Oasis Gaming woke up just in time to defeat Naos Esports 2-1 at VCT 2022 Stage 2 PH Qualifier.
Oasis Gaming lost Game 1 on Haven as NAOS pulled out a no duelist, triple-initiator composition with Oscar “Kakarot” Farin Jr. on Skye, Simon Jimuel “Blas” Blas on KAY/O, and Emmanuel Jonathan “jEEE” Buenavidez on Breach. This was also the only map win by NAOS so far in the VCT 2022 Stage 2 PH Qualifiers.
“They took us by surprise,” Adrian Jiggs “invy” Reyes revealed in their post-series interview as he explained that the team lost the map as they were unable to adjust accordingly.
“I feel it was just us being slow on the adjustments. Without much deeper thinking,” the current analyst and acting coach for Oasis Gaming Gabriel Joaquin “TheJoaquiGamer” Gamo concurred in a private interview.
To add more insight, he also pointed out that teams would eventually figure out the triple-initiator setup of NAOS if they continue to run it.
“If [NAOS] used the triple-initiator setup versus other teams, I think [other teams] can catch on, on how to play against it,” TheJoaquiGamer revealed.
Despite noticeably groggy during their first game, Oasis Gaming woke up and turned on their switches for their second and third games at Icebox and Breeze. Both games had similar scripts, the first halves were fairly equal until Oasis Gaming decided to take off and go ballistic in the second halves.
“We didn’t anti-strat, we just knew that [NAOS] liked playing slow, so just how could we punish that with the playstyle that we have. We were looking more to polish our plays and setups,” TheJoaquiGamer explained on how they dealt with NAOS.
This was also the first time for TheJoaquiGamer to fill in the coaching slot for Oasis Gaming.
“It was my first time in the coach slot so I wasn’t sure what to say and when to call for timeouts. I was nervous,” TheJoaquiGamer revealed.
Currently, Oasis Gaming is ranked third in the overall VCT 2022 Stage 2 PH Qualifier, just behind Team Secret (Rank 1) and Bren Esports (Rank 2).