Global Esports in the VCT APAC Stage 2


Global Esports Pushed to Lower Bracket by Alter Ego in VCT APAC Stage 2 Challengers

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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On Day 1 of the VCT APAC Challengers Stage 2 Groups, India’s Global Esports took on Indonesia’s Alter Ego.
Alter Ego showed up big in the match-up and defeated Global Esports with a 2-0 score in the BO3 series.
Following this, Alter Ego has moved on to the Winners’ Match whereas Global Esports has been pushed to the Elimination Match.

The Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Asia Pacific (APAC) Challengers Stage 2 kicked things off in style with the play-ins between 9th June and 12th June, where a total of four teams qualified for the next stage. The group stage of the Valorant tournament began on 15th June and featured matches from all four groups. On Day 1 of Groups, in the second best-of-three (BO3) series, India’s top representative Global Esports (GE) took on Indonesia's Alter Ego (AE). Alter Ego comfortably won the series 2-0 and secured its spot in the winner’s bracket of Group B, pushing Global Esports into the Lower Bracket of the Group Stage.

Alter Ego qualified directly to the Group Stage of the VCT APAC Challengers Stage 2 as the runners-up of the Indonesia Challengers. On the other side Global Esports booked their Groups slot as the winners of the AMD Skyesports Champions Series (SCS) Valorant tournament which took place on a LAN in Chennai, India.

Going into the match-up, both the Valorant teams were looking to decisively win the series and go one step further in Group B, which also has two other teams: Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) and XERXIA (XIA).

Alter Ego decimates Global Esports with a 2-0 score

In the closely contested BO3 Valorant series, Alter Ego picked Bind and Global Esports picked Fracture. With Breeze, Icebox, Haven, and Split getting banned, the decider map was Ascent.

Valorant map pick s and bans in Global Esports' debut at VCT APAC Stage 2

The first map Bind was a showdown that went right down to the wire with Alter Ego winning it with a score of 13-9. It was a match that had multiple “Thrifty” rounds and was really back and forth. Alter Ego’s Bryan “Kush” Setiawan played the new agent Fade, an initiator by nature, and commanded her like she was a fragger. He was the match MVP (most valuable player) with an average combat score (ACS) of 367 and a K/D/A of 29/ 15 /9. On the Global Esports lineup, Jayanth “skillZ” Ramesh showed up big on Brimstone and boasted a K/D/A of 22/18/6.

After being down by two rounds at the start, Global Esports answered back quickly, thanks to Bhavin “HellrangeR” Kotwani’s hero play on the A site of Bind. Alter Ego’s in-game leader Adrian “adrnking” Setiawan single-handedly held B garden in round 9 and collected a triple kill and secured his team a Thrifty round victory.

When the sides switched, the score was 8-4 with Alter Ego in the lead. On the defense side, Global Esports had a couple of good-looking rounds where they baited Alter Ego by stacking four members on one site and leaving Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar to hold the ground on the other site. Following this, Alter Ego quickly ended the match with a 13-9 score.

Alter Ego decimates Global Esports with a 2-0 score

On Fracture, Alter Ego was on the Defense side and won the pistol round, but failed to use the momentum to win Round 2. AE secured a Team Ace on Round 6 after completely decimating Global Esports. The second map was fiery and swift, and both teams showed aggression. The defenders were entering the sites from the attackers’ side and Alter Ego sprayed and danced over the ragdolls of GE. At the halftime, Alter Ego was once again in the lead with a scoreline of 7-5. In the 15th round, to everyone’s surprise, adrnking won an impossible round for AE as he took down HellrangeR and Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury while on 1 HP.

Despite being pushed to match and series point, Global Esports fought back bravely and won two rounds and pushed the map to 12-7. However, Alter Ego put an end to what looked like a comeback and ended the match quickly after that.

With this defeat, Global Esports has been pushed into the Elimination Match and will take on the losing team in the matchup of XIA vs RRQ on 17th June. Global Esports is no stranger when it comes to making a successful lower bracket run since the team won the AMD SCS tournament after being pushed to the elimination bracket.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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