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XSET Nabs First International Win At Valorant Champions Istanbul

After an upset in VCT Masters Copenhagen, XSET claimed their first-ever international win against XERXIA in Valorant Champions 2022.
XSET Nabs First International Win At Valorant Champions Istanbul

The Valorant Champions Istanbul 2022 is underway, and XSET managed to secure its first international win. XSET secured the series with a 2-0 win against XERXIA, with the game starting with the first map being Fracture which was XSET’s map pick, and XERXIA began to be on the attacking side.

Although XERXIA shocked everyone with Foxz picking up Pheonix, they utilized the duelist well. The map looked pretty comfortable on XSET’s defensive side, but soon it started to overturn as the sides changed.

XSET pros celebrating their win against XERXIA.
XSET pros celebrating their win against XERXIA. (Picture: Riot Games)

XERXIA played their defensive half pretty spectacularly with some fantastic 4v2 or 5v3 retakes and took the map close to 12-11. There was some insane spike defuse by XERXIA, outplaying XSET, but to secure the round SyykoNT, XSET Head Coach took a timeout, and finally, they managed to take the first map by 13-11.

The second map was Icebox which XERXIA picked, and XSET decided to play the defense side first. The agent composition from XERXIA was again surprising because Foxz picked Yoru, another unorthodox duelist agent.

The Yoru managed to teleport around the map and take picks in the attacking half, but XERXIA only managed to secure five rounds. After the sides were changed, XSET looked pretty comfortable securing the map and series.

valorant champions istanbul 2022 xset xerxia head coaches meeting
XSET's Head Coach, SyykoNT, and Zeus, XERXIA's Head Coach, before their match. (Picture: Riot Games)

However, when Zeus, XERXIA Head Coach, took a timeout and did manage to take a round of XSET’s hand, it was already too late for XERXIA. XSET closed the game and the series with a score of 13-10. This win made XSET move into the winner’s bracket, and they will play the winners of FPX vs. KRU Esports on 4th September 2022.

Unfortunately for XERXIA, they'll be moved to the losers bracket and have to win every game to qualify for the playoffs. Their next match will be against the losing team from the FPX vs. KRU Esports match on 5th September 2022.

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Featured image courtesy of Riot Games.