The third day of VCT Masters Copenhagen kicked off with the first chance for a team from Group B to make it into the playoffs. After DRX easily beat Northeption 2-0 on Sunday, July 10 and FPX had a close game against XERXIA yesterday, both VALORANT teams were ready to fight to be the second squad to advance to the playoffs after EMEA’s Guild.
DRX were the better team overall in today’s match, taking down FPX 2-1. Despite dropping a map, they showcased that they’re more prepared at this tournament than they have ever been on the international stage.
The matchup between these two teams was highly anticipated because DRX have critically underperformed outside of Korea, while FPX haven’t been able to attend Masters with all of their players twice now. Both teams were looking for a critical second win that could help improve their international reputation, and DRX certainly accomplished this in the end.
Instead of the expected map ban of Icebox coming through for DRX, they chose to ban Split and Ascent, likely in a move to avoid FPX on one of their strongest maps. The two teams started off on Haven. DRX decided to go back to one of their older compositions and MaKo locked in Astra instead of one of his signature agents, Omen.
After going down 4-1, FPX took their timeout and rebounded off the back of two four-kill rounds from Shao. Yet through these rounds, Rb continued to be a thorn in FPX’s side as he consistently got value from peeking aggressive angles with an operator.
DRX ended up ahead 7-5 at the half and many of the rounds that FPX won were off of miracle clutches and thrifty round wins. DRX were the better team overall, but Shao was able to make the difference for FPX.