Acend emerge as victors of the VALORANT Champions Grand Final
12/12/2021, 11:36:23 PM
The inaugural VALORANT Champions Tour has finally come to an end. The best team in the world has been decided. After a grueling 12 days of Champions competition consisting of a Group Stage and a Playoff bracket, Acend has beaten Gambit Esports in the Champions Grand Final. With an EMEA Masters 1 title under their belt and now a world championship, it is safe to say Acend is the top team in VALORANT until another champion is crowned.
Congratulations to Acend and to Gambit Esports as the runners up. Read ahead for how they pulled it off.
The Champions Grand Final started on Breeze. Acend absolutely dominated the first half. A huge 4K by Aleksander “zeek” Zygmunt got them rolling. A 9:3 half was their fate and the curse proved to be real. Gambit Esports switched to defense and won both pistol rounds. While Acend took the following two, they were not given a single round the remainder of the map. Ayaz “nAts” Akhmetshin did his thing to help Gambit come back and win 13:11.
Acend managed to tie the series up in the second map, Ascent. Every member of the team stepped up to give them a 7:5 lead at the half. From there, the likes of Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi and Patryk “starxo” Kopczyński kicked things into gear even further. Gambit only found two rounds after halftime. Acend swiftly ended map two with a 13:7 score line.
Fracture was even quicker. It was none other than nAts who dominated for Gambit once more. He had 26 kills while only starxo managed to break double digit kills for Acend. A Flawless bonus round was the hot start that Gambit needed. They looked completely unstoppable on map three and that’s all there is to it. Gambit took the Champions Grand Final to what could have been the fourth and final map with a 13:3 Fracture victory.
Icebox was the map that saw Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek and Timofey “Chronicle” Khromov finally come online for their teams. Map four began with some pretty even rounds that any team could have taken. The first half ended with a very close score because of that. Both teams locked in as Gambit looked to push for another comeback. Acend hung on, however, and forced overtime. A couple of opening kills by starxo were the nail in the coffin as Acend won two straight rounds to send the Champions Grand Final to map five.
It all came down to Split. This is where the winner of VALORANT Champions 2021 would be decided. Acend looked ready to take it all even after losing the third round of the map. Gambit fought back as Nikita “d3ffo” Sudakov started picking off Acend players left and right to keep them down only 7:5 at the half. Acend took two to open their attacking side, but Gambit retaliated once more with three in a row. Acend refused to look back at that point, finishing off Gambit with four straight rounds, a 13:8 victory, and the title of VALORANT world champions.
With that, the VALORANT Champions Tour of 2021 is officially over and Acend have risen to the top of this growing esport. From everyone at Run It Back, thank you to those who supported us and competitive VALORANT throughout the year. Stay tuned for VCT 2022 and more amazing content!
Brandon "Mothman" Moore
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