The fight between two teams in VALORANT begins with agent selection. Teams can feel pressure before the first round even starts, and staying calm in challenging situations becomes an important skill in climbing to the top VALORANTs ranked ladder.
Even superstition can be a factor in a team’s downfall, which means that psychological warfare could ensue between the two teams. The 9-3 curse, for example, is one of the worst nightmares for teams that lead in with this result VALORANT.
Players who didn’t keep up VALORANTs The competitive scene may not be familiar with the 9-3 curse as it started after it took off VALORANT Champions Tour Stage Three Masters Event in 2021. Here’s what you need to know about that set.
What does the 9-3 curse mean in VALORANT?
A score of 9-3 means that the first round of a game that has just ended has ended. And if you believe in the 9-3 curse, the leading team will lose the next round despite their lead.
While it doesn’t make sense logically, enough the 9-3 curse happened to turn it into a superstition during the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. Pros and content creators even commented on the curse, saying It may be better to purposely lose the last round if you go 8-3 in the second round with an 8-4 lead.
In the example above, Team Liquid confidently led the match against Na’Vi during the VCT 2021 EMEA Stage Three Challengers Playoffs. The 9-3 lead didn’t mean anything in this match, however, as Na’Vi made an epic comeback and won the match 13-10. Although Liquid led the match in the first part, he was only able to secure a single round in the second part of the match.
If you believe in the curse, you should prepare mentally to avoid it. The best way to face the 9-3 curse is to build confidence. While the difference in points can be so great that your team can make some mistakes, let the curse be a basic experience and try to do your best as if you were playing from behind.
If the opposing team suddenly finds a way to bypass your strategy, don’t hesitate to spice up your tactics because if you catch the opposing team off guard, you can bring home a few extra rounds.
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