Just days after the VALORANT Champions Tour announced massive changes to the 2022 format, the dates for the North American circuit tournaments have been revealed. The NA VCT circuit will feature an open qualifier into a round-robin league format with seven weeks of play. The two Challengers events, running from February to March and May to July respectively, will feed into international Masters events in April and July. A Last Chance Qualifier will take place beginning in August.
Champions has come and gone, but the 2022 VCT season is just around the corner!
Check out all of the events in this next year:
— VALORANT Esports NA (@valesports_na) December 13, 2021
NA VCT set, tentative dates for future events
The NA VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1 event will hold open qualifiers starting Jan. 27 through Jan. 30 with 128 teams. The top 12 teams from the qualifier will move on to the main event, which starts its competition on Feb. 11 and runs through March 27. The first five weeks of matches will be round-robin-style matchups, while the sixth and seventh weeks will be a double-elimination playoff bracket. The winners will qualify for Masters 1 and the rest of the field will earn circuit points towards Champions. The number of seeds NA will receive for the tournament is still unknown.
The next set of NA VCT dates are tentative according to the announcement and are subject to change. But for now, Challengers 2 will start its open qualifier on May 5 through May 8 and the main event will play from May 13 to June 26. The same format and number of teams will apply.
The dates and location for Masters 1 and Masters 2 were not announced. LCQ and VALORANT Champions will start in August and September respectfully but specific dates or locations for those events have also yet to be revealed.
VALORANT Game Changers dates
The NA VCT Game Changers circuit also had its dates revealed in the same announcement. The tournament circuit will again have three tournaments: Series I, II and III. Series I starts with open qualifiers on March 31 through April 3 with the main event starting April 7 and ending April 10. Series II starts with qualifiers on June 30 through July 3 and the main event kicks off on July 7 and plays through July 10.
The finals Series III tournament will hold open qualifiers on Oct. 6 through Oct. 9. The main event begins Oct. 13 and finishes on Oct. 16.
The North American VALORANT competitive circuit kicks off in just over a month as the first open qualifier begins on Jan. 27.