The second ever VALORANT “world championship” has officially come to a close with LOUD Esports winning 3-1 over their international rival OpTic Gaming. The Brazil based team comprised of Erick “aspas” Santos; Felipe “Less” Basso; Bryan “pANcada” Luna; Matias “saadhak” Delipetro; and Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi, has earned Brazil its first ever international major win as well as its first ever international title.
They have become the second ever team to win a world title, alongside only EMEA’s Acend whose roster has since dissolved.
Making their third consecutive appearance at an international tournament, LOUD esports has become the only Brazilian team to qualify for three majors in a row. In fact, LOUD was the only Brazilian team in attendance at Masters Copenhagen as the final spot in the LATAM vs. BR playoffs was claimed by LATAM’s KRÜ Esports.
Although their performance in Copenhagen was lackluster—they were eliminated in the group stage—their showing in Istanbul was nothing short of spectacular.
LOUD has previously qualified for the Grand Finals back at Masters Reykjavík, but fell short to NA’s OpTic Gaming, their perennial rivals, 3-0. Their run in Istanbul—the location of this year’s VALORANT Champions tournament—however, went much differently.
The history between these two is rich. Despite playing in two different regions, these two have faced off seven times. In all three majors that LOUD has qualified for, they have had to compete against OpTic Gaming in the group stage.
While that might not mean much on paper, OpTic has never failed to make it out of groups. What’s even more impressive is their international record. OpTic have made two of the three Grand Finals this year.
What happened in the other tournament? OpTic finished 3rd, after losing to the tournament’s eventual winners, FPX, in the loser’s bracket finals. With a record like that, having OpTic in your group means that you can safely assume that one of the two group stage promotional spots has already been taken.
In Istanbul, LOUD managed to make it out of the group stage alongside OpTic, an improvement upon their Copenhagen performance. Despite making it out, they did so behind OpTic, who handed them their first, and only, loss of the tournament.
Following their loss to OpTic, LOUD defeated Japan’s ZETA DIVISION 2-0 to move onto the playoffs.
Their first playoff match was against LATAM’s Leviatán, whom they swiftly defeated 2-0.
A win in the upper bracket meant that they would have to play another upper bracket winner. This time, LOUD faced off against Korea’s DRX, whom they also dismantled 2-0. Two wins in the upper bracket placed them once again in the face of OpTic. This matchup went quite differently to their previous encounters, and the kings of Brazil defeated OpTic 2-0.
A Grand Final for the History Books
Clawing their way back into title contention from the Lower Bracket Finals, OpTic Gaming defeated DRX in a nail-biting 3-2 match to rematch against LOUD in the Grand Final. Meeting for the second time in the Grand Finals of an international tournament this year, the pressure was once again on OpTic’s shoulders to win from the lower bracket.
At Masters Reykjavík, LOUD also defeated OpTic in the Upper Bracket finals; however, OpTic rebounded tremendously and claimed the first title of the year in a flawless 3-0 sweep,
This time around, the tables turned almost entirely. Despite handily defeating LOUD on Bind after narrowly losing the opener on Ascent, OpTic could not hold on. With a 1-1 record, the two teams made it to triple overtime on Breeze before LOUD clinched the victory to bring themselves to match point.
Unfortunately for OpTic, the infamous Green Wall seemed to run out of steam. In a record-shattering 1.5 million view final match, LOUD defeated OpTic 13-5 on Haven and claimed the 2022 VALORANT Champions title.
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