Day two of VCT Champions 2022 kicked off today with two of the top teams from Masters Reykjavík facing off to find redemption from Masters Copenhagen when Brazilian side LOUD took on Japan’s ZETA Division.
Both teams finished in the top three in Reykjavík but miraculously missed playing each other. LOUD reached the grand finals after direct playoff qualification and ZETA went on a miracle run through groups and the lower playoff bracket. But success was not to be replicated in Copenhagen. LOUD were eliminated during the group stage after two straight losses and ZETA didn’t even qualify after losing to Northeption in the Japan Stage Two final.
Even with those shortcomings in Stage Two, the teams did enough to qualify for Champions and were both drawn into Group B. Their first meeting started on Ascent, a clear consensus favorite for LOUD, but ZETA won a close pistol round to give themselves a much – needed start. Both teams looked a bit out of sorts early, over-peeking and overheating, but ZETA secured a small halftime lead thanks to some successful late aggression by controller SugarZero.