Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Americas is the third and final regional Valorant esports league to kick off its season, on Saturday, April 1, 2023, a few days after its European counterpart.
It will follow the same format and league composition as the VCT EMEA League and VCT Pacific League, but unlike the other two, the VCT 2023 Americas League looks to be far more one-sided, with the reigning Valorant world champions LOUD as firm favourites to win the regional crown.
VCT 2023 Americas Format & Schedule
VCT 2023 Americas is set to kick off on April 1 and will run until the grand final on May 28. It will follow the same structure and format as the EMEA and Pacific League, meaning there will be 10 Valorant esports teams vying for tickets leading to VCT Masters Tokyo 2023 and the season-culminating VALORANT Champions 2023.
- Date: April 1 – March 28
- Venue: Riot Games Arena in Los Angeles, California
- Where to Watch: Twitch, YouTube
VCT 2023 Americas League is a new league created by Riot Gamed for the 2023 season, which will bring together professional Valorant teams from North America and South America to compete in a newly-created Valorant competitive region. Just like the other two VCT Leagues, the Americas League will be divided into two stages – the regular season and the playoffs – featuring 10 Valorant teams who got partnered by Riot Games.
The regular season will run from April 1 to May 20, with the playoffs scheduled to take place on May 23-28, welcoming the top-six teams from the regular season. All regular season matches will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), as will all playoff matches besides the lower bracket and the grand finals (Both as Bo5).
At the end of the season, only the top three teams will receive invites for VCT Masters Tokyo 2023 and the VALORANT Champions 2023, while the rest will stay home with a cut of the total prize pool.
LOUD’s League To Lose
Brazilian Valorant squad LOUD took the world by storm last season when they won the VALORANT Champions 2022 and put Latin America on the map as a region with exceptional talent for Riot Games’ FPS title.They are also one of the few teams that kept most of its roster intact for 2023, which makes sense considering LOUD’s success last season, and it paid off.
LOUD got off to an explosive start to the 2023 season by racing the grand finals of the VCT LOCK//IN tournament in front of their home fans when they nearly reverse-swept Fnatic to collect another trophy but lost in one of the most exciting finals in esports’ history.
But regardless of the bittersweet start to the year, LOUD proved once again that they’re one of the world’s best Valorant teams, significantly stronger than most other squads in the world and especially much more successful than any team in their region.
This also explains why LOUD are priced as massive 2.75 (at bet365) favourites to win VCT 2023 Americas, well ahead of Leviatan (4.50), NRG Esports (5.00), 100 Thieves (6.00), and Sentinels (8.00). And those five teams round up a small bunch of squads with a realistic chance to hoist the VCT Americas trophy, with FURIA (21.00), Cloud9 (23.00), Evil Geniuses (26.00), KRU Esports (41.00), and MiBR (67.00) all entering this season as heavy outsiders.
Cloud9 Deplete Its Roster Ahead Of VCT 2023 Americas
North American esports organisation Cloud9, had a rough start to the year, finishing VCT LOCK//IN 2023 in ninth-16th place, which was far below the expectations for a team as stacked as C9 were. But to make things even worse for the boys in blue, at the start of March, Cloud9 announced the departure of two of its star players in IGL Anthony “vanity” Malaspina and Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker.
Vanity and yay are both viewed as two of the best North American Valorant players and were the main reason why Cloud9 was considered a strong candidate to win VCT 2023 Americas. So losing them threw a spanner in the works for the NA squad, who went from one of the region’s top teams to seventh-favourites to conquer the league.
This incident also shook up the balance of power in the region, making LOUD an even greater threat, as only a couple of teams can now challenge the Brazilian juggernauts. But even that is a big “IF” as not one squad has shown as dominant performances as LOUD over the last 12 months.
VCT 2023 Americas Betting Odds Comparison
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LOUD And The Rest
LOUD are not only the reigning Valorant world champions, but they came only a couple of rounds short of winning the VCT LOCK//IN, which is only a further testament to this team’s strength. Even compared to the global pool of teams, LOUD easily stand inside the top three, with most other Americas squads ranked well below that.
Based on LOUD’s 2022 showings and their proving in Sao Paulo that they’re just as potent heading into the 2023 season, the offered Valorant betting odds make a lot of sense – there simply isn’t a single team that can currently match Matias “Saadhak” Delipetro and his crew.
Leviathan, 100 Thieves, and NRG Esports all have enough talent to compete at the highest level, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see them take a game or two off LOUD this season, but unless we see any major developments, this year is LOUD’s to lose.