Riot has proven they can build incredibly exciting competitive communities around their titles, and Valorant is no different.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic halted LANs, with the scene being forced to develop mostly online, the tactical shooter thrived with intense rivalries in each region and the ever-growing question of fans that wondered who reigned supreme -- North America, Europe, or a shocking dark horse?
Those expectations were met with high-level of play, incredible clutches, and some shocking chokes during VCT Masters 2, the first Valorant LAN event that pitted the best 10 teams from across the world against each other in a double-elimination bracket.
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In the end, a dominant Sentinels would take the trophy and the prize pool home, fending off a brave Fnatic squad who took the NA reps to OT in two of the three maps.
The level of enthusiasm made Valorant break over 1 million concurrent viewers on Twitch.
"Map 1 of Sentinels Fnatic peaked at just over one million concurrent viewers, a new record for a Valorant match," esports insider Rod "Slasher" Breslau reported.
The massive success of the Masters 2 Finals was highly in part due to Riot's call to incentivize companion streams, with Shroud reaching upwards of 200k viewers on his channel alone during the tournament.
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