FULL SENSE shock at APAC Last Chance Qualifiers
As VALORANT’s Last Chance Qualifiers begin to wrap all across the globe ahead of VALORANT Champions, few carry the story that APAC representatives FULL SENSE bring to the table. From competitors in their regions to begin featured on the world’s stage to upsetting tournament favourites, FULL SENSE are a team to be reckoned with.
Rallying after a 4th place finish during VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 3 playoffs, FULL SENSE have come full circle. Placed into Group B alongside notable teams like Paper Rex, ONIC Esports and Five Ace e-Sports, Full Sense easily marched ahead to the playoffs with a +16 map differential.
However, a quick loss to Team Big BAAM would foreshadow their eventual fall to Alter Ego in the losers’ bracket. Even in their loss, Jett ace Chanawin “JohnOlsen” Nakchain showed up big for FULL SENSE managing 281 average combat score (ACS), a +19 kill to death differential, 188.4 average damage done per round (ADR), and on top of that collected an impressive 18 first kills.
This just goes to show that not only are FULL SENSE an active threat in their own region but they’ve tested their mettle against some of the best teams in the world.
With valiant performances at Masters 1, the Stage 2 Challengers and the aforementioned Stage 3 playoffs, FULL SENSE qualified for the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers, an event that felt like a formality. With how strong South Korea and Japan both have looked at international competition, it seemed possible and plausible that they would be shoe-ins to secure the final spot for VALORANT Champions.
And as fate would have it, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
FULL SENSE’s might could be felt early on in the tournament, battling the Japanese team, REJECT, close but convincing. Early predictions had them falling to South Korean powerhouses, NUTURN Gaming, but this is the match that raised the eyebrows of analysts and pundits alike.
Holding NUTURN to 18 total rounds won across 3 maps, the back end of which they only scored 3 rounds, FULL SENSE established themselves as a real threat to win the APAC Last Chance Qualifier with this huge victory.
From that game, two weapons emerged. JohnOlsen continued to showcase his Jett accumulating 307 ACS, a +34 kill to death differential, and still managed a 200.8 ADR across the entire series. However, jumping out on three different agents, Kititkawin “PTC” Rattanasukol, had the game of his life putting up 320 ACS, a +26 kill to death differential and 189.4 ADR. With performances like these, it’s no wonder a team that placed 3rd at Masters Reykjavik crumbled.
Yet FULL SENSE did not advance to VALORANT Champions through the winners’ bracket as the Japanese team Northeption would draw them into deep water and ultimately defeat the Thai representatives, 1-2. This brings us back to South Korea to contextualize their next opponents, DAMWON Gaming. Situated nearly right behind NUTURN Gaming in their region, DAMWON are a staple of the South Korean VALORANT space–and to see them be held to 10 total rounds in a 2-0 blowout defied logic.
Needless to say FULL SENSE would rematch Northeption and now book their tickets to VALORANT Champions which we would recommend to anyone interested in FULL SENSE’s story coming into the world finals this December.
Can FULL SENSE continue their Cinderella run through VALORANT Champions or was their Last Chance Qualifier simply a sensible flash in the pan? Needless to say, the world will be watching either way.
VALORANT Champions will take place in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd through the 12th.
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