCT Stage 1 Europe: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 4 – 7
    • Qualified teams: Wave Esports, G2 Esports, Fnatic, OG
  • Masters: March 12 – 21
    • Qualified teams: Alliance, Ninjas in Pyjamas, FunPlus Phoenix, Heretics

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Ninjas In Pyjamas €4,375
2nd Monkey Business (now OG) €4,375
3rd Wave Esports €4,375
4th FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
5th-6th G2 Esports
Guild Esports
7th-8th Fnatic
Team Liquid

On the European side of things, teams only had to play one match each to lock in their spot at Challengers Stage 2. Some big upsets came through during these matches as a number of huge names were knocekd out by relative underdogs.

G2 Esports, Guild Esports, Liquid, and Fnatic’s brand new Valorant team were all taken out of the EU tournament. Instead, it was FunPlus Phoenix, Wave Esports, Ninjas In Pyjamas, and an orgless team in Monkey Business, that closed the show as winners.

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  • Challengers 2: February 18 – 21
Place Team Prize money
1st Alliance €4,375
2nd Ninjas in Pyjamas €4,375
3rd FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
4th Team Heretics €4,375
5th-8th Wave Esports
G2 Esports
Fnatic
OG

Yet again Challengers 2 of the Valorant Champions Tour EU saw some familiar faces suffer some similar losses. With G2 Esports and Fnatic failing yet again to make it into the top four, we saw some of the scene’s rising stars dominate instead.

With Alliance topping the charts after failing to make Challengers 1, they move onto the Masters with NiP, FPX and Team Heretics.

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
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The VCT promises to be a year-long Valorant fiesta!