Day 1 of VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters brings early upsets in groups
Day 1 Stage 2 Masters Leo Guild Esports
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Day 1 of VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters brings early upsets in groups

The first three group stage games had two major upsets

Day 1 of the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 Stage 2 Masters tournament brought an expected win and two big upsets. Three out of the four group stage matches concluded on the first day, with only one left before teams begin to get eliminated.

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Day 1 brings six group stage teams to light

The first match of the day between DRX and Northeption kept both team’s expectations in place; with DRX leading but Northeption putting up a fight. In the end, Bind proved to be a map that DRX had way more comfort on, winning it 13-1.

The second match, between LOUD and KRÜ Esports, proved to be much closer than fans expected. Even after a close first map win, KRÜ’s 5/6 record on pistol rounds led them to a comeback series win over the Stage 1 Masters finalists.

Last but not least, the match between OpTic Gaming and Guild Esports proved to be as entertaining as the last one. Guild took an early lead on Icebox, but OpTic fought back to make Icebox close. However, Guild won and continued the losing streak that OpTic had against Europe, Middle East and Africa region teams. After a grueling OT on Split, that streak was extended as Guild beat OpTic 2-0, sending them to an elimination game against LOUD. So, the Stage 1 Masters finals will have a rematch, but the loser is eliminated first in the group stage.

Play(s) of the day

Normally, we’d have a play of the day, but this time around there is two. But, both were equally crucial in KRÜ Esports upset win over LOUD. The first is by Angelo “keznit” Mori, an ace to keep the team ahead in the map to tie the series at 1-1.

Then, on the map after, the series went from a keznit showcase to a Roberto Francisco “Mazino” Rivas Bugueño highlight reel. Another ace, this time while down on the map, but it was crucial in the comeback map and series win. After starting the map slow, Mazino took off to help complete the upset.


Player of the day

With these three matches, there are plenty of good choices for who did best. However, while the second match was a huge upset, two players stepped up. In the third match, we have our player of the day: Leo “Leo” Jannesson from Guild Esports.

He led the lobby in kills (52), had the least amount of deaths (30) and topped plus/minus at +22. Despite the fact that OpTic had a with higher ACS in Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen, Leo’s debut at an international LAN showed exactly what he was capable of. To top it all off, he was the one who clutched out the overtime round needed to win the map and series, getting a 4k and ending day 1 of Stage 2 Masters.

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