Valorant's second international LAN has ended, with Gambit Esports coming out on top as the champions. This CIS team didn't even qualify for the first Masters tournament in which Sentinels took home the trophy. Now, however, they stand at the top of Valorant as the new kings.
After losing to 100 Thieves in the group stage, Gambit found themselves in second place in their pod going into playoffs. Starting against Vision Strikers, the CIS side was given a little trouble but in the end persevered. They then faced the popular G2, but thanks to performances from the likes of Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin they won the series 2-0, and even had the first 13-0 on LAN when they defeated G2 on Icebox.
Gambit Esports Wins Valorant Masters: Berlin
That series punched their ticket to the finals, where they would have to face Team Envy. This finals match had huge implications for both regions depending on who won. If Envy won, 100 Thieves would qualify for Valorant Champions, while if Gambit won Fnatic would qualify. Qualifying for Champions now prevents teams from having to play in a qualifier.
The final against Envy left Gambit as the underdog because of the dominant showing of the American side. Led by Victor "Food" Wong, Envy had not yet dropped a map in the tournament. As the finals began, however, the idea that Gambit were underdogs faded away quickly. Gambit ran through Envy, even on Haven which is a map that they don't normally play.
Going into the third and final map, Split, the writing was on the wall. Gambit was clearly the better team, at least on the day. It was going to be only a matter of time before CIS was on top of international Valorant. Envy fell on Split and Gambit took home the trophy, and booked a spot in Champions. There is a new king in Valorant now that Sentinels has been dethroned, and all eyes will be on them in Champions to see if they can repeat.