Rejoice future pros, Valorant Premier 2024 is here, and it is more exciting than ever
Exciting news, folks! Riot Games has just dropped some significant updates to the VALORANT Premier system, and it's set to shake up the competitive landscape come Episode 8 in January 2024. If you're not already familiar, the Premier system is where the best of the best go-to compete for a shot at the Challengers and the prestigious VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT). But here's the real kicker: the Premier system is now going to be your key to the Champions Tour from inside the game itself.
In Episode 8's Premier Season, Riot is introducing some significant changes. For starters, teams will now need to meet a ranked requirement to make it to Contenders – the highest tier of Premier. And we're not talking about just any old rank – teams will need to prove themselves as Immortal 3 or higher to earn a spot in Contenders.
It's a bold move, but it's just the beginning of Riot's master plan to make promotions into Premier Contenders exclusively via Premier. And if you thought that was exciting, get this: Riot is already planning to allow squad-level promotions without the need for ranked play.
- 1 Valorant Premier 2024: All the Key Insights
- 2 Valorant Premier 2024: Eligibility Criterias
- 3 Valorant Premier 2024: Important Dates and Deadlines
- 4 Valorant Premier 2024: Further Important Information
Valorant Premier 2024: All the Key Insights
Challengers League 2024 kickoff:
From January 2024 onwards, the entire year will be dedicated to the Challengers League, which will enable tier-2 challengers to gain significant experience and advance to higher tiers.
There are two parts to the 2024 Challengers League, and each part has its playoffs to determine who will qualify for the Ascension tournaments. The regional leagues will have open qualifiers and will bring back the best teams from 2023.
Premier mode dynamics:
Regional competitions will be hosted during in-game schedules in Premier mode to unearth potential talents within the community.
Promotion and relegation system:
After the Challengers Stage 1, a new Promotion and Relegation system will be implemented where the CL and Premier teams will compete against each other. Through a competitive bracket, Premier teams will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in Challengers Stage 2.
The Challengers League's qualified teams will participate in the Challengers Ascension, where they will compete regionally against the top teams in the world, providing Valorant with an innovative path.
Valorant Premier 2024: Eligibility Criterias
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TL;DR: The VALORANT Premier system is set to be the gateway for teams who aspire to qualify into Challengers and the #VCT. Specifics on the path to Challengers may vary by region. More updates coming soon.
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As Valorant Premier moves forward, Episode 8 marks a significant shift, bringing in new eligibility criteria for Premier teams. The introduction of the Contender status, the highest level of Premier, now requires meeting specific criteria. Teams must have a ranked requirement of Immortal 3 or higher, and they must successfully qualify for the Contender division. This new phase in Valorant Premier will ensure that only the most skilled and qualified teams make it to the top.
Qualify for the Contender tier of Premier by achieving an Immortal 3 rank or higher. It is crucial to have a recently updated rank to highlight the significance of consistent performance in ranked matches.
Building a successful team is crucial. Make sure to recruit individuals who have achieved the highest possible ranks and ensure that their rankings are up-to-date. A strong team significantly increases your chances of qualifying for Contender Premier.
To participate in the promotion tournament in May, all members of your team must meet the age requirement of at least 16 years old. Make sure that all players on your team qualify for this age criterion.
No Current Pros
Premier competition is not open to players listed on the rosters of Active Challenger or International League. However, competitors from Game Changers are invited to participate. Any violation of this policy will result in penalties.
Single Account participation
Only one account is allowed per player to participate in Premier. The detection of ringers, substitutes, and cross-region play will be closely monitored. Teams found in violation of these regulations, which include cheating, will face significant penalties.
Valorant Premier 2024: Important Dates and Deadlines
As we prepare to enter Episode 8 in January, Premier is launching the qualification process for the highly anticipated VALORANT Champions Tour. As you begin your journey to Challengers, it's essential to keep in mind the key dates and milestones that will help you succeed. With timing being a critical factor, staying informed and up-to-date on the latest developments is essential in order to achieve your goals.
Immortal 3 rank deadline:
As Episode 8 Act 1 commences on January 10, 2024, only those who have attained an Immortal 3 or higher competitive rank will be eligible for Contender status. Therefore, it is essential to work towards achieving an Immortal 3 rank or higher before the start of Episode 8 Act 1 if you wish to be considered for Contender status.
Team formation and registration:
From January 8 to January 17, 2024, you can register a team in Premier that only includes players who are eligible for Contender status.
Challengers open qualifier registration:
If you're interested in signing up for the Challenger League, keep an eye out for detailed information that will be shared through the Regional Channels in the upcoming weeks. Remember to register your Contender Division Roster for the corresponding Challengers Open Qualifier to ensure a spot in the league.
January challenger open qualifiers:
Participate in Challenger Open Qualifiers throughout January, striving for promotion into Challengers as a pivotal step in the Valorant Premier journey.
Valorant Premier 2024: Further Important Information
Suppose a team fails to secure qualification in the Challengers during Open Qualifiers. In that case, they still have a chance to compete in the highly competitive Premier Contender – the pinnacle of Valorant gameplay.
The Premier Contender spans two stages from January to the end of April, and the second stage culminates in the Play-Offs, which determine the qualifying teams for the crucial Challengers Promotion and Relegation tournament. Make sure to stay updated with the calendar schedule to plan your team's path accordingly and stay ahead of the competition.
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