The third and final Valorant Masters
event of the 2021 season is assuredly upon us, set to take place September 10-19th at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin, Germany.
As the last major tournament before the global finale of the 2021 Valorant Champions tours, Masters Berlin will feature 15 teams from around the world battling to earn circuit (VCT) points, prizes, and the coveted automatic qualification into the climatic Champions tournament coming this December. The teams attending Masters Berlin have earned their place by competing in one of the seven regional qualifier events.
The Berlin tournament will be broken up into two stages: beginning with a group elimination stage (Sept. 10-16) and concluding with a single elimination bracket (Sept. 16-19). To begin, teams have been split into four groups, with an emphasis on distributing out teams from the same region into different groups. Each group will play through a four team double elimination bracket, allowing two teams to emerge from each group. Moving into the second stage of the tournament, the victorious eight teams from the group elimination round will enter into the single elimination bracket. The winner of this bracket will take home the Masters Berlin trophy and receive an automatic invitation to compete in the Valorant Champions finale. All matches will be judged best of three, apart from the final match up which will be best out of five. Event coverage will begin at 6 AM PDT Sept. 10-17 and 8 AM PDT Sept. 18-19.
- Vision Strikers (Korea) vs. Paper Rex (SEA)
- Supermassive Blaze (EMEA) vs. Acend (EMEA)
- Vivo Keyd (Brazil) vs. Team Envy (North America)
- Kru (Latin America) vs. Zeta Division (Japan)
- Gambit (EMEA) vs. Crazy Raccoon (Japan)
- 100 Thieves (North America) vs. Havan Liberty (Brazil)
- Sentinels (North America) vs. G2 (EMEA)
- F4Q (Korea)
Note: Bren Esports (SEA) was unfortunately unsuccessful in securing the required travel visas in time for the competition. Therefore, the Group D bracket has been updated to a double round-robin format, still allowing for the advancement of the top two teams.
Hosted by Yinsu Collins and James “Dash” Peterson, Masters Berlin has an excellent competition line up that many are looking forward to.
When asked about tournament favorites, Quaide Parker, current assistant coach of the OU Valorant competitive team, commented, “I think that Sentinels are a clear favorite to win the tournament, they have been extremely dominant throughout the last, I’d say six months, and honestly, they’re not showing any sign of slowing down. The standout player for me on that team is TenZ, who is honestly a superstar of NA VAL. But personally my favorite team is 100 Thieves. They have so many incredible players, mostly veterans of CS…if I had to choose the most likely team to win Masters 3, it’d be Sentinels. But these other teams have just as good a chance as anyone to dominate.”
For North American representation at Masters Berlin, we have three teams: 100 Thieves, Team Envy, and Sentinels – all of which competed and placed in the North American First Strike tournament of 2020. 100 Thieves took home the first place title of NA First Strike and are back at it again in 2021 to claim their shot at a chance to be number one in the world. Masters Berlin will be free to stream on Twitch and Youtube (see links below).
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