NRG secured their spot in the NA VALORANT Champions Tour Challengers Two playoffs with a 2-1 victory over The Guard on Saturday.
Despite making it to Masters: Reykjavík earlier this year, The Guard will miss out on the second Masters event of 2022 by missing out on the regional playoffs. Alongside Sentinels, The Guard finished the group stage 1-4, and will be spending the next few weeks prepping for NA’s Last Chance Qualifier.
The Guard was able to steal away NRG’s map pick of Bind to open the series, in a match that lasted almost an hour and nearly went to overtime at the finish. After taking the lead at the half, 8-4, The Guard struggled to keep things together in the second half, and allowed NRG to string together multiple rounds. When The Guard reached 12 round wins, it was NRG who nearly brought things to overtime by winning four consecutive rounds, before finally losing 13-11 in the end. Valyn held things down for The Guard on Astra, with a 1.52 KD and an average combat score of 301.