The Valorant Champions Tour 2022 is underway for the North American Region. And with it so is our first upset, in TSM Vs Knights.
The Valorant champions tour season 2 started out with a bang for the NA region. Most of the teams from the North American region went through roster changes to make a more compatible team. One matchup which everyone was looking forward to was between Knights and TSMFTX.
Introducing our new roster and coaching staff for the upcoming VCT season.
— TSM FTX (@TSM) January 20, 2022
With the TSM’s new roster everyone thought that we would finally be able to see TSM at the top. However, Knights had other plans.
TSM FTX vs Knights: Upper Round of 16
Going into this match-up, TSM had the higher seeding. Sp TSM chooses Split as the first map, with knights choosing Ascent as second and Bind remaining the third. This was a best of 3 series.
Map 1: Split
TSM felt confident going into Split, and they had every right to be. Their utility usage and map awareness were perfect. They defeated the Knights with a score of 13-5.
Map 2: Ascent
Ascent felt more of a back and forth map. TSM had the advantage in the first half, with a score of 7-5. However, the Knights’ defense was impenetrable. Knights comp with the killjoy was just overpowered, and they ended up winning the map with a score of 13-8.
Map 3: Bind
Bind was the closest map of all three as it ended up going into overtime. TSM again had the upper hand from the first half as they with up 8-4. However, the Knights made the most insane comeback and won the series with a score of 16-14.
— Knights (@KnightsGG) January 29, 2022
With this win, the Knights qualify for the upper quarterfinals against The Guard. And at the same time, this loss doesn’t mean TSM is out of the tournament. They have a second chance to make it to the group stage through the lower bracket.