The Valorant Champions Tour is back with the qualifiers for Stage 3 Challengers. We've already seen some action in Europe, but now things are about to get heated in North America. Here are the top teams you should keep an eye on.
Valorant's competitive scene covers many regions all over the world, but none are as big as North America. It's the birthplace of Valorant, and it only makes sense that Riot's tactical shooter is also the most popular there. Sentinels proved themselves as the best team in the world at the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik, but will they find their match in Stage 3?
The Participants in Stage 3 Challengers NA Qualifiers
North America is unlike many of the other regions in Valorant, where we see open qualifiers followed by closed ones. In NA, there's only a single open qualifier with 32 teams in it. Here are all the participants:
- Evil Geniuses
- FaZe Clan
- Susquehanna Soniqs
- DarkZero Esports
- Team Envy
- 100 Thieves
- Squirtle Squad
- Ghost Gaming
- YFP Gaming
- Luminosity Gaming
- Complexity Gaming
- Gen.G Esports
- Pittsburgh Knights
- Cloud9 Blue
- Team Basilisk
- Built By Gamers
- Kansas City Pioneers
The Favorites in Stage 3 Challengers NA Qualifiers
There are a couple of teams that definitely stand out from the rest.
- Sentinels – Sentinels are the obvious choice here. They have the most circuit points so far and won the Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik. The organization has dominated the region for the past year and not even the swap of sinatraa for TenZ managed to affect them. At this point, they have a reputation to uphold.
- Version1 – Version1 were the second NA team at Stage 2 Masters Reykjavik. Zellsis was suspended, and the team picked thief to replace him. Whether they'll make it to the top remains to be seen.
- 100 Thieves – 100 Thieves are one of the teams that have amazing players, but have yet to deliver some results. Will Hiko and his teammates finally rise up?
- T1 – Skadoodle and co have yet to find what works for them. The team had some decent results here and there, but they were still far too inconsistent in the past year.
- TSM – Team SoloMid replaced brax with bang as the former joined T1.
The action will commence today, July 2 at 11:00 PM CET. You can watch it all live on the official Valorant Twitch channel. Once the first round of the qualifiers is done, only 16 teams will remain. Only the top 8 teams will qualify for the VCT Stage 3 Challengers NA main event. Which team are you rooting for? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!