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Acend and Sentinels win VCT Masters Stage 1 Europe and NA: recap & final placements

Published: 20/Mar/2021 2:15 Updated: 21/Mar/2021 23:43

by Andrew Amos

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With the Challengers leg of Valorant Champions Tour over and done with, we moved on to VCT Masters. Here’s everything you need to know about how the EU and NA’s Masters tournaments played out, including final scores, standings and competitors.


  • Sentinels easily swept FaZe Clan 3-0 to bring home the NA hardware.
  • Underdogs Acend pulled off upset against Heretics to become EU Champs.
  • FaZe Clan get their rematch with Sentinels after beating Gen.G 2-0.

After VCT Challengers Stage 1 wrapped up for NA and EU, the competitors were thinned out for the Masters level competitions.

With upsets galore (on the EU side at least) and a few unfamiliar faces, the tournament will definitely be one to remember.

This wasn’t the end-all, be-all for the Champion’s Tour, so if the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here.

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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 Masters competition.

VCT Masters NA Final Placements

On the NA side of things it was all Sentinels.

Babybay and the boys easily handled FaZe in the Upper Bracket final 2-0, and it was just more of the same at the Grand Final, which ended 3-0 in their favor.

Besides being $60k richer, Sentinels are now looking like the reigning top dogs of North American Valorant, and with players like TenZ performing top of their class, it will be interesting to see if anyone can take them down.

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Place Team Winnings (USD) Points
1. Sentinels $60,000 100
2. FaZe Clan $30,000 70
3. Gen.G Esports $15,000 45
4. Team Envy $15,000 45
5. 100 Thieves $10,000 20
6. Luminosity Gaming $10,000 20
7. XSET $5,000 10
8. Immortals $5,000 10

VCT Masters EU Final Placements

Team Heretics were the odds-on favorites to come out on top in this tournament but Acend obviously had other ideas, coming from behind in the losers bracket to edge out a 2-3 stunner in the Grand Final.

When the dust settled, it was the underdogs Acend Club who were the last team left standing in the EU bracket, taking home $60,000 of the $150,000 total prize pool. The full final placements can be found down below:

Place Team Winnings (USD) Points
1. Acend Club $60,000 100
2. Team Heretics $30,000 70
3. Guild Esports $15,000 45
4. FunPlus Phoenix $15,000 45
5. Ninjas in Pyjamas $10,000 20
6. DfuseTeam $10,000 20
7. Ballista Esports $5,000 10
8. Alliance $5,000 10

VCT Masters NA: Qualified Teams

Having survived a grueling round of qualifiers, some of the teams we’ve seen make it to Masters NA are familiar faces, but others are not.

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With the likes of TSM and Cloud9 failing to make the cut, we’ll see a whole selection of teams duking it out for the first Masters crown.

Qualifier Team
Challengers 2 Team Envy
Challengers 2 Sentinels
Challengers 2 XSET
Challengers 2 Immortals
Challengers 3 FaZe Clan
Challengers 3 100 Thieves
Challengers 3 Luminosity Gaming
Challengers 3 Gen.G Esports

VCT Masters NA schedule and results

VCT Masters NA runs from March 12 – 21.

Day 1: Thursday, March 11

Round Match PST EST GMT
Upper bracket quarterfinals Envy 2-1 Gen.G 1PM 4PM 8PM
XSET 0-2 FaZe Clan 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30PM

Day 2: Friday, March 12

Round Match PST EST GMT
Upper bracket quarterfinals Sentinels 2-1 Luminosity 1PM 4PM 8PM
Immortals 0-2 100 Thieves 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30AM

Day 3: Saturday, March 13

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower bracket round 1 Gen.G 2-0 XSET 1PM 4PM 8PM
Luminosity 2-1 Immortals 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30AM

Day 4: Sunday, March 14

Round Match PST EST GMT
Upper bracket semifinals Envy 0-2 FaZe Clan 1PM 4PM 8PM
Sentinels 2-0 100 Thieves 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30AM

Day 5: Friday, March 19

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower bracket round 2 Gen.G 2-0 100 Thieves 1PM 4PM 8PM
Luminosity 0-2 Envy 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30AM
Upper bracket final FaZe Clan 0-2 Sentinels 6PM 9PM 1AM

Day 6: Saturday March 20

Round Match PST EST GMT
Lower Bracket Round 3 Gen.G 2-1 Envy 1PM 4PM 8PM
Lower Bracket Final FaZe 2-0 Gen.G 3:30PM 6:30PM 10:30AM

Day 7: Sunday March 21

Round Match PST EST GMT
Finals Sentinels 3-0 FaZe 1PM 4PM 8PM

VCT Masters EU: Qualified Teams

Challengers EU certainly shook up the competitive landscape. Challengers 3 came down to the final round of action but ultimately, the likes of Fnatic and G2 Esports had their Masters dreams crushed by hot prospects in the region.

With relative newcomers such as Ballista and Raise Your Edge showing off a dominant performance, it’ll be interesting to see how the shape up against some of Europe’s most established orgs.

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Qualifiers Team
Challengers 2 Alliance
Challengers 2 Ninjas in Pyjamas
Challengers 2 FunPlus Phoenix
Challengers 2 Team Heretics
Challengers 3 Guild Esports
Challengers 3 Dfuse Team
Challengers 3 Ballista Esports
Challengers 3 Raise Your Edge Gaming.

VCT Stage 1 Europe: schedule and results

VCT Masters EU runs from March 12 to 21.

Day 1: Friday, March 12

Round Match PST EST GMT
Groups Day 1 Ballista 0-2 Heretics 9AM 1PM 5PM
ACE 0-2 NiP 1PM 4PM 8PM

Day 2: Saturday, March 13

Round Match PST EST GMT
Groups Day 2 Guild 1-2 FPX 8AM 12PM 4PM
Alliance 0-2 Dfuse 12PM 3PM 7PM

Day 3: Sunday, March 14

Round Match PST EST GMT
Groups Elimination Matches Ballista 0-2 ACE 8AM 12PM 4PM
Guild 2-1 Alliance 12PM 3PM 7PM

Day 4: Thursday, March 18

Round Match PST EST GMT
Groups Winners Match Heretics 2-1 NiP 9AM 1PM 5PM
FPX 2-0 DFUSE 1PM 4PM 8PM

Day 5: Friday, March 19

Round Match PST EST GMT
Group Decider Match NiP 0-2 ACE 9AM 1PM 5PM
DFUSE 1-2 Guild 1PM 4PM 8PM

Day 6: Saturday, March 20

Round Match PST EST GMT
Semifinals Heretics 2-0 Guild 8AM 12PM 4PM
FPX 1-2 ACE 12PM 3PM 7PM

Day 7: Sunday, March 21

Round Match PST EST GMT
Finals Heretics 2-3 ACE 8AM 12PM 4PM