Twelve teams are set to fly to Japan next month to find out who will be crowned champions of VALORANT Masters Tokyo.
JAPAN – The team list for VALORANT Masters Tokyo is now complete, with NRG Esports from the Americas League claiming the final spot early today.
The first two teams to secure their Tokyo spots were China’s Attacking Soul Esports and EDward Gaming, who finished in the top two of the FGC Valorant Invitational Act 1 tournament last month. This will mark EDG’s third international appearance, following their participation in the 2022 Champions and the recent VCT LOCK//IN kickoff tournament.
Representing the Pacific region will be Korean powerhouse DRX and Singapore-based Paper Rex, both undoubtedly strong contenders in their regular season and favorites to go deep into the bracket. T1 also managed to secure a spot in Tokyo after a challenging journey through the lower bracket, defeating ZETA DIVISION and Gen.G but ultimately falling short of DRX in the lower final.
Reigning world champions LOUD will be present alongside the core of the 2022 Reykjavík champions in NRG Esports. In a tightly contested best-of-three match against Cloud9, the latter team emerged victorious in the end to secure the third and final Tokyo spots for the region. The next team from the Americas to secure a spot was a surprising one, as Evil Geniuses took teams such as Sentinels, Leviatán, MIBR, and Cloud9 out of the equation.
However, the Christine “potter” Chi-led side will not be at full strength, as their highest-rated player, Max “Demon1” Mazanov, will be unable to travel due to visa complications. The 20-year-old was the league’s fifth-highest-rated player, with a 1.12 VLR rating and 228.0 ACS.
While the Pacific and Americas regions will be represented by three teams each, EMEA stands as an exception. The region earned an additional slot in the sole Masters-level event in 2023 due to FNATIC’s victory in VCT LOCK//IN earlier this year.
FNATIC, Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, and FUT Esports secured their places in the Masters event. The additional slot benefitted Kyrylo “ANGE1” Karasov and his team, as they had lost to Turkey’s FUT Esports in the lower semi-final.
The seedings for the tournament will be determined based on the outcomes of the grand finals occurring in the three international leagues this Sunday. The top-performing teams in these finals will directly advance to the playoffs. In EMEA, the two finalists will secure their spots as a result of FNATIC’s previous LOCK//IN victory.
VALORANT Masters Tokyo is set to start on June 11-25.
The complete team list for the VALORANT Masters Tokyo event is the following:
|FNATIC||Team Liquid||FUT Esports|
|Natus Vincere||Attacking Soul Esports||EDward Gaming|
|Evil Geniuses||LOUD||NRG Esports|
Cover photo courtesy of VCT EMEA