With the conclusion of Champions Tour competition in the Latin America region, the 10 teams traveling to Reykjavík, Iceland to compete in Valorant's first international tournament have been decided.
Representing North America are Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 and Version1 Version1 North America Rank #2 . While Sentinels need little introduction, the team representing North America alongside them, Version1, made an unexpected run through the Stage 2 North America Challengers Finals top 8. A dark horse of the tournament, Version1 took key wins over Envy and Cloud9 Blue in the 3rd lower bracket round and lower bracket final respectively to secure a spot in the Grand Finals and at Masters: Reykjavík.
Down in South America, Brazil was determining its two representatives for Iceland. After two weeks of top-eight competition, Team Vikings Team Vikings Latin America Rank #1 and Sharks Esports Sharks Esports Latin America Rank #2 stood atop the region, with the former team claiming first place after dropping a single map to Sharks Esports in the grand final, on Ascent. However, Sharks Esports had a similar storyline going into this event. Including their losses to Team Vikings, Sharks Esports have only lost a total of five times since February 10. Two of those losses were to FURIA FURIA Latin America Rank #6 , while the other three were at the hands of Team Vikings.
Across the Pacific, Japan finalized its representative for Iceland: Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Asia-Pacific Rank #2 . Their fiercest competition was Absolute JUPITER Absolute JUPITER Asia-Pacific Rank #3 , who boasted impressive results going into the Stage 2 Challengers Finals. Both teams met twice, in the upper bracket finals and the grand finals. In both encounters, Crazy Raccoon only allowed Absolute JUPITER to take a single map. Absolute JUPITER took Haven in their upper bracket finals meeting, and Bind in their grand finals meeting.
In Korea, many expected Vision Strikers Vision Strikers Korea Rank #1 to continue their reign of dominance and represent Korea at Masters: Reykjavík. However, it was NUTURN NUTURN Korea Rank #2 who shined more brightly, defeating GoNGo Prince GoNGo Prince Korea Rank #6 , Vision Strikers, and DAMWON Gaming DAMWON Gaming Korea Rank #3 without dropping a single map. Despite the impressive looking result for NUTURN, DAMWON Gaming fiercely contested every map in the grand finals.
Further down south in the Southeast Asia region, the all-Thai X10 Esports X10 Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #1 roster were heavily favored to represent their region, only dropping sole maps throughout their entire tournament run in the Stage 2 SEA Challengers Finals. After winning the grand finals against FULL SENSE FULL SENSE Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , they took the top spot in the Asia-Pacific rankings, even besting Crazy Raccoon, who will also be attending Masters: Reykjavík.
The EMEA representatives are Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #2 and Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #1 . To reach the grand finals, both teams had to fend off Gambit Esports and Oxygen Esports respectively to reach the grand finals and qualify for Iceland. Team Liquid eventually came out on top after an explosive five-map series against Fnatic, giving the EMEA region hope for the two teams representing them against international foes.
Rounding out the participants are KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America Rank #5 , the sole representatives of the Latin America region. They fought through the Latin American South playoffs while only dropping a single map to 9z Team in the Grand Finals. They would face off against Infinity Esports, the Latin America North champions, and only drop a single map once again in their 3-1 victory.
The 10 Iceland-bound teams are:
- Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1
- Version1 Version1 North America Rank #2
- Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #1
- Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #2
- Crazy Raccoon Crazy Raccoon Asia-Pacific Rank #2
- NUTURN NUTURN Korea Rank #2
- Team Vikings Team Vikings Latin America Rank #1
- Sharks Esports Sharks Esports Latin America Rank #2
- X10 Esports X10 Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #1
- KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America Rank #5
Masters: Reykjavík competition will begin on May 24, and conclude on the 30th. The brackets and format for the tournament have yet to be announced.