Valorant Champions Tour 2022: Masters Kopenhagen is well underway, with the North American teams opening up the group stage with consecutive losses against KRÜ Esports and Guild. Day 1 of the much-awaited tournament also saw two Asian representatives facing off to make an encouraging start to the groups. All in all, it was a worth-watching day in which teams showed off their strategies since their first matches.
KRÜ Esports vs LOUD
KRÜ Esports, who captivated all fans with their phenomenal performance at Valorant Champions 2021, secured their first group win over LOUD. The series was expected to be back-and-fourth, however, KRÜ Esports made a speedy start to group A. As for LOUD, they kicked off the bo3 series on Fracture and captured a six-round win streak to end the map without wasting time. Haven was totally different for the two teams, as KRÜ Esports secured seven of the first ten rounds to balance the series. Also, keznit led his team to victory with an astonishing performance on defense.
The decider map was Icebox, where LOUD started the match with four pivotal wins in the first five rounds. Although the NA representative made a better start, but this time Mazino had something to say about the course of the match. His superB plays on defense brought KRÜ Esports the chance to turn things around, nullifying LOUD’s match-holding efforts to secure the win. KRÜ Esports ended their first group series by catching up on a six-round winning streak, and they looked promising for the continuation of the Masters Kopenhagen.
Keep an eye on Guild Esports
Guild Esports, on the other hand, was another team to start the group stage with a victory. OpTic Gaming looked better than their regional rivals as of the first series, however; it was not enough to capture the win. Guild breezed past OptiC on Icebox and Split, offering an action-packed series for those who wondered about their performance on the international stage. DRX also put a trouble-free win in their pocket against the Japanese team Northeption.
It should not come as a surprise to you, as Northeption consists of veterans and rookies with no international experience. DRX, on the flip side, is recently the best Korean Valorant team to represent their region.
Masters Kopenhagen will keep delivering nail-bitter games on the second day. FunPlus Phoenix will make their debut against XERXIA, while KRÜ Esports will take on Guild to capture the first place. Also, the two NA representatives, LOUD and OpTic, will square off against each other to secure their first group win. You can watch all the series on the official Valorant Twitch channel. Have fun!