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100 Thieves wins the VCT NA LCQ

After Optic Gaming and XSET qualified through the circuit points, the top eight teams in NA battled it out against each other in The Valorant Champions Tour North America Last Chance Qualifier for the finals NA spot at the Valorant Champions 2022.

These eight teams battled it out in a double-elimination bracket where the winner of the event books the ticket to Istanbul alongside Optic and XSET to represent NA at Valorant Champions 2022.

The VCT NA LCQ teams were:

  • The Guard (Sayaplayer, Trent, JonahP, neT, Valyn)
  • Shopify Rebellions (ex- Luminosity Gaming: TiGG, bdog, dazzle, mada, moose)
  • Faze Clan (supamen, POISED, dicey, BABYBAY, flyuh)
  • NRG esports (hazed, s0m, tex, eeiu, Ethan)
  • 100 Thieves (Asuna, stellar, Will, Derrek, bang)
  • Evil Geniuses (Boostio, C0M, Reformed, jawgemo, Apoth)
  • Cloud9 Blue (Vanity, leaf, Xeppa, mitch, curry)
  • Sentinels (Shazam, Dapr, Tenz, Shroud, Zellsis)

The event kicked off with the top seed Guard taking on the final seat, Sentinels, one of the most watched Valorant game series this year. 

VCT NA LCQ bracket:

The Sentinels and Shroud storyline at the VCT NA LCQ was one of the most exciting, which unfortunately ended with Shroud and Sentinels losing to 100 Thieves in the Lower Round 2. 

VCT NA LCQ Results:

Opening Rounds
The Guard21Sentinels
Shopify Rebellion02Cloud 9
Faze Clan21Evil Geniuses
NRG esports12100 Thieves
Lower Bracket Round 1
Sentinels20Shopify Rebellion
Evil Geniuses02NRG Esports
Upper Semifinals
The Guard20Cloud 9
Faze Clan21100 Thieves
Lower bracket round 2
100 Thieves21Sentinels
Cloud 92NRG Esports
Upper Final
The Guard20Faze Clan
Lower Round 3
100 Thieves20Cloud9 
Lower Final
Faze Clan03100 Thieves

The tournament concluded with a Grand final between The Guard and the new 100 Thieves. Coming into the Grand finals, the Guard was undefeated and had only dropped a map to Sentinels in the opening match and had defeated Sentinels, Cloud9 and Faze Clan along their way.

100 thieves, on the other hand, won their opening match against NRG Esports, but a loss to Faze Clan pushed them into the Lower bracket, where they defeated Sentinels and Cloud9 and exacted revenge on Faze Clan to reach the grand Finals through the lower bracket. 

100 thieves and The Guard looked dominant in the event and were undoubtedly the two best teams to make it to the Grand finals. The Grand finals began with Icebox, where 100 Thieves made quick work of The Guard in the first half, winning it 8-4. 

On offence, 100 Thieves continued the momentum and converted their four-round lead to a dominant victory to secure the first map 13-7.

The second map, Fracture, was as dominant, with 100 Thieves completely shutting down the Guard’s attack to win the first half 9-3, and despite a shaky second half, started converting the first half win into a map win going 2-0 up in a Bo5 series. 

With only one more map win required, 100t’s played the Guard map pick of Haven, where the team managed to secure seven rounds in the first half despite the 1-3 start. 

The second half played well for 100 Thieves, and on the attack, they quickly secured a match point and won a thrifty to win the map 13-9 and the series 3-0 to become the NA representatives at Valorant Champions. 

Grand Finals
The Guard30100 Thieves

With the VCT NA LCQ concluding, all 16 teams competing at the Valorant Champions were found, and the tournament is set to begin on 2nd September 2022. 

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