The Guard ready to beat OpTic rivalry at Masters: ‘Would rather play any other team’

Guard and OpTic Gaming’s match at Valorant Masters marked their third matchup in three weeks, and both sides expressed frustration at facing off at an international tournament.

OpTic defeated The Guard 2-1 in their match in the playoff stage VALORANT Champion Tour Stage 1 Masters: Reykjavik.

The two teams have a budding rivalry, OpTic met the young Valorant roster in the North American qualifier for the event in the Upper Bracket Finals and Grand Finals.

The Guard defeated OpTic in both matchups to take the top seed for the region. As a second seed, OpTic had to play through a short group stage in VALORANT Masters before they could join The Guard.

After the Green Wall made their way to the main stage of the event, they were bracketed again with The Guard as their opponent.

The Guard have played OpTic in three of their last four games

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Yay was a standout player in OpTic’s streak against The Guard at Valorant Masters.

The sowing was kept memes from the community about North America automatically qualifying for the Valorant Masters semi-finals, but both teams expressed mild frustration after playing each other at an international LAN event for the third time.

“I’d rather play one of the other six teams, even if it was another tournament first place finisher just because they’re an NA team… We’ve played three of our last four games against them, which is just too much in my opinion.” .” Trent ‘Trent’ Cairns of the Guard said after the game.

OpTic star player Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker expressed a similar sentiment. While yay and his team received a reprieve from The Guard in the Masters group stage when they played a team from Asia Pacific and Latin America, he said he would love to face competition from other regions in an international tournament .

“I don’t know if I’m tired of it because you always learn something by playing them because they pushed us to our limits on a number of occasions. Especially in the grand final and even now, they’ve forced us to get really creative and abandon our preparation,” Yay said, laughing, in an interview after the game.

“So on one hand you get a good experience, I think you get really valuable experience. On the other hand, I think it’s an international tournament. I would also maybe like to play against some of the EMEA teams and other different styles.”

For now, both teams will get some breathing space when they face off as OpTic take on DRX in the upper bracket on Sunday and The Guard will fight for their tournament lives against Paper Rex on Saturday. But they could still face each other in the lower bracket or in the grand finals.

https://www.dexerto.com/valorant/the-guard-ready-to-move-past-optic-rivalry-at-masters-1805524/ The Guard ready to beat OpTic rivalry at Masters: ‘Would rather play any other team’

Emma Bowman

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