Publish Date: 21/09/2021
Fact checked by: Sophie McCarthy
We have been providing you with updates about the final Valorant Masters event of the year. For many it was the last chance to qualify for the Champions at the end of the year, and for others, it was a chance to win bragging rights and some cold hard cash. For Gambit Esports, it was most certainly the latter. They took down Team Envy in the Grand Finals of the event and cemented their place as one of the top teams in the esports scene.
Leading up to the finals, both teams had been on a bit of a hot streak. Team Envy were beating the odds and took down some of their fiercest rivals in the lead up to the match. Both Sentinels and 100Thieves had a good track record of beating Team Envy in professional competition. However, when the rubber met the road in the quarter and semi-finals, Team Envy beat the odds and took both of them down.
Gambit Esports glided smoothly through the event with their previous game before the Grand Finals being a complete flawless victory against G2 Esports. The final map of that game showed off exactly what they came to Berlin to do. So, both teams were heading into the match with a string of fantastic wins behind them.
Now that the finalists were determined, they settled in for an oversized series of Valorant. The final match was to be a best of five, but the skills and superiority of Gambit made sure that they wouldn’t even make it that far.
The first map was Bind and Envy came in strong straight out of the gate. They won the first two rounds, and we think that there were a few people watching that were thinking that Envy might be able to keep their win streak going. Gambit weren’t going to make it that easy. The first half of the map was an absolute knockdown, drag out fight but Envy managed to reach the end of the half with a two-round lead. It wouldn’t stay that way for long. Envy managed to push the map into overtime, but Gambit came away with the win.
The second map, Haven, was a little bit more one sided. Envy managed to hold out in the first half but never managed to gain a real foothold. This map never made it into overtime and Gambit took the win yet again.
The final map was brutal. Team Envy knew that this was their last chance to turn the game around. If Gambit won again, they would win the overall series. They gave it their all in the first half, with both teams winning an equal number of rounds. Unfortunately, it looked like Envy were running out of steam, they used up all of their energy in the first half and fell to Gambit in the second.
Gambit Esports have been crowned the winner of the Valorant Masters Berlin. They take home $225,000 in prize money and bragging rights as the top Valorant team in the world. They might not have that title for long. Both Gambit and Envy have secured enough points to make it to the Champions. It won’t be long before they square off against one another again and we are betting that Envy will bring their A game.