Professional Valorant players from around the world have successfully stated their case to Riot that newly added map Breeze has come too soon for competitive play. Riot announced today that the map would be removed from the rotation for the upcoming VCT Masters Reykjavik tournament.
After conferring with pro players globally, in the interest of competitive integrity, Breeze has been removed from the map rotation at Masters Reykjavik.
Considering the overlap with Challenger Playoffs and travel to Iceland, 4 weeks is not enough time to practice a new map.
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) May 4, 2021
The Valorant Champions Tour Stage 2 Masters event is taking place in Reykjavík, Iceland, and the new map will not be included in the map rotation because players have told Riot that less than four weeks of practice is not enough time with the map to play it confidently in such an important tournament.
Breeze released on April 27, giving players just about four weeks to prepare for professional play on it, but fans must also realize that traveling cuts into practice time significantly, which makes it difficult for players to perform at their best. The event begins on May 24, so players won’t have sufficient time to practice strategy on the map before competitive play.
While fans may be dissappointed that Breeze won’t be a playable map for Masters, it is sure to be an exciting tournament. Stage 2 Masters is the first international Valorant tournament in the Valorant Champions Tour, and fans will finally get to see which teams will rise above the rest.
Skyler “Relyks“ Weaver, who most recently played for Cloud9 Blue, commented on the decision by Riot to remove Breeze from the Masters event.
“Teams would NOT have 4 weeks to prep. In NA for example, when we figured out the 2 teams going to Iceand there’s a little over 3 weeks, not including travel,” Relyks said.
In addition, there are still three spots left open for Masters, two spots from the BR region, and one for LATAM, who will have even less time to prepare.
Continually impressed by Riot’s communication with pros and openness to feedback/change. I could understand the motive behind debuting Breeze in the pro scene at Iceland but still thought it was a baddd idea. Competitive integrity > entertainment 💯 https://t.co/lc75GzqTqX
— Relyks (@RelyksOG) May 4, 2021
North American fans can watch out for Sentinels and Version1, who qualified for Masters during the Challengers Stage 2 finals. Surprisingly missing from the Stage 2 Challengers finals was FaZe Clan, who came in second place in Stage 1 Masters. Fans assumed that FaZe Clan would at least be in the running for a spot at Masters Reykjavík, but the squad was knocked out of the tournament before Challengers finals began.
Other regions’s teams to look out for include Team Liquid and Fnatic from Europe, NUTURN Gaming from Korea, and X10 Esports from Southeast Asia.