In a really-anticipated rematch, DRX took down FPX now in the decrease bracket of VALORANT Champions 2022—and it ended in a breathtaking way on Haven.
DRX looked poised to dominate early on FPX’s decide on of Icebox. As soon as the entire obtain rounds started out, DRX discovered early accomplishment on attack even with no a duelist, in particular on the A web-site, by way of very well-timed executes that crunched the FPX protection. FPX cleaned up their protection toward the conclusion of the 50 percent, hitting some crucial pictures but even now trailing 7-5 ahead of heading into their have assault aspect.
FPX received their next straight pistol round to bounce-commence their next fifty percent and really obtained the momentum likely with a close to flawless reward spherical earn, where by they obtained on to the A web page virtually uncontested. In some way, DRX bounced back again quickly with a retake on B with only pistols, but that spherical didn’t derail FPX’s momentum, who cleaned up their publish-plants to acquire a 10-8 lead and pressure a DRX timeout. DRX identified the responses they essential in that timeout to tie the map at 11-11, then took the lead with a perfectly-timed Fade greatest that completely disrupted FPX’s B execute. And then, DRX withstood two unique FPX ultimates to hold off an A execute and steal absent Icebox 13-11.
Inspite of the reduction on Icebox, FPX came out solid on Haven with an impressive defensive aspect. SUYGETSU was the impression participant for FPX many thanks to the value provided from the utility of his shock Viper choose, additionally his have personal capacity to get frags. FPX led 9-3 at halftime just after a a lot better defensive showing when compared to Icebox.
DRX didn’t seem interested in allowing the collection go to a few maps even though, professing the first three rounds of their defensive aspect, which includes the reward, to force an FPX timeout. Even immediately after a timeout, and with some exceptional publish-plant setups from FPX, DRX ongoing to pull off impressive retakes to slice down the FPX guide, winning six straight to tie the map at 9-9. DRX took the direct and hardly ever appeared again, securing the map 13-9 and the 2- sequence get with a flawless defensive fifty percent.
For FPX, it’s a bitter end result, lacking out on the possibility to turn into repeat trophy lifters and ending their run as one more target of the notorious 9-3 curse. For DRX, the team that is traditionally underperformed at intercontinental activities, their magical operate now turns in the direction of OpTic, a team that is experienced their range all year.