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2024 VALORANT Champions Tour: When, Where and Who?

by David Manyun
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Riot Games and many players at eSports betting sites are fully prepared for the start of the Valorant Champions Tour 2024 (VCT 2024) in January.

In the highly anticipated upcoming season, we can expect new teams to join the franchise along with a fresh addition to the game’s map pool. Moreover, they will be introducing championship points and hosting tournaments in exciting new locations – these are just some of the thrilling changes that await us.

With unveiled strategies, modifications, and improvements to enhance the landscape of Valorant as it enters its fourth year, join me as I give you a sneak peek of what you can look forward to at VCT 2024.

VCT 2024: Where It All Begins

The next competitive season will kick off with every national league organizing a two-week tournament. A final selection procedure will decide which eight teams will progress to the Masters Madrid, the first competition of 2024.

Moreover, this event will be the debut hosting of VCT in Spain, where the most outstanding team of the year will be crowned.

VCT 2024: Journey to The International Stage

Throughout the year, VCT Challengers will play a role in helping teams and athletes progress to the international stage, thus expanding the competition’s overall influence and reach.

In addition, VCT Challengers will introduce a system for team affiliation and player loans. This system aims to facilitate increased player movement between International Leagues, Challengers, and Game Changers.

Also, the introduction of the Premier mode will be a milestone in Valorant’s journey toward becoming a professional-level esports game. It will provide players with a pathway into the VCT through the game itself.

The Three New Additions

For VCT 2024 there will be three new teams competing in each region as the successful teams from the Ascension 2023 tournament move up to the International Leagues.

  • The Guard via the VCT 2024 Americas League.
  • Gentle Mates via the VCT EMEA League 2024
  • Bleed Esports via the Pacific League 2024

These three Valorant teams mentioned above have earned a two-year promotion to participate in competitions.

China Joins the VCT 2024

As VCT 2024 begins, China will be introduced to the international division qualifiers alongside the Americas, EMEA, and Pacific.

With its launch in China last year, the local teams have since showcased their current capabilities. As a result, it has been revealed that Shanghai will host the Masters tournament of VCT 2024.

Season Structure & Championship Points

As part of VCT 2024, there will be a season structure that introduces championship points. These points will serve as a factor in all competitions, determining qualification for global tournaments and evaluating team performance.

  • Masters Madrid, Masters Shanghai, Stage 1 Playoffs, and Stage 2 Playoffs victory = 3 points.
  • Victory in Stages 1 and 2 = 1 point.
  • Each team plays ten regular season matches in Stages 1 and 2.
  • In each Stage Playoff, the first and second seeds will earn an additional point and a bye to the second round of competition, as they will be limited to one match.

VCT Dates You Need to Know

  • VCT Americas on February 16, 2024
  • VCT Pacific on February 17, 2024
  • VCT EMEA on February 20, 2024
  • VCT CN on February 22, 2024

In February, the inaugural tournament will start, with two teams from each division having the opportunity to qualify for the Masters Madrid. With the combination of the Kickoff and Masters, we will see new regional and global leaders emerge – exciting times!

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David Manyun
Hailing from the West Midlands, David is a freelance sports journalist with a focus on both written and visual sports content. Building a reputation for precise pre-fight predictions, he gains recognition for his thorough fight analysis and extensive knowledge of contenders and fight history in his rapidly evolving field.

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