Acend rally past Gambit Esports, win Valorant Champions Tour

Acend fought back from down 1-0 and 2-1 to earn a 3-2 victory over Gambit Esports in the best-of-five grand final of the Valorant Champions Tour on Sunday in Berlin.

Acend claimed a $350,000 prize for their performance, while Gambit took home $150,000 for second place.

After earning the top spot in Group A, Acend didn’t lose a map in the best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal. They ran into a tough final opponent in Gambit, which had earned 2-1 wins in each of the previous two playoffs rounds.

Gambit opened Sunday with a 13-11 win on Breeze, but Acend took the next map, Ascent, 13-7. Gambit scored a 13-3 blowout on Fracture to move within one map of clinching the title.

Acend pushed Gambit to extra time on the fourth map, Icebox, and squeaked out a 14-12 win. They moved to a winner-take-all fifth map, Split, and Acend notched the decisive 13-8 victory.

Eight teams had emerged from the group stage for a single-elimination playoff bracket. All matches in the tournament were best-of-three until Sunday’s grand final.

Valorant Champions 2021 final standings and prizes:

1. Acend — $350,000
2. Gambit Esports — $150,000
3-4. Team Liquid, KRU Esports — $90,000
5-8. Team Secret, Cloud9, X10 CRIT, Fnatic — $40,000
9-12. Team Envy, Sentinels, Team Vikings, Vision Strikers — $20,000
13-16. Keyd Stars, FURIA Esports, Crazy Raccoon, FULL SENSE — $20,000

–Field Level Media

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