EDWard Gaming Exits Valorant Champions 2022 After Loss Against Team Liquid
After losing its first game at Valorant Champions 2022, Team Liquid managed to survive an elimination scare by taking out EDWard Gaming (EDG) in last night’s elimination match at the event. Team Liquid will now face Paper Rex on 7th September to compete for the final Group A playoffs slot.
EDWard Gaming: “We definitely learned something”
It was EDWard Gaming’s first international Valorant Champions Tour event and its debut was uneventful as it suffered two back-to-back losses. After the matchup against Team Liquid concluded, EDG coach Lo “AfteR” Wenhsin said “We definitely learned something. You’ll see maybe the next time we compete.”
BOOM Esports and EDG were the two debutants at Valorant Champions and both teams have exited the event. While EDG’s run may not have been impressive on paper, the team did put in everything it had against Liquid. Liquid’s Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom said after the game, “They’re very young though, and they still have to learn a lot. We didn’t underestimate them. We take them very seriously.” ScreaM even mentioned that EDG and Paper Rex’s playstyles are very similar and both teams are very aggressive.
Team Liquid is one of the tournament favorites and everyone was shocked when the team lost its opening matches to Leviatan. But now with a win in the bag, Team Liquid is back on track to qualify for the playoffs if it gets past Paper Rex later this week. Coach Emil “eMIL” Sandgren revealed in the post-match interview that the difference between Liquid’s first game against Leviatan and the matchup against EDWard Gaming was “energy.” He said, “This game we really came in with 110 percent of maximum shouting, giving it our all.”
In the first match of the night on Bind, Team Liquid cruised past EDG with a 13-5 scoreline. The European team managed to secure a 8-4 lead in the first half and closed things off with a 5-1 second half. However, EDG came back with all guns blazing on Breeze and gave Liquid a hard time. Despite securing a 7-5 lead in the first half, Liquid was unable to make EDG bulge. The Chinese team took things to overtime and eventually lost to Team Liquid with a 14-12 scoreline.