VCT's Stage 1: Challengers 2 qualifier will go through drastic format changes.
Riot has addressed widespread criticism of the first qualifier's format by implementing changes for the remainder of Stage 1, which encompasses a two Challengers and a Masters event.
The first qualifier featured only Bo1 games up until the round of 32, while only the first round will be Bo1 going forward. Riot has also reduced the signup limit to 232 teams, inviting back 12 teams from the first qualifier—the losers of the round of 16 and quarterfinals. Riot has made a one-time exception for the upcoming qualifier, placing 14 teams directly into the round of 128.
This means teams such as Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #17 , Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #27 , and HEET HEET Europe Rank #16 will start in the round of 128 alongside European giants G2 Esports G2 Esports Europe Rank #1 , Guild Esports Guild Esports Europe Rank #9 , Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #4 and Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #7 —the four teams that fell in the previous quarterfinals.
The format will then repeat for the third Challengers' qualifier. In the announcement, Riot did not reveal whether this change would carry into the second and third Stages of the Valorant Champions Tour.