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Welcome to our VALORANT Champions match ratings. As the tournament gets in full swing, Upcomer will rate every match of the first world championship so fans can easily tell which matches they need to watch and remember from the tournament. The matchups from Day 4 of the VALORANT Champions group stage include Team Vikings vs. Gambit Esports, Team Liquid vs. Sentinels in a full slate of VALORANT action.
Our rating scale
From one (lowest) to five (highest) stars, here’s what each star rating means in layman’s terms:
* Boring. Utterly skippable and something no one will remember by tomorrow
** Watchable. Possibly recommended based on your rooting interests
*** Good. Something I’d recommend checking out, even if you’re not a fan of either team
**** Must-watch. A game or series that you need to watch if you have any interest in VALORANT
***** An all-time classic. This perfect rating is only achievable if a game or match is at the highest level of entertainment, gameplay and will go down in the lexicon as a moment no VALORANT fan will ever forget
Let’s get started
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) December 4, 2021
After a tumultuous end to Day 3, involving a delay in the games on Day 4, teams have a chance to book their tickets to the VALORANT Champions knockout stage. With two blockbuster matchups, the day is set up for banger matches back to back.
Team Vikings vs. Gambit Esports: Split
** 1/2 stars
Team Vikings made this a competitive matchup and had some great strategical rounds, but Gambit’s individual skill on defense shut down the Brazilians. An entertaining watch that was worth waking up for.
Team Vikings vs. Gambit Esports: Bind
Another upset in the making? Watching Vikings click and dismantle the Russian machine was a joy to see and worth the time of anyone who likes professional VALORANT. Matias “Saadhak” Delipetro showed up in a big way on Viper, outperforming Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin by a decent margin.
Team Vikings vs. Gambit Esports: Icebox
Gambit came back after a 3-9 deficit to make this map the first all-time classic at VALORANT Champions. Team Vikings looked good across the board, especially Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi in the first half, but could not end the game when given match point. Every VALORANT fan should watch this series and dissect the regional, emotional and tactical ramifications of the match. Brazil has announced themselves as a force at this tournament with this series, marking all three regional representatives as potential threats.
Sentinels vs. Team Liquid: Breeze
*** 1/2 stars
Team Liquid claim a comeback overtime win over Sentinels in a wild first map. Watching two top teams adapt to each other round after round is always entertaining. With how close this first game was, we may have another classic series right after our first of the event.
Sentinels vs. Team Liquid: Bind
Sentinels respond to their overtime loss with an emphatic win in the second map, setting up a spicy third game. While entertaining, this map in isolation was a one-sided stomp that Sentinels fans probably enjoyed.
Sentinels vs. Team Liquid: Split
*** 1/2 stars
This was almost a four star map, but Team Liquid managed to deal with Sentinels before the match could become even more entertaining. After a relatively boring second map, Sentinels and Liquid delivered on the deciding game to claim their spot in the VALORANT Champions knockout stage on Day 4.
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