VALORANT Champions group stage draw announces 16 teams
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The VALORANT Champions group draw announced all 16 teams to compete in VALORANT Champions 2021, which were broken up into four groups of four.

Group A

Acend (EMEA)

Acend qualified for Champions through circuit points which landed them the second EMEA spot at Champions, next to Gambit Esports, Fnatic and Team Liquid. They placed top eight at VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Berlin after a loss to 100 Thieves.

Team Envy (NA)

Envy qualified for Champions by placing higher than 100 Thieves, who they were neck and neck with in terms of circuit points, at Masters Berlin. They finished second at the second international LAN, losing 0-3 to Gambit Esports in the finals.

X10 Esports (SEA)

X10 qualified through circuit points after their string of first-place finishes at tournaments throughout the Southeast Asia Champions Tour. A majority of their points came from Masters Reykjavík, when they placed top eight after a loss to Fnatic.

Vivo Keyd (BR)

Vivo Keyd come from the Brazilian VALORANT Champions Tour and qualified by circuit points after winning the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs and finishing top 12 at Masters Berlin.

Group B

Sentinels (NA)

Sentinels were the first team to qualify for Champions after winning Masters Reykjavík, which also secured them an additional spot for North America. They were also the team with the highest NA circuit points after qualifying for Masters Berlin.

KRÜ Esports (LATAM)

KRÜ Esports qualified for Champions through circuit points after the team made it to both Masters Reykjavík and Masters Berlin, where they placed top eight at each tournament.

Team Liquid (EMEA)

Team Liquid were on the cusp of qualifying for Champions through circuit points but were surpassed by Fnatic after failing to make it to Masters Berlin. The team fought their way through the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier to earn their spot.

FURIA Esports (BR)

Like Team Liquid, Furia also qualified for Champions by dueling with the other teams from South America in the SA Last Chance Qualifier.

Group C

Gambit Esports (EMEA)

After winning Masters Berlin, Gambit Esports qualified for Champions and added an additional slot for another team from EMEA for the tournament. The team’s victory at Berlin allowed Fnatic to qualify for Champions through points.

Team Vikings (BR)

Team Vikings qualified for Champions through Brazilian circuit points, most of which were obtained by attending Masters Reykjavík, where they finished fifth after a loss to Team Liquid.

Crazy Raccoon (JP)

Crazy Raccoon are the only team from Japan attending the event and qualified for Champions through circuit points that were obtained by attending both Masters Reykjavík and Masters Berlin.

Team Secret (SEA)

Team Secret, formally Bren Esports, originally qualified for Masters Berlin through the SEA region but were unable to attend the event due to visa issues. The team was then picked up by Team Secret and was able to maintain their points from before.

Group D

Vision Strikers (KR)

Vision Strikers are the only South Korean team to qualify for Champions through circuit points which were obtained through their string of first-place finishes earlier this year and placing top eight at Masters Berlin.

Fnatic (EMEA)

Fnatic qualified for Masters Reykjavík and placed second to Sentinels in the finals. This is where the team earned barely enough circuit points above the other teams in EMEA. It was Gambit Esports’ victory at Masters Berlin that earned them their spot at Champions.

FULL SENSE (APAC)

Full Sense are a team comprised of players from Thailand that are new to the international stage. The team qualified for Champions through the APAC Last Chance Qualifier.

Cloud9 (NA)

Cloud9 are also new to the international stage, as they haven’t qualified for either Masters events. They stole the show at the North America Last Chance qualifier by finishing first to qualify for Champions.

Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.
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