The Valorant Last chance Qualifier is partly single-elimination, something that has frustrated teams competing in the tournament.
100 Thieves’ Valorant team has been especially vocal on Twitter about the structure of the North American Valorant Last Chance Qualifier. The official format was revealed on Twitter, leading to a lot of criticism from pros in the Valorant scene.
Rather than a standard double-elimination or fully single-elimination event, the VCT’s NA Last Chance Qualifier will see teams defeated in the quarterfinals eliminated entirely, while the remaining four will move onto a double-elimination format.
Almost immediately, 100 Thieves captain Spencer “Hiko” Martin said he “wasn’t a fan” of the tournament structure. ORDER coach Oliver “DickStacy” Tierney quipped back on the matter.
“What do you mean, bro? I reckon both Aussie teams are stoked to fly from beautiful Kangaroo Land 16 hours and 21 days in quarantine for a potential single Bo3 after nine months of qualifiers,” DickStacy said.
100 Thieves’ players were in agreement. Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella said that no LAN event should be single elimination no matter what.
As pointed out by DickStacy, a lot of teams have to travel great distances to compete in the LAN tournament, which is located in Los Angeles. Before traveling, teams have put in thousands of hours of practice and compete in tense matches to get to this point. But their journey to the Valorant Champions event in December could be cut short after one single best-of-three at the Last Chance Qualifier.
100 Thieves player Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk said the format was “kinda bad” and Ethan “Ethan” Arnold sarcastically joked that it’s just getting “better and better.”
It’s clear that 100 Thieves and other esports organizations are not fans of the single-elimination structure of the Last Chance Qualifier, but it doesn’t seem like Riot Games has any plans to change the tournament. The company has yet to respond to the ongoing complaints.
The North American Valorant Last Chance Qualifiers will begin on October 12.