Valorant Champions Tour 2023 teams revealed

The 30 teams entering the Americas, EMEA, and Pacific leagues for VCT 2023 have some glaring omissions.

Next year will be different. Riot recently announced that the Valorant Champions Tour 2023 will be making the shift into an international leagues format. Regional tournaments for the Americas, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), and the Pacific will host select franchise teams as they compete to be the best in their league before moving on to the worldwide Masters and Champions competitions. 

Today, Riot unveiled which sides will form the core roster in each of its regions for the 2023 Champions Tour, and there are certainly a few eye-raising exceptions. Before we dive into any points of contention, here are the Valorant Champions Tour 2023 teams for each region.

Valorant Champions Tour 2023 teams - Americas

VCT 2023 teams americas

VCT’s Americas league brings North and South America together for fierce competition. With both USA and Brazil falling into the same competitive bracket, this looks to be one of the most tightly contested leagues in the block. Matches are set to take place in Los Angeles, USA.

VCT Americas Teams 2023

Sentinels

100 Thieves

Cloud9

NRG

Evil Geniuses

Furia

LOUD

MIBR

KRÜ Esports

Leviatán

Valorant Champions Tour 2023 teams - EMEA

VCT 2023 teams emea

EMEA has always been a hotbed of talent in the FPS genre, and Valorant is no exception. The likes of Fnatic and Team Liquid are no surprise, but there are plenty of new sides included with a chance to prove their worth when brought under the wide net of EMEA. Matches are set to take place in Berlin, Germany.

VCT EMEA Teams 2023

Fnatic

Team Liquid

Team Vitality

Karmine Corp

Team Heretics

Giants

Navi

Fut Esports

BBL Esports

Koi

Valorant Champions Tour 2023 teams - Pacific

VCT 2023 teams pacific

Packing in the best from Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and more, the Pacific region is looking particularly spicy as we head into 2023. DRX are certainly the top contenders so far, but can rivals like Paper Rex and Zeta Division take this chance to upset them? Matches will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea.

VCT Pacific Teams 2023

Zeta Division

Detonation Gaming

Gen.G

T1

DRX

Team Secret

Paper Rex

Rex Regum Qeon

Talon Esports

Global Esports

While future years will have two league seasons. The inaugural run in 2023 will see all 30 teams from the three regions invited to a massive kickoff tournament in Sao Paolo, Brazil, early next year.

Who is missing?

If you followed the recent conclusion to Valorant Champions 2022, a few names will immediately stand out as absent. North America’s current top dogs of OpTic Gaming finished second in the world at the close of 2022, yet find themselves without a spot at the start of the 2023 season. Likewise EMEA’s FunPlus Phoenix, winners of Masters Copenhagen in 2022 are also missing, as are North America’s XSET.

In the studio’s team reveal blog post, Riot lays down the groundwork for the season, listing the core values teams needed to have to get accepted. The developer also noted that results weren’t a guarantee of entry:

“It’s worth addressing directly that while we respect and celebrate past competitive performance, it was not a key consideration in our decision - as we instead focused on an organization’s ability to create the most compelling VCT for fans in the future,” the post reads.

Those who didn’t make it in still have a shot through the year’s Challengers leagues. These will build upon in-game tournaments to help foster new talent and allow other sides to rise through the ranks and fight their way into international Valorant competition.

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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