LetsPlay.Live (LPL) has announced their expanded Valorant Oceania Tour for 2022. There will be a pathway to Valorant Masters events from Oceania through APAC playoffs, as well as Champions through the APAC Last Chance Qualifier.
After a tumultuous year for Oceanic Valorant ultimately culminating in the region’s top teams missing out on a chance to qualify for Valorant Champions 2021, LPL and Riot have expanded the format for the Valorant Oceania Tour 2022 to give domestic players more international opportunities.
VOT 2022 will be split into two stages instead of three, to fit into the reformatting of global Valorant esports. However, the new format will give Oceanic teams a qualification path to international events through APAC rather than North America.
On top of that, Oceanic teams will now have a chance to qualify for the two Masters events in 2022 through the regional APAC Playoffs at the end of each VCT stage.
“Partnering with Riot Games to bring back this epic opportunity for Oceanic esports competitors — bigger and better than ever — is a fantastic way to kick off 2022,” LPL founder Duane Mutu said.
The prize pool has been expanded from 2021’s circuit from $50,000 AUD to $80,000, with $25,000 AUD on offer across Stages 1 and 2, as well as a spot in the APAC Playoffs for the top team ahead of each Valorant Masters event.
$30,000 will be up for grabs in the end-of-year Oceanic Championship, with two spots available at the APAC Last Chance Qualifier to push towards Valorant Champions.
Stage 1 of the Valorant Oceania Tour 2022 will kick off in January with a series of Open Qualifiers. More details are available on the LPL website.