Luminosity Gaming struck first through the opening matches of VCT Challengers, posting a 2-1 win over Sentinels.
LG have been the silent killers of North America after qualifying for the Challengers 2 principal occasion by way of the primary open qualifier, and have now shut down the previous back-to-back Masters champions through the opening matches of the group stage.
It was LG that opened the best-of-three sequence with a win on Bind, which was Sentinels’ map decide. The map got here near hitting additional time, with Luminosity eking out the win13-11 to keep away from enjoying out further rounds. LG took a slender 7-5 lead into halftime of the primary map, whichwas simply sufficient cushion to maintain Sentinels at bay. Bdog confirmed up massive for his workforce on Chamber, ending with a 1.47 KD and dropping practically 30 kills.
LG’s map decide, Breeze, was practically as shut as the primary map, with each groups buying and selling rounds backwards and forwards within the second half. Sentinels took a powerful 8-4 lead into halftime, however the four-round lead was nothing to LG, who have been in a position to crawl their manner again and drive additional time off extra massive performs from bdog. In the end, it was TenZ that was the difference-maker on Breeze, securing 40 kills and serving to his workforce to victory in double additional time, as Sentinels tied the sequence.
Fracture was the deciding map, and noticed one other 8-4 half, this time in favor of LG. That momentum would carry into the second half as LG refused to let Sentinels take one spherical on assault. One other robust efficiency from bdog allowed LG to cruise their method to a 13-4 win on the third map, not shedding a single spherical within the second half. Bdog completed the match with 82 kills throughout the three maps, with a formidable 1.67 Okay/D to steer his workforce to a 2-1 victory.
LG will return to motion subsequent week after they go face to face with FaZe Clan, whereas Sentinels will look to reply to the robust loss after they tackle Evil Geniuses on Might 21.