The week-long EMEA Last Chance Qualifier brought out the best from every team, and only the best could make it through to champions. G2 Esports were clear favourites to clinch the title, but Team Liquid dispatched them in the upper bracket finals.
On the other hand, Guild Esports fought tooth and nail to reach the grand finale. They fell short in front of a formidable Team Liquid, who were prepared to go the distance to secure this victory.
Here are the post-match results, and analysis from the grand finale of the VCT EMEA Last Chance Qualifier.
VALORANT: Team Liquid Soundly Defeats Guild In EMEA LCQ
The VCT EMEA LCQ commenced on 10th October 2021, with eight teams aiming for one spot in VALORANT Champions. The annual Riot-sponsored event will feature four teams from the EMEA region, and this was the last chance for any of them to qualify.
Their journey was far from easy, but it showed the world that Team Liquid are ready to go head to head with the best VALORANT teams in the world.
Liquid had a great start to the tournament as they cruised through the first two rounds in the upper brackets. Comprehensive 2-0 victories against One Breath Gaming and Guild Esports gave them the early boost they needed.
Guild Esports met Liquid in the second round of the upper brackets, and it didn't go their way. They were sent to the lower brackets where they had to fight it out against Oxygen Esports, and Futbolist.
Guild moved up to the lower bracket finals to face tournament favourites G2 Esports. G2 was eliminated from the upper bracket finals and we're looking for redemption. However, Guild had other plans and proceeded to win the match swiftly. They defeated G2 Esports 2-0 and secured a place in the grand finale against Team Liquid.
Map 1 - Haven
The first map was Guild's pick, and it turned out to be a disastrous affair for Team Liquid. Guild Esports not only controlled the tempo of the match but also led at the first half with a resounding 11-1 scoreline.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, and Team Liquid could only manage to put up three rounds on the scorecard. The final scoreline of 13-5 ended in favour of Guild who won the game convincingly.
Map 2 - Ascent
Ascent was picked by Liquid and they started off brilliantly to gain an early lead on the map. After the first five rounds, it seemed as if Liquid had complete control of the match, but Guild started pushing back. The first half ended with a 7-5 scoreline in favour of Guild Esports.
Team Liquid took the charge from the start of the second half. Guild Esports could only manage three rounds on the attack, and Liquid took every opportunity to capitalize. The final scoreline ended 13-10 in favour of Team Liquid.
Map 3 - Split
Guild Esports selected Split, and their track record on this map was exemplary leading up to the grand finale. They gained an early lead in the first two rounds, but Team Liquid started taking the reins from round three.
The first half did not go according to Guild's plan, and Liquid had the mental advantage going into the second half. The third map wrapped up quite swiftly with a 13-7 scoreline in favour of Team Liquid. Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen played a crucial part with 24 frags in Team Liquid's victory over Guild on Split.
Map 4 - Breeze
The fourth map was picked by Team Liquid, and this was their chance to clinch the final EMEA spot for VALORANT Champions 2021. The first half was intense, but things took a rapid turn when Team Liquid managed to win three consecutive rounds together. The first half score ended 8-4 in favour of Team Liquid.
Guild Esports tried their best for a comeback in the second half, but Liquid did not intend to give an inch. They won five out of the last six rounds to seal the victory and earn a place in Champions. The final scoreline was 13-7 in favour of Team Liquid.