It’s finally time for the Valorant Champions 2022, the culmination of the 2022 tournament season. The group stage of the VCT Champions 2022 has begun, with the whole field of 16 teams competing. They will fight for eight available playoff berths there.
The Champions event will feature both seasoned and new athletes. OpTic Gaming and Paper Rex will return to compete for the title, while China’s EDward Gaming and Indonesia’s BOOM Esports will make their maiden appearances in an international competition.
The largest prize pool awarded at any Valorant tournament so far this year is on the line. In comparison to the regular prize pool of $650,000 for Masters events, the pot in the previous year’s world championship was worth $1 million.
The group stage of the competition began on August 31 and will continue through September 8. Following that, it will advance to the playoffs, which will take place from September 9 to September 18.
In Group A, LATAM squad Leviatán stunned Team Liquid and Paper Rex to become the first team to qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, North American giants OpTic Gaming finally broke the stigma of sluggish beginnings at international championships, finishing 2-0 in their group. The Masters Reykjavik 2022 winners overcame BOOM Esports and LOUD to earn the top seed in Group B.
DRX became the first team to qualify for the next round in Group D. Following their victory over FURIA Esports, the Korean team recorded their first victory over a North American team, defeating 100 Thieves 2-0.
The four groups will see just two teams advance to the double-elimination playoff tournament.
Valorant Champions 2022 Playoffs Teams:
|OpTic Gaming||B||North America|
The tournament’s prize distribution is projected to be identical to last year’s, with the victor receiving US$350,000 in prize money, the lion’s share of the US$1 million prize pool.