The North American Valorant Last Chance Qualifier seemed destined to be cursed from the start, and as the event has progressed, more and more issues have some teams considering pulling out of the event entirely.
According to esports personality Jake Lucky, multiple have expressed discomfort at the "unacceptable conditions" under which the LCQ is taking place, with one outright contemplating leaving the tournament entirely.
Source: several Valorant teams have reached out to Riot Games about the unacceptable conditions at LCQ— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) October 13, 2021
One team is even possibly pulling out of the event due to the extent of the issues
The NA LCQ has faced multiple adversities even before it began. First, the format had to be changed due to the Oceania teams being unable to compete at the event, according to Riot, they would have been unable to arrive in North America, have proper preparation time, and return to their home cities in a "timely manner".
Once the tournament rolled around, teams quickly found out that Riot had put remote servers in place, which meant they were playing with ping as if they were in an online event. Some players even complained about the quality of the PCs provided, calling them "LCS PCs," implying they were built for League of Legends, a considerably less demanding title than Valorant.
Server issues caused multiple struggles during day 1, with Luminosity Gaming losing a round against XSET due to the server lagging out.
The latest controversy stems from two false-positive COVID-19 test results from FaZe Clan members, resulting in the entire team having to play their match against Rise outside the venue.
Rise complained about this since FaZe would have access to better equipment than the one provided at the venue, with Riot opting to suspend activities entirely on day 2.
It remains to be seen what's going to happen once the LCQ gets back underway, as always, stay tuned and we'll keep you updated.
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