The event has now been cut short to a total of eight teams who will engage to grab the lone spot towards the VCT (Valorant Champions Tour) Champions event, to be held late this year in Berlin.
Ahead of the forthcoming Last Chance Qualifier tournament of VCT in North America, teams, ORDER and Chiefs Esports Club have withdrawn from the said tournament citing travel restrictions imposed by the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Both the teams had previously posted on their Twitter handle, headlining the same as they looked forward to represent the Oceanic region at a major LAN event, and cherish an opportunity to get under a spotlight for potential scouting.
In addition to the above events, Valorant Champions Tour further commented as the latter too failed to accommodate both the teams in Los Angeles and figure them a seamless travel plan in and out of North America.
The committee has now decided to shorten the tournament format down to eight teams, who would compete at the North American Last Chance Qualifier, the final passage towards the Valorant Champions event. Riot has agreed to compensate both the teams for their unassailable attempts to make it through which they were denied by the impending doom cursed by the global health situation.
The community will get a much clearer image in the next couple of days regarding the revamped format and structure, now that the tournament has been reduced to eight teams.
It indeed came as a surprise that Riot decided to have eight teams play for the final spot and not increment the immediate teams who were below the required circuit points threshold.
You can find the whole Twitter thread here: