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DRX vs FUT Masters Tokyo: DRX rolls through FUT on map three to make playoffs

DRX vs FUT Esports is set to determine the second team from Group B that will advance to the playoff bracket of VCT Masters Tokyo.

We are just games away from starting the Bracket Stage of VCT Masters Tokyo. One of the final series of the Group Stage is DRX vs FUT. DRX is known as a team who always makes it out of groups, but FUT Esports, who punched their ticket to Champions 2023 after a NAVI loss to EDG, can spoil DRX's chances and stick around in Tokyo for a little longer.

Round
Series
Map Count
Map 1
Map 2
Map 3
Group B Decider
DRX vs FUT
2:1
Bind 9:13
Fracture 13:8
Haven 13:4

DRX vs FUT: One makes playoffs and the other goes home

(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Both DRX and FUT Esports have been a victim of the titan known as Evil Geniuses. EG took down FUT first, then sent DRX to this Decider. The two teams ready to face off in the series each have one win in the Group Stage thus far, and it is against Attacking Soul Esports.

The team from China managed to take a map against FUT, but the remaining two were pure domination by the Turkish squad. That map was Haven, though. If they let it slip through to DRX, who has an 84% win-rate there at the time of writing, this one could be over before it even starts.

DRX vs FUT feels like it will be a one-sided victory or the closest series we've seen yet at VCT Masters Tokyo. With no in between. DRX have a legacy to uphold and FUT have a legacy to begin. This should be a good one, folks.

DRX VALORANT roster

(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
  • Kim "stax" Gu-taek
  • Goo "Rb" Sang-min
  • Byung-chul "BuZz" Yu
  • Kim "MaKo" Myeong-kwan
  • Kim "Zest" Gi-seok

FUT Esports VALORANT roster

(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
(Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)
  • Furkan "MrFaliN" Yeğen
  • Ata "ATA KAPTAN" Tan
  • Buğra "mojj" Kiraz
  • Doğukan "qRaxs" Balaban
  • Konur "qw1" Şahin

How to watch DRX vs FUT at VCT Masters Tokyo?

Do you want to watch DRX vs FUT live from VCT Masters Tokyo? Then look no further as we have the stream available for you. Watch it along with us to see which team makes it out of the Group Stage and which one we won't see again until Champions.

Full DRX vs FUT match recap

Map 1: Bind

Prior to the series starting, we were informed that Zest would be slotting into the starting roster for DRX. It drew a lot of criticism from the analyst desk, but things began well enough for the Pacific league team. Several Thrifty rounds in a row saw an early balance. That was until FUT took two consecutive Flawless rounds for a solid lead. Their defense seemed unstoppable as they took the first half 9:3.

DRX hoped the 9:3 curse would activate after halftime, but it did not look likely. A chaotic pistol round further extended FUT Esports' lead on their map pick. A 4K by qw1, where three kills were completely out of sight, can be seen above. It could have easily been the nail in the coffin. DRX didn't go down without a fight, however, adding to their score late in the game. A valiant comeback was shut down, though, as FUT Esports became just one map away from making the VCT Masters Tokyo playoffs after ending Bind 13:9.

Map 2: Fracture

DRX looked to shake off the loss on Bind. Fracture was their map pick, but that fact failed to give them an early advantage. Much like map one, the first set of rounds showed an evenly matched contest. It looked like FUT was ready to jump ahead again, but DRX learned their lesson and kept it competitive. Even after an embarrassing Rb death by way of qw1's knife, DRX kept it tied at 6:6.

It seemed like the eco wipe and side switch caused by halftime was exactly what DRX needed. Speed and aggression as the attacking team finally gave them the advantage they were looking for. FUT managed a couple of rounds, but all it did was fuel DRX. An unbelievable clutch by Zest may just be the pivotal moment that took DRX to victory on Fracture. It wasn't long after that the series tied at 1:1 with DRX taking map two 13:8.

Map 3: Haven

DRX knew the earlier they took control on Haven, the better. Two quick rounds went their way. They'd need to take their bonus to ensure success. DRX did just that with Rb netting a couple of Bucky kills amidst a 4K. That was part of a string of Flawless rounds where DRX looked untouchable. And essentially they were, only giving up a single round in the first half.

The second half pistol round went to FUT, as they began their long journey back into map three. The next round saw an Ace from ATA KAPTAN, but there was still plenty of space between FUT and DRX. The bonus round was not friendly to the EMEA team, as the Pacific league squad reached map and series point. And that was it, really. DRX vs FUT ends at 13:4 with decimation on Haven, sending DRX to the Bracket Stage.

Stay tuned to esports.gg for more esports news and VALORANT coverage throughout VCT Masters Tokyo!