North America may have disappointed at VALORANT Champions, but the region created some of the best memories of the first big year for VALORANT eSports. After the end of 2021, it’s time to take a look back at five of the most memorable moments from the North American VALORANT Champions Tour. These top 5 moments from NA VCT feature some of the best domestic and international matches and results for the region.
5. Sentinels win NA Masters 1st
Shortly after adding Tyson “TenZ” Ngo to the roster on loan from Cloud9, Sentinels rose by winning the VCT Stage 1 Masters in North America. They had one almost flawless run in a tournament outside of a series, loss to Luminosity in the opening game. This trophy would be the first of many for the Sentinels team as its win put them in a good position to make it to the VCT Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík.
– Guardian (@ Guardian) March 21, 2021
4. Performance of Version 1 at the Masters Reykjavík
Version1 defied all adversities and qualified alongside Sentinels for the first international VALORANT LAN. That alone would have been enough to make it on the list, but it was her valiant performance at the tournament that made it to fourth place after beating and knocking out Crazy Raccoon Team Liquid on the lower bracket, Version1 left the event in fifth place. NA fans will forever remember how they cheered the Underdog team in Iceland.
3. 100 thieves defeat Europe at Masters Berlin
VCT Stage 3 Masters Berlin was 100 Thieves’ first international LAN and they didn’t disappoint. They were the only team to win a series of Gambit Esports and win the entire event. In a nerve-wracking best-of-three series, 100 Thieves came out on top Defeat Gambit. Shortly after taking first place in their group, 100 Thieves eliminated Acend from Masters Berlin. Despite losing to Envy in the semifinals, 100 Thieves in Berlin brought the pain to Europe.
2. Envy makes it into the finals of the Masters Berlin
As the third seed from North America at Masters Berlin, there wasn’t much hype about Envy at the event. However, they were able to get together despite recently working on an addition to the roster. They finished first in their group before beating both Sentinels and 100 Thieves to make it to the finals. Although they couldn’t beat Gambit Esports for the title at the Masters Berlin, they still impressed with their performance.
1. Guardians win Masters Reykjavík
The crowning achievement for North America in 2021 and the No. 1 moment in our top five list for North America in the VCT was Sentinels’ Light output at Masters Reykjavík. Throughout the tournament, Sentinels defeated teams left and right without losing a series. Even in the final against Fnatic, Sentinels managed to beat them 3-0 to bring the trophy home.