APAC LCQ: Korea and Japan to get extra slots as China is out of APAC LCQ: Korea and Japan are getting one extra APAC LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) each, as China is out of the race, as per updates from Riot Games. Valorant is not yet released in China.
Riot Games said that the team allocations have been updated due to 'logistical issues that have the potential to impact the overall competitive integrity of the tournament'. In plain English, it means that the Chinese teams would have so many issues participating in the APAC LCQ.
Japan's Zeta Division has also surrendered its slot from the LCQ. Japan will see one other team participating in the tournament.
Region wise team allotment for APAC LCQ
Here are the new team allotments after the redistribution for VCT APAC LCQ.
|Southeast Asia||3||PRX, Boom, Full Sense|
|Korea||3||Nuturn, F4Q, Damwon|
|Japan||3||Reject, Fennel, Northeption|
|South Asia||1||Global Esports|
The APAC LCQ is scheduled to begin on 11 October 2021 in Singapore. The winner of the LCQ will get a seed to Valorant Champions along with LCQ winners from other regions.
APAC LCQ and South Asia
South Asia has got one slot for the LCQ. The South Asian Valorant community was expecting the slots vacated by China for their region. Speaking on the issue, Riot Games said earlier today, 'We appreciate the enthusiasm of our South Asian fans, but we had compelling reasons to give those two vacated slots to Korea and Japan.'
'Both markets have overperformed in global events this year, either competitively or in terms of viewership, and we are confident that reallocating the teams to Korea and Japan will further drive the competitive bar and make for an incredibly exciting APAC LCQ. We would also like to assure the fans that we're committed to continuing to build the South Asian VALORANT scene in the coming years. We are grateful for all the love South Asian fans have given us.'
If the slots were given to South Asia, Velocity Gaming of India and Team Exploit of Pakistan would have also qualified for the LCQ along with Global Esports of India. These were the top 3 teams from the recently concluded VCC.