FaZe sweep 100 Thieves to win Valorant Champions Tour’s third closed qualifier
FaZe Clan swept 100 Thieves 3-0 in the final of the third qualifier for the Valorant Champions Tour on Sunday to take the event title and earn a spot at VCT Masters 1.
The second-place finish after a run through the qualifier’s lower bracket landed 100 Thieves a qualifying spot as well. NRG Esports knocked a shaky-looking 100 Thieves out of the upper bracket in the opening match of the tournament. As the matches progressed, though, 100 Thieves, who were competing with a new starter in former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Ethan “Ethan” Arnold, started to look much better. They defeated T1, TSM, Gen.G and Luminosity to make it to the grand finals.
FaZe Clan started the tournament out hot with victories over T1, NRG and Luminosity in the upper bracket. After several mid-tier performances at previous events, the roster of four former Overwatch League pros was looking good.
When FaZe Clan faced off against the First Strike Champions in the final, an anticipated series turned into a rout.
FaZe Clan decimate 100 Thieves
100 Thieves looked dominant in their games against Gen.G and Luminosity but struggled to find their footing against FaZe Clan. Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk, Josh “Steel” Nissan and Nick “Nitr0” Cannella had an off day for the Thieves, with all three of the usual clutch-masters going minus-13 in kills/deaths by the end of the 3-0 sweep. Ethan was the only player on 100 Thieves to go positive with a scoreline of 36/30/6 KDA (kills/deaths/assists).
FaZe’s Andrej “babybay” Francisty, on the other hand, had a spectacular day. He dropped over 20 kills on each map and went plus-26 overall at 49/23 with 10 assists as well. The only member on FaZe Clan to go negative was Zachary “ZachaREEE” Lombardo.
FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves both move on to Masters later this month. With their win over 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan will match up against XSET, while 100 Thieves will face Immortals.
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