The Guard finally corrected course on Friday, winning a much needed series against TSM to improve to 1-2 in NA VCT Stage Two group play and keep their chances of making playoffs alive. With the win, The Guard snapped a losing streak of four straight series, and picked up their first win since defeating OpTic in the NA final of Stage One.
The Guard starts TSM’s Haven pick with another pistol round loss, having only won a single pistol in 10 tries prior to the start of this series. The reigning NA champs began to settle in thanks to a hot start from Sayaplayer, who had 10 kills in the first four rounds on Jett. TSM still managed to take a 7-5 half-time lead, but The Guard responded with a rare pistol round win on attack to jump-start their second half, and were able to take a small lead. After every successful TSM defense, The Guard answered with an overwhelming attack round to maintain their lead, eventually closing out map one 13-10.