As the pandemic conditions are getting better all around the world thanks to the vaccines, offline esports events are coming back to the track. Valorant Champions Tour has announced that Stage 2’s Masters tournament will be held as a LAN in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Valorant Champions Tour’s Masters events were originally planned to be held offline, but as COVID-19 continued to be an issue in some parts of the world, the plan was shelved. With vaccines on the horizon, Riot Games reconsidered the idea of LAN events.
The first offline event of Valorant will be played between May 24-30 in Laugardalshöll of Reykjavík, Iceland. When you consider that Iceland is one of the best countries in terms of daily COVID-19 cases, it was among the best choices.
“Participating teams will quarantine upon arrival in Iceland. For the health and safety of our players, staff, and local residents, the event will not be able to accommodate a live audience,” Riot said.
VCT Stage 2: Masters will host 10 teams from across the world. Teams can qualify for the LAN event through their regional Stage 2 Challengers events, which will start late April. VCT’s officials also revealed the list of team qualifications:
- 2 Teams from Brazil
- 2 Teams from EMEA (CIS, EU, TR)
- 2 Teams from North America
- 1 Team from Japan
- 1 Team from Korea
- 1 Team from Latin America
- 1 Team from Southeast Asia
Even though Masters 2 is going to be the first LAN event of Valorant Champions Tour, teams earn points from every Masters tournament to qualify for end of year Champions event. Riot will release the additional info on point distribution for Masters 1 and Masters 2 soon.
The company also unveiled Verizon as its global partner for the Valorant Champions Tour. Verizon supported Riot in First Strike: North America recently.