VCT Masters Shanghai 2024: Teams, Format, Schedule, Bracket

International Valorant competition returns for VCT Masters Shanghai 2024. Here is everything you need to know about the next... Owen | 20. May 2024

International Valorant competition returns for VCT Masters Shanghai 2024. Here is everything you need to know about the next big event!

VCT Masters Shanghai Information

The VCT Masters Shanghai 2024 event is the second international Valorant competition in 2024, following VCT Masters Madrid. From 23 May to 6 June, 12 teams will compete for a prize fund of $1,000,000.

The team that finishes first will not only receive $350,000 in cash but will also earn 3 VCT Points, which is crucial to qualifying for the final tournament of the year, VCT Champions. 

The event will be held in Shanghai, China. Matches will be played in the Valo Arena, while the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be the battleground for the three final days of the event.

VCT Masters Shanghai Teams

Four regions held their respective Stage 1 tournaments throughout April and May. The top three teams from each have qualified for VCT Masters Shanghai.

The 12 participants of the tournament are as follows:

Chinese Participants

  • EDward Gaming (1st seed)
  • FunPlus Phoenix (2nd seed)
  • Dragon Ranger Gaming (3rd seed)

EMEA Participants

  • Fnatic (1st seed)
  • Team Heretics (2nd seed)
  • FUT Esports (3rd seed)

Americas Participants

  • 100 Thieves (1st seed)
  • G2 Esports (2nd seed)
  • Leviatan (3rd seed)

Asia Pacific Participants

  • Paper Rex (1st seed)
  • Gen.G Esports (2nd seed)
  • T1 Esports (3rd seed)

VCT Masters Shanghai Format and Schedule

There will be two stages to determine the winner of VCT Masters Shanghai:

  • Stage 1: Swiss Stage
  • Stage 2: Playoffs Stage

Swiss Stage Format

The Swiss Stage will run from May 23 to 27. 

It is important to note that all first-seed teams directly qualify for the VCT Masters Shanghai Playoffs stage and, therefore, will not play in the Swiss Stage!

  • Since there are 8 participants, the Swiss Stage will follow an 8-team Swiss System format.
  • All matches are played in a Best of 3 format.
  • In the first round, each 2nd-seeded team is matched against a 3rd-seeded team from another region.
  • Round 2 and 3 matches are based on each team’s current win-loss record.
  • Teams that win two matches directly qualify for the Playoffs.
  • Teams that lose two matches are immediately eliminated from the event.

The Swiss Stage format ensures teams will always play against opponents with the same record. A team with a 1-0 standing will play against another team with a 1-0 standing. 

Playoffs Format

The Playoffs Stage will run from May 30 to June 9.

All first-seed teams are already qualified for the Playoffs and will watch the Swiss Stage from the sidelines.

  • The Playoffs will feature 8 remaining teams. 4 of which are 1st seeds, and the remaining 4 teams from the Swiss Stage.
  • The Playoffs follow a double-elimination bracket.
  • The 1st seeded teams can select their first round opponents in a random order.
  • All matches (excluding Lower Final and Grand Final) are played in Best of 3 format.
  • Lower Final and Grand Final matches are played in Best of 5 format.

The double-elimination bracket means all 8 teams will begin their run in the Upper Bracket. After losing a match in the Upper Bracket, teams will have a second chance in the Lower Bracket. Any Lower Bracket match is an elimination match. 

VCT Masters Shanghai Bracket

Since the event has not started yet, we only have information on the first round matches of the Swiss Stage. 

The set matches include:

  • G2 Esports vs. T1 Esports
  • FunPlus Phoenix vs. FUT Esports
  • Gen.G Esports vs. Leviatan
  • Team Heretics vs. Dragon Ranger Gaming

VCT Masters Shanghai Substitutes

Team Heretics will not play the tournament with its entire roster. The star Duelist, Dominykas “MiniBoo” Lukaševičius, is facing burnout and exhaustion after juggling his education with professional Valorant.

As a result, he will miss the event and will be temporarily replaced by his former teammate, Enes “RieNs” Ecirli. The remaining teams have confirmed the eligibility of their complete lineups. 

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