Valorant is the latest game from League of Legends developer, Riot Games. It’s proven to be extremely popular with PC players and continues to receive regular updates that tune the competitive nature of the game along with inducing new content every fortnight. This game marks Riot’s major departure from its MOBA past and its closest comparison is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with a little bit of Overwatch mixed in.
Since the announcement of Valorant’s First Strike, the community was stoked to know more about the former’s future when it comes to events held on LAN. But unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic across the globe, all the crowded events were either canceled or put on hold by top event organizers like the ESL followed by the International 10 which was earlier postponed by Valve. Amidst the mentioned situation, Riot in 2020 was forced to conduct the First Strike event on a regional basis, where teams across the globe had to compete in their own respective provinces.
Today, Valorant on Twitter announced their plans for the Stage 2 Masters program where they have decided to culminate the second iteration of the VCT into a LAN tournament, to be held later in May 2021. As told in the video, the tournament will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland. It will feature 10 of the top teams from around the world who will compete in a LAN environment, marking Valorant’s first-ever offline gig. Participating teams will have to go through their regional Stage 2 Challengers events in a bid to qualify for the main event in Iceland.
All you need to know about MASTERS REYKJAVIK
Masters Reykjavík is the second major event of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. At each Masters event, teams will earn points that will help them qualify for the end-of-year Champions event. Additional information on point distribution for both Masters 1 and Masters 2 will be revealed by Riot in a couple of weeks.
- Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
- Venue: Laugardalshöll
- Dates: May 24th-30th
Along with this, Teams will quarantine upon arrival in Iceland. This event will bear no crowd to contain the sanity among the players, staff, and local residents as told by Riot on their blog update.
Who all would make it to the Masters event?
A total of 10 teams will qualify for the Masters REYKJAVIK event. Although we might witness a limited number of teams from each region progress.
- North America: 2 slots.
- EMEA (Europe, CIS & Turkey): 2 slots.
- Brazil: 2 slots.
- Japan: 1 slot.
- Korea: 1 slot.
- Latin America: 1 slot.
- Southeast Asia: 1 slot.
Do stay tuned at TalkEsport for further updates on Valorant’s Stage 2 Masters program.