XSET vs. Version 1
Both teams had fallen into the Lower Bracket due to losses against Team Envy earlier in the competition. Founded in mid 2020, XSET are an up-and-coming teams that had made a name for itself by winning the NSG x Complexity Invitational. Their recent efforts saw them place amongst the upper half of both the Valorant Champions Tour Challenger events, even earning a qualification to play in the first Masters event. Heading into the VCT 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers 1, XSET looked amazing with their 2-0 victory, defeating the infamous Built by Gamers (BBG), a team that wiped out Sentinel’s qualification to enter this challenger’s event. Version1 on the other hand are an unproven team with no strong track record. After losing to Team Envy, Version 1 narrowly climbed their way to the Lower Bracket Round 3, with two extremely close Bo3 matches against Built by Gamers and Cloud9 Blue. XSET are slightly favoured to win this match up, however, given Version 1’s ability to flip close matches in their favour earlier this week, they cannot be completely counted out either. Like all of Version 1’s games, it is expected the extend to the full three matches.
- XSET as Match Winner – Betway odds of 1.9
- Correct score, XSET Thieves 2-1
- Total Maps Over 2.5
100 Thieves vs. Team Envy
Historically, 100 Thieves have always been favoured heading into Team Envy. This match is expected to be no different as 100 Thieves look especially strong this week. 100 Thieves are currently undefeated in the VCT 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers 1, even eliminating fellow top team, Cloud9 Blue, in a 2-0 series. Team Envy on the other hand had a shaky start to the week, dropping a game to C-tier team, Version1. It is expected 100 Thieves to win and directly advance into the Grand Finals, while Team Envy drop to losers bracket and get a second chance at redemption. However, while 100 Thieves is favoured, the match will likely advance to the full three games as Team Envy cannot be completely counted out.
- 100 Thieves as Match Winner – Betway odds of 1.55
- Correct score, 100 Thieves 2-1
- Total Maps Over 2.5
Predictions for the Grand finals
No matter the outcome of the Upper Bracket final between 100 Thieves and Team Envy, it is nearly certain the loser will come out ahead of the Lower Bracket Final against XSET or Version 1. The calibre of teams between the upper and lower bracket are simply too wide. This will consequently lead to the Grand finals of the VCT 2021: North America Stage 2 Challengers 1 being a rematch between 100 Thieves and Team Envy.
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