North American VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 2 schedule and format
Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2
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North American VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 2 schedule and format

The North American VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 2 is starting with the Challengers 1 open qualifier today, April 1. The tournament format and structure has been changed slightly as the VCT ramps up for international competition.

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Challengers 1 and 2 will remain relatively the same, while the Challengers Playoffs will be introduced to crown the North American champion and international representatives.

VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 2 schedule

VCT Stage 2 kicks off with the Challengers 1 open qualifiers from April 1 to April 4. The main event will take place four days later and conclude on April 10. Similar to Stage 1, the top four teams from the event will qualify for the Challengers Playoffs. The Playoffs tournament will determine which two teams will represent North America at Masters 2. The bottom four teams from Challengers 1 will qualify for Challengers 2.

Challengers 2 will again have an open qualifier, this time with only four slots up for grabs. Challengers 2 begins April 15 with the open qualifier. The main event will start  April 22 and conclude April 25. The top four teams from Challengers 2 then qualify for Challengers Playoffs, which begins April 29. On May 2, the tournament will conclude with a winner and a runner up.

The two North American teams will start their Master 2 journey on May 24 in Reykjavík, Iceland against the best competition in the world.

Broadcast talent and streams

The caster talent for the tournaments is in the books, as three caster duos will call the events. The young pair, Gustavo “Upmind” Domingues and Ethan “Sully” Tran, will be on the mic along with Dustin “Dust” Mouret and Tanner “Tanner_Metro” Metro. The Call of Duty and Overwatch casting duo of Alan “IHOLDSHIFT” Donofrio and Kevin “imAVRL” Walker will also outline the broadcast.

The events will stream on the official North American VALORANT esports twitch channel, with some secondary streams on the Nerd Street Gamers channel.

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