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Valorant Champions Semi-Finals: Gambit Esports Ends KRÜ Esports’ Dream Run

Abhimannu Das
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KRÜ Esports' unforgettable run at Valorant Champions came to an end at the hands of Gambit Esports.
KRÜ managed to push Gambit to its limits but a game winning play by Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin sent Gambit to the finals.
Gambit will be going up against Acend later tonight at the grand finals which will be streamed from 5 PM GMT.

KRÜ Esports’ run at Valorant Champions came to an end with things boiling down to overtime rounds in the third and final map of this year’s semi-finals. From losing 0-2 to reaching the semi-finals against the Stage Three champions, KRÜ Esports’ run at the event was nothing but impressive. The LATAM team was at the top of its game at the semi-finals but it will be Gambit that heads into the grand finals. Gambit was down 4-10 in the final map of the semi-finals and the team managed to turn things around with a grueling victory.

Valorant Champions Semi-Finals - KRÜ Esports vs Gambit Esports

Gambit and KRÜ’s matchup could not have gone any better as both teams played arguably the best series at the event so far. Three maps and 75 rounds later, Gambit barely made it past KRÜ thanks to a game-ending play by Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin.

Map 1 - Breeze (Gambit Esports won 13-8)

KRÜ Esports started off strong with an 8-4 lead in the first half but Gambit turned up the heat and did not lose a single round in its 9-0 rout during the second half. Gambit’s Timofey “Chronicle” Khromov and KRÜ’s Juan Pablo “NagZet” Lopez were both having a field day and the trend continued up until the final game.

Map 2 - Ascent (KRÜ Esports won 13-7)

After Gambit’s 13-8 victory on Breeze, KRÜ responded with an even more impressive 13-7 game against the European giants. It was Roberto “Mazino” Rivas from KRÜ who made the difference for the LATAM team with the player ending the match with a ridiculous 383 Average Combat Score and a 2.33 KD.

Map 3 - Bind (Gambit Esports won 18-16)

The third and final game of the series just refused to end with both teams extending overtime all the way until round 34. KRÜ Esports won the first half 8-4 and Gambit Esports replicated KRÜ’s performance with an 8-4 scoreline of their own in the second half. It all boiled down to nAts getting the final two kills needed to send Gambit to the finals.

Valorant Champions Grand Finals - Where to Watch

Valorant Champions is being streamed on Trovo for the first time ever along with the official YouTube and Twitch channels. The grand finals will be streamed on 12th December 2021 at 5 PM GMT.

Trovo: https://trovo.live/games/RiotGames

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/valorant

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1d3HFGFUmkKr2JIUA5Vlw

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.