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Masters Reykjavik sees first team enter the grand final — Day 5 Recap

Masters Reykjavik sees first team enter the grand final  — Day 5 Recap

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

5/28/2021, 9:14:11 PM


Day 5 of the Masters Reykjavik first ever international LAN event revealed the first finalist. After a crushing Day 4 that saw two more teams shown the exit door, Day 5 also saw another pair be eliminated. The fifth day of Valorant action has concluded with only three more matchups remaining before the massive tourney comes to an end.

Day 5 of Masters Reykjavik saw the following teams go head-to-head:

  • Version1 vs. Fnatic
  • Team Vikings vs. Team Liquid
  • Sentinels vs. NUTURN Gaming

Version1 vs. Fnatic

Icebox

Jake “Boaster” Howlett and co. took us to Icebox for the first map of the day. Fittingly, Fnatic kicked us off with a win on the pistol on attack side. Version1 had some initial trouble on defense to contain the ravaging Fnatic side. 4:0 was the score as we were rolling into the half. A successful A retake finally saw V1 get in the game as Erik “penny” Penny was starting to get warmed up on Jett. That was shortly followed by a 1v1 clutch by Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev to see Fnatic go up to 5:2 in the half. V1’s unsuspecting plays by Anthony “vanity” Malaspina and penny‘s OP shots saw the match go to an even 6:6 as V1’s site retakes kept the attackers guessing.

The second half saw V1 take their first lead on Icebox after a successful plant and round win. A back-and-forth war emerged with both teams starting to heat up. Fnatic’s anticipation of post-plant utility use saw them take two rounds to make it 9:8 before V1 requested a tactical pause. That would pay dividends for the NA team as they went on to take 3 rounds straight afterwards to take an 11:8 lead through vanity‘s accurate shots and space creation for Spike plants. As we were nearing the end that was looking to go in favor of V1, derke got a 3k on A site on defense to deny V1’s fast push to force overtime at 12:12.

In overtime, Fnatic strived under pressure. On attack, a patient, yet quality push guaranteed them the round. On defense, V1 tried to take fights, but Fnatic were just a bit better. Loic “effys” Sauvageau was left in a 1v4. He managed to find two, but fell soon after. Fnatic eventually took Icebox 14:12.

Ascent

The second map took us to Ascent, map pick of Version1. Kicking it off on attack, V1 took the two starting rounds after successful A site raids. Derke was fast to turn it around on the gun round by catching 3 opponents off guard, guaranteeing the round for Fnatic. Derke‘s surge of energy brought Fnatic up 3:2 as his aggressiveness was too much for V1 to handle early on. Despite a tactical pause from V1, it was only beneficial for two rounds. The rest of the half was all Fnatic as Domagoj “Doma” Fancev was a menace for his NA opponents. Fnatic saw the half go 8:4 in their favor.

The half switch saw Fnatic back to their winning ways by taking their two first rounds on attack. V1 saw some hope by grabbing the next two rounds in return, yet that would be the beginning of the end for the NA squad. Doma and co. went to work by utilizing fantastic utility usage paired with on-point gunplay. Vanity and co. struggled to close out rounds as the pressure mounted. Fnatic thrived until the very end, as they closed out Ascent with an easy 13:6 score.

Fnatic have eliminated Version1 from the tournament, effectively avenging Team Liquid’s defeat to the NA team.

Team Liquid vs. Team Vikings

Ascent

Vikings have picked Ascent as the first battleground of the matchup. Not only that. The Brazilian team opted for a Yoru pick that took everyone by surprise.

Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen took the stage by grabbing a 4k for Liquid on the pistol on defense to start out the map. This was followed up by an ace with the Judge on the following round to truly bring it to Team Vikings. A 1v1 clutch on round three saw Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi’s effort rewarded as his side took their first round. Vikings finally managed to challenge Liquid, despite their site entries being heavily challenged. That led to a 4:3 lead still for the EU team. That was before a 3k by Dom “soulcas” Sulcas on B site to deny the entry. From then on out, it was all Liquid, as Vikings were struggling to either enter sites effectively, or deny the retakes. That led to a 8:4 half for Liquid.

Liquid were put on attack after half switch. Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom’s side quickly capitalized on their momentum to close out the pistol in their favor. Jamppi continued riding the wave by getting an entry on B site, as well as 2 more kills to add to his impressive amount. A flawless round headlined by Gabriel “sutecas” Dias’ 3k brought Vikings up to 10:6 as they attempted to stay close. On round 19 Jamppi whipped out the surprise Odin to get his first kill. Matias “Saadhak” Delipetro was left in a 1v2 to retake the site and got an Odin spam himself. However, Jamppi shut him down to get himself a 4k. In the end Liquid kept piling the pressure. This resulted in a 13:8 score for the EU team on map 1.

Haven

The next map was Haven, as we yet again saw Yoru picked by Vikings, but this time, he was facing a duelist-less setup from Liquid. Jamppi yet again came up big this time on the Killjoy, to take a 3k and steal the pistol for Liquid. A 1v1 post-plant went sutecas‘ way against ScreaM for Vikings not trail behind, and make it 1:1. A tight battle ensued as Vikings was pulling off confident rotations to keep Liquid guessing. Meanwhile, Liquid kept retaliating with great retakes and utility combinations to secure kills. This led to a 7:5 score at half-time for Liquid.

The second half saw ScreaM and co. kick it into fifth gear on attack. The first two rounds saw an aggressive Liquid charge and take lead early on. The momentum continued for Liquid as Vikings were struggling to fend off the European side. At 11:5 for Liquid, Vikings requested a tactical pause. It may have been caused by a knife kill by Jamppi.

The timeout did not help the Brazilian side as Liquid kept on rolling. It was a 12:5 until Liquid committed to an A site push. ScreaM closed it all out on Sage by bagging a 4k to stay alive in the lower bracket of VCT Masters Reykjavik.

Team Liquid eliminate Team Vikings from Masters Reykjavik after a 2-0 blowout.

Sentinels vs. NUTURN Gaming

The last Upper Bracket match saw the NA giants Sentinels face the South Korean powerhouse NUTURN Gaming. The winner would enter the grand final of Masters Reykjavik.

Bind

Sentinels kicked things off by taking a near-flawless pistol as well as the follow-up round as NUTURN tried to force the second round. NUTURN went right back in after an all-Sheriff round after selling a fake on A-site. Soon after, a gritty back-and-forth match erupted. Hunter “SicK” Mims managed to clutch out a 1v2 to bring Sentinels to a 5:2 lead on Bind. NUTURN took a timeout at a 6:2 deficit to try and change it up. However, Michael “dapr” Gulino was quick on the trigger to get a 3k on B site, denying the Koreans’ plans. NUTURN managed to scrap two rounds back by utilizing their ultimates and utility as Kim “Lakia” Jong-min shined in the half on Sova. SEN retained their lead of 8:4 at the half.

The half began with SEN steering into their momentum . The duo of dapr and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo guaranteed them the pistol by defending the Spike on A site. Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan’s team went on to bag the next two rounds in clinching fashion. Despite NUTURN playing well, especially on eco rounds, SEN were just a step ahead as they brought it to a 12:5 lead. Jung “peri” Bum-gi was left in a 1v2 do-or-die situation. His attempt was admirable, yet cut short. Sentinels dismantled NUTURN Gaming 13:5 on the opening map, Bind.

Haven

The second map kicked off with a bang as NUTURN started out on attack. Kang “solo” Keun-chul managed to get a 4k but to no avail, as SEN were smarter to not fall for a fake rotate and shut down the Korean side. NUTURN bounced back quickly however, as they picked off the NA players to make it 1:1. After a couple of close rounds, TenZ started to have a big impact in favor of SEN, being the main buffer behind their 5:2 initial lead. At a 7:5 NUTURN pulled up another tactical timeout as the Korean team was struggling to close out rounds in their favor. That didn’t change much as Sentinels were simply too much, closing out the half in another dominant result; 10:2.

NUTURN finally managed to get some rounds on the board on defense, making it 10:4. Now was the time to ride the momentum to mount a comeback. This was far from what happened, despite a few effective kills from NUTURN utilizing close range angles with the Judge, Sentinels were just the better side. From that 10:4 score, the half closed out in favor of SEN at 13:4.

An extremely dominant showing by Sentinels against NUTURN see the NA team stay undefeated at Masters Reykjavik as they sail to the grand final. Meanwhile, NUTURN Gaming drop to the lower bracket.

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5/28/2021

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

An avid competitive FPS lover that started off with covering the Counter-Strike scene and now is starting to love Valorant. Covered IEM Katowice 2019 Major as press and is now conducting interviews on the regular at the Valorant Champions Tour online press room. If I'm not covering Valorant news, I'm trying to break into Diamond with Phoenix or Omen. Twitter: @NaimRosinski Email: naim.rosinski@gmail.com