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Game On: VALORANT Champions 2021 – Berlin (Preview)

VALORANT Champions Berlin is right around the corner. All year long, more than 10,000 teams from around the world battled across regional Challengers and international Masters to earn one of the sixteen spots at Champions, the final event of the inaugural season of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. From December 1-12, qualified teams will compete for the Champions trophy and the title of VALORANT World Champion!

Champions is the final event of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour and represents the culmination of the competitive VALORANT season. The victorious team will write their name in the history books as the first ever VALORANT Champion.

Champions Berlin will be the largest international tournament to-date for VALORANT. Each of the seven participating VCT regions qualified teams into the event through three different methods: VCT Points, victory at the final Masters event, and the 4 Last Chance Qualifiers.

● EMEA – 4 teams
○ Acend
○ Fnatic
○ Gambit Esports
○ Team Liquid
● North America – 3 teams
○ Cloud9
○ Sentinels
○ Team Envy
● Brazil – 3 teams
○ Vivo Keyd
○ Furia
○ Team Vikings
● Korea – 1 team
○ Vision Strikers
● Japan – 1 teams
○ Crazy Raccoon
● LATAM – 1 team
○ KRU Esports
● SEA – 3 teams
○ X10 Esports
○ Team Secret
○ Full Sense

The tournament will consist of GSL style group play, followed by an eight team single elimination bracket. Teams were first sorted into four draw pools based on a combination of their respective final placements at Challenger events and the strength of their region.

● Pool 1 – NA #1, EMEA #1, KR, M3 Winner
● Pool 2 – NA #2, EMEA #2, LATAM, BR #1
● Pool 3 – NA LCQ, EMEA LCQ, SEA #1, JP
● Pool 4 – BR 2, SEA 2, SAm LCQ, APAC LCQ

Next each team in each pool was randomly drawn into one of the four groups (Groups A-D). If at any point a team was drawn into a group which already had a team from their region, then they were placed into the next alphabetically sequential group. If they are the final team to be drawn from their pool, they will be moved backwards through the groups until a valid group is landed on. Once a full pool has been drawn and becomes fully valid, the results of that pool are locked and cannot be moved.

Finally, pool 4 contains 2 Brazil and 2 SEA teams. To avoid a conflict, the #1 seeds for BR and SEA cannot be placed in the same group.

During the Group Stage, teams will compete through a four team, double elimination bracket to identify two winners from each group. In the first round of each group, teams from Pool 1 will face teams from Pool 4 and teams from Pool 2 will face teams from Pool 3.

After the Group Stage, a random draw will seed the Knockout Stage. The four teams who will have advanced out of their group in 1st place will be randomly assigned an yet-to-be-determined 2nd place team from a different group. The teams then will play through an eight team elimination bracket, with the first round seeing teams who placed 1st play against teams who placed 2nd.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
• Wednesday Dec 1 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Thursday Dec 2 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Friday Dec 3 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Saturday Dec 4 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Sunday Dec 5 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Monday Dec 6 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Wednesday Dec 8 – 1am GMT+8 Group Play
• Thursday Dec 9 – 1am GMT+8 Quarterfinal
• Friday Dec 10 – 1am GMT+8 Quarterfinal
• Saturday Dec 11 Dark Day
• Sunday Dec 12 – 1am GMT+8 Semifinals
• Monday Dec 13 – 1am GMT+8 Finals

Additional details about the match schedule will be posted in the coming days. Follow the below channels to get the latest information on Masters Berlin. For the health and safety of players, staff, and local residents, the event will not be able to accommodate a live audience.

The tournament will be broadcast in many languages and the full list of channels can be found below. Additionally this will be the first VALORANT event streamed on Trovo. Trovo is a video game live streaming platform exiting beta, focused on allowing more content and people to be seen and connected. Centered around the core values of inclusiveness, interactivity, and empowerment, Trovo’s key features, including its Trovo 500 and Trovo Play programs, enable better discoverability for all, support streamer growth and monetization, and serve communities with diverse backgrounds.

VALORANT Champions 2021 runs from 1st to 13th December 2021. More information about VALORANT Champions 2021 here

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