The Guard is one win away from a spot at Valorant Champions

After crushing FaZe Clan in the upper bracket final of the North American Last Chance Qualifier, The Guard is... Shubh | 13. August 2022

After crushing FaZe Clan in the upper bracket final of the North American Last Chance Qualifier, The Guard is one match away from securing a seat at the 2022 Valorant Champions.

The VCT Last Chance Qualifier for North America is almost over, with one final series between Guard and 100 Thieves slated for August 15. The Guard thrashed FaZe Clan in the upper finals to secure the grand final berth, while 100T rallied through the lower bracket to enter the event finals.

FaZe vs The Guard

On Haven, the best of three series kicked off with Faze taking the first two rounds. Guard rallied, taking an 8-4 lead at the half before FaZe could establish a sizable edge. Guard kept up their momentum in the second half with Jonah JonahP Pulice leading the way, finishing the series 13-5 without much resistance. With a fighting average of 298 and a K/DA of 12/8/2 and an average damage per round of 173, JonahP’s stats were remarkable for the Guard.

FaZe won the first few rounds of the second map, Icebox, as they made an effort to stage a comeback. Guard, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from the deficit and pounded FaZe back and forth to take the lead 8:4. In the second half, Andrej “babybay” Francisty attempted to equalize the series, cutting the deficit to 7:9, but Guard quickly changed gears and extended their lead to 12:7.

Guard wasted no time in striking the finishing blows and winning the map and the series decisively with every player on the team recording a positive (+) K/D ratio.  BABYBAY’s match-saving efforts were overshadowed by the play-making performance of Ha Sayaplayer Jung-woo, who posted a K/D/A of 18/12/4 with an average combat score of 259. 

The Guard vs 100 Thieves- a perfect LCQ ending

A 3-0 victory over FaZe in the lower bracket secured 100T a berth in the LCQ grand final, where they will take against the Guard for the Champions spot. In their previous meeting, 100T easily defeated FaZe Clan with a 2-0 sweep at VCT Stage 1 Challengers 2. With significant momentum backing their run, Guard will be looking to finish with an undefeated record at LCQ in order to settle the score with their North American rivals. The team appears to have a better chance of making it to the world than FaZe given their momentum and the fact that they have only dropped one map during the LCQ.

The Guard

  • Michael “neT” Bernet
  • Jonah “JonahP” Pulice
  • Ha “Sayaplayer” Jung-woo
  • Trent “trent” Cairns
  • Jacob “valyn” Batio (IGL)
  • Matthew “mCe” Elmore (Coach)

FaZe Clan

  • Andrej “babybay” Francisty (IGL)
  • Quan “dicey” Tran
  • Phat “supamen” Le
  • Kevin “poised” Ngo
  • Xavier “flyuh” Carlson
  • Josh “jdm” Marzano (Coach)

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