Publish Date: 07/09/2021
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
The last event of this year’s amazing season of Valorant esports, Valorant Champions, will be heading to Berlin.
This event is the finale of the Valorant Champions Tour and despite some early rumours that it was going to be held in Los Angeles, Riot Games have confirmed that it is in Berlin.
Initially Riot Games had planned to hold all of their major international events in different regions of the globe. Most folks didn’t expect Valorant Champions to be held in Berlin since the final Masters of the year, Masters Berlin, was also held there. However, they announced that due to increase in Covid-19 cases and restrictions on travel they wanted to choose a safer location.
According to their blog post about the new location: “European travel policies are the most favourable for bringing players from the participating VCT regions together.” It’s obvious Berlin was not their first choice but they already have the infrastructure in place to make the move.
Sixteen of the best Valorant esports teams from around the globe will head to Berlin at the beginning of December and compete for the number one spot. Twelve of the teams will be chosen by their performance in the regular season. Teams like KRU Esports and Sentinels have already qualified this way. The final four teams will be selected in October when they will compete in the Last Chance Qualifiers.
The final Masters of the year, Masters Berlin, will be held from the 10th to the 19th of September.
In other Valorant news, Bren Esports, one of the teams meant to be competing in Masters Berlin, will not be able to attend. The team is based in the Philippines, and they have had an absolutely amazing year of competition.
Bren swept the Southeast Asia play-offs and finished as the first seed team. They were highly favoured heading into the third Masters of the year but due to increased travel restrictions in the region, they cannot attend.
All parties involved have been working to try and rectify the issue, but it was all for nothing, they simply couldn’t make it. As a result, the event will go forward with a 15 team tournament. This is sad news for the Valorant community, Bren were one of the bright lights of the region.
A major North American team is shaking up their roster in an attempt to qualify for Valorant Champions. TSM have recently announced that they have benched Sean “bang” Bezerra. They have had a disappointing season so far and finished dead last at the North American Valorant Champions Tour: Challengers Three Playoffs.
It looks like they are making some changes to their roster in the hopes that they have a better shot at victory. It is certainly a long shot. The only way that they could make it to the finals is if another North American team wins Masters Berlin. That would allow another slot at the Last Chance Qualifiers. If they then went on to place at the qualifiers, they could potentially make it to the finals.