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The VALORANT Champions Tour Stage 3 is soon upon us and the EMEA region will kick off this month with double-elimination events to determine who goes to VCT Masters 3: Berlin in September of 2021. Here’s when the event begins, information about its format and how to watch.

When does VCT EMEA Stage 3 start?

The VCT Stage 3 EMEA region kicks off with its open qualifiers on June 28. Once the top eight are confirmed, they will play against eight invited teams in the closed qualifiers. These teams are invited based on past performances and seeding. From these 16 teams, eight move on to Main Event 1 from July 6-11.

VCT Stage 3 EMEA Main Event 2 starts later that month and runs from July 27 through Aug. 1. These two events culminate in Challengers Playoffs, which run from August 12-22. For a detailed overview of which round is played on which day, check out the full schedule below.

What about the format?

The VCT Stage 3 EMEA region will determine who goes to Challengers Playoffs via double elimination events. From Main Event 1, four EU teams and two teams from both TR and CIS will move on to Challengers Playoffs. As for Main Event 2, two teams from EU and one team each from TR and CIS will move on for a shot to represent their region in Berlin.

The Challengers Playoffs will consist of a total of six EU teams and three teams each for TR and CIS. These twelve teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket, where the top four qualify for VCT Masters 3: Berlin.

VCT EMEA Stage 3 format. | Provided by Riot Games

Where to watch VCT

VCT Stage 3 is broadcast on Twitch and YouTube in a host of languages. The main VALORANT Twitch and YouTube channels will broadcast the English matches. There are also options for Turkish, Russian, German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Finnish broadcasts.

The VCT Stage 3 EMEA schedule

Check out the schedule for VCT Stage 3 EMEA in detail below. The exact broadcast start times are still to be announced.

Main Event 1

Europe

Day 1: July 7
Day 2: July 8
Day 3: July 9
Semifinals: July 10
Finals: July 11

Turkey

Day 1: July 6
Day 2: July 7
Day 3: July 8
Semifinals: July 9
Finals: July 10

CIS

Day 1: July 6
Day 2: July 7
Day 3: July 8
Semifinals: July 9
Finals: July 10

Main Event 2

Europe

Day 1: July 28
Day 2: July 29
Day 3: July 30
Semifinals: July 31
Finals: Aug. 1

Turkey

Day 1: July 27
Day 2: July 28
Day 3: July 29
Semifinals: July 30
Finals: July 31

CIS

Day 1: July 27
Day 2: July 28
Day 3: July 29
Semifinals: July 30
Finals: July 31

EMEA Challengers Playoffs

Opening Rounds: Aug. 1
Quarter Finals: Aug. 13
LB R1: Aug. 14
LB R1: Aug. 15
UB Semifinals: Aug. 16
LB R2: Aug. 18
LB R3: Aug. 19
LB Semifinals & UB Finals: Aug. 20
LB Finals: Aug. 21
Grand Final: Aug. 22


Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.


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