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Ascend and Gambit advance into the 2021 Valorant Champions finals

With the 2021 Valorant Champions tournament coming to a close this weekend, the remaining four teams gave it their all to secure their spots in the finals to become the first-ever champion of the biggest Valorant tournament of the year. Here is a recap of today’s semi-finals.

Ascend vs Team Liquid

An all-EMEA showdown between Ascend and Team Liquid started the day off. Ascend decided that both teams would battle it out on their favorite map, Bind. The decision clearly paid off, as Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek and the rest of Ascend continued their domination on this map and were able to add another victory to their record. Before their encounter with Team Liquid, Ascend had an 86% win rate on Bind.

For this map, Ascend decided to play a composition they were comfortable with: Brimstone, Sage, Viper, Raze, and Skye. They succeeded in taking control of the map by blocking the exits from Team Liquid and pushing them into bad fights. In the end, Ascend flew to a dominant first win.

If Ascend were able to win the first map in dominant fashion, their gameplay on Split, the last map of the series, was even more impressive. They completely took Team Liquid out of the game early with an 11-1 lead at the half. Liquid was able to avoid the clean sweep with a round win after ScreaM wiped out Ascend with an ace. Liquid was able to do better in the second half, but it was too late and Ascend became the first team to punch their tickets to the final of the event with a 2-0 victory.

KRÜ Esports vs Gambit Esports

In the last series of the day, KRÜ Esports took Masters Berlin champion Gambit Esports to see who will face Ascend in the finals. The first map saw both teams shine but in the end, it was Gambit that claimed the first point in the series. KRÜ started the final best of three the right way by taking an 8-4 lead at the half. Unfortunately for them, the defending international champion didn’t back down from the fight and swept the second half of the map and won 9 rounds in a row.

Despite having their backs against the wall, KRÜ didn’t shy away and decided to bring it to the Gambit. The squad from LATAM succeeded in taking the second map with a great performance on Ascent, but the first half was a close battle with KRÜ leading 7-5 at the switch. Gambit briefly tied the game, but in the end KRÜ ended all comeback possibilities by winning the last 6 rounds in a row. This map saw Krü’s Roberto Francisco “Mazino” Rivas Bugueño dismantled Gambit alongside his teammates with an impressive performance on Sova. He ended the second map with a score of 28/12/6.

With everything on the line, both teams gave viewers a show to remember. At the beginning, KRÜ were looking on their way to add another chapter to their underdog story while they were ahead 10-4, but Gambit climbed back up and forced overtime. Both teams refused to give one inch to the opponent but in the end, it was Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin that solidified the win for Gambit by getting the final two kills in what will be going down in the history books of Valorant competitive history. If Nats was the hero in the end of Gambit, Timofey “Chronicle” Khromov showed up and wrote his name at the top of the leaderboard with a KDA of 30/22/15 in a classic.

Gambit will try to complete the back-to-back international victory when they clash against Ascend to see who will be crowned the first-ever Valorant Champions winner.

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Fabrice Samedy

My name is Fabrice Samedy and I am a 24-year-old writer/journalist. I will mostly be writing recaps of games or series happening in League of Legends or Valorant. With that said, it is possible that I post some interviews from time to time. I hope you enjoy my content!
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