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The North American VALORANT Champions Tour: Challengers 1 main event will feature the top four teams from last year, including Sentinels, Envy, 100 Thieves and Cloud9 Blue as first reported by Dot Esports on Tuesday.

On the Nerd Street Gamers website for the VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1 Open Qualifier, the overview states that the top four teams from the Open Qualifier 1 and Open Qualifier 2 will join the top four teams from last year. These top four teams were decided based on points gained throughout the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour series.

“The top 4 teams from the Open Qualifier #1 and the top 4 teams from Open Qualifier #2 will advance to the Stage 1: Challengers Main Event alongside Sentinels, Envy, 100 Thieves and Cloud9 Blue which will take place over the course of 5 weeks,” the overview says. “Top teams from the Main Event will then advance to a 2-week Playoff stage.”

VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 1 Challengers dates

The VCT 2022 North American Stage 1 Challengers event will take place online at the beginning of February and will be a combination of teams from the first two Open Qualifiers. Thanks to the number of points the top four teams from last year accumulated, they will be able to avoid the first two Open Qualifiers.

Whichever top four teams come out of the first Open Qualifier and the second Open Qualifier will join Sentinels, Envy, 100 Thieves and Cloud9. These 12 teams will then compete for a chance to move on in the VCT, earn points towards Masters and earn prize money.

After the report from Dot Esports and Nerd Street Gamers, Liquidpedia has also updated the VCT 2022 Stage 1 Challengers bracket to include these four teams. They are listed as invited to the event while the remaining eight slots will be filled by teams that compete through the Open Qualifiers. These teams will include teams from last year as well as teams that are signing up to compete for the chance at being the best of the best.