The Last Chance Qualifiers across Valorant’s competitive regions come to an end this week. Spots at the most important tournament of the season, VALORANT Champions 2022, are on the line. LATAM has become one of the leading regions in VALORANT, both for its surprise performances in the 2021 season and for its participation in every international tournament since the beginning of the VCT. This isn’t something you get to see in a lot of esports, but VALORANT has been a great opportunity for the Latin American players to show their potential.
The 4 LATAM representatives who gathered enough Circuit Points this year are competing in the South America qualifiers alongside 4 Brazilian teams. KRÜ Esports, FUSION, E-Xolos LAZER and 9z Team represent LATAM, while Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vivo Keyd, FURIA Esports and TBK Esports are the Brazilian representatives. So far, the Brazilian side has the upper hand in the tournament as they have more teams keeping their region’s hopes alive.
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9z, FUSION, and E-Xolos make an early exit
Although not a lot of people were expecting much from this team, E-Xolos LAZER qualified for the Last Chance Qualifier thanks to their success in Latin America North. However, the team’s adventure here was short-lived. First, the team faced Vivo Keyd and lost 2-0. Then, at the end of very close matches in Lower-Bracket Round 1, they lost 2-1 to TBK Esports and had to say goodbye to the competition.
The Latin America North winner also shared the fate of its regional rival. With the luck of the draw against it, FUSION opened the event against FURIA. As expected, FUSION failed to show much against its strong opponent and lost the series 2-0. FUSION’s opponent in the do-or-die match was Ninjas in Pyjamas, one of the leading teams in Brazil. The team also lost 2-0 this one and were eliminated. With these results, 2 LATAM teams had to go back to their homes early from the South America Last Chance Qualifier after the first rounds.
Despite being the third-best team in their region, 9z first eliminated strong rival Ninjas in Pyjamas. FURIA Esports was the next opponent, and 9z were no match for them and the team were relegated to the Lower-Bracket. Now 9z would have to face another Brazilian opponent in TBK Esports, the team that eliminated E-Xolos.
Like most of the Latin American tournaments at the event, 9z ended up dropping both maps against their Brazilian counterparts, meaning they would have to head home. Now KRU Esports is the only Latin American team that remains alive in the competition.VCT 2022 South America Last Chance Qualifiers will continue on through August 14 with a lot of very intense and exciting matches. Make sure to stay tuned in as we’ll be covering the rest of the event. Also don’t forget to check out our Valorant betting page where you can find all kinds of great offers and free bets!