Since the announcement of their VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) partnership program in early 2022, Riot has awarded partnership to 30 organizations across three different regional leagues: Americas League, EMEA League, and Pacific League.
The Americas League, the most competitive of the three, hosts three regions: North America (NA), Latin America (LATAM), and Brazil (BR). It is based in Los Angeles, California and consists of the following ten teams:
- 100 Thieves (NA)
- Cloud9 (NA)
- Evil Geniuses (NA)
- FURIA (BR)
- KRÜ Esports (LATAM)
- Leviatán (LATAM)
- LOUD (BR)
- MIBR (BR)
- NRG (NA)
- Sentinels (NA)
The EMEA League is the only league to host only one region: Europe, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA). It is based in Berlin, Germany and consists of the following ten teams:
- FUT Esports
- Karmine Corp
- Natus Vincere
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
- BBL Esports
- Giants Gaming
The Pacific League is the most diverse league, spanning three different regions and many more countries: Asia Pacific (APAC), Japan, and Korea. It is based in Seoul, Korea and consists of the following ten teams:
- Detonation Gaming
- Global Esports
- Paper Rex
- Rex Regum Qeon
- Talon Esports
- Team Secret
- ZETA Division
A Taste of Superteams: Red Bull Homeground #3
Following the partnership process, partnered organizations across the globe scurried to sign the best players from each of their respective regions. While several seven-figure deals were signed for elite players like yay and TenZ, the team compositions around them have garnered significant interest from the community. Teams like Cloud9 and NAVI have developed what many fans consider to be “superteams,” teams composed of the best of the best players in the world.
Since the announcement of these incredible rosters, fans from every region have been itching for each and every piece of VALORANT content they can find. Fortunately, 7 of the 30 partnered teams will be debuting their rosters ahead of the official kick off of the 2023 VCT season.
Starting on December 9th, 100 Thieves; Cloud9; FUT Esports; KRÜ Esports; Team Heretics; Team Liquid; and Team Vitality will debut their rosters in the Red Bull Homeground #3 tournament.
Red Bull Homeground #3 is a tournament hosted by Riot Games in partnership with Red Bull. The third iteration of the tournament boasts a $100,000 prize pool, with $50,000 going to the first place team. The format of the tournament is a single-round robin group stage that seeds into a single-elimination bracket.
Although the matchups are still unannounced, the groups have already been drawn. Group A consists of Cloud9, Team Vitality, FOKUS, and KRÜ Esports. Group B consists of 100 Thieves, Team Heretics, Team Liquid, and FUT Esports. The top three teams from each group will advance into the bracketed playoffs, where they will play in a series of best-of-three matches until the Grand Final. The two remaining teams in the Grand Final will play a best-of-five for the first place prize.
Which Rosters are Competing at Red Bull Homeground #3?
As stated previously, 100 Thieves; Cloud9; FUT Esports; KRÜ Esports; Team Heretics; Team Liquid; and Team Vitality will be present at Red Bull Homeground #3. The rosters they are fielding are as follows:
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