The final four teams for Valorant Champions Tour North America Stage 1: Masters have been determined following the most recent matches in Challengers 3. They are Luminosity Luminosity North America Rank #11 , FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #3 , 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #2 , and Gen.G Gen.G North America Rank #5 .
They join Envy Envy North America Rank #4 , Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 , Immortals Immortals North America Rank #10 , and XSET XSET North America Rank #6 , who all qualified through Challengers 2. Each of the four teams that qualified for Masters from Challengers 3 also played in the Challengers 2 playoffs.
Luminosity and FaZe Clan qualified first among the final four teams by advancing to the upper bracket finals. This is the second time Luminosity has made it to the upper bracket finals in Challengers, also doing it in the first event of Stage 1.
While Gen.G has not had much success in the playoffs stage of Challengers until Challengers 3, they have flexed their consistency throughout Stage 1 by joining Luminosity as one of only two teams to make it to all three playoff stages of Challengers.
FaZe Clan found success at just the right time after they failed to earn a win in any of the previous Challengers playoffs. Their two straight victories to begin Challengers 3 were enough to launch them into the winners final, to be played tomorrow, and onward into Masters.
100 Thieves qualified after a recent roster change left the team's new starting lineup little time to prepare for this weekend's tournament. Previous runs for the First Strike champions fell short, leading to the team dropping Quan "Dicey" Tran and adding Ethan "Ethan" Arnold.
They will all play again next weekend when Masters North America begins next weekend. The event will take place over two consecutive weekends and will be entirely online.
All regions will hold their own Masters tournaments in Stage 1 as the Valorant Champions Tour remains online to begin the year. The second Masters tournament later this year will be an interregional LAN event played in Iceland.
The final four teams to make Masters Europe will be set this weekend upon the completion of their Challengers 3 event. Those teams will look to join Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #5 , FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Europe Rank #1 , Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #13 , and Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas Europe Rank #9 .