Changes are coming to the pro play scene in Valorant. What will be changed? What does this mean for e-sports fans? That's what you'll find out in this article!
Valorant vct Champions 2023 - changes
Riot Games recently released a five-year plan regarding the Valorant vct ecosystem. It is from it that we know what Valorant vct will look like in 2023. Firstly, an affiliate program similar to the one we know from League of Legends is to be introduced to Valorant vct next year.
There will be three international leagues in the Valorant vct 2023 season, in which players will compete at the highest level. Teams from the affiliate program will get into each of them. In addition, players from the top Valorant vct leagues are to have more opportunities to face each other at inter-league tournaments.
What will the Valorant vct 2023 season look like?
As we wrote above - in 2023 at the highest level players will play in three vct Valorant leagues: EMEA, the Pacific and the Americas. Consequently, there will be three cities where Valorant’s matches will be played. These cities are: Seoul, Berlin and Los Angeles.
Each match is to be broadcast in multiple languages, in order to increase interest in the vct Valorant in general, or at least that's what Riot says.
The first vct Valorant split will take place from March to May next year. It is to consist of a total of eight weeks of regular matches, with each league crowning the best teams at the end. The Valorant vct split will be followed by the first Masters tournament for the 2023 season.
Unfortunately, only one Valorant vct split will be held in 2023. In subsequent years, the number of Valorant vct splits will increase to two. In exchange for the reduced number of splits, an international Valorant vct tournament will be held in February.
The Valorant vct tournament will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It will last as long as three weeks, and 30 teams will participate. The winner will claim the title of Valorant vct champion, a cash prize, and a place at the Masters, which will be held the following year.
Valorant vct organizers expect the organizations participating in the leagues to move their headquarters to the cities where the games will be played.
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Which teams will take part in Valorant vct 2023?
We know the list of partner teams for each of the international leagues:
EMEA: KOI, Karmine Corp, Fnatic, Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Heretics, BBL Esports, Giants, FUT Esports.
Americas: Cloud9, Sentinels, NRG, KRÜ, Leviathan, LOUD, FURIA, MIBR, 100T, Evil Geniuses.
Asia: ZETA DIVISION, DetonatioN Gaming, Gen.G, T1, DRX, Team Secret, Paper Rex, Rex Regum Qeon, Talon Esports, Global Esports.
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Changes in Valorant Challenger Leagues
The Valorant Challengers Leagues familiar to Valorant fans will also be expanded in 2023, but they will be slightly changed. As before, Valorant Challengers leagues will be the starting point for the highest level of competition - Valorant vct.
Valorant Challengers leagues will begin with an open qualifying tournament. Once the teams qualify, the Valorant Challengers league season will begin, which will be divided into two splits. Each of these will be followed by a Valorant play-off tournament, which will determine the winner. In addition, the largest of the Valorant Challengers leagues will have official broadcasts, and their hours will not interfere with those of the international leagues.
As many as 21 Valorant Challengers leagues will be established worldwide. 7 in EMEA, 10 in Asia-Pacific, and four in the Americas.
Below is the exact list of Challengers leagues in 2023:
Finally, 10 teams from each international league will compete against each other. Meanwhile, teams from the Valorant Challengers leagues will compete to get into them in 2024. As a result, we will see 11 teams in the Valorant vct in 2024!
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