Brazilian team LOUD and North American team Evil Geniuses have both advanced to the upper bracket finals in the VCT Americas League.
Here's how it happened.
LOUD 2-0 FURIA
The first matchup of the day was between Brazilian teams LOUD and FURIA. FURIA are coming off a win, beating Leviatan in the Upper Round 1 matchup on May 23rd. But will their momentum carry them to a win over the #1 seed LOUD, who only lost one matchup in the regular season?
The first map was Haven. LOUD opened the first half with a bang, winning the first five rounds and going up 5-0. FURIA then managed to win a few rounds towards the end of the first half. However, LOUD was the dominant team and went up with a score of 9-3 at halftime. They continued their dominance in the second half, winning four out of five rounds to secure the win. The final score was 13-4.
Ascent, the second map, was nearly an identical repeat of Haven. FURIA opened the first half strong, winning the first two rounds. However, LOUD had other plans and denied FURIA any chance of winning. The score at halftime was 9-3 in favor of LOUD. FURIA again won the first two pistol rounds in the second half, but it wasn't enough to stop LOUD, as they then won four straight rounds to win the game. The final score was 13-5.
Leading LOUD was Sentinel player Less, who had a KDA of 40-16-3 through both maps, as well as an ACS of 284 and an ADR of 195. Incredible stuff. On the other side, leading FURIA was Quick, who had a KDA of 25-30-4 and an ACS of 216.
With the win, this now means LOUD have advanced to the Upper Final, where they will face off against Evil Geniuses on May 26th. Additionally, they have secured a spot at Masters Tokyo.
With the loss, FURIA drop to the Lower Bracket. Their next chance to stay in the tournament will come against NRG Esports on May 25th.
Evil Geniuses 2-0 Cloud9
The second matchup of the day was between North American teams Evil Geniuses and Cloud9. Evil Geniuses are coming off an insane win, with their Duelist player Demon1 going absolutely crazy on the server. Can they keep up that momentum here against Cloud9, who went 8-1 in the regular season?
The first map was Fracture. Evil Geniuses came storming out of the gates, taking the first six rounds, and going up 6-0. Cloud9 answered back by winning the next three rounds, but their luck ran out there as EG won another two rounds to lead with a score of 8-4 going into halftime. C9 did not stand a chance in the second half, as EG won five out of six rounds to win the game. The final score was 13-5.
The second map was Bind. This game was a total blowout in favor of EG as they won ten rounds in the first half and then easily secured the win in the second half by winning three more rounds. The final score was 13-2. EG player Boostio went insane in this game, with a KD of 21-5 and an ACS of 336.
Overall, leading Evil Geniuses was jawgemo, who had a KDA of 36-17-8 through both maps, as well as an ACS of 291. Great stuff from the Raze player. On the other side, leading Cloud9 was Xeppaa, who had a KDA of 20-29-11 and an ACS of 210.
With the win, Evil Geniuses advance to the Upper Bracket Finals, where they will play against LOUD on May 26th. Additionally, they have secured themselves a spot at Masters Tokyo.
With the loss, Cloud9 drop to the Lower Bracket, where they will face off against Leviatan on May 25th.
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