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VALORANT APAC Last Chance Qualifiers update

With the VALORANT season coming to a close with VALORANT Champions at the end of the year, some last-minute changes have impacted VALORANT’s APAC Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ).

Across the globe, teams will battle for one of the last remaining tickets to the world championship slated to take place in Berlin, Germany this December. However, the APAC region has a few hurdles to cross before that is decided.

Citing “logistical” issues that have the potential to impact the overall competitive integrity of the tournament, Riot Games has restructured the teams attending the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers.

Additionally, the Japanese team, ZETA DIVISON, has requested to withdraw from the event. VALORANT was announced to be seeing a full release in China last month but will need to wait as the license from the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) is under review.

Originally slated to field two Chinese teams, Riot has split the remaining seed between South Korea and Japan, each now fielding one additional team. Sitting just outside of the LCQ was South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming. As the team who upset NUTURN Gaming’s chances at returning to international competition, hopes, as well as expectations, should be high surrounding DAMWON Gaming.

With strong performances during Masters 1, Challengers 2 as well as Challengers 3 Playoffs, DAMWON Gaming are not a team to be taken lightly. As a staple in the region, DAMWON Gaming should be considered an outside favourite to advance, not only deep in the tournament but to VALORANT Champions at the end of the year. 

And rounding out the pack with a fourth-place VCT: Japan Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, we have FENNEL who will obtain the added seed in the Japanese region.

After respectable finishes at Masters 1, VCT: Japan Stage 2 Challengers Finals, as well as Stage 3 Challengers, FENNEL were a bubble team in Japan that desperately needed a Crazy Raccoon or ZETA DIVISION victory at Masters 3 Berlin to keep their season alive.

Now with this second chance, can they topple some of the best VALORANT players to book their ticket to the world championship? 

Japanese team, Northeption will be joining in ZETA DIVISION’s absence. Boasting a respectable third-place finish at VCT: Japan Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, Northeption only saw real push back against the two teams that would eventually qualify for Masters 3 Berlin, those teams being ZETA DIVISION and Crazy Raccoon.

However, during that same event, Northeption would send ZETA DIVISION to the losers’ bracket quite early in the event. With competitive results within their region, this should be a strong outing for Northeption. 

Joining these three teams will be Paper Rex, FULL SENSE, and BOOM Esports representing the South East Asian region, REJECT joins the representatives previously mentioned to represent Japan, NUTURN Gaming and F4Q will represent South Korea, and Global Esports qualifying from the VALORANT Conquerors Championship. 

The APAC Last Chance Qualifiers for VALORANT Champions are set to take place online from October 11th to the 17th. 

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

Images via Riot Games

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