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LOUD defeat OpTic to win Valorant Champions 2022

Field Level Media
19 Sep 2022, 05:40 GMT+10

LOUD defeated OpTic Gaming 3-1 in Sunday's grand final to win the Valorant Champions 2022 crown in Istanbul.

The Brazilian organization netted a $300,000 first prize along with the title. OpTic settled for $150,000 in second.

LOUD began Sunday's best-of-five match with a narrow 15-13 victory on Ascent. OpTic responded with a 13-6 triumph on Bind. LOUD again needed overtime to win Breeze 16-14 and move back in front. The Brazilian group clinched the title with a 13-5 victory on Haven.

Erick "aspas" Santos paced LOUD with 71 kills, and teammate and fellow Brazilian Gustavo "Sacy" Rossi had 70 kills, a plus-19 kills-to-deaths differential and 44 assists, both match highs.

Jaccob "yay" Whiteaker of the U.S. guided OpTic with 78 kills and a plus-10 K-D.

The grand final was the third time the two teams faced off in this tournament. They first played a Group B winners' match in which OpTic eked out a 2-1 win over LOUD to clinch first place in the group. LOUD never lost a match after that, securing second place in Group B to advance to the playoffs before cruising through the upper bracket.

LOUD beat OpTic 2-0 in Friday's upper-bracket final. OpTic stayed alive by outlasting DRX 3-2 Saturday in the lower-bracket final.

Valorant Champions 2022 prize pool:

1. LOUD -- $300,000

2. OpTic Gaming -- $150,000

3. DRX -- $110,000

4. FunPlus Phoenix -- $80,000

5-6. XSET, Fnatic -- $60,000

7-8. Leviatan, Team Liquid -- $40,000

9-12. Paper Rex, ZETA DIVISION, KRU Esports, 100 Thieves -- $25,000

13-16. EDward Gaming, BOOM Esports, XERXIA, FURIA Esports -- $15,000

--Field Level Media

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