Experience prevailed as Team Secret refused to go home just yet, eliminating FW Esports, 2-0, in the opening bout of the group stage in the Valorant Champions Tour Asia-Pacific Stage 2: Challengers Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
After a disappointing match against BLEED the other day, Team Secret was once again tested on the same map at Icebox in Game Two.
But this time, it was not just a win, but a statement for the kings of the Philippines as they took the 13-3 triumph.
The Filipinos took a more traditional approach this time with Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan, Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco and Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza using the must-pick agents for this map, Jett, Sova, and Viper.
Their agent selection proved to be working as they held a 10-point advantage to end the first half, 11-1.
FWE started the second half taking the first two rounds, but it was quickly answered by JessieVash’s three-versus-one clutch in the fifteenth canto to bring them to within match point and eventually take the victory.
It was Riley “Witz” Go who led Team Secret as he went berserk with his Tour De Force finishing with 19 markers with a high 328 Average Combat Score. DubsteP (Jett) also had himself a game with 18 kills and 305 ACS.
For FW Esports, Killua finished with 11 kills.
Game One at Haven was a closely contested affair with Team Secret taking the dub, 13-10.
DubsteP stepped-up big time, this time as KAY/O. The initiator had 28 kills, 12 assists and an outstanding 350 ACS for Team Secret.
The Filipinos will fight again on June 20 for a spot in the playoffs. But a loss on Monday’s match would also cause them elimination.