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APAC Last Chance Qualifiers – Day 2 Recap

APAC Last Chance Qualifiers – Day 2 Recap

David "Miles David" Josiah

10/12/2021, 11:06:24 PM


Well, it’s day 2 of the VALORANT APAC Last Chance Qualifiers and we had a full schedule today with four matches in total! FULL SENSE ended up taking the series against Japanese team REJECT. Then, F4Q fell down to the lower bracket after a poor performance against Northeption. NUTURN were able to bring back a bit of pride to the KR region by winning a decisive victory over Boom Esports. Finally, Paper Rex completely shut down Global Esports in convincing fashion. Whew, that’s a lot! But don’t worry, if you can’t catch up to the VODs then we’ve got you covered with a quick rundown of what happened today between all of the teams in the VALORANT APAC Last Chance Qualifiers. 

Make sure to read up on our recap of Day 1.

Let’s dive in and take a look at what happened: 

FULL SENSE VS REJECT

  • Ascent: FULL SENSE win 13:8
  • Breeze: REJECT win 13:10 
  • Bind: FULL SENSE win 13:7

This is the first series we’ve seen from FULL SENSE in the APAC LCQ as well as REJECT. The match was supposed to be held yesterday, but was unfortunately postponed due to technical issues.

The match ended up being the most competitive one of the day. FULL Sense did come out on top, but there were definitely quite a few shining moments for REJECT as well. The SEA team were simply better on the day, however. Kititkawin “PTC” Rattanasukol was definitely the most consistent player of the day with high impact on all three maps while playing a different agent on each one. His versatility is definitely nothing to scoff at.

On the other side, the stand out performer for REJECT was definitely Kazuki “SamuraiDeeper” Nouno while still just being a tryout for the team. His aim was deadly, especially with the Marshall. Nothing is set in stone yet, but perhaps a more permanent position might be in his future if he keeps showing up performances like this. 

With that win, FULL SENSE will be moving on to face NUTURN in the upper bracket semifinals. Meanwhile, REJECT will go down to the lower bracket where they will face DAMWON Kia to keep their tournament hopes alive. 

F4Q vs Northeption

  • Ascent: Northeption win 13:6
  • Icebox:  Northeption win 13:4

For fans of professional VALORANT, Korea vs Japan is a match up that many have been anticipating here in the LCQ. Of course, just like last time with DK, F4Q came into the series as the favorite to win. While Northeption ended up barely missing out on making it to Berlin, F4Q went and got some international experience under their belt. Unfortunately for fans of KR, the team just looked like a ghost of their former selves. Japanese fans, however, can rejoice because it was a very decisive victory for Northeption. 

Three players in particular: Tenta “ten” Asai, Seoldam, and Meiy showed some absolutely stellar performances throughout the series. The trio of fraggers simply tore their opponents apart with a mixture of aggressive plays and powerful defensive holds. 

On the other side of the server, F4Q simply looked uncoordinated and lost. The players were losing duels left, right, and center. Gone was Chae “Bunny” Joon-hyuk from his signature Raze. He instead opted for Jett, but so far has not looked nearly as effective when trying to take space. It feels like the team is going through some growing pains as each player is starting to pick up different agents from their usual comfort. If thrown into a more desperate situation however, it may be best for F4Q to return to their roots. 

Northeption will go on to face Paper Rex in the upper bracket semi finals while F4Q tumble down to the lower bracket. The Korean team will have to face FENNEL with their tournament life on the line. 

Boom Esports vs NUTURN

  • Bind: NUTURN win 13:10
  • Haven: NUTURN win 13:7

After that clean sweep came another one. However, this series ended up being a lot more competitive. Now NUTURN aren’t just coming into the series as the favorites to win. This is one of the teams that’s favored to win the entire tournament. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them play in Masters 3. Since losing to DK in the quarterfinals of VCT KR, the team added Yoon “Hyeoni” Hyun-seok, one of the best Jett players in Korea. 

Surprisingly though, Hyeoni was put on Skye instead of Jett. 

Boom Esports came into this series with momentum on their side after winning a decisive victory over FENNEL in the previous series. They started out strong with Gary “blaZek1ng” Dastin leading the way for his team at least on the first half of the first map. Boom Esports outplayed and out-strategized their opponents in every way. It looked really bad at first for the Koreans and it definitely looked like the team would end up in the same manner as their brethren. Then NUTURN made an amazing comeback off of Seo “Suggest” Jae-young’s incredible play with Viper on their defensive side. 

Boom Esports’ star player Saibani “fl1pzjder” Rahmad, on the other hand, did not feel as effective on Raze as he was with Jett yesterday. 

The momentum for NUTURN would continue on to the second map of Haven. This time, it was Hyeoni, again on Skye, that would come alive for his team. Despite not having a duelist, the player can still make some real amazing shots. Boom Esports unfortunately just couldn’t compete, despite fl1pzjder being back on the Jett. 

NUTURN will go on to face FULL SENSE in the upper-bracket semifinals. Meanwhile, Boom Esports will be knocked down to the lower bracket where they will face the winner of the match between DAMWON Kia and REJECT.

Paper Rex vs Global Esports

  • Icebox: Paper Rex win 13:3
  • Split: Paper Rex win 13:0

This series was pure and utter domination from the side of Paper Rex. The SEA team had a decent showing in Berlin playing VALORANT against the world’s best. Now, however, they look even stronger. The addition of Wang Jing “Jinggg” Jie may have just pushed the team into elite status as they now look like a team that can win the whole tournament in dominant fashion. 

On the other side, Global Esports were coming into this series with an upset victory over DAMWON Kia. The Indian squad looked to be on an upward trajectory. But today, it all came crashing down. After the fourth round on Icebox where two players DC’d, they never recovered. Paper Rex just outclassed their opponents in every possible way. Whether it was strategy or straight up duels or even 1vX clutch scenarios, the SEA team just always came out on top. 

Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar found himself just dashing headfirst into a hail of bullets again and again. IGL Bhavin “HellrangeR” Kotwani unfortunately couldn’t find any impact either. 

All in all, it was a wash and a statement game coming from Paper Rex. The players from SEA just played better VALORANT than their opponents all things considered. They’ve tasted the fruits of the international stage and it looks like they’re gonna do everything in their power to make it back to Berlin for CHAMPIONS. One surprising thing to note is that it wasn’t the one man show for Jason “f0rsakeN” Susanto. He took a step back with different roles and Paper Rex still showed a strong performance. Whatever the team did, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Paper Rex will go on to fight Northeption in the upper bracket semifinals. Meanwhile, Global Esports is knocked down to the lower bracket where they will face the winner of the match between F4Q and FENNEL. 

Aftermath

It’s been an exciting day of VALORANT yet again. We ended up getting our first 13:0 of the tournament plus some exciting back and forths between quite a few teams. We’re going to continue to cover the APAC LCQ with recaps for every day of the tournament. Make sure you stick around because we’ll have more content coming your way very soon. 

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10/12/2021

David "Miles David" Josiah

An avid Esports enthusiast since 2013. I started following the pro-scene of Starcraft 2 before moving on to League of Legends CS:GO, and now Valorant. If I'm not practicing my aim or screwing up my line ups, you can catch me getting hyped as a caster in various amateur tournaments around NA and Europe!