The Ultimate Watch Guide to EMEA LCQ

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The Last Chance Qualifier will determine EMEA's final representative at VCT Champions. Who will play, what is their story, and which of your favourite streamers will host Watch Parties? Find out here! Tensions are growing unbearably high as we approach the Last Chance Qualifier of EMEA. Eight teams still have a shot at making it to VALORANT's first official world championship in December. Three EMEA teams have already qualified for VALORANT Champions: Gambit Esports, Acend, and Fnatic. Who will be the fourth and final team? Let's have a look at the chances of our three EU teams in the line-up and which streamers will be hosting Watch Parties!

Who will compete in the LCQ?

The seven out of the eight participating teams are those which accumulated the most circuit points in this VCT season, without having already qualified for Champions. The eighth team are the winners of Strike Arabia, Anubis Gaming. EU and TR will be represented by three teams each, and CIS by one. Here is the full line-up:

EU enter the LCQ as favourites – or do they?

In the beginning of this year's VCT, teams from the EU were often considered favourites when entering interregional competitions. Both Team Liquid and G2 Esports achieved great results in the EMEA Challengers Playoffs of Stage 2 and 3 respectively. While Liquid won the regional finals in Stage 2, G2 had to admit defeat to the eventual finalists SuperMassive Blaze and Gambit in the Stage 3 Playoffs. Yet, what both teams also have in common are notable results at the past Masters events.

Guild Esports have also been one of the most consistent participants in VCT, although they lack results on the global stage. Although all three could well do it, the past has shown that EU teams aren't unbeatable. So, is this enough to assume that these three teams will be the favourites?

G2: Can they only be beaten by themselves?

Although G2 placed fourth at Masters Berlin, it is also true that the team surrounding core player Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas struggled against the Turkish number one SuperMassive Blaze. The Berlin-based line-up lost 4-13 and 5-13 against the Turks in the last EMEA Challengers Playoffs.

Also, G2's performance really depends on their mentality on any given matchday as they revealed in a recent interview with us. "If we lose a game, that's not because the enemy team is good but because we maybe played like butt," stated 18-year-old prodigy Cista 'keloqz' Wassim. At the same time, the Frenchman is confident that they are the best team at the LCQ, and only need to look out for Liquid – and SMB according to his teammate Jose Luis 'koldamenta' Aranguren.

Comeback of Liquid?

Team Liquid was the competitor that shined the brightest in Stage 2, alongside Fnatic. These teams delivered many memorable matches and have probably established the most popular rivalry in EMEA's VCT scene. Both teams struggled in Stage 3 and couldn't repeat their mid-season success, however Fnatic qualified for Champions due to placing second at Masters 2 - Reykjavík, and thanks to Gambit, who directly qualified for the world championship, thus clearing one more slot for EMEA.

Many EU fans want to see Liquid succeeding in the LCQ as the team surrounding star player Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom is extremely popular. In September, they replaced their Sentinel player James 'Kryptix' Affleck with ScreaM's brother Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom. Although the 20-year-old has also competed in CS:GO, his professional history in VALORANT has yet to be written. Will we see a renewed, better Liquid in the LCQ or will they struggle finding their form?

EMEA's most favoured dark horse

Last but not least, there is Guild Esports. The Swedes are regulars in any EMEA competition, but have so far failed to win a regional tournament. Despite their consistency, they are often not considered real favourites by fans and experts but on a good day they can literally beat anyone. They are basically the most favoured dark horse in EU's – perhaps even in EMEA's – VCT scene.

Making it to Champions would be their greatest accomplishment yet, and there are certainly many fans out there who'd like to see William 'Draken' Sundin and his teammates succeed in that.

Watch Parties for the LCQ

As usual, there will also be streamers who'll host Watch Parties in your language! Here is a list of all offical Watch Party streams for the EMEA LCQ. If you prefer watching the event on our official streams, head to our Everything you need to know about LCQ article!

What's the schedule?

All times correspond to your time zone setting:

DateBroadcast StartPhase
10 OctoberUpper Bracket Round 1
11 OctoberUpper Bracket Round 1
12 OctoberLower Bracket Round 1
13 OctoberUpper Bracket Round 2
14 Octoberbreakbreak
15 OctoberLower Bracket Round 2
16 OctoberUpper Bracket Final, Lower Bracket Final & 3rd Place Decider
17 OctoberGrand Final

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