Valorant Champions Day 6 Recap
On a day where we saw the biggest upset in Valorant history, two teams also booked their spot to the playoffs, while two others went home, here is a recap of everything that went down on day 6 of Valorant Champions.
Acend defeat Envy 2-0 and claimed the top spot of Group A
Despite the map veto, which saw Envy picking Ascent, Acend picking Bind and Split to be the decider, favoring the European team most analysts and caster still thought Envy was going to take the series.
In the first map Acend started really strong, not only Cned was playing well but all the team had shown up and elevated their level compared to the series against Keyd, with good defensive setups and important clutches and retakes going their way, Acend went into half-time with a comfortable 8-4 lead.
The second half saw Acend continuing their momentum and win the pistol and eco rounds, Envy still tried to come back and reduced the lead to 10-7, but Acend took the first map 13-8 and went into Bind, a map where they have a 21-1 record, in a great position to close out the series.
In Bind, Acend proved in their first half why they are considered the best team in the world on this map, with an amazing attacking side, composed of great executions, and good mid-round calls, Acend went into halftime with a 9-3 lead and one foot in the playoffs.
However, Envy didn't give up and made a valiant attempt to come back, they were able to tie the game at 10-10, despite that their efforts would prove to be in vain as Ascend was able to close out the map with a 13-11 win, and made it four out of four teams form the EMEA region to make it out of the group stage with all of them topping their group.
X10 CRIT upset Vivo Keyd and live to fight another day
On the second series of the day, we had Vivo Keyd vs X10 CRIT with the Brazilian representatives being the heavy favorites to win this game, and advance to the decider match where they would fave Envy.
However, X10 CRIT had different plans, the Thai team completely dominated Vivo Keyd throughout the series, with the Brazilian team clearly not playing o the level we all know they can, and have seen them play in this tournament.
On the first map, X10 CRIT won Icebox, Vivo Keyd pick, and a map the Brazilian squad has proved they can beat the best teams in the world on, they did it to Acend but against X10 CRIT they were not able to mount any resistance, with a score of 13-6 the Thai team took the victory in a convincing and dominant way.
The second map was a repeat of the first one, X10 CRIT started really strong and won the first half 9-3.
In the second half, the Thai team continued to dominate, they were always in control of the game, and eventually won the map 13-5 and took the series 2-0, they will now play against Envy for a spot in the playoffs.
Kru Esports with the biggest upset in Valorant history advance to the playoffs
The last series of the day Sentinels vs Kru Esports brought us the decider game of group B, which would decide who was advancing to the playoffs, and who was going home.
Sentinels entered this series as the heavy favorites but Kru Esports had already proved they can hang on with the best teams in the world.
Fracture was the first map of the series, and Sentinels had a great first half, on the defensive side Sentinels setups were great combine that with some heavy firepower, and the North American side went into halftime with a 9-3 lead.
In the second half, Kru Esports still won three rounds in a row but Sentinels were just the better team on this map and took game one with a 13-7 score.
On the second map, we had a really close game, Sentinels did once again have a really good first half, this time on their attacking side, and headed into halftime with an 8-4 lead and close to claiming the 2-0 over Kru Esports.
However, in the second half Kru Esports came alive, the LATAM team won seven rounds in a row taking the 11-8 lead with a masterful attacking side, with NagZet having one amazing performance, Sentinels still made it 12-11 but Kru Esports ended up winning the second map
13-11, and forced the third map.
The third map was very back and forth, with Sentinels once again on the back of a good attacking side going into halftime with the 8-4 lead.
In the second half Kru Esport was able to mount an incredible comeback, winning six rounds in a row the LATAM team was able to take the lead 10-8.
The game was nail-biting until the end, Sentinels was able to retake the lead 11-10 and we were in for an incredible ending of the game.
Kru Esports was able to win the last three rounds of the map and won the map 13-11 and the series 2-1, advancing to the playoffs and eliminating one of the tournament favorites in Sentinels, that go out on the group stage something no one was expecting.