The complete eight-team list of participants for the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier has been revealed.
The EMEA Last Chance Qualifier
Set to be played online from October 10-17th is the EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Here, eight teams from all over Europe and Africa will compete for a single seat at the Valorant Champions Tour grand finale Valorant Champions.
Meet the teams:
With the Strike Arabia Grand Finals completed, here are the full list of teams in the EMEA LCQ:
After being knocked out by Gambit Esports in the Masters Berlin semi-finals, G2 fell 25 circuit points short of directly qualifying for Valorant Champions. Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho and the G2 boys will have to claw their way out of the LCQ to participate in Valorant’s final international LAN of the year.
Many say that Team Liquid has looked impressive on paper all year long. Sadly, it hasn’t translated into the team’s performance. Despite making it to Masters Reykjavik, the team only secured circuit points in another VCT event, Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs, where they came in 5th-6th only. Liquid has signed Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom’s brother for the LCQs. We’ll just have to wait and see if this results positively.
Often called the Turkish superteam, SMB was seen as a force to be reckoned with coming out of its 2nd place finish at Stage 3 Challengers Playoffs. However, a challenging group stage at Masters Berlin saw the team be humbled. Now, they’re facing a shot at redemption for themselves and the Turkish region as a whole in the LCQs.
Riding close to the heels of SuperMassive Blaze is Oxygen Esports. Also hailing from Turkey, OXG got into the LCQ by consistently performing Turkey’s VCT events. Never falling short of the top four has earned OXG VCT points on several occasions.
The last of Turkey’s three representatives in the LCQ is Futbolist. The team was the dominant force in Turkey’s local VCT events, up until Stage 2 Challenger Finals, where they placed last. Futbolist has failed to recover its form since then. The team will look to the LCQ for a shot of redemption as well.
Partially owned by David Beckham, Guild Esports’ all-Swedish Valorant roster has been a staple of EU’s top-flight VCT events. It’s just that they don’t make deep runs in said international events. Despite that, Guild has consistently accumulated points throughout the year.
One Breath Gaming
The sole CIS representative in the EMEA LCQ is One Breath Gaming. OBG has obtained the points thanks to three last-minute signings. The slot was initially supposed to go to fellow CIS team, forZe. Denis “hugeon” Vasiliev, Nikolai “zeddy” Lapko, and Nikita “Coffee” Antsypirovich, who were crucial in forZe’s success in CIS, will look to take OBG to Champions.
Hailing from Egypt is the Strike Arabia Grand Finals champions, Anubis Gaming. The clear-cut best team in North Africa has proven itself the best team in all of MENA, for now. The Red Bull Campus Clutch Champions will be looking to make a deep run — if not win, to prove their region’s worth.
The EMEA Last Chance Qualifier begins on October 10th, with G2 Esports facing Anubis Gaming and Futbolist vs. Oxygen Esports. The games will be streamed on Valorant’s official Twitch Channel.