OpTic Gaming wins the Champions Tour Stage 1 Masters
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OpTic Gaming swept LOUD in the Best of Five Grand Finals on Sunday to win the Valorant Champions Tour 2022: Stage 1 Masters in Reykjavik, Iceland.
OpTic won three hotly contested maps – 13-9 on Ascent, 14-12 on Bind and 15-13 on Breeze – and won the grand prize of $200,000 from a prize pool of $675,000.
The Grand Final was a rematch of the Upper Group Final, in which LOUD won 2-1 to advance OpTic to the Lower Group Final. OpTic beat ZETA DIVISION 3-0 in Saturday’s lower group final to stay alive.
It was a dream run for the American organization, which placed only second in the North American Challengers tournament to qualify for Reykajvik and dropped out of their opening group stage match earlier this month. .
Facing elimination at that point, OpTic defeated KRU Esports and XERXIA to become the second seed in Group B.
Valorant Champions NA Stage 1 Challengers prize pool:
1. $200,000 — OpTic Game
2. $120,000 — STRONG
3. $85,000—ZETA DIVISION
4. $65,000 — Rex Paper
5-6. $40,000—DRX, G2 Esports
7-8. $25,000—Team Liquid, The Guard
9-10. $15,000 — Ninjas in pajamas, XERXIA
11-12. $10,000—Fnatic, KRU Esports
DNP. $25,000 — FunPlus Phoenix
FunPlus Phoenix received $25,000 after travel restrictions in Ukraine and Russia forced some of their players to miss the competition.
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