BOOM Esports has the unfortunate distinction of being the first team sent home from VCT Champions 2022 after two straight losses in the group stage. BOOM and ZETA faced off earlier in the day following the unexpected delay of XSET vs. FPX due to FPX health issues.
The start time wasn’t the only surprise for viewers: ZETA opted to start Neon on Haven for the first time all tournament, while BOOM surprisingly brought out Sova. And for what seemed like the first time during the event, there wasn’t a single agent that appeared on opposite compositions.
ZETA’s Neon pick, played by Dep, was a vital component of their opening defensive half, with Fade and KAY/O supplementing Neon’s speed during overwhelming retakes. Dep led the way for ZETA in the first half with 16 kills but had a reliable co-star in Laz’s Chamber, who had 15 kills against only five deaths, as ZETA led 8-4 at the half.