In the upper bracket final at Valorant Champions 2022, everything was green.
OpTic Gaming took on LOUD for the fifth time this year, marking one of the most competitive rivalries in Valorant history. However, it would be the Brazilian side who would prevail this time around, finally avenging their last three series defeats in a decisive 2-0 sweep.
The match was also a replay of Masters Reykjavik, where the two teams faced off in the top bracket final. LOUD won that series in Iceland, but ultimately fell to OpTic in the Grand Finals.
However, the LOUD who showed up to play in Istanbul was a whole different beast. They snapped OpTic’s 6-0 winning streak on Bind, one of their strongest cards, and then won Ascent with a dominating 13-3 scoreline.
LOUD defeats OpTic to qualify for the Grand Finals
The two teams were neck and neck in Bind’s first half, going into the second half tied at 6-6. However, LOUD started to snowball after taking the second gun, with Felipe “Less” Basso really coming to life.
Not even Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker was able to stop the onslaught of LOUD, where he was often the last man standing against multiple LOUD players.
With their biggest hurdle behind them, the Brazilian powerhouse entered their Ascent map pick, where key clutches and crucial turns all unfolded.
In round 4, a 1v2 clutch from Bryan “pANcada” Luna shattered OpTic’s save, and LOUD took a 6-1 lead.
With only 10 HP remaining, pANcada used Omen’s From The Shadows ultimate to reposition themselves from Hell to A Main, avoiding a duel with Austin “crashies” Roberts. With the spike activated, the crashies had no choice but to attempt the defuse, giving pANcada an easy kill.
LOUD finished their offensive half 9-3, then won the next four rounds to take the map decisively. They haven’t lost a single card so far in the playoffs and are currently on a 6-0 clean streak.
For the first time in the tournament, yay also turned negative in first kills to first deaths, going 3-4 over Chamber, a clear sign of OpTic’s struggles. To put it into perspective, yay had the tournament of his life at Champions, topping the leaderboard in several stats.
When it comes to first kills and deaths, he leads the competition by a mile with a ridiculous score of 61-20. DRX’s Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul is right behind with 59 first kills, but died 49 times first.
“I haven’t lost so badly in a while,” Pujan “FNS” Mehta tweeted after the game. “Congratulations to them, we have been destroyed. I did not have any answer.
But they’ve been in that exact position before. In Reykjavik, they defeated Zeta Division in the lower group final and then won their rematch against LOUD 3-0 in the grand final.
OpTic is now returning to the lower bracket, where they will play their next match on September 17 at 22:00 GMT+8 | 7:00 a.m. PT | 2:00 p.m. GMT. The match will be broadcast live on the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels.
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