the major, the stages are Legends, if you lose that or don't get 7th or higher you become a new challenger, if you lose as a new challenger aka don't make it out of groups you need to qualify. vp are at the challenger stage
challenger stage = previous qualifications
challenger stage was made only to sell stickers more. VP is out from Major at this point but they have a chance to quali for a Major. If they want to be in gropu stage they need to win quali.
As other posters have said, they come in at the final 24 stage before the legend teams join (new challengers), along with the teams who got through the regional minors. Whether they get any further than that is far from certain.
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