Riot Games' Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen is a highly anticipated event and is set to start on July 10, 2022. Top teams from around the globe will compete in it to become the best in the world.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, will host the event. The city will witness a historic moment as the tournament will be the first international Valorant LAN event with a live audience.
A total of 12 teams have qualified for the event and will fly down to Copenhagen to represent their region on the international stage. This will be the first international LAN appearance for some of these teams as well.
Here are the five teams who will get to experience the first international Valorant LAN in the upcoming VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen.
Debutant teams at VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen
Valorant is one of the most popular FPS titles in the current market and has a highly active professional scene. Since its release in 2020, Riot has tried to establish an active competitive scene involving several regions. Hence, the developer introduced the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) circuit in 2021.
Riot has already hosted four international LAN events since last year. The number will increase to five later this month after the completion of the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. Here are the teams for whom this will be the first international LAN experience.
XSET is one of the most renowned teams from the North American region. The team has always delivered consistent performances in every event but has consistently failed to qualify for the Masters.
However, the North American side finally made it through to the upcoming Copenhagen Masters by becoming NA Stage 2 Challengers' champions. The team defeated Reykjavik Masters champion OpTic Gaming in the Grand Finals to get a direct slot in the Playoffs.
The team's win against OpTic Gaming will surely boost their confidence ahead of Copenhagen Masters.
2) Guild Esports
Guild Esports are one of the top contenders VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen from the EMEA region. They finished third in the recently concluded EMEA Stage 2 Challengers and qualified for the Copenhagen Masters.
The UK-based team is one of the most consistent rosters from the EMEA region but choked every time in the final stages of the event and failed to qualify for the Masters. They performed exceptionally well in the EMEA Stage 1 Challengers but missed the Masters qualification by a close margin.
However, Guild Esports finally made it through this time and are ready to make a statement in its first international appearance.
3) FunPlus Phoenix
FunPlus Phoenix is another team from the EMEA region who will be playing for the first time on the international stage. They qualified for the last Reykjavik Masters as well to become EMEA Stage 1 Challengers' champions, but missed the opportunity due to visa issues.
They have made it through to the Copenhagen Masters this time and are ready to make their first international LAN appearance.
However, FunPlus Phoenix are reportedly making some changes to the squad ahead of the Copenhagen Masters. It will be interesting to see how the new members perform in a big event like this.
Northeption is another new team who will be participating in the international event for the first time in the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. The Japanese side became the regional Challengers' champion after beating the favorite Zeta Division in the Grand Final.
Japanese teams always come up with some unique aggressive playstyle on the international stage. Zeta Division performed exceptionally well in the Reykjavik Masters last time and finished third in the event. Fans will be waiting to see something similar from Northeption this time as well.
Leviatan is the fifth team in the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen to play for the first time in an international LAN event. The Chilean side became the LATAM Challengers' champions after defeating experienced KRU Esports in the Grand Finals.
Leviatan missed the chance to qualify for the Reykjavik Masters last time after losing in the South American LCQs. However, they finally earned their slot this time and are ready to make full use of it. Being a relatively new roster, the South American side will definitely try to make a statement in this event.
The tournament will start in the next few days and it will be interesting to see how these debutant teams perform in their first international Valorant LAN event.