Now that we are in February, Valorant will be kicking off its global esports circuit with the first stage of the Challengers series on the first weekend of the month. There will also be a female-only Valorant tournament organised by FSL during that same period.
Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of the coronavirus.
2021 Dota Pro Circuit
Date: 18 January – 14 March
After its 2020 season was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) will finally be returning in 2021 with a new regional league system. Under the new system, the DPC will be split into six regional leagues in North America, South America, Europe, the CIS, China, and Southeast Asia, with each league having 16 participating teams split equally in an Upper and Lower Division.
Aside from introducing the regional league system, the new DPC format will also split the circuit into two seasons, with each concluding with a Major event featuring the best teams from each region, all leading up to The International 10 in August.
The DPC is set to begin on 18 January, with the regional leagues for North America, South America, Europe, CIS, and Southeast Asia running until 28 February. Meanwhile, the Chinese regional league will run until 14 March as it will be having a break in the middle of the season to accommodate the Chinese New Year on 12 February.
The first season of this year’s DPC is now in its third week of competition, for a recap of all the action in week two, you can check out our recap here.
Valorant Challengers SEA Stage 1
Date: 5 – 7 February
Valorant’s global esports circuit for this year kicks off with the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour. The circuit is split into three series; Challengers, Masters, and Champions. The first series, Challengers, will be regional competitions that will determine qualification into the next series, Masters, which will then determine qualification into the the highest level of competition among all three series, Champions.
There will be three Challengers and Masters series stages throughout the year. The first will be from February to March, the second from April to June, and the third from July to September. The Valorant Champions series will then crown the game’s first world champion in December.
For Southeast Asia, the Challengers series will have competitions for Malaysia and Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan, with each event featuring eight teams fighting for a spot in the next stage of the Challengers series. All events for the first stage of the series in Southeast Asia will take place from 5 – 7 February.
Valorant Challengers Malaysia and Singapore will have a SG$3,315 (or just under US$2,500) prize pool, with the top four teams advancing into the next stage.
Valorant Challengers Philippines will have a PH₱35,000 (or just under US$730) prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.
Valorant Challengers Thailand will have a TH฿90,000 (or just over US$3,000) prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.
Valorant Challengers Indonesia will have a IDR42,000,000 (or just under US$3,000) prize pool, with the top four teams advancing into the next stage.
Valorant Challengers Hong Kong and Taiwan will have a US$5,000 prize pool, with the top three teams advancing into the next stage.
FSL Valorant Showdown 2021
Date: 6 – 7 February
FSL’s first tournament of the year will be the FSL Valorant Showdown, featuring eight all-female teams competing for a cut of the event’s SG$1,000 (or US$750) prize pool. This tournament differs from previous FSL events due to a unique twist on the composition of the participating teams, as each of the eight teams will have a pre-selected captain while the 32 other competitors registered to compete under a captain of their choice.
The captains are comprised of female Valorant pro players, streamers, and personalities, namely; Celeste Esports’ Odella “enerii” Abraham, Fulcrum Valkyries’ Nicole “Nicole G” Grumal, Golden Flower’s izzengi, Affinity Esports’ Mikkasie, Abigail “Kohaibi” Kong, Bella “Heartfire” Victoria, Aidargh Gaming, and kitkatwc.
The champions will walk away with the grand prize of SG$500 (or US$375), the runners-up will earn SG$300 (or US$225), while the third and fourth-placed teams will get SG$100 (or US$75).
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