With a single 2-year-lasting promotion spot available in the VCT Americas league as of the moment, the NA VALORANT Challengers League will definitely give us quite a lot of star-studded teams looking to push up the ranks. Starting soon with the January qualifier stage where NA Challengers organizations will battle for the possibility to go and win the Ascension event set for later on in the year. This coveted Ascension tournament will provide any organization with a temporary VCT Americas slot.
Just 5 NA organizations managed to grab a partnership to be a part of the VCT Americas top league, and all the offseason roster changes at the top left a plethora of incredible talents for the Challenger teams to snatch. Known players with well-set up organizations behind them are already setting up their fully-fledged rosters thanks to their newly found sponsors.
North American viewers will thankfully be able to watch both events, NA Challengers and VCT Americas, as both events will have a fully separate broadcast window that should not overlap in content.
This time around we will showcase 2 teams starting from scratch and coming with great momentum. These teams are looking to place a foothold in the competitive scene as rather inexperienced organizations. It is important to note both teams actually swept the open qualifier stage to punch their ticket into the Challengers stage.
Roster: Brady “thief” Dever, Alex “aproto” Protopapas, Brock “brawk” Somerhalder, Xavier “flyuh” Carlson, Tyler “sym” Porter, Tanishq “Tanizhq” Sabharwal
The first official team of the open qualifier teams to punch their way into the NA VALORANT Challengers League was BreakThru. The organization focused on assembling a stacked lineup with experienced players in the VCT environment. The members in the main lineup have played with the likes of FaZe, Ghost, Luminosity, and TSM. Staff was no exception to this, as they appointed Tanizqh who was a part of Heretics and Vitality. Thanks to the experience within the squad, they did not lose a single series in the open qualifier stage, finishing off with a comeback win over favorites The Nation.
Roster: Joshua “steel” Nissan, Damion “XXiF” Cook, Drake “Exalt” Branly, Joseph “clear” Allen, Amgalan “Genghsta” Nemekhbayar, Kyle “OCEAN” O’Brien
After several days of uncertainty, big-name live streamer Disguised Toast decided to sign his own VALORANT team under the Disguised banner. Captained by veteran and ex-T1 IGL steel, the lineup consists mostly of former Knights members who qualified for the NA VALORANT Challengers League in the first open qualifier stage. Similar to BreakThru, Disguised took their spot without dropping a single series through the upper bracket.
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