The strong rivalry of the 2022 VCT year came to an exciting closure, with LOUD and OpTic battling for the fifth time this year in the grand final of VCT Champions 2022.
The series started with an unexpected stomp from LOUD’s stunningly dominant team composition in the winner’s final, Ascent. But OpTic looked way more comfortable this time around, looking for early pressure after the buy rounds started on the defense side, coming with early aggression to disrupt LOUD’s pushes before walking back to safer or deeper angles. OpTic’s defense was truly completed by Marved lurks and duels from yay, resulting in a 7-5 lead at half time.
OpTic went ballistic on their attack side and achieved a 12-8 lead. Nevertheless, LOUD grabbed four straight rounds, highlighting their defensive playbook while regaining pressure and ultimately forcing overtime. Going into the second overtime, LOUD took advantage after a misstep from Crashies, before flanking the OpTic push the next round to finish Ascent 15-13.
OpTic came with the same aggressiveness into Bind, with Marved clutching a post plant situation in the pistol round to get his team some economy, while Crashies won a 1v2 to barely save OpTic from an anti-eco force from LOUD. OpTic built a heavy advantage in the attack side, pushing the A site over and over again with fast paced executions thus gaining a 10-2 lead at half time. Both Marved and Yay were killing machines in the first half.
LOUD mirrored an equally impressive attack side, by winning the pistol and bonus round to start the second half running. After an OpTic timeout, LOUD looked very well after an incredible 1v3 clutch from Aspas. However, Crashies gave OpTic its 11th and 12th round before finishing the series on Bind with a 13-6 victory.
The same aggressive playstyle for OpTic carried into Breeze, winning four consecutive rounds to start their defensive side, mostly thanks to Crashies and Yay. LOUD came into sense and won four of the next five rounds, with Saadhak showing up on KAY/O. After a 5-1 lead for OpTic, LOUD tied the half at 6-6.
The second half continued to be a struggle for both teams, with neither lineup able to push their advantage. After three OTs, LOUD finally finished their second game of the series 16-14.
Game three was completely different, LOUD didn’t give up any advantages on the attack side, going perfect in the second half to close out the series, and achieve a world championship for Brazil, finishing Haven 13-5. LOUD finally closed a great series against Optic at the best possible situation and managed to claim the true second VALORANT world championship. LOUD also now becomes the first team not from North America or EMEA to win an international tournament as they are based and created from Brazil.
Going into 2023 we will expect both of these teams to be part of the new VALORANT circuit franchising, with other big-name juggernauts in the mix. Make sure to stay tuned in as we’ll be covering all the roster transfers and sharing our esports picks with you once the new season begins!