Day 4 of Valorant Champions 2022 began with the opening matches of Group C and for the primary time, we noticed the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen champion FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) play in Istanbul, Turkey. The EMEA squad was tasked with taking over the Latin American powerhouse KRÜ Esports within the second best-of-three (BO3) collection of the day. It appeared like FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) have been the heavy favorites coming into the match however was put to the take a look at by KRÜ. Nonetheless, FPX closed out the collection with a 2-0 scoreline.
Map 1 Icebox, which was KRÜ’s decide, rapidly became a nightmare state of affairs for FPX. However the EMEA squad turned issues round and gained it in extra time. Bind was additionally shut however FPX gained the map and subsequently the collection with a 13-10 file.
After the conclusion of the collection, AFK Gaming spoke with FPX’s in-game chief (FPX) Kyrylo “ANGE1” Karasov who mirrored on the group’s mammoth comeback on Icebox and what went mistaken for the squad on the defending aspect. We additionally caught up with KRÜ Esports’ IGL Nicolas “Klaus” Ferrari and mentioned the potential causes for groups shying away from Pearl at Valorant Champions 2022.
ANGE1 says FPX had a gradual begin on Icebox
ANGE1 acknowledged that KRÜ Esports’ members have been capturing effectively and that they gained quite a lot of duels. “We have been warming up and we needed to take our time. We had a gradual begin however we warmed up, our communication acquired higher within the second half.”
After going 9-3 within the first half of the map on protection, FPX gained the pistol spherical on assault and gained momentum. The rating crept as much as 7-9 and FPX managed to equal the rating ultimately on Spherical 22. The very subsequent spherical KRÜ struck again however once more FPX pushed the map onto extra time the place it gained comfortably.
Speaking concerning the group’s comeback ANGE1 mentioned, “Attacking halves normally are a bit simpler for us.”
KRÜ Klaus shares his ideas on the low decide charge for Pearl
At Valorant Champions 2022, we have now solely seen Pearl get picked just a few instances and the groups that picked the map went on to lose it. Groups together with Group Liquid, Growth Esports, Loud Esports, KRÜ Esports, XERXIA, and FURIA have banned it. Klaus talked about a few of the explanation why groups are shying away from the brand new map Pearl to AFK Gaming.
He mentioned, “It’s extra a matter of it being a brand new map, groups simply attempting to determine it out and likewise attempting to play one thing else, play the maps they really feel snug in.” Klaus additionally opined that the majority groups proper now have no idea the right way to play on Pearl and that they should experiment with their methods.
Following this collection, FPX will tackle XSET within the Winners’ match and KRÜ Esports has been pushed to the Losers’ match in opposition to XERXIA.
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