At a first map match point for his opponents Team Liquid, Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina played it very calm and safe in an after plant situation. But, when he missed his time window on the defuse, Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom read the situation and pulled off an important clutch for his team:
How insane your reaction times have to be to clutch decisive moments is shown by Igor 'Redgar' Vlasov in his game against Team Secret. Entering Hookah on Bind B spot, he lands an impressive flick on Riley 'Witz' Go and Kevin 'dispenser' Te to extend Gambit's lead. Who needs the Phantom anyway?
After their second best-of-three of the tournament, Fnatic could celebrate themselves topping the group. The best Korean team Vision Strikers tested them on the first maps, but ultimately fell short on Fracture. This is where Nikita 'Derke' Sirmitev really kicked into gear with a crazy multi-kill and a slick Raze jump to top things off.
Gambit manages a second entry with an outrageously played round against Team Secret, nAts did what every VALORANT player thinks of when playing Viper. Defending his planted spike by using his ultimate, he get's the first frag, destroys the enemy's Killjoy ult, prevents Jayvee 'DubsteP' Paguirigan from defusing the spike and mops up every single kill:
In the next clutch, Murillo 'murizzz' Tuchtenhagen from Vivo Keyd eliminates the last three players standing from Acend with a controlled hand and gives himself the perfect conditions for defusing the spike in peace:
The following clip is as heartbraking as the love story between Jake 'Boaster' Howlett and Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina. What started as a wholesome bromance between the two players, when they mimicked Jack and Rose's famous scene from Titanic while walking onto the stage, took a very unfortunate turn in their match during the Group Stage:
Not everyone can handle the pressure of being left as the last player on match point for the opponents. But against Team Liquid on Breeze, Jared 'zombs' Gitlin managed to execute a textbook Viper round with only a Marshal and a Classic. He Snake Bites the Spike, wins the duels against Rifles and makes the casters go crazy.
After fellow Americans Sentinels and Team Envy had already dropped out of groups, their whole community was rooting for the last team standing: Cloud9. They fought a close battle against Team Liquid, but ended up losing 0:2. But of course, the best-of-three couldn't end without a trademark highlight round by Nathan 'leaf' Orf. The young American pulled off a crisp ace to kick-off a solid half for his team. But seriously: What was that frag under balcony?
We have already seen some insane tactics and flicks from our pro players. But what would the VCT be without some classic banter and good old EU>NA jokes? After Liquid eliminated Cloud9 Blue from the tournament in the Quarterfinal, analyst Ryan "RyanCentral" Horton found quite the surprise on his map:
KRÜ Esports has become the fan favourite of Champions. They managed to crawl their way out of a group with Team Liquid and Sentinels in a nailbiter of a decider. And now they scored their second upset of the tournament by besting Fnatic in the Quarter Finals. keznit was the heavy hitter of the team, getting first blood after first blood and multi-kill after multi-kill. But then he also made history by getting the first 6k of Champions.
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