Masters Berlin: Group Stage Day 4 Recap
Brandon "Mothman" Moore
9/13/2021, 8:10:40 PM
It would take a lot to match the hype from Day 3. Well, Masters Berlin Day 4 did a pretty good job. It started with a great contest between KRÜ Esports and Team Envy, followed by Vision Strikers versus Acend, and wrapping up with F4Q against Sentinels. All three series delivered and the teams put on an exciting show for spectators at home.
KRÜ Esports started the Masters Berlin broadcast for the second day in a row. In the Winners’ Match of Group B, they went against NA representatives Team Envy. The series started on Icebox with two swift NV rounds. The following rounds saw the teams trade back and forth, with KRÜ putting their attack plan into place. A great post-plant resulting in a 4K by Roberto Francisco “Mazino” Rivas Bugueño tied things. A scrappy battle continued through the first half with it ending 6:6. Thanks to Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker and the snipers found in VALORANT, NV managed to keep it close.
The second half began with the defensive team on top again. That gave KRÜ Esports the lead. While they pushed forward, a huge clutch by Austin “crashies” Roberts with his Shock Darts kept NV from falling too far behind. A 4K by Juan Pablo “NagZ” Lopez Miranda prevented the tie for a short while. NV continued winning rounds they shouldn’t as Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen evened the rounds. NV continued to roll and four kills from Victor “Victor” Wong put them at map point. A strong push caught KRÜ Esports off guard and NV took a brutal map one.
Ascent kicked off with a 3K from crashies as NV attacked relentlessly. Another three, this time from Marved, pushed Team Envy up by two. The crashies show continued as he helped his team take an even bigger lead. KRÜ Esports managed to take a round, but Team Envy would not let up. Ascent was all crashies to start. He dismantled KRÜ as Team Envy approached half time up 10:2.
Not much changed in the second half. Team Envy kept up the aggression, even on defense. They pushed in to surprise KRÜ Esports and prevent them from getting any sort of refresh with the sides switching. It wasn’t long before Team Envy reached map, and series, point. The final round of the map went much slower, but still in the favor of Team Envy. Ascent ended 13:2 and the series was over 2:0.
Team Envy swept through Group B, becoming the second team from NA, and overall, to reach the playoff stage. You can view the breakdown of the contest, along with a 2D replay here.
Match two of the day pitted Vision Strikers against Acend. The Korean team started off with a great pistol round. They continued to find an early lead, but Acend stayed hot on their tails. That didn’t last long as VS started to pull ahead after a huge 3K by Lee “k1Ng” Seung-won. While Acend put up a fight, a 4K by Yu “BuZz” Byung-chul set Vision Strikers ahead at halftime 8:4.
Acend looked to change their fortune on defense. Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi cemented the pistol round with a couple of nasty Ghost headshots. They were unable to gather any momentum, however. Haven was just Vision Strikers’ map. VS attacked quickly and with no remorse. Despite Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek being cNed, Vision Strikers smothered Acend’s defensive strategy. Map one ended 13:7.
Vision Strikers kept up the pace, rushing A Site and taking the pistol round. VS pressured Acend greatly with five quick and clean round victories. A wild Thrifty round finally showed some life in Acend on Icebox. That was short lived as Vision Strikers immediately retaliated by pushing Kitchen and dismantling the team from EMEA. A second round for Acend came from a Aleksander “zeek” Zygmunt 4K with the Guardian. Finally, spectators got to see cNed let loose. He massacred VS for a few rounds with his Operator and Blade Storm.
That was enough to bring VS’ lead down to 7:5 at halftime. Vision Strikers once again took the pistol round. This pushed them even closer to the finish line, but Acend did their best to fight back. It didn’t look too good for the EMEA squad as VS reached double digits, but Acend started to string together rounds. Kim “stax” Gu-taek did his best with a 3K to shut down a comeback. Again, stax made the save for VS taking them to series point. Three from Kim “MaKo” Myeong-kwan prevented a plant and VS took the win 13:9.
With the victory, they not only move on to the playoffs of Masters Berlin, but they have locked in a spot at VALORANT Champions later in the year. You can view the breakdown of the contest, along with a 2D replay here.
The third series of Group D’s double round robin format began on Split. F4Q flew onto B for a quick plant, but Sentinels quickly took back the site for an opening round win. Chae “Bunny” Joon-hyuk pushed in hard with Raze’s Satchels, but F4Q was unable to capitalize right away. It was a big clutch by Kim “Efina” Nak-yeon that got them on the board, however. F4Q had one setting and that was “Go.” Their rapid-fire playstyle kept Sentinels from pulling ahead. Hunter “SicK” Mims netted a few multi-kills to finally put SEN up, exiting the first half 7:5.
The pistol round went in favor of F4Q as this contest remained closer than anyone imagined. After F4Q tied it up, Sentinels took the lead once more. Getting into the gun rounds in the second half was what Sentinels needed. Their attack overwhelmed F4Q with Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo dominating in their Duelist roles. Despite a strong showing by F4Q, Sentinels took it 13:9.
The first appearance of Breeze at Masters Berlin saw TenZ take down four for a Sentinels pistol round. After taking the second round, they fell to F4Q as the map tied. Much like Split, it was a very back and forth contest. Both Sentinels and F4Q came to play. None other than TenZ and the Operator put Sentinels ahead, as he surpassed 20 kills in just the first half. That took his team to halftime with an 8:4 lead.
Three more from TenZ kept Sentinels rolling into the second half of Breeze. Two Flawless rounds put SEN over the double digit mark and one round away from series point. Jeong “Esperanza” Jin-cheol rocked the Marshal for a couple of rounds and almost got an Ace. It wasn’t enough to keep Sentinels at bay, though. Map and series point were theirs. It was, of course, a 3K by TenZ that put the nail in the coffin. Sentinels won Breeze 13:4 and the series 2:0.
Sentinels is unbeaten in Group D, but still must play G2 Esports and F4Q one last time before the playoff teams are decided. You can view the breakdown of the contest, along with a 2D replay here.
Brandon "Mothman" Moore
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