VALORANT Champions is fast approaching. Soon, the top 16 teams in the world will compete for this year’s title. North America was the last region to lock in its final representatives on Sunday with its Last Chance Qualifier. NA will be sending three teams to Champions, rounding out the region’s winners with 100 Thieves. They will join OpTic Gaming and XSet, the winners of the past two Masters competitions, to compete in Champions.
The Last Chance Qualifiers ended in an explosive finish with 100 Thieves taking the victory against The Guard. The game went three-naught, but The Guard didn’t go down without a fight. 100 Thieves came from the lower bracket and won three straight elimination matches to earn their spot.
🏆 VALORANT LCQ CHAMPIONS 🏆
— 100 Thieves Esports (@100T_Esports) August 14, 2022
100 Thieves’ NA Run
The team has been a long-time “almost” for VCT. In 2021, they fought well enough to earn a spot at Masters Stage Three in Berlin, back when VCT held three Masters tournaments. In their run, they beat the future VCT 2021 champions Acend, and were edged out by Team Envy (which eventually merged with OpTic). The team was sent to the Last Chance Qualifiers. 100 Thieves started out strong with three consecutive wins, but then stumbled against Rise and Cloud9 Blue.
After that season, 100 Thieves parted with Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, and Aaron “b0i” Thao. It seemed like the team was falling apart. They continued to compete in Challengers this year, but couldn’t recapture their former glory. After losing both Challengers and failing to reach either Masters, their star players Spencer “Hiko” Martin and Hunter “BabyJ” Schline. Hiko retired from competition altogether to focus on streaming, and BabyJ is still looking for a new team.
It seems like 100 Thieves had had enough. They pulled together for another Last Chance Qualifier. Just before, they signed on three new players: Derrek “Derrek” Ha, Brenden “stellar” McGrath, and William “Will” Cheng. All three are VALORANT veterans since the start of the competitive scene in 2020, and they proved to be the lucky charm that 100 Thieves needed.
Now, they’ve finally proven themselves worthy of Champions. 100 Thieves only have a month to prepare for the stiff competition they’ll face in Turkey, from both NA teams and abroad.
All 16 teams for the world championships this year have been decided. The tournament begins on September 2, 2022.
OpTic, XSet and 100 Thieves
Fnatic, FunPlus Phoenix and Team Liquid (tied for third/fourth last Champions)
KRÜ (tied for third/fourth last Champions) and FURIA
Paper Rex, XERXIA and BOOM Esports
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) August 14, 2022
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