Looking at the tournament bracket for any kind of VALORANT tournament is a difficult task for anyone trying to predict outcomes. However, for the soon to start North American VCT Last Chance Qualifier aka NA LCQ, it feels almost like an impossible quest to complete, as every team has the capabilities to go on and win the qualifier, which makes it a very interesting tournament to watch if you are a valorant betting fan.
Last year, after Cloud 9’s acquisition of highly coveted in game leader vanity, while also pairing him with former teammates leaf and Xeppaa, the Cloud 9 team seemed to be one of the strongest contenders at the NA LCQ to make it all the way to Champions 2021. Those transfer moves definitely worked as Cloud 9 went on a huge lower bracket run finishing in a dominant win over Rise to reach the Champions stage, where they ended up going further into the tournament than any other NA team.
Nevertheless this time around, that staple and clear favorite team is hard to pinpoint within NA. No one in the region, other than the already Champions qualified OpTic and XSET, has shown clear cut performances across both stages this year, and a lot of the teams competing in the LCQ this time around look drastically different now than they did back in Stage Two.
It’s almost impossible to pick a winner in this LCQ; it’s easier to bet on a coin flip for each game in the bracket rather than even trying to carefully craft each result’s outcome. Instead of ranking teams or picking a clear favorite to win, let’s take a moment to talk about each team and see what can change this year and how they could continue their path to Champions 2022 via the NA LCQ.
Let’s start with the negatives, FaZe didn’t find enough synergy within the team for its performances until rather late in Stage Two, and even once it happened, they had several difficulties to close out games after the halfway mark of maps where they had big advantages in the early game, especially in the playoffs stage. Sadly they also had problems outside of the game as their facility faced multiple issues during the NA grand final.
Going into this LCQ, even with their previously mentioned issues, FaZe were one of the most dominant first half teams in the entirety of NA, all of this thanks to incredible performances by the crazy duo of dicey and babybay. If they can stop letting teams back into the game after leading at halftime, they have the potential to dominate teams over.
Against the valorant odds, this team came and exceeded expectations in Stage One but ultimately failed to recover from their international matchups at Masters Reykjavik in Stage Two. Whether it was due to a lack of confidence or simply not enough preparation, they didn’t look like the same team in Stage Two.
If The Guard starts to believe in their talent, they can bring back their teamplay and synergy from Stage One, while getting the same level of playmaking potential from Sayaplayer and trent as they did back in the day, there’s no one in the NA LCQ bracket capable of stopping them.