The Guard Find Themselves at The Bottom of Group A
The winners of the VCT 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers are now struggling to score a single point as they lost their opening match against 100 Thieves and then lost to Ghost Gaming the following week. But The Guard’s losing streak didn’t start a couple of weeks ago. During the VCT Stage 1 Masters in Reykjavík, The Guard lost to both OpTic and Paper Rex in a disappointing manner, meaning they haven won any of their last 4 matches.
Now they’ll try to bounce back from their losing streak against TSM, the team that recently won against 100 Thieves. TSM has been competing in the North American scene for quite a while now, but they have yet to reach a Masters or Champions stage in the VCT. This season they’ll change that as they recently added Anthony “gMd” Guimond and Johann “seven” Hernandez to their roster. Seven is one of the biggest up and coming Valorant talents in the scene, and being only 16-years-old, he already managed to impress a lot of esports betting experts.
The New TSM Lineup Looks Very Promising
That’s one the biggest strengths in this TSM lineup, whether it is Seven, Corey, Rossy, gMd, or Subroza, we can expect all of them to pull off some amazing plays during their games, and they proved this in their last match against 100 Thieves. In the first map, it was Subroza (172 ADR) and gMd (170 ADR) the ones that ended up carrying the rest of the team towards the victory. But during the second map, Corey (189 ADR) ended up being the deciding factor in TSM’s win over 100T. Rossy might have gone unnoticed but he actually managed to perform well and finished the game with 89% KAST, which is quite high.
All of the players are having great games, but in my opinion, Seven is the one that we have to keep our eyes on. The 16-years-old Mexican player has managed to defy all the esports odds by winning maps over some of the strongest teams in the region, like 100T and The Guard. Seven didn’t find much success with his former team T1, but now that he joined such a prestigious esports organization like TSM, the future of his career is looking very bright.
The Guard Didn’t Score a Single Win on The International Stage
During the VCT 2022: North America Stage 1 Challengers, we saw The Guard completely dominate the domestic competition, securing a spot in the Stage 1 Masters in Reykjavík as North America’s 1st seed. Don’t get me wrong, it was exciting to see a new team like them be the main representatives of the NA region, but we can’t deny that they failed to meet the expectations. They lost their very first encounter against OpTic Gaming, which is another team from North America, and to make things worse, they got knocked out of the tournament by Paper Rex, one of the APAC representatives.
Now The Guard needs to start picking up some wins if they don’t want to end up falling further behind in the group standings. Right now they are the only team with an 0-2 score in Group A, but if they manage to take down TSM, things might start looking better for them. It’s very clear that this team is one of the strongest ones in the region, and the roster isn’t any different from the one that won the last NA Challengers. Maybe they just need to score a single win to recover their self-confidence and get back on track to getting their 2nd NA championship.
TSM vs The Guard Game Information
- Date: Friday, May 27th
- Time: 4:00pm ET
- Live Stream: Twitch
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TSM vs The Guard Predictions
This one might end up being one of the closest matchups if The Guard manages to get back in form. TSM right now is looking much stronger after their recent roster changes, and playing against The Guard will be their trial by fire. These two teams have yet to face each other, as The Guard is one of the newest additions to the VCT and TSM didn’t participate in the Stage 1 Challengers.
Just by looking at the recent results of both teams, it’s clear that TSM comes into this match as the favorite and the esports bets indicate this. TSM didn’t show any struggle in their games versus 100 Thieves, while The Guard couldn’t pick up a single map against them. Considering that TSM recently made roster changes and are already looking like a strong contender for the championship, I think that TSM’s firepower will be enough to overcome a The Guard that isn’t looking that hot compared to their last Challengers appearance.