Masters Berlin: Group Stage Day 6 Recap
Brandon "Mothman" Moore
9/15/2021, 10:20:30 PM
The incredible VALORANT action of Masters Berlin just doesn’t seem to stop. Each day has proven to be more and more exciting as the second ever international VALORANT tournament rolls on. Day 6 of the event showcased more elimination games and one of the double round robin Group D series. Fans were treated with incredible showings by Paper Rex and SuperMassive Blaze, G2 Esports and Sentinels, and KRÜ Esports and Vivo Keyd.
Read ahead for a recap of the day’s matches and check out the prior days for all the hot contests at Masters Berlin!
This elimination match began on Haven with Paper Rex gaining the early lead via a clean pistol round. A 3K by Zhang Teng “shiba” Toh extended that. It was a 3K by Melih “pAura” Karaduran that finally got SuperMassive Blaze on the board. That ignited SMB as they fought to tie up the game on their attacking side with a couple of Flawless rounds. A solid C Site hit is what would put them in front. Huge rounds by pAura kept coming and SMB won seven straight. Paper Rex managed to take the final round of the half, however, keeping the SMB lead at only 7:5.
SMB took the pistol with a great smoke over the Spike and Baran “Izzy” Yılmaz sticking the defuse. Mehmet “Turko” Özen put together a 3K on the retake, keeping Paper Rex from mounting any sort of comeback to start the second half. Ten rounds came quickly for SuperMassive Blaze as things looked bleak for Paper Rex after their hot start. Another 3K happened, this time by Jason “f0rsakeN” Susanto, proving all hope was not lost for Paper Rex. Four from Khalish “d4v41” Rusyaidee followed as they started to string together rounds. Tying it up at 10:10 was not an expected outcome when the second half began.
Overtime was inevitable in this one. The momentum was clearly in Paper Rex’s favor. As the defending team, they shut down SMB to take Haven to map point. Another round was all it took and Paper Rex overcame the juggernaut that is SuperMassive Blaze 14:12.
Paper Rex quickly planted the Spike on A Site, but an easy retake by SMB moved them ahead first. Winning the first round set them up to take the second. A close round saw pAura with the Clutch to keep Paper Rex at zero. Six quick rounds went the way of SMB as Paper Rex was unable to get anything going. That changed in the seventh round of Breeze. Paper Rex planted, defended, and made it out with their first round. Four from Batuhan “russ” Malgaç shut that down quickly. SMB reached the half well ahead at 10:2.
The second half started with Izzy dominating the pistol round with a Sheriff 4K. A Flawless round came right after to put SuperMassive Blaze to map point. A third map would be on the horizon as Izzy continued to wreak havoc, this time with a Marshal. The final round came in rapid fashion as SMB took A Site, planted the Spike, and then eliminated the entirety of Paper Rex to win 13:2.
This is the first map three since Day 3, which saw every series go to a third map. SMB attacked first with a Flawless pistol round. Once again, Izzy popped off with three kills on SMB’s way to another Flawless victory. Paper Rex did not fall behind as quickly as they did on Breeze. Their first round came in the third of Split. Three from shiba showed how well Paper Rex can be on defense as they began to close the gap. Just as Paper Rex pushed ahead, SMB was there to tie it up. Four from Benedict “Benkai” Tan ensured halftime approached with an even game.
The second half started 6:6, but quickly saw SuperMassive Blaze take the lead. The bonus round went to SMB, as well, but the next was all Paper Rex as they refused to go down easily. SMB had an answer for that, shutting down the Paper Rex attack plan to get to double digit rounds. Just as it seemed Paper Rex was doomed, they retaliated like in map one. Eren “Brave” Kasırga put his foot down with an Ace at series point to prevent another chance at overtime and give SMB the 13:10 victory. That eliminated Paper Rex from Masters Berlin.
Another showdown between two amazing teams at Masters Berlin was set to be more high profile than the first one. G2 Esports took Icebox from Sentinels in their previous match and looked to mirror that here. The pistol round and subsequent buy was theirs easily. A 3K by Auni “AvovA” Chahade increased G2’s lead. Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas took down three to keep G2 dominating. The eighth round of Icebox is where Sentinels would get their first round. Another round immediately followed. Cista “keloqz” Wassim got a 3K of his own to stop Sentinels from going on a hot streak. We finally saw a good round by Tyson “TenZ” Ngo as he took down four, but G2 kept a large lead.
G2 Esports started the second half ahead 9:3. The pistol round was all theirs as keloqz took down three. At double digits, G2 was sitting pretty. Nothing would come the way of Sentinels as they struggled to take out any of the defending G2. Map point cam rather quickly for the EMEA representatives. G2 made a statement with this one, taking it 13:3 after winning a closer 13:8 Icebox when these two teams originally met.
G2 kept up their momentum from Icebox, decimating Sentinels in the pistol round. Sentinels got their first round much earlier here once they were able to put some weapons in their hands. A 4K from nukkye continued propelling G2 forward. Sentinels were on the ropes early yet again. TenZ looked to change their fortunes with an Ace. That hyped up Sentinels to take some more rounds from G2 as Hunter “SicK” Mims managed a 3K in a Flawless. That was only good enough to get four, however, as G2 entered halftime ahead 8:4.
Sentinels finally won a pistol round in this series to push back on Split. Three kills from SicK brought Sentinels even closer. The next round saw a 3K from Michael “dapr” Gulino to keep the Sentinels comeback intact. It wasn’t long before the game was tied. A huge 3K Clutch from Jared “zombs” Gitlin is what gave SEN the lead. Incredibly, G2 stormed back to tie things at 10:10 before taking the lead with their eleventh round. Three from AvovA behind a stellar Cosmic Divide took G2 to map and series point. A dangerously close round saw dapr with the Clutch to keep SEN alive. The first international loss for Sentinels at 13:11 came from the following round as dapr was the shortest moment away from defusing the Spike and forcing overtime. He was taken out and G2 walked away with the victory.
The final match of Masters Berlin Day 6 would send a team home. KRÜ Esports took to Split with a dominating pistol round. Angelo “keznit” Mori secured his team the second round with a 4K, three coming from Raze’s Paint Shells. The likes of Juan Pablo “NagZ” Lopez Miranda and Nicolas “Klaus” Ferrari picked up three each for KRÜ to give them a small lead. Vivo Keyd fought back, however, preventing a massive deficit. They would fall behind their LATAM opponents 7:5 at the half.
A crazy pistol round went to KRÜ Esports as they began to pull further ahead. Another went to the LATAM reps, but Vivo Keyd would respond before things got out of hand as Lucas “ntk” Martins put together a great round. Even though KRÜ made it to double digits, Vivo Keyd refused to go down. The valiant effort saw Olavo “heat” Marcelo kick things into gear, but it was cut just short as KRÜ Esports finished things 13:11.
KRÜ Esports began Haven on the attack, quickly taking the pistol round. The subsequent round was all theirs as well, but Vivo Keyd finally got on the board when guns came into play. Jonathan “JhoW” Glória stepped up big for his team once again at Masters Berlin. Then Murillo “murizzz” Tuchtenhagen on Phoenix notched an Ace to hype VK up as they eventually found their first lead of the series. Vivo Keyd maintained that lead with an 8:4 advantage.
The second half started with VK taking it to KRÜ on the attack. Two quick rounds went in their favor with the second being a Team Ace. That put the score to 10:4. KRÜ Esports mirrored what VK attempted on Split. The BR team was shut down for a few rounds in a row to make this yet another close battle. A huge 3K by ntk was seemingly for nothing as he couldn’t net the final kill, allowing KRÜ to tie things 10:10. Both teams scratched and clawed near the end of Haven, but ultimately, KRÜ Esports advanced to the playoffs after winning 13:11 once more.
Brandon "Mothman" Moore
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