Teams Coming Into The Valorant Champions 2022

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The biggest Valorant event of the year and the VCT 2022 season’s conclusion is Valorant Champions Istanbul. From regional Challengers competitions to the Last Chance Qualifier, every event is being played with Champions qualification.

Teams must earn enough VCT points during the regular season and at international competitions like the Masters to guarantee their place in the tournament.

A few teams’ outstanding performances have already been noted. Before the VCT Masters Copenhagen ever started, six different teams had already earned formal qualifications for Champions.

Here are all the teams competing in the Valorant Champions 2022.

10 teams that qualified on Valorant Champions via VCT points

TEAMREGIONPOINTS
OpTic GamingNorth America1,250
XSETNorth America295
FunPlus PhoenixEMEA1,200
FnaticEMEA525
LOUDBrazil650
LeviatánLatin America355
Zeta DivisionJapan475
Paper RexAPAC1,050
XERXIA EsportsAPAC300
DRXKorea550

Optic Gaming

After winning in Iceland, the defending Masters Reykjavk champions from North America guaranteed their trip to Champions. OpTic had a slim chance of being demoted to the LCQ if two other NA teams advanced to Masters Copenhagen and placed top two. Still, with another qualification to Masters, OpTic firmly cemented their Champions berth. With that outcome, the OpTic roster qualified for their fifth straight international event.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

XSET

With an outstanding Stage 2 performance in North America, XSET—once the gatekeeper of the top tier of NA VALORANT—finally put the naysayers to rest and freed themselves from their bonds. Because of The Guard’s failure at Masters Reykjavk, XSET’s victory in Stage 2 allowed them to qualify for VCT Champions before ever making their international debut at Masters Copenhagen. Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban and Zachary “zekken” Patrone, two of their two teenage sensations, hope to take the team from “forever fourth place” to global champions.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

Fnatic

Between 2021 and 2022, Fnatic was likely the most VALORANT team in EMEA that performed consistently well. Even though they have yet to win that international title, they have consistently been a threat at any LAN event where they have participated with their entire lineup. They are led by Boaster, a never-ending source of joy and excitement and spurred ahead by the dynamic duo of Derke and Alfajer. The Icebox kings are travelling to Champions.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

FunPlus Phoenix

FPX has continually been denied the chance to excel on the global stage. Despite winning EMEA this year, travel restrictions prohibited them from competing in Reykjavk, and they even had to use a substitute to enter the Copenhagen group stage. But with Kyrylo “ANGE1” Karasov, one of the most aggressive and renowned IGLs, leading them, they might be regarded as a contender for the top team in the world when they are at full power. They prove themselves when they beat all the odds by winning the Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

LOUD

The team that has dominated Brazil, earning the only designated Champions place for the region early on, shouldn’t be shocking. LOUD has destroyed their domestic league, losing just one map to Brazilian opponents throughout both stages. They have only dropped six maps the entire season, and four of those came at Masters Reykjavk against OpTic. They are one of the world’s best all-around teams since each of their five players is capable of giving impressive performances.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

DRX

The DRX players continue to rule Korea like LOUD has controlled Brazil. This year, they took first place in both Stages 1 and 2. Like LOUD, DRX has trounced domestic rivals; of the eight total maps they’ve lost this year, five were to rivals from abroad. In Stage 2, they also set a perfect map record. Another all-around good squad is DRX, but they are led by the menacing three of Yu “BuZz” Byung-Chul, Goo “Rb” Sang-Min, and Kim “MaKo” Myeong-Kwan.

DRX valo
SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

Paper Rex

Paper Rex’s strong Stage 1 performance secured them a spot in the Masters Reykjavk playoffs. Although they struggled against DRX in the opening round, they recovered with two straight 2-0 victories over The Guard and G2 to grab some extra circuit points. However, a second straight overwhelming performance by the Singaporean team in Stage 2, capped off by a 3-0 victory over XERXIA in the championship match, guaranteed them a spot as one of two APAC representatives at Champions.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

XERXIA

Being second-best is not a bad thing, especially if it gets you into Champions. In both phases of the 2022 competition, XERXIA fell short against Paper Rex, losing the Stage 1 final 3-2 and the Stage 2 final 3-0. However, two teams representing APAC at Champions was sufficient reason to arrange travel to Istanbul. Additionally, they were the only team in Reykjavik to defeat OpTic in a series aside from LOUD.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

ZETA DIVISION

The Masters Reykjavk playoffs lower bracket victory by ZETA DIVISION allowed them to clinch the top slot out of Japan potentially. ZETA defeated teams like Fnatic, NiP, Liquid, DRX, and Paper Rex on the way to a third-place finish in Iceland, propelled by the duo of Shoha. “SugarZ3ro” Watanabe and Koji “Laz” Ushida. After losing to Northeption in the Japan Stage 2 finals, they could not advance to Copenhagen. However, because of Northeption’s elimination from the Danish group stage, ZETA was still able to qualify for Champions 2022.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

Leviatán

No other team had qualified for Champions in such an exciting way before the Last Chance Qualifier as the Latin American squad Leviatán. Leviatán qualified for Champions by winning LATAM Stage 2 and defeating NiP in the LATAM vs. Brazil Playoff, owing to KRÜ’s victory. He, therefore, just needed to win one series at VCT Masters Copenhagen. After losing to DRX, they rebounded and defeated XSET in a stunning three-map series with the help of brave play from k1Ngg, Melser, and Tacolilla, securing their trip to Istanbul.

leviathan valo
SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

Teams that qualified on Valorant Champions via Last Chance Qualifiers

BOOM Esports

The first team to qualify for Champions 2022 through the Last Chance Qualifier is the Indonesian team BOOM Esports. BOOM used to be widely regarded as the best team in Indonesia, but as teams like ONIC and Alter Ego have grown in popularity, it has been increasingly difficult to find room at the top of the region. However, BOOM took advantage of their top seed and had a fantastic upper bracket run thanks to Fikri “famouz” Zaki, a Persija Esports loan.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

EDward Gaming

A Chinese team will participate in an international LAN for the first time in the brief existence of VALORANT. The finest contending teams from Korea were ousted in the first round of the East Asia LCQ, but the number one team from the Chinese FGC squad, EDward Gaming, didn’t lose a single map there. The talented Zheng “ZmjjKK” Yongkang and Qu “Life” duo, as well as the outstanding initiator/controller/flex combination of Wang “nobody” Senxu, Wan “CHICHOO” Shunzhi, and Guo “Haodong” Haodong, make up this team.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

KRÜ Esports

KRÜ have returned to the location of their most significant victory. The underdog journey of KRÜ from sleeper to semifinalist at the 2017 Champions was the talk of the event, especially after they defeated Sentinels and Fnatic. Although they competed in both Masters competitions this year, they had a lot of trouble with the foreign opposition. They’ll attempt to get back to their best to contend for a global title in front of what will probably be the largest audience for a VCT tournament yet.

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SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

Team Liquid

Team Liquid kept their finest performance for the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier at the conclusion of the year. The squad took a chance by adding former FPX player Dmitriy “dimasick” Matvienko at the last minute, and it paid off handsomely. But the star-studded team of ScreaM and Jamppi, who each provided numerous frags and highlights in their amazing LCQ-clinching victory over M3C, was the real narrative of Team Liquid’s comeback.

Team Liquid Valo
SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

FURIA

The famed FPS-oriented organization out of Brazil will compete at its first international event of the year at Champions 2022, and has a lot to make up for after last year. In 2021, FURIA made their international debut at Champions but were slotted into a group with two eventual semifinalists in Liquid and KRÜ. But they’ve reached Champions for the second straight year via an impressive LCQ run. The newest addition Douglas “dgzin” Silva was the driving force through most of the SA LCQ for FURIA, but the whole team came together to send FURIA to Istanbul in their final 3-0 victory over TBK Esports.

FURIA Valo
SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter

100 Thieves

The 100 Thieves lineup, which beat FaZe Clan and The Guard in 3-0 sweeps to secure the final spot in Istanbul, is the final piece of the VCT Champions puzzle. The new core of Derrek, Will, stellar, and bang may be young, but it is also solid; there are no weak links, and the coaching staff has them playing at a championship level. It’s incredible that this team was on the verge of an imminent collapse two weeks into Stage 1 and was rebuilt entirely around Asuna just a few weeks before the NA LCQ.

100 thieves Valo
SOURCE: Valorant Esports Twitter


The VALORANT Champions Tour’s 2022 finale stage has commenced. At VCT Champions 2022, 16 teams will compete live for the second time in history to crown a world champion. Istanbul, Turkey will host the event.

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