The VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) 2022 Stage 2 Masters tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark will kick off this Sunday (10 July).
As the follow-up to the Masters Reykjavík tournament held last April in Iceland, the Masters Copenhagen will see 12 of the top VALORANT teams from all over the world clashing with each other from 10 to 24 July, all for the chance to reign victorious as the Copenhagen champions and claim a spot in VALORANT Champions 2022 in Istanbul come September.
Here's everything you need to know about VCT Masters Stage 2:
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The VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen will feature 12 of the top teams from the different Challengers leagues across the world.
By earning the #1 spot in their regions, the four reigning teams from EMEA, North America (NA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), and LATAM get an automatic spot in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the eight remaining invites are distributed between teams from EMEA, Korea, Japan, Brazil, APAC, NA, and the LATAM vs. BR Playoffs. Save for EMEA, which received two invites; every other top region only received one to complete the final lineup.
Here's the complete list of teams at VCT Masters Stage 2 Copenhagen:
Masters Copenhagen is split into two phases. It begins with the Group Stage running from 11 to14 July, followed by the Playoffs from 15 to 24 July.
The Group Stage will split the eight participating teams into two groups of four teams each, where they will battle in a double-elimination format with best-of-three matches. These will decide the top two teams from each group that will move forward into the Playoffs.
The tournament starts with each team being paired to compete in preliminary matches. The winners of these matches will advance to the winner's match, while the losers get the chance to bounce back in the elimination match.
As the winner advances onto the decider match, the losers of the elimination matches will finish the tournament in 13th-16th place. Furthermore, the winner of the winner's match will become the group's top seed and advance to the Playoffs, while the loser will play in the decider match.
From here, the decider match's winner will become the group's second seed while the loser finishes in 9th-12th place.
Here are the groupings for the Masters Copenhagen Group Stage:
The eight teams that qualify for the tournament Playoffs will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket, with all of the matches being a best-of-three save for the lower bracket finals and grand finals, which will follow a best-of-five format.
How to Watch
Masters Copenhagen will be streamed live in English on the official VALORANT Twitch and YouTube channels. Separate broadcasts are also available for fans from Russia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan.
As the second stage of the VCT Masters 2022, the 12 qualified teams will compete for the lion's share of a US$650,000 prize pool and 4,250 VCT circuit point pool.
The Masters Copenhagen champions will take home the grand prize of US$200,000 and 1,000 points.
Meanwhile, the 2nd placer will earn a hefty US$120,000 and 750 circuit points, while the teams finishing at 3rd and 4th place will each earn US$85,000 and 500 points as well as US$65,000 and 400 circuit points, respectively.
All teams that follow are guaranteed at least US$10,000 and 150 points or higher depending on their placing.
Here's a full breakdown of the prize money and circuit points distribution:
1st – US$200,000 and 1,000 points
2nd – US$120,000 and 750 points
3rd – US$85,000 and 500 points
4th – US$65,000 and 400 points
5th-6th – US$40,000 and 300 points
7th-8th – US$25,000 and 250 points
9th-10th – US$15,000 and 200 points
11th-12th – US$10,000 and 150 points
Aside from the circuit points, the teams will also be sharing a soon-to-be-announced cash prize pool.
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