Acend upset FunPlus Phoenix in EU Masters Semifinals
Acend continues its upset streak at the EU Masters tournament, defeating tournament favorites FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) in the semifinals after upsetting Ninjas in Pajamas in the lower bracket.
“FPX… I really want to get revenge.” said Santeri “”BONECOLD”” Sassi to the Valorant Champions Tour.
Acend get revenge on FPX at EU Masters
Acend previously lost to FPX in the qualifying stage for EU Masters. The team, under the organization Raise Your Edge Gaming, lost to FPX 0-2 in Challengers One. FPX generally dominated the series, taking the first map 13-4 and the second 14-12. Since their last matchup, neither team have made roster moves or significantly changed much about their playstyle. BONECOLD has added Viper to his main rotation of agent picks, but other than that the team has only improved individually since their last meeting with FPX
In the three map series at EU Masters, Mehmet “cNed” Yağız İpek,–Acend’s star Jett player–led the team in kills and average damage per round. The Turkish player racked up 20 kills on each map. Thanks to this, he was a constant thorn in FPX’s side with his entry play. Another constant headache for FPX in-game leader Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow was koldamenta who had some impactful mid-round calls while also keeping up in frags. The Spanish in-game leader dropped 55 kills across the entire series on Sova.
Acend looked relatively unenthused in the first map, Bind, where the team lost 7-13. But, the team gave FPX a taste of its own medicine in the second map, securing Ascent with a 13-6 round score. Then on Icebox, the third and final map, Acend came back from a 6-10 game to win 14-12 in overtime.
“I cant even imagine, no words, my teammates are just so fucking good I just cant,” said BONECOLD on Twitter after the game. “We’re going to finals tomorrow,”
Acend will face First Strike champions Team Heretics in the Grand Finals of the European Masters tournament tomorrow, March 21.
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