The group stage of the VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen is coming to an end. The first teams out of the groups and the first teams eliminated were determined after the matches already played. After today’s decider series, the last teams that qualify for the playoffs will be clear. Teams like KRÜ Esports, FunPlus Phoenix, OpTic Gaming and NORTHEPTION will take the stage to continue their journey. Here is the program and predictions of the day.
FunPlus Phoenix vs NORTHEPTION
Predictions: FunPlus Phoenix to win
VALORANT Odds: 1.4
Betting Site: Odds provided by GG.Bet
When: July 13, 2022 – 17:00 CEST
Both teams will face a do-or-die match to continue their journey at the VCT 2022 Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen. With one loss each, the teams will face each other in the Group B decider and if they lose this match, they will bid farewell to the tournament.
NORTHEPTION had spectacular success in their home region of Japan. Qualifying for the VCT 2022 Japan Stage 2 Challengers Playoffs without losing a map from the regional qualifiers, the squad was seen as one of the strongest teams of this stage. However, they were not the strongest. Because ZETA DIVISION, the end game boss, were also taking part in the tournament.
ZETA are quite used to the international stage. In fact, the team took third place at Stage 1 Masters, a result no one expected. So it was quite a challenge for NORTHEPTION to beat them and qualify for Masters Copenhagen.
This proved to be a very difficult task with their loss against ZETA. After the defeat, NORTHEPTION managed to stay alive in the lower-bracket and surprised everyone by defeating ZETA DIVISION 3-1 in the grand final to qualify for Masters Copenhagen.
They lost to DRX in the opening match of the global tournament despite putting up a good fight. They then knocked APAC representative XERXIA Esports out of the tournament with a 2-1 and managed to secure a spot in the decider.
On the other hand, bad luck has been haunting FPX. The team couldn’t attend the previous Masters event due to various reasons, and they are struggling with a stand-in in this tournament as well. They have been away from the international scene for a very long time and finally took part in such a big organization for the first time. This has raised a lot of expectations for them.
Luckily, FPX won their first match at Masters Copenhagen against XERXIA Esports. However, Then lost 2-1 to Korean representative DRX in a close match.
FunPlus Phoenix are the big favorite for this challenge. Although the Japanese teams like to get surprise results, the EMEA squad is more likely to advance to the next round. It is also quite possible that the series will see to the third map.
KRU Esports vs OpTic Gaming
Predictions: Total maps over 2.5
VALORANT Betting Site: Odds provided by GG.Bet
When: July 13, 2022 – 20:00 CEST
It’s hard to predict the winner of this series. All I know is that a wonderful match is waiting for the viewers. Both teams started the tournament in great form and playing well. In addition, the only way for them to qualify for the playoffs is to defeat each other.
KRÜ, as everyone expected, dominated their region and made it all the way to the LATAM final. But this time, something that hasn’t happened in a long time happened and they lost the final series. With this loss, they lost the chance to become the region’s first seed team. Then the LAS representative knocked out Ninjas in Pyjamas 3-0 in the LATAM vs BR Last Chance Qualifier and took their place at Masters Copenhagen.
In the first match, KRÜ Esports defeated LOUD, one of the strongest teams in the tournament, 2-1 with beautiful gameplay. Then they narrowly missed Guild Esports and lost that series 2-1. Despite the loss against Guild, they played a really good game that was really pleasing to the eye.
On the other side, we have OpTic Gaming, champions of the VCT 2022 Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík. The North American team is aiming to become the first back-to-back Masters champions by winning this event.
Their journey began with a 2-0 defeat against Guild Esports. Although the score seemed to be one-sided, all the matches were actually very close. The team had to play an elimination match and despite going down 1-0, they made an incredible comeback to beat Brazilian representative LOUD 2-1 and sent them home.
Both teams looked very strong and well prepared for the tournament. Especially KRÜ’s performance is quite convincing. That’s why it’s very difficult for the series not to go to the third map.