A North American battle as old as time was rehashed in the upper bracket of VALORANT Champions Istanbul today when OpTic gaming took on XSET. The first and second seeds from NA survived the group stage at Champions and were now playing for a top-three finish at the year’s biggest event.
XSET started off strong on Haven by winning key gunfights and shutting down the double-sentinel setup from OpTic. When the sides switched, however, XSET struggled to maintain the pressure they started with. This resulted in XSET winning only one round in the second half while OpTic ran away with the map to finish 13-9. To no one’s surprise, yay was the MVP performer on Haven with a 1.64 K/D and 260 combat score on Chamber.