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On the third map between FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves in the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 North America Last Chance Qualifiers, the 9-3 curse came to fruition and the internet noticed. After hitting the half down 9-3, FaZe Clan didn’t lose a single round in the second half to win the series 2-1. This led to some discussions on the internet, mostly around how scary FaZe Clan looked to secure the 9-3 curse.
After winning Haven 13-6, FaZe hit a snag on Breeze and lost 13-8. After two maps where one team clearly looked better than the other, fans expected a close map three. It didn’t start that way, as 100 Thieves built a significant 9-3 lead. Alas, that was when FaZe Clan went on a run, winning pistols, anti-eco and the bonus round. Off of that, they just kept winning off of multiple clutches from multiple players. FaZe didn’t lose a round, winning the map 13-9.
The players themselves speak on the match
To start, we had the early reactions from the players and coaches who surrounded the match. One of the first tweets around this was from The Guard player Jacob “valyn” Batio, who had two tweets about the scenario. The first was just a “wow,” but the second was more in-depth.
FaZe vs 100T + 9-3 curse is the best dynamic duo in the world
— GUARD valyn (@valyngod) August 7, 2022
He simply tweeted, “FaZe versus 100 Thieves plus a 9-3 curse is the best dynamic duo in the world.” Not only were these teams in these positions before, but history repeated itself in their upper bracket matchup in the NA LCQ.
Valyn’s teammate Jonah “JonahP” Pulice also tweeted about the result, but with a little more worry.
so um yeah we play FaZe Clan next week
— GUARD JonahP 🇮🇹🇨🇦 (@JonahP_) August 7, 2022
JonahP said, “So, um, yeah; we play FaZe Clan next week.” With that win over 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan will face The Guard in the upper bracket final.
Then, the players and coaches in the match spoke up, starting with 100 Thieves assistant coach Michael “Mikes” Hockom.
— Mikes (@MikesHD_) August 7, 2022
After confirming the 9-3 curse, 100 Thieves’ coach simply said “3 days to fix things before we play Sentinels”, their next opponent in the lower bracket.
FaZe Clan have a perfect half to reinforce the 9-3 curse
Looking back on when the curse was happening, it was clear who was the catalyst in the perfect half. Andrej “babybay” Francisty popped off, with highlight moments almost absorbing the confidence from the other team.
— VALORANTING (@VALORANTING) August 7, 2022
It wasn’t all Babybay, as each player on FaZe Clan had their moments to keep the rounds on their side. Another great player in the half was Kevin “poised” Ngo, who had multiple clutch rounds to help win the series.
4th quarter runs in the veins YA FEEL ME
— FaZe POISED (@POISEDFPS) August 7, 2022
Tweeting that “4th quarter runs in the veins,” poised was hyped after helping his team win.
Polish-Canadian game enthusiast. I've been entrenched in gaming for as long as I can remember, with my first game being Pokemon Yellow and my most played games being Borderlands 2 and Overwatch. I have a degree in Film Studies, but writing about esports just makes my job all the better.