VALORANT Champions 2021: Betting Guide and Predictions

VALORANT Champions 2021 comes as a finale of the Champions Tour where the year-long efforts of the best teams of the world will be put to the test — where we finally see who gets to stand atop the summit in Berlin, Germany. Read our guide to get to know the teams competing in the tourney.

Best Esports Betting Sites for VALORANT Champions 2021

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  2. Betway
  3. Rivalry
  4. Vulkanbet
  5. GGBet
  6. Pinnacle
  7. Thunderpick
  8. Luckbox
  9. Jetbull
  10. EGB

VALORANT Champions 2021: Betting Odds, Tips & Predictions

Ever since Masters 2 Reykjavík, Europe has proved that it is a force to be reckoned with given the dominating victory of Gambit Esports. Despite the tournament having no bearing for the long-time champions Sentinels, their subpar performance has made everyone doubt the fallen kings of VALORANT. With new names and familiar faces in the esports’ greatest international tournament of the year, it’s practically anyone’s game to be had in VALORANT Champions betting.

VALORANT Champions 2021 Betting Odds

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VALORANT Champions 2021 Betting Tips & Predictions

Seeing how Masters Berlin unfolded back in September, the competition looks to be fiercer than ever at VALORANT’s biggest tournament of the year. With the esport’s most prestigious title on the line, teams like the North American Sentinels will no longer have the excuse that they were simply limit testing. It’s now or never. Read on to learn who we think will stand out in Champions 2021.

Our Playoffs Teams

Group A: All Too Well

  1. Team Envy
  2. Acend

We’re all familiar with the teams in Group A and as such, we should have a rough idea of how it will go down as well. Acend and Team Envy need no introduction as they qualified for the Playoffs of Masters Berlin. Team Envy was the one to take down Sentinels in the Playoffs of Masters Berlin and was the runner-up to Gambit Esports. Acend, on the other hand, dominated Europe early into the scene at the Stage 1 Masters with their Turkish ace Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek. Alongside them was Keyd Stars, a Brazilian squad that we last saw in Masters Berlin that finished in 9th-12th. Meanwhile, we last saw the Southeast Asian representatives X10, which has now been rebranded to X10 CRIT, in Masters Reykjavík. Although they now have their rising star Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong back from his break, we doubt it will be enough to break through the playoffs.

In Berlin once again, we expect to see Team Envy’s continued success at Champions 2021 with their recruits in the past year Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen and Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker. These former CS:GO professionals were crucial to their run in Masters Berlin and their performance will prove pivotal to see if they can replicate their dominance. Though Acend has been consistently a good team in Europe, they rely heavily on the heroics of cNed and his iconic Jett to push through matches. Nevertheless, these Western teams should have, more or less, no problem making it out of groups.

Group B: Best Coast? West Coast

  1. Sentinels
  2. Team Liquid

We honestly feel sorry for KRÜ Esports and FURIA Esports coming into VALORANT Champions 2021 as the odds seem stacked heavily against them with super teams Sentinels and Team Liquid. Sentinels are coming off of a heavy loss at Masters Berlin with the community now doubting their ability to bounce back at Champions. With that, they will be sure to step up once and for all and prove the doubters wrong. They have had time to sort out their kinks and have even finally acquired coach Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty who came from FaZe Clan’s roster. This acquisition will allow the team’s players to focus even more on their individual and team play instead of the game’s strategic aspect which formerly rested on the shoulders of Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan. Of course we’ll learn by Champions if they’ve now been able to shore up on their weaknesses and widen their Agent pools in time for the biggest competition of their lives.

Meanwhile, Team Liquid are coming off a hot streak in Europe after making it to Champions at the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom is on peak form alongside his literal younger brother, Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom who tookJames “Kryptix” Affleck’s place after he took a personal break. Since then, Team Liquid has been unstoppable taking down fellow European qualifier Acend at the Red Bull Home Ground #2 in early November. This just shows the high highs that Team Liquid can achieve given the day.

Group C: It’s No Secret

  1. Gambit Esports
  2. Team Secret

Despite what we’re implying, Gambit Esports is our go-to pick for topping Group C. It’s no surprise that the current best team in the world should have no problem making it out of groups in Champions 2021. The team’s lurker Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin was key to their victories with his crucial pickoffs and smart plays. Gambit Esports adapts well and adapts fast given that the team made it all the way to Masters Berlin from a lower bracket run in the EMEA Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs. They may falter, as they did against 100 Thieves in the Group Stage of Masters Berlin, but they always come through. With the introduction of Fracture, a map that can be confusing to play around with its multiple angles to attack from, Gambit can show their strengths in Berlin with their calculated play.

Meanwhile, we have the rest of the group fighting for the last spot in the Playoffs. We’ve seen Team Vikings and Crazy Racoon in the past Masters, yet never reaching even the Quarterfinals. On the other hand, we have Team Secret, a Philippine team that never got the opportunity to prove themselves in Masters Berlin due to travel complications. Remember in Masters Berlin, Paper Rex, the team who came in second to Team Secret (then known as BREN Esports before their players were let go and absorbed by Team Secret), took a game off the Turkish SuperMassive Blaze — a first for the lesser-known, minor regions in VALORANT. As such, we see the potential for Team Secret to make it big this December and as unexpected as it is, you’re sure to make bank on them making it out of groups for VALORANT Champions betting.

Group D: The Group of Death

  1. Vision Strikers
  2. Fnatic

Now, the most contested group of VALORANT Champions 2021: Group D. It was rough rounding down Group D into just two teams. But at the top, we can’t not put the Korean powerhouse Vision Strikers among the teams in the group. One look at their match history shows how dominant the team has been in Korea with consistent 1st place finishes since 2020 — only ever faltering in the Korea Stage 2 Challengers against Nuturn Gaming. Even in Masters Berlin, they proved themselves as a formidable opponent for the eventual champion, Gambit Esports, by being the only team that took a game off them in the Playoffs. We expect this legendary squad to keep their winning ways in Champions 2021 and perhaps prove that the East can stand up to the West.

Aside from Vision Strikers, Thailand’s FULL SENSE made it all the way to Berlin with their wild run at the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers. They beat household names such as F4Q, Paper Rex, NUTURN Gaming, and even the Northeption with the acclaimed Korean Jett Park “Seoldam” Sang-min. Though we believe FULL SENSE could take a few games away from the favored teams, we’re afraid it won’t be enough to get them further into the tournament.

The Other Half of the Equation

On the other side of the group, we have familiar faces from the West in Fnatic and Cloud9. Coming into Champions, they have had the time to practice against fellow Western powerhouses and build up their repertoire for the all-important tournament. Fnatic qualified for Champions through circuit points after Gambit Esports won Masters Berlin. But since Reykjavík, things haven’t looked the same for the European squad. They failed to qualify for Masters Berlin and couldn’t even make it past the Stage 3 Challengers falling to Team Liquid. Then in November, they fell to their long-time rivals once again in Red Bull Home Ground #2 in 5th-8th place.

As such, we are rather unsure whether to give up the second spot to Fnatic or the newly-rising Cloud9 Blue with young stars such as Nathan “leaf” Orf. With the addition of Anthony “vanity” Malaspina from the same Version1 that qualified for Reykjavík, Cloud9 Blue was able to reunite old teammates in Erick “Xeppaa” Bach and leaf from their days in CS:GO team, Chaos Esports Club. These core members reignited Cloud9 Blue which helped them make their miracle run in the NA Last Chance Qualifier to take down XSET, 100 Thieves, and Rise to qualify for Champions. Although, to err on the side of caution, Fnatic’s experience alone can be the difference maker that gets them out of the group. As such, we must give it to the European team to make it out of Group D alive.

A Meta Anew

Since its release, VALORANT has gone and introduced unique agents and maps to breathe new life into its competitive and casual play. And just like in the wild, it’s adapt or get left behind. If we look back to Masters Berlin, this was one of the biggest lessons that we could take from the fall of North America’s Sentinels. The reign of Sentinels early into the year was an era where they were the undisputed champions. But as agents such as Skye and Astra have been released, the meta surrounding coordinated play has gotten higher which forced teams to change their gears. From dual duelists to dual initiators, teams evolved to make better use of the utility found in their agents’ kits to initiate retakes and engage into sites. Although precise gunplay is still key in winning rounds, the path to take favourable gunfights would be unlocked through smart ability usage.

While the rest of the teams were out there hungry for their first international win, Sentinels were resting on their laurels because they had already qualified for Champions which was their goal in the first place. As such, they were easily overtaken by one of their own teams in their region, Team Envy. Sentinels were too inflexible given their inexperience using Skye and Raze in Split, to which TenZ openly admitted to following their loss to Team Envy. Their use of Phoenix in Haven gave them limited strategic choices as well when compared to the versatility that Skye gives to her team with a manoeuvrable flash and an area-of-effect heal.

Breaking the Fracture

Agents aside, we were introduced to the coming of Fracture just last September 2021. Although it wasn’t enabled in the tournaments of late, we can anticipate that it will be finally making its way to a Champions in December. The map gives a distinct advantage to attackers given that there are four entrances to play around with. By now, teams will have already established strategies to dominate the close quarters map using info-gathering agents such as Sova to easily take sites. Perhaps, there are even teams who might use niche picks such as Breach to take advantage of the tight corners present in the fractured map.

Making use of agents, old and new, will be crucial to create opportunities to win the game. For this, teams must investigate every agent (including agents such as KAY/O) to add to their collection coming into Champions. As such, Champions will be about figuring out the meta and deciding which agents go best for which map. Of course, the team that figures it out, gets to take home the trophy. And for you our bettors, your job will be to scour the streams of pros playing in Champions. See what they are playing in their ranked queues and come December, see if your teams adapt and overcome to be the best there is. As a note, the newly released Chamber is banned for the duration of the tournament.

Numbers Don’t Lie

So you’ve gotten a sense of how the team plays and how you think they will perform in Champions 2021 with what agents they will pick, what maps they will choose, and playstyles they will run. But to be sure, make sure to check platforms such as THESPIKE.GG, Valor Buff, and VLR.gg to get an idea of how teams exactly play their game.

As an example, the data tells us that Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin had the highest K/D in Masters Berlin with a 1.4 kill-death ratio and coming only second to Acend’s Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek in Average Combat Score. Which is to be expected from the top-performing team in the tournament. However, if we look at First Bloods, we’ll see that it was actually F4Q’s Chae “Bunny” Joon-hyuk who had the highest first blood percentage at 21%, with Gambit’s Nikita “d3ffo” Sudakov coming in second at 18%. Of course, there is a reason why they have the highest first blood percentages and that is because they are the entry duelists of their team and are damn good at their job. But, this isn’t a conclusion you’d be able to find through conjecture alone. You need the data to prove it, too.

More and More Stats

Another way we can use stats is by looking through what agents teams prefer to use throughout a tourney or a given patch. In Patch 3.06, we saw the nerfs to Jett and Skye go live. Despite the late hit to Blade Storm, Jett will surely still be widely played in competitive and the changes will not, in any way, scale down her effectiveness in pro play. This can be seen in her 80.54% pick rate across the pro scene in the past month. Meanwhile, Skye has risen slowly in pick rate across the months from 34.52% in the past 6 months to 40.71% in the last month alone. In Masters Berlin, she even already had an impressive 58.33% pick rate alongside Astra at 59.85%. As we had foreseen, it’s only time until the pros figure out how to play difficult-to-maneuver agents such as Skye. And in Champions, the patch by patch quality-of-life improvements on agents such as Breach and KAY/O might just be enough to push them into the mainstream.

As a last takeaway, you can even see the preference regions have with regards to maps played in-game. In the Last Chance Qualifiers, you can see that North America and the Asia-Pacific like to play in Ascent. Meanwhile, those in Europe prefer Split and Haven. But what’s peculiar, is that the Asia-Pacific loves to play Bind just as much as their Ascent when compared to the West that have Bind at the bottom of their maps played. You should pay attention to which maps pros use because the agents that are optimal for each map changes as well. As patches come and go, be wary of how the meta (most effective tactics available) changes accordingly!

Remember the Format

As in Berlin, we will be seeing our favorite teams go head-to-head in a GSL-style Group Stage followed by a high-stakes single-elimination bracket in the Playoffs. The Group Stage will see teams playing a double-elimination bracket which will see the Top 2 teams from each group move forward. This means that teams can find their footing in groups before heading into playoffs. But in the playoffs, matches are now single-elimination. That means that for our tournament favorites, there is no second chance for them to redeem themselves once the going gets rough. This then opens up the table for upsets to come through. Just like when Team Envy upset their North American brothers in Sentinels and 100 Thieves to reach the Finals of Masters Berlin. Although the odds are rough, bets on teams that have the potential to go big and pop off can give you the gold you’re looking for in VALORANT Champions betting.

Furthermore, the Group Stage format only allows for specific teams to get into playoffs based on grouping. Take the tournament’s group of death for example. On paper, all of Group D’s teams could make it to the Playoffs stage. Although each of the teams are good enough to run deep into the tournament, only two will make it past groups. Meanwhile in Group C, Gambit Esports are the unanimous favorites to get out of the group in first place. However, the competition between Team Vikings, Team Secret, and Crazy Raccoon are neck-and-neck to see who gets the second spot. Thus, be careful with your bets on outright tournament winners and the like for the unexpected can definitely happen.

Popular Bets for VALORANT Champions 2021

Moneyline Betting

In Masters Berlin, moneyline bets are as easy as it gets. Since all matches are held in best-of-threes, simply predict which team gets to two map wins first and voilà. This is the perfect type of bet for those just starting to get into VALORANT. As it is in business, predicting an upset would mean a greater reward for the greater risk that you put into your bet. As such, doing your research early on could net you good gains to take home!

Best betting sites to use for Moneyline betting: Lootbet, Betway

Total Betting

Total betting is the next step for those who want to up their game. It works in the same way as over/under betting where you predict if the game will go over or under a score or metric. In VALORANT, total betting refers to predicting one of two things. Either if a series will go over or under a certain number of games or if the game at hand will reach over or under a certain number of rounds.

It can be useful to look at stat platforms that we mentioned earlier on (such as THESPIKE.GG) to see the patterns in a team’s playstyle. In VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin, the eventual champion Gambit Esports averaged 20.57 rounds in wins. Meanwhile, the only team who they dropped a map loss to, Vision Strikers, got their number in a 13-7 round on Split. Likewise, you can do the same for maps won to see whether teams like to play it close (2-1) or close out their series in one fell swoop. These are good metrics to set a baseline on if you want to proceed with total betting.

Best betting sites to use for Prop betting: Vulkanbet, GG.bet

Handicap Betting

As its name suggests, handicap betting puts a handicap in the favor of the match by requiring them to win by a set margin for it to be considered a win. Just as in total betting, you can place handicap bets for maps and rounds as well. Handicap bets are easier explained by example.

For instance, a +1.5 map handicap for a best-of-three series means that the team you’re betting on only needs to win one (1) game to secure your payout. On the other hand, a -1.5 map handicap means that they need to win in a straight 2-0. This puts the burden on the stronger team to win convincingly when compared to the +1.5 map handicap which doesn’t require the team you’re betting on to win the series.

Round handicaps work in the same way but work towards 13 (the number of rounds it takes to win a VALORANT game). For example, you want to place a -4.5 round handicap on Sentinels against Gambit Esports. That means that they need to win with a score of 13-8 at the maximum for your bet to be considered a win. Meanwhile, a +4.5 round handicap means that the team only needs to reach 9 round wins in order to reach the threshold to win.

Best betting sites to use for Prop betting: Pinnacle

Prop Betting

Lastly, we have propositional betting which is one of the more difficult betting formats. In VALORANT, there are occurrences in-game that do not necessarily decide the game such as first bloods, the outcome of pistol rounds, overtime, and so much more. Through prop bets, you can put your game knowledge to the test and try to guess what will exactly go on in-game.

Be wary because this kind of betting needs a lot of research, but of course, has a higher payoff. Predicting who will first plant the spike, if a player will be able to ace the opposing team, or even a team ace are among the few ways you can place prop bets as of right now. Though you won’t always be able to find these bets up and running, it can be fun to test your hand at them when you do get the chance!

Best betting sites to use for Prop betting: Rivalry

Tournament Structure for VALORANT Champions 2021

Running from December 1-12, the inaugural VALORANT Champions 2021 event will be following in the footsteps of Masters Berlin. The tournament will feature a GSL style group play with its sixteen (16) teams divided into groups of four based on seeding. This seeding is based on the team’s performance in their region and their region’s performance in past international tournaments. In the Group Stage, teams will be seeded into a double-elimination bracket of best-of-threes with the Top 2 teams in each group heading into the Playoffs.


In typical Riot fashion, the Playoffs will be held in a single-elimination bracket giving teams one chance to sit at the throne. All matches will be played in best-of-threes save for the Grand Finals which will be a best-of-five series.

Region Teams
North America
  1. Sentinels
  2. Team Envy
  3. Cloud9 Blue
EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa)
  1. Gambit Esports
  2. Acend
  3. Fnatic
  4. Team Liquid
Latin America
  1. KRÜ Esports
Brazil
  1. Team Vikings
  2. Keyd Stars
  3. FURIA Esports
Korea
  1. Vision Strikers
Southeast Asia
  1. X10 Esports (Thailand)
  2. Team Secret (Philippines)
  3. FULL SENSE (Thailand)
Japan
  1. Crazy Raccoon

At the end of it all, the last team standing gets crowned as the best VALORANT five-man in the esports’ history. They will not only be making their own region proud, they will also be taking home a hefty $350,000 prize for their troubles out of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

History of the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021

VALORANT was released on June 2, 2020 and burst onto the scene being hailed as the next billion-dollar esports franchise. In the year to come, the newly-launched tactical shooter would come to have 14 million monthly average users (MAU) and counting. As players started populating their servers, VALORANT launched their esports initiative the VALORANT Champions Tour which started in 2021. The international circuit starts at the grassroots with the VALORANT Challengers series where teams and players can register and compete for a spot at the VALORANT Masters.

In VALORANT Masters, the best of the best are pit against one another to see who stands atop among all the regions. The Masters tourneys fill the same shoes that Majors do in games like Dota 2 and CS:GO. VALORANT’s competitive period is divided into Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3. Stage 1 saw teams go head-to-head within their own region to see who was the king of their own hill. It was only in Masters Reykjavik where we saw Sentinels cement themselves as the world’s greatest after taking down Fnatic 3-0. But, Europe went on a path of revenge in Masters Berlin as Gambit Esports handedly took down their Western rivals in Team Envy 3-0 in the Grand Finals.

Past International Results

VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters – Reykjavík (May 2021)
Team Sentinels Fnatic NUTURN Gaming Team Liquid
Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Prize $200,000 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000
VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin (September 2021)
Team Gambit Esports Team Envy 100 Thieves / G2 Esports
Place 1st 2nd 3rd/4th
Prize $225,000 $125,000 $85,000

VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters – Berlin Key Stats

  • The average viewership for Masters Berlin was lower than that at Masters Reykjavík at 389,971 viewers
  • Viewership peaked at 811,370 viewers during Day 6 of the Group Stage between Sentinels and G2 Esports
    • This is presumably because the tournament faves, Sentinels, were knocked out early during the Playoffs of Masters Berlin
  • The tournament saw fifteen (15) teams compete from all over the world
    • This excluded Bren Esports, whose players have now moved on to Team Secret, who was unable to attend due to to their VISAs
  • Despite the domination of the West, with the way the regions have been steadily improving in the past year, it’s now anyone’s game coming into VALORANT Champions 2021.

VALORANT Champions 2021 Betting FAQs

What are the best VALORANT Champions 2021 betting sites?

We recommend Lootbet for moneyline bets, Rivalry for prop and total bets, and Pinnacle for handicap betting!

Where can I watch the VALORANT Champions 2021?

You can watch VALORANT Champions 2021 as it goes live on Twitch and YouTube.

Who is predicted to win the VALORANT Champions 2021?

After a long hiatus from competitive play, it’s now a toss-up between North America, Europe, and Korea as the top regions in VALORANT. Teams like Sentinels, Vision Strikers, and Gambit Esports are among the forerunners in the discussion for the best team in the world.

When will the VALORANT Champions 2021 take place?

VALORANT Champions 2021 starts on December 2, 2021 and will continue until the 12th to decide the undisputed best team in the world.

What’s the format of VALORANT Champions 2021?

Riot Games announced in the Group Draw that VALORANT Champions 2021 will be played out like Masters Berlin with a double-elimination Group Stage and a single-elimination Playoffs. All matches will be played in best-of-threes.

Esports Betting Pro: Our Verdict

It’s been three months since Masters Berlin and the competition has since flipped on its head. Teams have been on the path to improving themselves as much as they can before the fateful tournament which is sure to make VALORANT Champions 2021 the most competitive tournament of the year. Doubts are in the air and the throne is anyone’s for the taking.

Nevertheless, our Top 3 for the tournament would have to be: Gambit Esports, Sentinels, and Vision Strikers. Perhaps, with an honourable mention going to Team Envy for their standout performance in Masters Berlin. Although Gambit Esports is the definitive favourite for VALORANT Champions betting, we could be seeing another champion be crowned on the world stage come December.

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