Twelve of Valorants best teams will do battle at the first international LAN of the year.
The first international Valorant event of the year is almost upon us! Twelve of VCT’s best will do battle in Reykjavik Iceland for the chance of becoming Masters one champions. There have already been plenty of upsets domestically and fans will get to see many new faces. Here are all of the teams that have qualified for VCT Reykjavik so far.
EMEA: G2 Esports, Fnatic and Team Liquid
Team Liquid will be taking the place of newly crowned Challengers 1 champions FunPlus Phoenix. Earlier today, Riot Games announced due to travel restrictions and ongoing COVID19 regulations, FPX would be unable to attend Masters Reykjavik. With FPX no longer attending, the honour falls to Team Liquid who was the fourth-highest seed in the playoffs.
G2 Esports made huge waves during the challengers’ one playoffs with the EU side getting to the grand finals. Although they lost to FPX, G2 can be proud of their performance and can now look forward to their second Valorant international event.
Fnatic will be making their way to Reykjavik for the second time after competing in the inaugural VCT LAN. In that tournament, Fnatic reached the grand finals where they eventually lost to NA side Sentinels. The EMEA side will be looking to do one better this time around and are one of the favorites for the tournament.
North America: The Guard and OpTic Gaming
There is no better place to start than with The Guard completing the cinderella run. The newly formed organization took down perennial powerhouse Cloud9, which are considered the best team in North America. The Guard had to make their way through the open qualifiers to even have a chance at competing in Challengers one. The Guard passed the test with flying colours after taking down OpTic Gaming in the grand finals to qualify as the first seed.
The OpTic Gaming roster will be returning to the international stage once again after qualifying through the upper bracket in Challengers’ one playoffs. This is not the first time this roster has competed at an international LAN. The OpT lineup was formerly under the NV banner, competing in both Masters 3 and Champs.
Formerly known as Vision Strikers, the DRX roster will be returning for yet another international event. DRX will be looking to make up for their performance at Champs where they were unable to make it out of the group stages. The Korean side dominated the Challengers tournament and are rightfully back where they belong, on the international stage.
APAC: Paper Rex and XERXIA
Paper Rex will be returning to the international stage after competing in Masters: Berlin. The Valorant side secured the first seed in the APAC challengers after taking down XERXIA 3-2 in the grand finals. Paper Rex has won their last four tournaments and is one of the best APAC teams.
XERXIA is the second team from the APAC region to qualify for Masters Reykjavik. The newly formed team from Thailand finished second in the APAC Challengers tournament, losing to Paper Rex 3-2 in the grand finals. This will be their first international competition in Valorant and it will be a great learning experience for its young roster. Their youngest player is Surf who will be competing at his first Valorant international tournament at the age of 17.
This article will be updated as teams qualify for Masters Reykjavik.