Team Liquid reign at EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers
With VALORANT Champions right around the corner, it would only feel right if fan favourites, Team Liquid, had their season extended by winning the highly competitive EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers. And no, that isn’t some pipe dream or “what if” scenario, Team Liquid are headed to Berlin this December to compete on the world’s stage after an impressive showing during their domestic last chance.
After making quick work of their initial opponents One Breath Gaming and Guild Esports, more on the latter in a moment, Team Liquid looked in shape heading into the winners bracket final against regional rivals G2 Esports.
Duelist extraordinaire and Counter-Strike legend, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, was a key weapon in Team Liquid’s pivotal victory over G2. With 270 average combat score (ACS), a +15 kill to death differential, 167.4 average damage done per round (ADR), 27% headshot rating and 16 first kills–all across two agents and 3 nail-biting maps, ScreaM is coming into VALORANT Champions with hot, hot hands.
However, ScreaM wasn’t the only weapon Team Liquid could call on against G2 Esports. Both Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom and Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen had impressive games in their own right. With their eventual victory over G2 Esports, it seemed as though their ticket to VALORANT Champions was just within their grasp. Yet, through the losers’ bracket, a familiar face was making a death-defying run to the grand finals.
Without dropping a map, Guild Esports was making a killer run through the lower bracket, defeating teams like Oxygen Esports, Futbolist, and G2 Esports in a decisive fashion. This ultimately would lead both Team Liquid and Guild Esports to run back their winners bracket match in a dramatic fashion. However, for Guild Esports their run would come just short of glory as Team Liquid would continue to reign supreme and defeat their Swedish counterparts 3-1.
This time it was Jamppi who was the rock that Team Liquid could count on. In a grand final situation, with their 2021 VALORANT season on the line, Jamppi brought out 4 separate agents and looked strong on each of them. Through the 4 maps, he still managed to boast 233 ACS, a +11 kill to death differential, 151.2 ADR with 16 first kills.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Jamppi’s Split performance on Astra begs belief.
Shocking the event with 341 ACS, a +11 kill to death differential, 207.8 ADR is impressive for most duelists–but the key here is that Jamppi is playing an agent that isn’t blitzing through defences or has utility to allow for high kill games. What’s equally as impressive is how flexible Team Liquid were through their grand finals run. Nearly everyone, outside of ScreaM, brought 3 different agents to the table. That kind of compositional diversity is unheard of!
If Team Liquid can maintain their flexibility and if Jamppi and ScreaM can muster an iota of the kind of performance they showcased at the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier then the world needs to be put on notice; Team Liquid is coming for the title and it’s going to take an army to stop them.
VALORANT Champions will take place in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd through the 12th.
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