Which teams will make it through the VCT 2022 EMEA LCQ?

Eight of the best EMEA teams are revving up their engines for one of the most important tournaments as the 2022 season is coming to an end. The VCT 2022 EMEA Last Chance Qualifier is right around the corner and we can’t be any more excited about it. 

The competitiors will fiercely battle it out for the last EMEA spot in VALORANT Champions 2022. Starting on August 7th, there are 4 teams that stand out in the event. All of the following four teams can easily be Europe’s second representative, and it’s really tough to select an outright favorite.

Team Liquid 

Recently, Liquid parted ways with longtime coach Sliggy, and then L1NK before the start of Stage 2. Now they are about to face the real test of their new structure at the VCT 2022 EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. After both the coach and IGL changes, they had shown good performances at times in Stage 2. However, they struggled to make their new system work in the playoffs and were eliminated by M3 Champions in a 2-1 defeat.

The future is still uncertain for this team as they have yet to announce the fifth and last member of their roster. If their preferred player can boost the team’s firepower by a few levels, it’s quite possible that the team will be able to punch their ticket to VALORANT Champions 2022.

Guild Esports

VCT 2022 Masters Copenhagen wasn’t a good tournament for Guild Esports. They got knocked out of the event in the 1st round of the playoffs, Guild Esports’ Champions 2022 dreams are left to the LCQ. On paper, they seem to be the only team with the most established game plan, clear strengths and weaknesses to compete in this tournament. 

On top of that, they made roster changes to increase their chances of winning the LCQ. Instead of Russ, who failed to perform as expected both in the season and in the last tournament, they added Yacine. All factors considered, Guild is one of the favorites in the tournament.

Acend

ACEND are the current Valorant world champions, though they are far from being the team they used to be. After winning the VALORANT Champions 2021, they had an unexpectedly bad start to the 2022 season. They didn’t even qualify for Playoffs in Stage 1 and roster changes followed soon after. 

Even if these changes had a positive impact on the results in Stage 2, the gameplay was not entirely convincing. cNed’s poor performance, the team’s lack of cohesion and other factors led to their elimination in the early stage of the playoffs and their failure to make it to Masters Copenhagen.

M3 Champions

After seeing a lot of success and overcoming expectations, M3 Champions have stumbled and never recovered. In 2021, they were among the top 3 teams in the world in terms of power. However, they seem to have lost their identity with the new season. 

The Gambit roster fiascos are definitely taking a toll, as their style of play is no longer uncounterable to other teams and they are also not at their old level of individual performance. If they can recover before this tournament, they still have a chance for VALORANT Champions 2022.