Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) will live to fight another day after eliminating the lone South Asia representative, Global Esports, 2-1, in the lower bracket of group B in the Valorant Champions Tour Asia-Pacific Stage 2: Challengers Playoffs on Friday.
After yesterday’s heartbreak loss against XERXIA, RRQ made sure that their VCT dreams won’t slip away just yet, taking a 13-9 victory in the decider match at Haven.
The Filipinos were actually looking good, controlling the lead throughout the match.
With the match point at hand in round 17 for RRQ, Global decided to put on the pressure, taking four straight rounds to be within three, 9-12.
Come round 22, the Indians forced RRQ to another eco round which gave them an easy gun advantage. However, the Filipinos had other plans in mind, creating havoc while only using pistols.
Global did not expect aggression from RRQ as they got picked off one by one, losing game number three in a heartbreaking fashion.
Nathaniel “Nexi” Cabero had himself a game with 25 kills as Chamber while also reaching the 300 Average Combat Score mark with 302.
For GES, Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar who also used Chamber finished with 19.
Rex Regum took Map One at Split in a dominating 13-4 fashion. Global bounced back in Game Two at Ascent to force a do-or-die after winning in Overtime 15-13.
With no more room for error, Rex Regum is only a win away from advancing to the playoffs. However, a loss would also cause them VCT hopes.
Meanwhile, another Philippine representative Oasis Gaming has been eliminated from the tournament after suffering a 0-2 sweep against BOOM Esports.
The Filipinos started off strong in Game One in their map pick, Icebox, with a 4-0 opening score before BOOM tied it at six before closing the half.
The late game surge of a 7-1 helped BME steal the map from the Philippines, taking a 13-7 victory.
Game Two Bind was pretty much the same story for both teams. OAS was holding on to a two-point advantage at the half, 7-5.
Dejavu struck the Philippines Stage 2 first runner-up as the second half was all BOOM. The Indonesians limited Oasis to only a round win in the closing half, this time with an 8-1 blast good enough for finishing the series early.
Because of the defeat, only two Filipino representatives remain in the tournament.