Team Secret almost upsets Gambit in their first match in VALORANT Champions 2021 as they lost 1-2 in the best-of-3 series opener.
Game 1 went to Team Secret as they defeated Gambit 13-6 on Icebox.
They were able to force the reigning Berlin Masters winners to take multiple overtimes, specifically in rounds 10 and 17, during the game. An impressive feat from a team that was bottom in most power rankings.
Both Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan’s and Kevin “Dispenser” Te’s impactful frags were key to their Game 1 victory while the rest of Team Secret provided much-needed support whenever the situation called for it.
Game 2 was a traumatizing one as Team Secret lost without winning a single round in Breeze, as the Pinoy team was statistically horrible on the map.
Team Secret was scattered all over as contrasted with Gambit’s playstyle, which was the reason why they lost as they could not immediately trade a teammate whenever they died.
Game 3 ended with Gambit finishing the game with swapped scoreline with Game 1, 13-6 in favor of the Russian esports organization instead of Team Secret.
Although Game 3 entered halftime with a scoreline of 7-5 in favor of Gambit, a winnable situation for Team Secret, especially since they won the second pistol round, they were unable to catch up which ultimately cost them the game and the series.
With this loss, Team Secret is set to face Crazy Racoons, who lost to Team Vikings, in the elimination match on December 5.
On the other hand, the rest of Day 2 ended this way:
- Sentinels reminded Furia why they won the Reykjavik Masters by showing them how the top team of NA operated. Their series ended with a scoreline of 2-1 in favor of Sentinels.
- Led by both siblings, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom and Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom, Team Liquid swept KRU Esport 2-0.
Meanwhile, X10 Crit’s first match against Envy will be on December 4 while FULL SENSE is set to face Cloud 9 in the elimination match for Group D on December 6.