Valorant Champions is right around the corner, with the biggest tournament to date set to be held this upcoming December.
A few spots remain for what's essentially Valorant Worlds, all to be decided in regional Last Chance Qualifiers.
One of the most hyped-up LCQ events is the one pitting the best North American squads that have yet to qualify. Initially, the NA LCQ was also set to feature teams from Oceania; sadly, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the format had to be altered as neither team could make it in time.
Let's break down everything you need to know about the Valorant North American Last Chance Qualifier.
Valorant NA LCQ - Teams
Eight of the best North American Valorant squads will duke it out to see who will represent the region alongside Sentinels and Envy.
- 100 Thieves
- Cloud9 Blue
- FaZe Clan
- Luminosity Gaming
- XSET Gaming
Valorant NA LCQ - Schedule and format
Now that are fewer teams involved, Riot Games has changed the format, so it's a completely double-elimination affair, starting on 12th October, with the best-of-five grand finals scheduled to happen on the 17th.
The full schedule can be found down below. The first match of each day starts at 12:00 pm PT/6:00 pm GMT.
NA LCQ - Day 1: Tuesday, October 12
- Round 1
- Match 1: 100 Thieves (#1 seed) vs. Gen.G Esports (#8 seed)
- Match 2: XSET (#4 seed) vs. Luminosity Gaming (#5 seed)
- Round 2
- Match 3: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner
NA LCQ - Day 2: Wednesday, October 13
- Round 1
- Match 4: FaZe Clan (#3 seed) vs. Rise (#6 seed)
- Match 5: Version1 (#2 seed) vs. Cloud9 Blue (#7 seed)
- Round 2
- Match 6: Match 4 winner vs. Match 5 winner
NA - Day 3: Thursday, October 14
- Round 2
- Match 7: Match 1 Loser vs. Match 2 Loser
- Match 8: Match 4 Loser vs. Match 5 Loser
NA LCQ - Day 4: Friday, October 15
- Round 3
- Match 9: Match 6 Loser vs. Match 7 Winner
- Match 10: Match 3 Loser vs. Match 8 Winner
- Upper Bracket Finals
- Match 11: Match 3 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner
NA LCQ - Day 5: Saturday, October 16
- Lower Bracket Semi-finals
- Match 12: Match 9 Winner vs. Match 10 Winner
- Lower Bracket Finals
- Match 13: Match 12 Winner vs. Match 11 Loser
NA LCQ - Day 6: Sunday, October 17
- Grand Final - Best-of-5
- Match 14: Match 11 Winner vs. Match 13 Winner
Valorant NA LCQ - Casters and analysts
The LCQ is brimmed with talent both in and out of the game, with an amazing lineup of casters and analysts ready.
- Mimi “aEvilcat” Wermcrantz
- Arten “balla” Esa
- Mark "boq" Wilson
- Daniel "ddk" Kapadia
- Doug "EsportsDoug" Cortez
- Christine “Potter” Chi
- Rivington “RivingtonThe3rd” Bisland III
- Sean “sgares” Gares
- Sue “Smix” Lee
- Mitch “Uber” Leslie
- Gustavo “Upmind” Domingues
- Alex "Vansilli" Nguyen
- Loviel "Velly" Cardwell
Valorant NA LCQ - Where to watch
There are plenty of streams you can watch to catch all the action. The two official ones are Valorant's Twitch and YouTube channels.
Our personal recommendation is to check out the Plat Chat watch party, as it's the perfect blend of comedy and analysis to guide you through the tournament.
In any case, we have embedded the Twitch channel down below for your convenience.
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Featured image courtesy of Riot Games.