Publish Date: 01/10/2021
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
We have already written today about the teams that will be attending the finals of the Valorant Champions tour. Twelve of the sixteen teams have already been confirmed but the final four will be selected through each regions Last Chance Qualifiers. We now have confirmation of the teams and bracket for the North American Last Chance Qualifiers.
This will be an offline event held in Los Angeles. It will follow a similar format to the international Masters events. Ten teams will compete in a double-elimination format. The winner of the upper and lower brackets will face off against one another with the victor gaining a spot at the Valorant Champions finals.
Interestingly, two Australian teams will also be competing in the North American Last Chance Qualifiers. Since Oceania is not a full region supported by the Champions Tour, the first and second place finishers in the smaller Oceania Tour not only got a slice of the prize pool, but they also got the chance to enter the North American event.
The low seeded teams will have to compete in a small play in event before they can move on to the quarter finals of the qualifiers. The event will kick off in just under a week. It begins on the 12th of October and will run until the 17th.
100 Thieves: They are the top seeded team heading into this event and with their recent benching of Joshua "steel" Nissan and promotion of Aaron "b0i" Thao, they could have a fantastic chance of making it to the finals.
Version1: An interesting team in the North American region. They are owned by WISE Ventures, an investment fund, and the Wilf Family. The Wilf Family owns one of the biggest real estate companies in North America as well as the Minnesota Vikings. Their in-game leader, Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro was suspended for a time, and this could affect their chances.
FaZe Clan: One of the most recognisable names in esports. FaZe Clan are more of a lifestyle and content brand at this point, but they are still deep into the world of esports. They have some heavy backing, but they certainly aren’t favourites to win the event.
XSET: Another decent team from North America. They were sixth overall in the North American rankings and recently signed Rory "dephh" Jackson, a British player with a great record at Complexity Gaming.
Luminosity Gaming: They have gone through some dramatic changes. They either benched or released the majority of their players. This could help them change up their tactics, but we suspect that this new team might not have enough experience playing together to get very far.
Cloud9 Blue: Another decent North American team. They finished first in the recent Nerd Street Gamers: Summer Championship.
Gen.G Esports: They just picked up Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit as their new head coach and received Nolan “Temperature” Pepper on loan from Evil Geniuses to fill out their roster.
Rise: A decent team with a high level of turnover on their roster, this team may not have enough experience to make it very far.
ORDER: ORDER was the first-place finisher at the VALORANT Oceania Tour 2021: Championship. They have a stranglehold over the Oceania region and could be a dark horse contender for the event.
Chiefs Esports Club: You probably haven’t heard of Chiefs Esports Club in relation to Valorant. That is because they picked up the former PEACE roster when they left earlier this month.