A game-breaking bug forced XSET and FunPlus Phoenix to replay the final round of their VALORANT Champions Istanbul match on Tuesday.
The two teams are facing off in the lower bracket, with the losing team being eliminated from VALORANT Champions. With so much on the line, it caused quite the controversy when the bug occurred, and the reset could affect the outcome of the match.
In the final round of the match, a Killjoy turret placed by XSET fired in the wrong direction due to a bug. The “false information” led an XSET player to look in the wrong direction, misdirected by the turret shooting at random.
Those unaware of what happened during the final round regarding KJ turret pic.twitter.com/pHdfOx87xO https://t.co/j2V6fXBKdQ
— ValorIntel (@ValorINTEL) September 13, 2022
The VALORANT Champions Tour said in a statement on its Twitter account that this incident “had a high level of potential impact on XSET losing the round and match.” The final round will have to be replayed.
Competitive Update Regarding the FPX and XSET match: pic.twitter.com/c0QayBBl0v
— VALORANT Champions Tour 🇹🇷 (@ValorantEsports) September 13, 2022
The VALORANT community reacted with frustration with Riot Games, as there have been multiple similar issues throughout the season, though none in this high-profile of a match. Other VALORANT pros requested that their matches be replayed as well due to bugs they allegedly encountered.
I will create a list of rounds which we need to replay because of bugs later at night 🤣
— FPX ANGE1 (@OfficialANGE1) September 13, 2022
Can we replay our series?🥺#ValorantChampions
— FNATIC Boaster (@OfficialBoaster) September 13, 2022
For now, XSET and FPX will have to replay the last round of their match to find out which team will be sent home.