VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: EMEA Stage 1 Challengers week 1 schedule & betting odds

VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 is just around the corner with EMEA and other regions Stage 1 kicking off this February. Here’s a fresh look on how Stage 1 is going to take place:

VALORANT has expanded its ecosystem and redesigned its leagues from the scratch and in 2022 we are going to see how the new system is holding up for this rather new and extremely popular esports title.

via Riot Games

EMEA region will be particularly high-stakes owing to the larger and more diverse playerbase of the region and last year’s championship results, where the CIS region’s Gambit Esports lost against Western Europe’s Acend in the grand finale of VALORANT Champions 2021 and Acend bringing home $350,000.

According to VALORANT Esports Staff EMEA teams will crush the championship this year once again.

Now let’s delve into the details of Stage 1 Challengers week 1, which will kick start the long road to the VALORANT Championship 2022.


  • Group Stage: 2 groups of six teams in a Round Robin format
  • Top 3 teams advance to Playoffs
  • Top 1 teams have a one round bye into the Playoffs.
  • Bottom 1 teams are relegated to the VCT Promotion
  • All matches are Bo3
  • Playoffs: 6 teams in a Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches (excl. Lower Bracket Final and Grand Final) are Bo3
  • Lower Bracket Final and Grand Final are Bo5
  • Top 3 teams will qualify for Stage 1 Masters

Prize Pool

€200,000 EUR and VCT Circuit Points will be spread among the teams

Schedule and betting odds

Team Liquid vs. Gambit Esports (February 11, 2022 - 18:00 UTC+3) 1.75 vs. 1.98

G2 Esports vs. Fnatic (February 11, 2022 - 21:00 UTC+3) 1.55 vs. 2.30

FunPlus Phoenix vs. BIG (February 12, 2022 - 18:00 UTC+3) 1.78 vs. 1.95

SuperMassive Blaze vs. Acend (February 12, 2022 - 21:00 UTC+3) 2.60 vs. 1.45

Natus Vincere vs. LDN UTD (February 13, 2022 - 18:00 UTC+3) 2.30 vs. 1.55

BBL Esports vs. Guild Esports (February 13, 2022 - 21:00 UTC+3) 2.90 vs. 1.38

What to expect from week 1

Last year Gambit bested Team Liquid before heading off into the finals and losing to Acend in a very close series (2-3), Liquid is getting ready for this rematch for months and will be eager for a win more against Gambit than anyone.

Acend still has the Turkish VALORANT star cNed in their roster who is currently regarded as the best player in EMEA and we are eager to see what his former team BBL can pull off against Guild Esports’ current roster.

Apart from these highlights, the matches overall will be high stakes since EMEA teams are pretty high up in the skill pool.

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