The incredibly close North American VCT Last Chance Qualifier continued yesterday with the second possible elimination match of the current tournament. NRG and Evil Geniuses harshly battled for their last chance to grab a spot for the 2022 VCT Champions.
Both teams definitely have had their strong and weak points through the latest VALORANT season, nevertheless, this time around NRG won the series and sent Evil Geniuses packing for the rest of the year with a final 2 to 0 score line.
Going into the current LCQ tournament, NRG has looked like an improved version of its previous ways. The players were placed in a VALORANT Bootcamp between Stage Two and the LCQ that has absolutely contributed to better team play and overall teammate confidence.
Evil Geniuses have been one of the dark horse teams in the region, especially this year, getting incredible and never expected results as far back as Stage One. Sadly they haven’t shown the same level of performance recently, fans know that the team’s potential is high and the possibilities to go far in this LCQ bracket were pretty high. Their first game against FaZe Clan was quite long and resulted in a disastrous step back to the lower bracket.
Evil Geniuses chose to pick Bind for their first map pick, bringing both teams to the fray. Both of the teams had different strategic approaches, most notably NRG choosing not to play Chamber, something no team has done before. This comes as a shock to everyone because tex has absolutely blasted with this agent before. This time around he locked in Sage in the pick phase.
Nevertheless, tex still consistently got kills for his team throughout the entirety of the first map and stepped up in multiple clutch plays, basically what NRG was hoping for. This time around Ethan was playing Skye, which helped take some of the healing duties off of tex. After an extremely close first half for both teams, EG completely fell apart on their defensive side, not even achieving a single round to their name, thus NRG took Bind 13 to 6.
The next map for both teams was Icebox with mirrored agent picks, setting up 1v1 duels across the map. NRG looked to continue their dominance, making the EG players look like a snack, especially on one of their known maps. NRG’s synergy with utility from different agents, unexpected rush pushes, and quick space rotations helped them achieve momentum going into the second half. Things looked rough for EG until round 8, when they started to get some kills here and there to stop the bleeding. The half ended with NRG up, but with a smaller scoreline of 7 to 5.
EG thankfully continued to find their mojo, taking another of their known pistol rounds and the round after to even the score on Icebox, but NRG decided enough was enough, getting the next 5 rounds in a row thanks to beautiful positioning. EG somehow kept scrapping for kills and eventually, the teams would go overtime to finish off Icebox. Finally achieving some closure, NRG managed to secure two excellent overtime rounds to win them the map 14 to 12 and of course the series 2 to 0.
NRG is set to kick off their next match against Cloud9 in the lower bracket part of the tournament. Make sure to stay tuned as we’ll be covering the event and sharing our esports picks!