Playoffs continued Saturday in North America for the VALORANT Champions Tour Stage Two, as upcoming stars Evil Geniuses took on reigning Masters One champions OpTic Gaming. The sport was a closely anticipated rematch after EG beat OpTic earlier this stage.
Sadly for EG, their potential to shock larger groups didn’t maintain up towards the masterful gameplay of OpTic, who’re decided to defend their Masters title in Copenhagen subsequent month.
The groups began off on EG’s decide of Breeze with a mirrored agent composition. With yay principally taking part in Chamber after the conclusion of Stage One, Victor switched onto Jett for this map, a task he hadn’t performed since December of 2020. This change additionally arrange an anticipated Chamber duel between yay and Boostio, two of one of the best gamers on the agent in NA.
OpTic took the primary pistol spherical to some shock, as EG had been dominant on pistol rounds up to now this stage. Crashies sealed the deal for OpTic with three picks within the post-plant. Within the second spherical, Victor stood his floor on A web site with three no-scope Marshal kills, showcasing the clutch potential up and down OpTic’s complete roster. The primary half continued to be dominant for OpTic, with yay taking part in on knowledgeable angles to get large worth, and the staff rotating to outsmart EG at each flip. The half ended with a 10-2 scoreline in OpTic’s favor.
EG got here out of the half with an enormous pistol spherical win that they desperately wanted to maintain the map win a chance. However as soon as OpTic was in a position to get a full purchase in spherical 15, issues began snowballing within the different course. OpTic ultimately triumphed 13-5, with EG not having the ability to win a single spherical the place each of the groups had full loadouts.
Transferring to Haven, OpTic’s highly effective post-plant technique on C web site within the pistol spherical left Apoth on their lonesome to ultimately be picked off. OpTic would simply take the pistol and following spherical on their map decide. EG continued to strive an offensive strategy to their defense-side half, letting Boostio push up the center of the map, however the technique didn’t repay for them. They lastly received their first full loadout spherical of the collection after a timeout in spherical eight, and netted two extra rounds earlier than coming into the half at a rating of 9-3 in favor of OpTic.
OpTic once more took the pistol spherical within the second half, and EG force-bought their manner into the following spherical, realizing one other spherical loss can be devastating. Sadly for EG, Victor entered the A web site post-plant, sliding in as Neon with a Spectre and taking EG out to defuse the spike.
At 11-3, EG took one closing timeout in spherical 15, however OpTic continued to learn their methods with ease. The map ended with a rating of 13-3 in OpTic’s favor.
“It was simply good from OpTic, stunning, I’d say,” caster Balla mentioned. “However ugly when it comes to the devastation that they simply introduced upon EG.” Doug and Balla commented on OpTic’s dominance on Breeze — a map that followers aren’t used to seeing them play on — indicating the staff is greater than prepared for a visit to Masters Stage Two.
With the dominant victory over EG, OpTic are proper on monitor to proceed their success in Copenhagen. The staff additionally formally certified for Champions with the end result.
OpTic’s subsequent match is on June 24 at 3pm CT, the place they’ll face XSET.