And they’re out…
The North America (NA) Challenger League 2023 is comprised of 12 teams competing over the course of 2 splits during the year. The first split, set to run from the 1st of Feb until the 17th of Mar, will culminate in attendance to the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI).
Breath of air for Oxygen as they surge ahead with another win over Turtle Troops. G2 retained their position at the head of the pack with yet another win over Shopify (who have continued to struggle at the bottom of Group A).
This marks the final day of the NA VCL regular season for Split 1. Next up, MSI will begin on the 22nd of Mar, featuring the top eight teams.
Here is everything you may have missed from Week 5 Day 3 of the NA VCL:
Turtle began the series with their own map pick of Lotus. They began well, with a clean Defense start that had well-polished retakes.Of especial note was their use of Harbor’s Cascades to section off parts in their retake executions.
The half ended 5-7 however, as Oxygen began ramping up their offensive. Despite the side swap, Oxygen kept their foot on the pedal and claimed another four rounds to make it 5-11 before Turtle took the last 7 of the 8 rounds to force overtime. Turtle’s last minute clutch allowed them to close out their own map pick 14-12.
The storm is here! @Governor_Val takes down three with Jett's Blade Storm on Lotus! 🌪️ @turtletroopsval— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 17, 2023
#⃣ #ChallengersNA pic.twitter.com/yC6tFocm7K
Next, Oxygen took the series to Ascent, where Turtle showed their initial comfort on the staple map as well. The first half ended 8-4 in favor of Turtles, but like the previous, the game was forced into overtime, where this time, the clash went on far longer with a steady back and forth that saw Oxygen eke out ahead 17-15.
Can't fool @Governor_Val! 🤫 @turtletroopsval— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 17, 2023
#⃣ #ChallengersNA pic.twitter.com/OFCr2QVPE3
Now with both teams having won their respective map picks, the series went to a decider map, Split. On it, the map was initially well contested from both sides, ending in a 6-6 first half. However, once the side swap came through, the Turtle’s ran out of gas and Oxygen surged ahead to a 13-9 win.
Swift triple kill with Phantom from @Add3rTV to score @turtletroopsval's first round on the defensive side of Split! 👍— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 17, 2023
#⃣ #ChallengersNA pic.twitter.com/uGEwi6ZlYS
Strafe Player of the Series: OXY pwny
2-1 victory for @OXG_Esports versus @turtletroopsval! Don't go anywhere as we are moving forward to our last, but not least, match of #ChallengersNA Week 5!— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 17, 2023
Check out our website for more news:
👉 https://t.co/hwMwl3VHAk@eBay - @invstreams pic.twitter.com/mbMGQX5BMJ
Long gone are the praises for Shopify. The initial hype and excitement around the experienced roster has failed to bear fruit as they fall to the bottom of Group A with a 1-4 record.
The series began on Shopify’s map pick of Icebox, however, the game was a hard struggle for the Shopify side from the start. G2 took 8 straight rounds before SR managed to win their 1st. The half ended 10-2, and despite a slight return to form for SR, it was too large of a gap to come back from. G2 took the first map 13-8.
Strong early lead from @G2VALORANT as @Lft_Oxy takes down three over at B site on Icebox! 💪— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 18, 2023
#⃣ #ChallengersNA pic.twitter.com/xt6vsiSceg
G2 took the second map of the series to Split, one of their comfort picks with this roster. The first half was already heavily contested for Shopify, with G2 taking an 8-4 half on their Attack side. On Attack, SR struggled to make ground onto the sites, as G2 held firm, and their stars shone with multiple multi-kills that killed any hope SR had of coming back into the game. G2 took Split 13-4.
Strafe Player of the Series: G2 OXY
A convincing 2-0 victory for @G2VALORANT over @ShopifyRebels to conclude Week 5 of #ChallengersNA! Thanks for watching and until next time.— Knights Arena (@KnightsArena) March 18, 2023
More information about the event can be found on our website. Check it out!
👉 https://t.co/hwMwl3VHAk@eBay - @invstreams pic.twitter.com/nvklhNNvKV
Image credit: Knights Arena
Log in and be the first to start the conversation!
2023 Sidledes AB. All rights reserved.