Over the past week, the seven active Valorant Regional Leagues have held playoffs and each crowned a champion to represent their subregion in the VRL Finals.
VRL CIS: Milestone is the only of the eight existing VRLs to have been canceled. Its Spring Split was first indefinitely postponed in late February due the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and was officially announced canceled by Riot a month later. A new format was later revealed for the EMEA Promotion. The CIS league did not return for the Summer Split.
While Anonymo Mentos Anonymo Mentos Europe Unranked secured a hard-fought championship in the first split of the year, this time they didn't make the cut for the playoffs. The final four teams left in the fight were Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Europe Unranked , TENSTAR TENSTAR Europe Unranked , NOM Esports NOM Esports Inactive , and Diamant Esports Diamant Esports Europe Unranked . The first two teams shared a 9-5 record, while the remaining teams both finished the regular season with an 8-6 record.
Despite finishing fourth in the regular season, Diamant took a solid win over Anorthosis Famagusta in the opening round of the playoffs. TENSTAR then sent them to the lower bracket final with a 2-0 victory, but Diamant beat NOM in a three-map brawl for the final spot in the grand final. In the Bo5 rematch between TENSTAR and Diamant, the former came out on top to win the second stage of VRL East.
Much like in the first half of the year, MOUZ MOUZ Europe Unranked had no trouble in securing first place during the regular season. They were trailed by DSYRE DSYRE Europe Unranked in second, Angry Titans Angry Titans Europe Unranked in third for the second time in a row, and Ovation eSports Ovation eSports Europe Unranked , who were up for Relegation last split.
The underdogs prevailed in the playoffs, as both MOUZ and DSYRE were handed 2-0 defeats in the opening round. Angry Titans reverse swept Ovation in the upper bracket final, but DSYRE were the ones to move to the grand final after Ovation were forced to forfeit. Angry Titans had no trouble in securing another flawless win over Davidp 's men, securing the VRL DACH title.
France adopted an expanded format this Split, taking six teams into the playoffs as opposed to four. MAD Lions MAD Lions Europe Unranked ' 18-game run was besmudged by a single loss against Sector One Sector One Europe Unranked , with Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Unranked following them in second with four losses. Karmine Corp Karmine Corp Europe Unranked and Mandatory Mandatory Europe Unranked both held a 12-6 record, while Team BDS Team BDS Europe Unranked won and loss nine games. beGenius beGenius Europe Unranked qualified in sixth with seven wins and 11 losses.
The teams finished the playoffs as they did the regular season. beGenius and BDS were knocked out in the opening round, while Vitality and MAD Lions bested Karmine Corp and Mandatory, respectively, 3-2. In the grand final, Vitality swept MAD in the Bo5 grand final, conquering the VRL France title that eluded them last split, in which they didn't make playoffs.
Alliance Alliance Europe Unranked , who won the regular season in the first split, failed to win a single match this time around. EXCEL EXCEL Europe Unranked , the defending NE champions, took the regular season crown this Summer Split, trailed by Finest Finest Inactive — formerly Tundra Esports Tundra Esports Inactive — who cars? who cars? Europe Unranked , and KOVA KOVA Inactive .
As defending Champions, EXCEL ran through the upper bracket with 2-0 victories over KOVA and Finest. The bonkar -led squad beat who cars? in the lower bracket final, but were only able to win one map in the grand final. EXCEL took full advantage of their map advantage to secure a 3-1 win that crowned them VRL NE champions for the second time this year.
In the Spain playoffs, four teams returned: Case Esports Case Esports Europe Unranked , who finished first in the regular season, Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Unranked , Rebels Gaming Rebels Gaming Europe Unranked , last season's champions, and UCAM Tokiers UCAM Tokiers Europe Unranked . Arctic Arctic Inactive and Movistar Riders Movistar Riders Europe Unranked qualified in place of KOI KOI Europe Unranked and Team Queso Team Queso Europe Unranked .
Rebels once more won the quarterfinals, but this time were stunned by Case in the semifinals 2-1. They moved on to the grand finals alongside UCAM, who beat Arctic and Giants 2-0 and 2-1, respectively. This time, Case proved themselves a step above all others as they took a 3-0 win in the grand final, in which they only lost 12 rounds.
Turkey kept its format, placing six of its eight team in the playoffs. Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Inactive , who nearly made it into the EMEA VCT, weren't present this season and were replaced by SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Unranked , who scored a flawless regular season. Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Unranked trailed them in second, as FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Unranked and Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Unranked both finished with a 4-3 record. Galatasaray Esports Galatasaray Esports Europe Unranked and Thunderbolts Gaming Thunderbolts Gaming Europe Unranked rounded out the playoffs.
Despite having to play from the quarterfinals, FUT took clean 2-0 and 3-0 wins against Galatasaray and SuperMassive Blaze, respectively. Fire Flux met them in the grand finals, after winning the semifinal against Fenerbahçe, but weren't able to clinch a second win. FUT outlasted them across the grand final's five maps, lifting the Turkish VRL trophy.
MENA was the last region to finish its playoffs, this time taking two teams from each of its subregions — Levant and North Africa, GCC and Iraq — to the playoffs. Spring Split champions Team Falcons Team Falcons MENA Unranked were surprised by an opening 2-0 defeat to Geekay Esports Geekay Esports MENA Unranked , but bounced back in the lower bracket with wins against YaLLa Esports YaLLa Esports MENA Unranked and XPLDZ XPLDZ Inactive .
In the grand final against Geekay, Falcons spared no one and dropped just one map, losing Bind 13-6, on their way to a 3-1 grand final win. With that, Falcons revalidated their MENA title and secured the final VRL Finals slot.
The VRL Finals begin July 25, the day following Masters Copenhagen's grand final. While the VCT EMEA rulebook predicts an eight-team double-elimination bracket, the absence of a CIS team raises doubts about what format Riot will use or who will fill the eighth slot.
There is €150,000 up for grabs in the VRL Finals, which will run between July 25 and August 8.
With uncertainty looming over the VRL Finals, the following teams are confirmed: