The Battle of The Group Leaders
XSET and OpTic both finished first in their respective groups, though it’s safe to say the competition in Group B was a lot tougher. The team captained by Pujan “FNS” Mehta had to face off teams like FaZe and Evil Geniuses, who were stronger compared to the likes of group A’s Ghost and 100 Thieves. The only OpTic dropped was the one against EG, and it was a very close one.
On the other side, XSET tied for 1st with Ghost, but ultimately claimed the throne because of their supremacy as they scored a clean 2-0 against them earlier on in the group stage. The competition in group A was more one-sided as XSET and Ghost looked like they were one league above the rest of the teams. The Guard and TSM were completely lost during their games and they were basically free points for the rest of the teams in the group.
The Valorant odds project that XSET has almost no chance at winning against OpTic. This is because what we saw from them during the group stage and in the upper bracket semifinals was nothing spectacular. Sure, Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban performed pretty well as he is 2nd in the ACS and ADR rankings with 324 and 194 respectively, but the rest of the team clearly struggled.
The best that can happen for the team captained by Rory “dephh” Jackson is that Cryocells and the rest of the team performs well over the expectations, which is unlikely to happen from what we saw during the group stage. If XSET ends up losing this series they still have one more series left to be played in the lower bracket finals against the winner of the NRG vs FaZe series, though they would have to win it if they want to participate in the Stage 2 Masters.
Both Teams Dominated Their Last Opponents
Talking about the first map in the XSET series versus 100T, the Thieves had a fairly aggressive setup that led to a 6-1 lead, though they were not able to keep XSET under control as they bounced back into the game quickly. With the game tied at 6-6, XSET once again started a little bit slower however gaining momentum to a strong finish with consecutive round wins, showing their expertise on IceBox.
For the second map of the series 100 Thieves decided to select Ascent as the 2nd map of the series, a map that requires really specific setups and executes. XSET had an almost perfect half on 100 Thieves’ map pick to take a convincing 10-2 lead by the half-time. XSET was able to shut down 100 Thieves’ small comeback before closing the series with ease. Cryocells finished the match with a 3.83 K/D, racking up a total of 23 kills with only 6 deaths.
OpTic did the same against Evil Geniuses as they didn’t give them any opening to win a single map. The 1st map started off on the Geniuses pick of Breeze with a mirrored composition, something quite unusual. The first half was in total control of OpTic’s side, with Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker playing the angle game really well to get huge value on pickups, and the team rotating efficiently to outplay EG at every moment. The half ended with a big 10-2 scoreline in OpTic’s favor and eventually won 13-5.
On the 2nd map, OpTic would swiftly win the pistol round and the following one as well. Evil Geniuses tried an aggressive approach to their defensive half, letting Kelden “Boostio” Pupello push up as much as possible, but the strategy didn’t quite pay off for them. After a few more rounds, the scoreline ended 13-3 in favor of OpTic.
XSET vs Optic Gaming Game Information
- Date: Friday, June 24
- Time: 6:00pm ET
- Live Stream: valorant – Twitch
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XSET vs Optic Gaming Predictions
When it comes to esports bets, it’s very important to see which operators each team picks, and it’s only possible to know that moments before the game starts. The thing is that in this specific matchup, there is such a firepower gap that XSET’s chances of winning are incredibly slim.
Each of the players in OpTic’s side have been performing way better than their counterparts in XSET. Whether it comes to supporting or just straight up dueling, XSET is quite behind OpTic. Even if Cryocells ends up having his best performance of the year, it still wouldn’t be enough for him to carry the rest of XSET, making this game an easy one for OpTiC. We’ve plenty of esports betting and esports odds for you to consider.