ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / MADELYN KNECHT – STAFF WRITER / MARCH 28TH, 2021 /
After two grueling weeks of competition, team Acend finally won the first-ever Valorant European Masters crown by defeating Heretics on a 3:2 out of five maps total.
The up and coming team started early in 2021 with just months to train for the competition. They began their debut for the Valorant European Masters with a tough loss to Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) at 0-2, but swiftly came back to win their following matches against Ballista Esports (2:0), a rematch with Ninjas in Pyjamas (2:0) and FunPlus Phoenix (2:1).
They finished up the week by defeating Team Heretics 3:2 on March 21st after some insane plays and amazing clutches by fan-favorites cNed (Mehmet Yagiz Ipek) and BONECOLD (Santeri Sassi).
Overall, Acend has a win/loss record of 25 and 4.
It was touch and go at first in terms of who would win, as both teams seemed to have counter measures for each other at every turn. The first map was Split, which Heretics won 13:7 followed by Bind won by Acend at 9:13. Haven followed and Heretics came back with a vengeance at 13:9 and narrowly lost on Icebox at 12:14.
With both talented teams tied, Ascent was the final deciding map. It is always a question of whether or not teams will buckle under the pressure, but Acend was determined to make themselves known outside of their underdog title. Denying Heretics overtime, Acend won Ascent at 13:11, securing the first ever championship for Valorant European Masters.
Aside from bragging rights, this also means they won $60,000 and 100 circuit points.
Members of Acend
The members of Acend all hail from various parts of Europe held together by team leader Jose Luis Aranguren Herrero (koldamenta) from Spain and coach Laurynas Kisielius (Nbs).
Mehmet Yagis “cNed” Ipek from Turkey plays Jett and is a fan favorite, not without reason. He continuously dominates in Valorant and turned around a 3 v 5 as Jett against Team Heretics.
Santeri “BONECOLD” Sassi plays from Finland and won player of the match during one of Acend’s bouts during the competition.
Vladyslav Shvets, known as Kiles, is from the Ukraine and Patryk Kopczyński (starxo) hails from Poland.
With an impressive record and new wins against top teams under their belt, Acend’s future as a team to beat is definitely an exciting one.
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