The first international Valorant LAN of 2022 is officially in the books. Twelve of the world’s best teams travelled to Iceland to fight for the title of VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters champions, and OpTic Gaming ended up on top. Here’s what you need to know about the first Masters tournament of 2022.
- OpTic sweeps LOUD in Grand Finals 3-0
- Lower Bracket final sees OpTic sweep ZETA 3-0
- ZETA DIVISION bests Paper Rex 2-1 in fight for Lower Bracket final spot
Twelve months on, the scene has shaken up a lot. For starters, Iceland champions Sentinels weren’t in attendance after falling short in NA. The same goes for Valorant Champions 2021 winners Acend, who ended up capitulating in Europe.
A lot of fresh blood had the chance at glory at the global LAN as the race to the second world championship heated up.
We’ve got everything you need to know about what happened at VCT 2022 Masters Reykjavík right here.
Eventual champions OpTic had a long road to reach the Grand Final. After making it through the Group Stage, they survived challenges by The Guard and DRX to stay in the upper bracket, before falling to Brazilian upstarts LOUD in the upper final.
After sweeping ZETA DIVISION in the Lower Bracket Finals, the stage was set for a rematch for all the marbles with LOUD on April 24. Unlike their first meeting, OpTic absolutely dominated the Grand Finals.
LOUD would finally show signs of life on the third map Breeze, but their efforts were too little, too late to change the outcome. With a 3-0 sweep, OpTic officially took the Stage 1 Masters trophy back to NA.
Day 1: April 14
|Upper Round 1||G2 Esports 2-0 ZETA DIVISION||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Upper Round 1||LOUD 2-1 Liquid||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 2: April 15
|Upper Round 1||Paper Rex 1-2 DRX||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Upper Round 1||The Guard 1-2 OpTic Gaming||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 3: April 16
|Lower Round 1||ZETA DIVISION 2-1 Liquid||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Lower Round 1||Paper Rex 2-0 The Guard||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 4: April 17
|Upper Semi-finals||DRX 1-2 OpTic Gaming||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Upper Semi-finals||G2 Esports 0-2 LOUD||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 5: April 18
|Lower Round 2||ZETA DIVISION 2-1 DRX||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Lower Round 2||Paper Rex 2-0 G2 Esports||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 6: April 22
|Upper Final||LOUD 2-1 OpTic Gaming||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Lower Round 3||ZETA DIVISION 2-1 Paper Rex||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 7: April 23
|Lower Final||OpTic Gaming 3-0 ZETA DIVISION||10AM||1PM||6PM|
Day 8: April 24
|Grand Final||LOUD 0-3 OpTic Gaming||10AM||1PM||6PM|
Day 1: April 10
|Group A||ZETA DIVISION 0-2 DRX||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Group B||KRU Esports 0-2 Team Liquid||11AM||2PM||7PM|
|Group B||OpTic Gaming 0-2 XERXIA||2PM||5PM||10PM|
Day 2: April 11
|Group A||Fnatic 0-2 NIP||10AM||1PM||6PM|
|Group B||Team Liquid 2-1 XERXIA||1PM||4PM||9PM|
Day 3: April 12
|Group A||DRX 2-0 NIP||8AM||11AM||4PM|
|Group B||OpTic 2-0 KRU Esports||11AM||2PM||7PM|
|Group A||ZETA DIVISION 2-1 Fnatic||2PM||5PM||10PM|
Day 4: April 13
|Group B||XERXIA 0-2 OpTic Gaming||9AM||12PM||5PM|
|Group A||NiP 1-2 ZETA DIVISION||11AM||2PM||7PM|
VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Iceland took place in Reykjavík, Iceland between April 10 and 24.
All matches were played in a best-of-three format, with the exception of the playoffs’ lower bracket final and Grand Final, which were best-of-five series.
The top-seeded team from EMEA, NA, and APAC, plus the winner of the Brazilian vs LATAM playoff, entered the tournament in the playoffs. The other eight teams were split into two groups that determined the final four teams who advanced to the double-elimination bracket.
With two of the three LAN champions of 2021, EMEA were the most represented region at VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Iceland with three teams, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific with two teams each.
After some underwhelming results in 2021, Brazil had only one guaranteed spot in Reykjavík, though the runner-up of the Brazil Challengers did have another shot at qualification for the event in a match against the second-placed LATAM team.
FunPlus Phoenix had qualified for VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters but due to the travel restrictions in Ukraine and Russia, they were not able to field a complete roster in Iceland, Riot Games announced on March 28. Taking their place in the tournament will be Team Liquid, who came in fourth place in the VCT EMEA Challengers tournament.
You can find the full list of teams who have qualified for VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Iceland below.
|Fnatic||EMEA||Derke, Boaster, Magnum, Mistic, Fearoth|
|G2 Esports||EMEA||nukkye, AvovA, Mixwell, hoody, Meddo|
|Team Liquid||EMEA||soulcas, L1NK, ScreaM, Jamppi, Nivera|
|OpTic Gaming||NA||FNS, Victor, crashies, yay, Marved|
|The Guard||NA||neT, valyn, JonahP, Sayaplayer, trent|
|Paper Rex||APAC||Benkai, d4v41, f0rsakeN, Jinggg, mindfreak|
|XERXIA||APAC||foxz, sushiboys, sScary, Crws, Surf|
|LOUD||Brazil||pANcada, Sacy, Saadhak, aspas, Less|
|KRU Esports||LATAM||Klaus, Mazino, NagZ, delz1k, keznit|
|ZETA DIVISION||Japan||Laz, crow, Dep, SugarZ3ro, TENNN|
|DRX||Korea||stax, Rb, Zest, BuZz, MaKo|
|NIP||LATAM / BR||xand, bezn1, bnj, cauazin, Jonn|