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Riot Games' Ruling on Vivo Keyd, Acend Looms as VCT Champions 2021 Continues

From A main on Breeze, JhoW's Cypher camera placement here is unbreakable and impossible to spot for Acend.
From A main on Breeze, JhoW's Cypher camera placement here is unbreakable and impossible to spot for Acend. / Image courtesy of Riot Games

One of the largest upsets from Valorant Champions 2021 thus far, and likely the game's brief history, remains up in the air.

On Day 3 of the VCT's largest and end-of-year culminating event, the dramatic three-game series between Brazil's Vivo Keyd and EMEA's Acend proved to be one of the most thrilling for fans tuning in thus far, at the moment at least.

Soon after all of Friday's matches were completed as planned, the VCT announced that during the deciding Map 3 between the two juggernauts, Vivo Keyd's Jonathan “JhoW” Glória used an illegal Cypher camera placement on six separate rounds. After forfeiting those rounds and accounting for the potential in-game economic impact, Riot decided they were going to grant the map and the series to Acend.

Before long, it was no surprise that the ruling received plenty of backlash from the fans and fellow pros alike on social media, culminating in calls of #justiceforvivokeyd.

"How is that bug still in the game?"

"Why didn't the officials stop the match?"

"Why don't they just replay the map?"

Regardless of the concerns, ultimately, the ruling would've moved Acend on to face Team Envy in the winner's match, and send VK to the brink of elimination in Group A.

Before the start of Day 4, however, Riot announced that "upon further deliberation," the matches in Group A would be delayed indefinitely as their competitive operations team reassess the ruling against Vivo Keyd.

As such, with the records of Vivo Keyd and Acend — as well as the schedules of all those involved in Group A — remain on hold, the tournament will carry on with its other matches for now.

For more on the VCT, be sure to check out our Valorant Champions 2021 results tracker to stay up to date on the latest results from the group stage and beyond.