100 Thieves earn their place in Valorant's Berlin Masters

Sentinels and 100T claim the first NA slots for the Valorant Stage 3 Masters.

After a year of stumbles, chokes, and disappointments, they’ve finally booked their ticket – 100 Thieves are going to Valorant Stage 3 Masters Berlin. 

Hiko, steel, nitr0, Asuna, and Ethan have had a bumpy ride in Valorant’s early esports life. With a huge streaming fanbase behind them, expectations have been high, but the results haven’t quite managed to keep pace. Valorant Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík saw the team fall short in the NA qualifiers, with losses to Sentinels and Team Envy meaning they never had the chance to compete at the first international LAN event. 

100 Thieves Valorant Masters Berlin qualified
 
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Four months down the line, however, and things have changed. With three slots available for North American sides at Berlin, the top two sides in the first day of the NA Challengers Playoffs competition would secure their tickets to Europe. This time, Hiko’s crew were adamant that one of those places would be theirs. The team blitzed through Faze Clan 13-6 and 13-9, before overcoming the serious threat of XSET in two tense 13-11 map victories.

While their space at Berlin is secure, there’s still a major challenge ahead for 100 Thieves. Tomorrow will see them face Sentinels in the upper bracket final, and the Reykjavík Masters champions haven’t shown any signs of weakening. Still, the showdown should serve as good practice for 100 Thieves, who’ll take every chance they can get to improve ahead of Berlin in September. 

100 Thieves and Sentinels have booked their flights, but one more NA squad is yet to claim a spot at Berlin. The NA Challengers Playoffs continue until Monday, August 15, and you can expect every team to play their hearts out for a better starting spot once they arrive in Berlin. Challengers Playoffs are also taking place for the EMEA, KR, JP, BR, LATAM, and SEA regions during the coming weeks. We’ll be keeping an eye on any other stories being written on the path to the Valorant Stage 3 Masters Berlin.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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