How FULL SENSE made it to VALORANT Champions

When it came to predicting who would make it out of the VALORANT APAC Last Chance Qualifier, amateur Thai team FULL SENSE were scarcely at the top of anyone’s list. They’d finished fourth in the most recent Southeast Asia Challengers tournament and, with seasoned teams like F4Q and DWG KIA in the mix, it didn’t […]

How FULL SENSE made it to VALORANT Champions

When it came to predicting who would make it out of the VALORANT APAC Last Chance Qualifier, amateur Thai team FULL SENSE were scarcely at the top of anyone’s list. They’d finished fourth in the most recent Southeast Asia Challengers tournament and, with seasoned teams like F4Q and DWG KIA in the mix, it didn’t seem likely that a team like FULL SENSE would make it very far. 

In fact, their standings begged the question whether the FULL SENSE members themselves even expected to make it out of LCQ.

“No,” was Chanitpak “ChAlalala” Suwanaprateep’s answer to that question. “Not at all.”

Regardless, make it out they did, and now they’re headed to the first VALORANT Champions as representatives of Thailand and Southeast Asia alongside X10 CRIT. Throughout the tournament, FULL SENSE only dropped one match against Northeption in the upper bracket finals; a loss that they successfully exacted revenge for in the finals. It was an impressive feat for a team that had placed fourth in Southeast Asia Stage 3 Challengers just two months before LCQ.

“During Stage 3 Challengers, the members were all in such bad shape that we didn’t expect anything,” said Kititkawin “PTC” Rattanasukol, the team’s flex player.

So, how did the team end up making it after all? According to ChAlalala and PTC, expectations were tempered all around, with the team ready to just take each match as they came. But a semifinal victory against South Korean team NUTURN Gaming, who had previously gone to Stage 2 Masters: Reykjavík, gave the team a sudden burst of hope.

“When we won against [NUTURN], it boosted our confidence,” ChAlalala said. “After that win, we got our spirits up and took the competition even more seriously, with more rigor.”

From that point on, FULL SENSE began improving in real time. Japanese team NORTHEPTION knocked them out of the upper bracket in finals, but FULL SENSE were able to meet them again in grand finals and win in a close 3-2 series. In the grand finals, at first, it seemed like history would repeat itself, but FULL SENSE continuously adapted as the match went on. By the time the fifth map, Haven, rolled around, it seemed like FULL SENSE had their opponents’ numbers. After finishing the first half down 5-7, FULL SENSE went 8-1 in the second half, winning the finals and punching their ticket to Champions.