OpTic gaming overcomes their EMEA kryptonite and sends Team Liquid down to the lower bracket at VALORANT Champions Istanbul.
Team Liquid started playoffs with a clinical performance on Breeze against the former Masters: Reykjavík champions OpTic Gaming. With the crowd in Istanbul behind them, chanting “Let’s go Liquid,” the team gained a quick 9-3 advantage over the number one seed from North America. OpTic has become infamous for their slow starts in series and this one was no different. Despite clawing back some rounds after the half changed, OpTic conceded Liquid’s map pick of Breeze 13-7. Soulcas for Liquid was the standout player on Breeze as KAY/O. He finished the map with a 1.57 KD and the lobby’s highest headshot percentage at 39.
With the first map loss out of the way, OpTic came in clutch on Bind to extinguish Liquid’s flame. Bind started with OpTic taking an early 5-0 lead before Liquid finally answered back with a few rounds of their own to minimize the advantage at the half. After a few traded thrifty rounds and clutches from yay and crashies, OpTic was able to walk away with the map win 13-8 to tie the series 1-1.