The game may have seemed like a victory lap for both XSET and OpTic after they both clinched their spots at Masters Copenhagen, but Sunday’s best-of-five VALORANT match was exhilarating from the first map to the last.
Though XSET took the win, it is clear these two teams are the very best in North American VALORANT and are prepared to represent the region next month.
As the higher seed, OpTic chose Fracture as the first map. The pick was a nail-biter, with rounds going back and forth and no team in a position to feel comfortable with their lead. Zooming around the map on Neon, both zekken and Victor dominated Fracture. While Cryo got the best of yay in the Chamber matchup, it is important to note several of the players on OpTic are still struggling with COVID symptoms.
“Having to like, go throw up after maps, it’s not a fun experience,” crashies said. “FNS is basically the same symptoms as me, having trouble breathing, it’s just not good.”
Luckily for the team, yay would end up clinching the map for OpTic with a final Operator shot that connected onto AYRIN and made the final scoreline 14-12 after two rounds of overtime.