After some slots were reallocated and a team dropping out of the competition, the final list of participants for the APAC LCQ was released by Riot Games.
The APAC Last Chance Qualifier
Of all the LCQs Valorant has for the game’s global competitive audience, the APAC Last Chance Qualifier has seen the most changes. There will no longer be teams coming from China, and Zeta Division from Japan has chosen not to participate.
With that, the two LCQ slots initially reserved for China have been reallocated to Korea and Japan. Three teams from both countries, Southeast Asia and South Asia, are now in contention for the final APAC slot to Valorant Champions.
Meet the teams:
The final list of teams participating in the APAC LCQ are as follows:
The Singaporean side will most definitely be fresh in your memory. They recently competed at Masters Berlin and gave SuperMassive Blaze a run for their money. Despite being tied for second place on circuit points with Team Secret, the latter is heading to Valorant Champions as they were SEA’s #1 seed.
Full Sense of Thailand has been a consistent figure of SEA Valorant. The local rivals of the SEA reps to Champions, X10, are 4th in-circuit point standings. FS is one of SEA’s stronger teams and wants to give a strong outing against teams from Korea and Japan.
BOOM Esports is Indonesia’s top Valorant team. They have never dropped below 2nd place in any of their local VCT Challengers events. However, when they match up against other SEA teams is when they have had a difficult time. Flex-player Rafi “frostmind” Diandra from XcN Gaming has been added to strengthen the team’s ranks.
Reject have struggled to overcome their Japanese counterparts Crazy Racoon and Zeta Division. With the former heading to Champions, and the latter dropping out, Reject are in a great spot to take the forefront for Japan’s Valorant scene.
The first of the two Japanese teams that have benefited from Zeta Division dropping out of the LCQ is Northeption. After struggling in Stage 1 and 2 of VCT Japan, Northeption showed up at Challengers Playoffs Japan. After an impressive showing against Reject, Northeption fell twice to Zeta Division.
Japan’s FENNEL also moved into the LCQ with Zeta’s departure. The massive eight-man roster of players from both Korea and Japan hasn’t gotten the team far.. Yes, they’ve earned points, but FENNEL has a lot to prove coming into the LCQ.
NUTURN were Korea’s Masters Reykjavik representatives, upsetting Korea’s top team, Vision Strikers. More impressively, NUTURN placed 3rd in Iceland. The Korean side had difficulty sustaining its momentum heading into Stage 3 and ultimately failed to qualify for Berlin. LCQ is NUTURN Gaming’s shot at redemption.
F4Q were VCT Korea’s surprise team of Stage 3. After struggling to find the right formula for success in the first two stages of the VCT, F4Q dominated the Stage 3 Qualifiers and placed 2nd in the Challengers Playoffs. While F4Q didn’t make a deep run at Berlin, the roster’s current form makes a strong case for taking the LCQ spot.
As an esports organization, DAMWON Gaming is a rockstar of the Korean scene. Its Valorant roster, however, has fallen short of the company’s general reputation. While the roster has shown up, placing on top of the competition in local VCT qualifiers, it only has one 2nd place and a couple of 3rd-4th finishes to show for.
The wildcard of the APAC LCQ is India’s Global Esports. The team earned a seed to the LCQ from winning the Valorant Conquerors Championship, South Asia’s main VCT series. In terms of South Asian Valorant, GE is titans who dominate every server. Seeing GE match-up against some of APAC’s best will be interesting.
The APAC Last Chance Qualifier will be played online from October 11-17th and streamed on Valorant’s official Twitch Channels.