The Valorant Champions Tour North American Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) will resume play in an online-only format on Oct. 27, 2021, Riot Games announced Tuesday.
The NA LCQ was intended to be an invite-only, 10-team LAN tournament in Los Angeles where the winner would walk away with a ticket to join Sentinels and Team Envy at Valorant Champions 2021 — the scene's largest and annual culminating event.
However, it was soon announced nearly a week before play that the two teams who reached the Grand Final of the Valorant Oceania Tour 2021: Championship, ORDER and Chiefs Esports Club, would be unable to attend the event due to "COVID-19 regulations, travel documentation issues and additional complex factors."
With a revised 8-team format, the NA LCQ kicked off on Oct. 12.
After numerous red flags regarding healthy and safety concerns and technical issues, it soon became apparent that the coveted LAN environment would not be able to be hosted, unfortunately.
As such, after a 15-day break, the double-elimination tournament will pick up where it left off after Day 1 completed — 100 Thieves qualified for the Upper Bracket Final while Gen.G, Luminosity Gaming and XSET all dropped down to the lower bracket.
For now, the Day 2 VCT NA LCQ schedule is:
- Match 4: No. 3 FaZe Clan vs. No. 6 Rise (3 p.m. ET)
- Match 5: No. 2 Version1 vs. No. 7 Cloud9 Blue (6 p.m. ET)
- Match 6: Match 4 winner vs. Match 5 winner (9 p.m. ET)