The North American VCT Last Chance Qualifier has been postponed, according to Riot Games, due to concerns regarding playing conditions and COVID tests.
Riot stated that given the events of the last few days, they have made the painful decision to postpone the event until further notice out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of those involved at the forefront of their minds.
This declaration comes after two days of cancelled games and worries regarding how teams with positive COVID test results will play their matches. The event began on October 12th, but only one full day of matches had been completed when the organizers were confronted with positive COVID test results and were forced to find last-minute solutions.
Matches were initially postponed when two FaZe Clan members tested positive on quick tests. Rise's Derrek Ha tweeted that all of FaZe's players will be playing from home, while Rise would only have four players on the stage. The matches were cancelled after Rise Coach Todd "anger" Williams threatened to pack up and leave.
Later that day, Riot stated that the entire day of matches will be postponed in order to find a solution. The firm also cancelled yesterday's games shortly after that. Two FaZe members, Corey Nigra and Andrej "babybay" Francisty, claimed to be the two who had positive test results but afterwards received a negative test result.
While fans hoped the tournament would resume this weekend, Verison1's director of eSports strategy Jake Trobaugh stated via Twitter that it will be postponed for at least 12 days and will be held online. Trobaugh also stated that the Version 1 team is upset that they will not be able to play on LAN, but that they will return to Minnesota to prepare for their next match.
So yet, only three matches have been held in the Last Chance Qualifier. 100 Thieves have advanced to the upper final after defeating Gen.G and XSET. XSET defeated Luminosity in their first round of the tournament and are now in the lower bracket's second round. In the competition, Version1, FaZe Clan, Cloud9 Blue, and Rise have yet to play a match.
Riot added that they are working aggressively to adapt LCQ to an online event. No date has been set for the tournament to resume.