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South Korea faces massive upsets in APAC Last Chance Qualifiers

An unexpected shock is the familiar expression fans have been left with after reviewing and watching VALORANT’s APAC Last Chance Qualifiers. After performing admirably in international competition, South Korea as a region is now against the ropes with two of its staple teams being upset extremely early in the event.

Yes, you’re reading this right; both DWG KIA and F4Q are now in the losers bracket after some difficult losses. Can some of Korea’s best bounce back to join the final festivities at VALORANT Champions later this year or are we burdened with the difficult task of revisiting where the region ranks internationally?

DWG KIA, the team who upset NUTURN Gaming during the Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, have faced a strange wave of karmic revenge as they failed to beat India’s Global Esports. 

Global Esports duelist ace, Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar, showed up big against one of South Korea’s best, dropping a +20 kill to death ratio (62-42), 296 average combat score (ACS) and 15 first kills–across three separate maps. On the other hand, DWG KIA failed to start with regional staples Kim “t3xture” Na-ra and Kang “iNTRO” Seung-gyun underperforming across the series. 

Stood next to them, after building a fan base from their appearance at Masters 3 Berlin, F4Q has taken an early dip into the losers bracket after being convincingly beaten by the Japanese team, Northeption. 

South Korean Jett player, known as ‘Seoldam’ is by far Northeption’s biggest weapon. In their victory over F4Q, Seoldam managed a staggering 299 ACS, a +23 kill to death spread (40-17), had 173.5 average damage done per round (ADR) with 12 first kills.

With that kind of impressive stat line, he is someone to keep your eye on not only throughout the APAC Last Chance Qualifier, but moving forward through VALORANT’s esports life cycle. 

F4Q’s usual antics were on display with Chae “Bunny” Joon-hyuk often leading the charge, resulting in their famine play style. The former fan favourites from Masters 3 Berlin have some adaptations to make and questions to answer if they want to book their tickets back to Germany at the end of the year for VALORANT Champions. 

South Korea’s only saving grace in the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers was the former bronze medalist from Masters 2 Reykjavik, NUTURN Gaming. After toppling the South East Asian team, BOOM Esports, NUTURN should have been considered the favourite moving forward through the event.

However, one of South Korea’s best teams was toppled by FULL SENSE. And don’t let the first map fool you; NUTURN Gaming were trounced. Both maps that followed the opener on Bind only saw the Korean powerhouses net 3 total rounds.

The APAC Last Chance Qualifiers should be a foreshadowing on VALORANT Champions; if you can make the event, if you can make it through today, you’ve got a puncher’s chance. This should speak to everyone who even thinks of attending. With all 3 of South Korea’s teams in the losers bracket, it is anyone’s game when it comes to the final APAC contestant for Champions. 

The APAC region’s final representative will be decided as the region’s Last Chance Qualifiers wrap up on October 17th. 

VALORANT Champions will take place in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd through the 12th. 

Images via Riot Games

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