Acend from EMEA, won the first-ever Grand Finals of the 2021 VCT Championship Berlin on Sunday, defeating Gambit, another EMEA rival, in a close 3-2 series. Acend earned $350,000 USD for earning the highly sought VALORANT Champions title, which is their first significant success in VALORANT.
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Gambit from Russia had a great run at VCT Champs, finishing in second place and winning $150,000 for their efforts. After winning the Major 3 Berlin event earlier this year, Gambit was a favourite heading into the tournament. On Saturday, they upset KRU in an exceedingly close match to secure a spot in the Finals, where they fell just short of capturing the championship by a few rounds.
Acend was a dark horse candidate entering the competition, given their scant international success prior to VCT 2021 Champions. They demonstrated their worth, though, by extending their Rags to riches story to the finals after winning their group 2-0. They swept Team Secret and Team Liquid on their route to the finals, before narrowly defeating Gambit Esports.
VALORANT Champions – Grand Final Results
- Map 1 (Breeze) – Acend (11 – 13) Gambit Esports
- Map 2 (Ascent) – Acend (13 – 7) Gambit Esports
- Map 3 (Fracture) – Acend (3 – 13) Gambit Esports
- Map 4 (Icebox) – Acend (14 – 12) Gambit Esports
- Map 5 (Split) – Acend (13 – 8) Gambit Esports
Both sides were undefeated entering the match, having won every game in the Group Stage and, of course, the playoffs. In the Semifinals, Acend defeated Scream’s Team Liquid, while Gambit dodged an upset over KRU esports (who had already defeated fnatic and Sentinels).
With both teams winning their map picks up in the best of five Grand Final, the game had to be decided on Split to crown a champion.
Acend was led by Polish gunn ‘starxo’ and Turk ‘cNed,’ who both had 83 and 80 kills in the series to give their team the victory. ‘nAts’ did his best on the Gambit side with 93 frags, but it wasn’t enough.
Acend fought inch of the way from the beginning, always in control on Split, and easily won the game to establish their place in history.
The VCT 2021 season has come to an end. Riot staged a number of regional majors as well as three international majors, including the Champions tournament, throughout the season. Sentinels of North America won the first major in Iceland, while Gambit won the second in Berlin.
Riot Games has already announced the schedule for the 2022 season, which includes two Masters events in April and July, and one Champions tournament in September, 2022.
The VCT has also announced a Game Changers circuit, which will begin after the regular season wraps in 2022.