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Valorant Last Chance Qualifier NA: Schedule, format, teams, how to watch

The North American qualifier has undergone some alterations due to Oceania teams not being able to travel, here's everything you need to know.
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

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The eight teams that will fight for a place in Champions. (Picture: Riot Games)

Eight of the best North American Valorant squads will duke it out to see who will represent the region alongside Sentinels and Envy.

These are:

  • 100 Thieves
  • Cloud9 Blue
  • Gen.G
  • FaZe Clan
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Rise
  • Version1
  • XSET Gaming

Valorant NA LCQ - Schedule and format

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This is the NA LCQ bracket. (Picture: Riot Games)

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.

Teams will compete in patch v3.07; however, the latest map added to the game, Fracture, won't be on the map pool.

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.

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Casters and analysts confirmed for the event. (Picture: Riot Games)
  • 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

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There will be official broadcasts and watch parties available. (Picture: Riot Games)

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. 

Don’t forget to check out our dedicated Valorant section for the latest news, guides, updates, esports coverage, and more

Featured image courtesy of Riot Games.