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2021 Valorant Champions Tour NA Stage 1: Schedule, format, how to watch, more

The first year of Riot's ambitious Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick off this January. Here all the details about 2021 Valorant Champions Tour NA Stage 1.
Riot Games has officially revealed schedule and other details about the upcoming NA Stage 1 of the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour.

The Valorant Champions Tour is a brand new competitive structure for Valorant which will span across all regions and offer a platform for all players who want to compete and show their skill.

Naturally, one of the most exciting regions to watch and follow will be the North American region, where some of the best players and teams are getting ready for the fierce competition awaiting them once the Tour starts.

Riot has chosen to continue their partnership with Nerd Street Gamers, and they will be the official NA Stage 1 organizers, in charge of registration, operations and production of the Challengers events and the Master tournaments.

But, unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and safety concerns, Stage 1 will be completely remote and online-only.

NA Stage 1 format and structure

Valorant Champions Tour NA challengers format
(Picture: Riot Games)

Throughout the year, each region will have 3 Stages of competition.

Each stage will consist of three Challengers weekends with Open and Closed Qualifiers, which will lead to Stage Masters.

In order for teams to be eligible for Open Qualifiers, all players must be Immortal 1+ in Episode 1: ACT 3 or Episode 2: ACT 1.

Open Qualifiers are capped at 128 teams and the top 8 teams from each Open Qualifier are advancing to the corresponding Closed Qualifier.

For more details about the rules and registrations, visit the official NA Stage 1 Nerd Street Gamers page.

NA Stage 1 Schedule

The full North America Stage 1 schedule can be seen below:

  • Challengers Weekend 1
    • Open Qualifiers: 27 – 31 January
    • Closed Qualifiers: 4 – 7 February 
  • Challengers Weekend 2
    • Open Qualifiers: 10 – 14 February
    • Closed Qualifiers: 18 – 21 February
  • Challengers Weekend 3
    • Open Qualifiers: 24 – 28 February
    • Closed Qualifiers: 4 – 7 March
  • Masters Stage 1
    • 13 – 14 March
    • 19 – 21 March

2021 Valorant Champions Tour NA Challengers Stream: Where to watch

All three Challengers Weekends, including both Open and Closed Qualifiers, will be broadcasted live on the official Nerd Street Gamers Twitch channel, and the official Valorant Esports NA channel.

The Valorant Champions Tour NA Stage 1 kicks off 27th January at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET with Challenger Weekend 1 Open Qualifiers.