Getting 2-0'od initially by EG, and then later getting the same fate by EDward Gaming must feel rough for Valorant's most successful prize-winning org.
LOUD are out! The 2022 Masters Reykjavík runner-ups fell short today versus EG, and got 2-0-ed in fashion.
EDward Gaming 2:0 LOUD In a Stunning Performance
Every valorant tournament up till now has had a 2nd place curse— who? (@Jugalll11) June 18, 2023
Reykjavik - fnatic -> didn't attend Berlin
Berlin - envy -> didn't get group stage champs
Berlin - Gambit -> Gambit dropped due to war
Reykjavik - loud -> out in group stage
Copenhagen - prx -> out in GS champs
Lower bracket elimination games can be as stressful as the finals because they carry a lot at stake. LOUD secured the top spot in the VCT Americas League, which gave them the advantage of starting in the Upper Brackets for this year's Masters in Tokyo. However, as we can see, that didn't do them any good.
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Before this tournament, a Chinese team had not won a SINGLE MATCH at an international tournament.— Commend (@CommendYT) June 18, 2023
They've now beaten a team of Masters winners and the World Champions (and T1).
This story is amazing, and it's not even finished yet pic.twitter.com/NdGwHmcOtg
Their first matchup was versus another "EG" team, and this is how their games went:
- Map: Fracture - LOUD 7 : 13 Evil Geniuses
- Map: Ascent - LOUD 5 : 13 Evil Geniuses
- Decider: Lotus - //
The similarities in both games were that the opposing team played like LOUD themselves in their prime when they won Champions 2022. Super creative, extremely aggressive, and unholdable.
Their game versus the "other EG team" went like this:
- Map: Lotus - LOUD 6 : 13 EDward Gaming
- Map: Fracture - LOUD 10 : 13 EDward Gaming
- Decider: Blind - //
The standout highlight of this matchup was Kangkang (ZmjjKK)'s outstanding performance. He racked up a total of 39 kills and secured the first blood in 9 rounds. EDward played with an intensity that made it seem like their lives depended on this game. They left LOUD with no breathing space on both maps. Fans are already hyping up the Chinese team, and we're confident that the crowd will erupt in their next game against the losing side of Team Liquid versus Evil Geniuses.
I'm getting ready to learn Chinese— NRG FNS (@FNS) June 18, 2023
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