Sentinels eliminate Shopify Rebellion; The Guard continue their run in Upper Brackets

written by AashirAhmed August 7, 2022 at 11:45am
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Day 3 of VCT 2022 - North America Last Chance Qualifier came bearing difficult news for Shopify Rebellion as they became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament; therefore, will not be able to qualify for VCT 2022 - Champions Istanbul. Apart from that, Cloud9 has been relegated to the Lower Brackets by The Guard.

The Guard vs Cloud9:

VCT 2022 - North America Last Chance Qualifier VCT 2022 - North America Last Chance Qualifier
The Guard
The Guard
2
X
0
Cloud9
Cloud9
Upper Bracket Semi Final, Best of 3 - August 6, 2022 - 8:00PM
The Guard13
Fracture
Cloud99
The Guard13
Ascent
Cloud911
The GuardThe Guard
player
Rating
ACS
K/D/A
+/-
K/D
KAST
ADR
HS%
FBSR
FB
FD
BrimstoneOmen
1.12
208
35/30/13
+5
1.17
76.3%
129.6
21%
50%
2
2
BreachKilljoy
1.12
231
38/29/8
+9
1.31
76.5%
138.3
33%
63%
5
3
Fade
0.99
196
29/31/21
-2
0.94
78.4%
123.5
29%
17%
1
5
ChamberKAY/O
0.88
165
26/24/13
+2
1.08
73.7%
112.0
27%
64%
7
4
Jett
0.87
204
32/33/4
-1
0.97
61.0%
130.2
24%
44%
8
10
Cloud9Cloud9
player
Rating
ACS
K/D/A
+/-
K/D
KAST
ADR
HS%
FBSR
FB
FD
Omen
1.23
238
39/32/16
+7
1.22
71.4%
147.8
12%
60%
3
2
RazeNeon
1.00
230
37/37/7
0
1.00
67.2%
144.2
18%
48%
10
11
FadeKAY/O
0.91
176
27/33/19
-6
0.82
73.5%
115.9
21%
29%
2
5
Chamber
0.76
161
27/31/5
-4
0.87
68.9%
106.2
20%
75%
6
2
ViperFade
0.68
135
17/27/22
-10
0.63
76.3%
87.3
21%
40%
2
3

Proceedings for the matchup commenced on Fracture, which was chosen by Cloud9 as their map pick. However they weren’t the first ones to score a round to themselves as The Guard’s Offense got off to a strong offensive start taking five rounds to their name before Cloud9 retaliated with a better Defensive strategy to take six consecutive rounds.

Despite having a 7-5 lead by halftime, Cloud9 couldn’t capitalize on Offense as The Guard’s defense utilized the momentum from winning the pistol round to close out the map while surrendering only two rounds to Cloud9’s flawed Offense.

Both teams then transitioned to Ascent, where The Guard realized its advantage and tried to capitalize on it early on. Even though, Cloud9 took the first couple of rounds, they couldn’t maintain consistency allowing Jacob "valyn" Batio and Trent "trent" Cairns to trample them and take 7 rounds for the team by halftime.

A two-point deficit doesn’t usually provide substantial leeway, but The Guard managed to make it work. Cloud9 had a considerably better Offense and at round 22 were tied with their opponents at 11 rounds apiece. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep up and The Guard closed out the series sending Cloud9 to the Lower Brackets.

Sentinels vs Shopify Rebellion:

VCT 2022 - North America Last Chance Qualifier VCT 2022 - North America Last Chance Qualifier
Sentinels
Sentinels
2
X
0
Shopify Rebellion
Shopify Rebellion
Lower Bracket Round 1 of 4, Best of 3 - August 6, 2022 - 11:00PM
Sentinels13
Breeze
Shopify Rebellion8
Sentinels17
Fracture
Shopify Rebellion15
SentinelsSentinels
player
Rating
ACS
K/D/A
+/-
K/D
KAST
ADR
HS%
FBSR
FB
FD
ViperBrimstone
1.14
225
39/33/18
+6
1.18
80.4%
136.6
38%
50%
4
4
KAY/ONeon
1.11
224
42/38/15
+4
1.11
71.7%
145.5
26%
71%
15
6
FadeKAY/O
1.05
200
36/36/19
0
1.00
73.2%
116.3
15%
67%
6
3
SovaBreach
1.04
195
38/34/17
+4
1.12
70.8%
129.4
29%
40%
2
3
Chamber
1.02
201
41/31/6
+10
1.32
75.6%
130.8
22%
60%
6
4
Shopify RebellionShopify Rebellion
player
Rating
ACS
K/D/A
+/-
K/D
KAST
ADR
HS%
FBSR
FB
FD
ViperBrimstone
1.17
239
42/35/13
+7
1.20
80.3%
150.1
27%
100%
1
0
Chamber
1.05
222
42/43/6
-1
0.98
68.6%
133.5
11%
40%
6
9
KAY/O
0.79
170
31/37/11
-6
0.84
74.0%
127.8
26%
29%
2
5
SovaBreach
0.70
177
26/40/13
-14
0.65
69.3%
120.7
20%
50%
7
7
YoruNeon
0.64
157
31/41/8
-10
0.76
62.9%
119.1
27%
24%
4
13

Being the first Lower Bracket matchup of the event added to the anticipation regarding which team would have to be eliminated. Sentinels had just brought on Michael "shroud" Grzesiek and it would’ve been upsetting to several fans to see him leave the event so soon especially after a relatively poor debut against The Guard.

Nonetheless, his experience with CS:GO finally came in play on Breeze where he finished with a 1.43 Rating, 284 ACS, and 177.3 ADR — impressive figures against one of NA’s best teams. The timeline on Breeze witnessed Sentinels leading 7-5 by halftime despite a rocky start, and then an almost flawless defensive half with two streaks of four rounds apiece.

Fracture had an entirely different narrative as Sentinels were able to leave the gate considerably better performance but couldn’t finish off as well. Their Defense scored 5 rounds in the first half, but their Offense redeemed them in a mind-blowing fashion by taking almost seven consecutive rounds to reach game point.

Even though they stood only one point away from the win, they couldn’t close out the game during regular period and were forced to play Overtime courtesy of Adam "mada" Pampuch’s 4K to shift the momentum. Only after four Overtimes was the winner decided, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan much needed two kills in the end.

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