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2021 North America Valorant Champions Tour Begins January 27

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The 2021 Valorant Champions Tour will kick off on January 27 in North America, hosted by Nerd St. Gamers.


There is no doubt that Valorant is one of the fastest-growing esports in the history of video games. The growing support from the community is amplified by Riot's efforts to take Valorant to the next level. Stage 1 of the Valorant Champions Tour begins on January 27 and runs until March 21. There are three Challengers events, each with an Open Qualifier and Closed Qualifier weekend.

Challenger's Weekend 1

  • Open Qualifiers: January 27 - 31
  • Closed Qualifiers: February 4 - 7

Challenger's Weekend 2

  • Open Qualifiers: February 10 - 14
  • Closed Qualifiers: February 18 - 21

Challenger's Weekend 3

  • Open Qualifiers: February 24 - 28
  • Closed Qualifiers: March 4 - 7

Masters Stage 1

  • March 13 - 14
  • March 19 - 21

This open format enables any team to have a shot at making it to the Masters Stage on March 13. As we have seen at previous Nerd St. Gamers competitions, on any given day, any team can pull off a win. Due to COVID-19 still affecting major portions of the world, all events will be held online and remotely, depending on how circumstances evolve throughout the year. The Challengers Closed Qualifiers is where teams will qualify for the Masters Stage in March. Making it to the Masters stage is the only way that teams in North America will compete globally later on this year.

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