OpTic Gaming snatched victory out of XSET’s hopeful palms within the higher bracket last through the NA VALORANT Champions Tour Challengers 2 playoffs, they usually have formally punched their ticket to Denmark, regardless of their staff’s COVID-19 outbreak.
The staff’s shot caller, FNS, informed Dot Esports earlier immediately that his signs had been “maxed out,” and crashies additionally contracted the virus. The entire members of OpTic performed from house throughout their match with XSET, however even those that had been sick persevered and competed.
The OpTic Gaming and XSET match was a nail-biter
The start of the match began with the whole lot arising roses for OpTic, however the tables began to show after the primary half, when zekken began hitting his pictures. He pulled out a clutch one-vs-three victory in direction of the top of the primary half, turning the tides of the match for XSET.
After the half, OpTic weren’t capable of take a single spherical from their opponent, which put XSET only one map between decrease bracket finals and a ticket to Denmark.
Icebox began out with with an XSET win within the pistol spherical, however their confidence was shaken when yay cleaned up the second spherical with an ace. Yay turned out to be central to OpTic’s success, particularly since XSET’s technique to take him down solely labored about half the time.
“He’s simply an absolute demon,” XSET head coach Syyko stated after the match. “We had been actually struggling to search out methods to forestall him from doing ‘yay issues’ deep into the second half [on Icebox], so, yeah, he undoubtedly acquired away with some issues.”
On map three, yay proved to the world why he’s top-of-the-line gamers in North America, particularly when he landed an unimaginable shot on Cryocells at shut vary with the Op within a smoke. OpTic, proving that the 9-3 curse is alive and nicely, got here all the best way again and took Ascent after getting into the half down six rounds.
Going into Breeze, OpTic was up 2-1 and solely wanted yet one more map to safe their spot within the subsequent Masters match. Their confidence confirmed within the battle for the highest spot within the grand last. Despite the fact that XSET got here out of the gate once more profitable the primary two rounds, the top end result was a 13-6 rating with OpTic taking the win for the collection.
OpTic Gaming will return to the Masters stage to defend their crown
Now, OpTic will transfer on to the grand last, and have secured their spot in Masters 2. Even with FNS feeling very beneath the climate, and crashies with the identical illness, the staff regarded clear and proved they had been nonetheless the staff to beat in NA. They may transfer to the grand last on Sunday, however have clinched their spot as a returning champion for Masters Copenhagen.
“I wouldn’t want COVID on my worst enemy,” zekken stated of his opponents. “In order that they have quite a lot of resilience to have the ability to play by a illness like that.”
XSET are feeling assured a couple of decrease bracket last victory
XSET might want to win the decrease bracket last with the intention to qualify for a spot at Masters 2, which is able to both be in opposition to FaZe Clan or NRG, with the intention to punch their ticket to Denmark.
“I’ve felt extra assured on this staff that we’re able to push by this and make it to Copenhagen and make it to those worldwide phases,” Syyko stated.
Zekken had the same outlook on the decrease bracket last, which shall be one other best-of-five match. Being within the decrease bracket isn’t an unfamiliar feeling for XSET, and their confidence going into the match exhibits.
“Our teamwork was undoubtedly strong and on level,” zekken stated. “We did nicely in that facet. There have been just a few issues. We didn’t hit pictures generally that we might have closed out higher, and that’s what price us.”
XSET can attain the worldwide stage for the primary time with a victory over the winner of FaZe and NRG’s match. The decrease bracket last, which shall be a best-of-five match, that takes place on June 25 at 3pm CT.