Optic and XSET spoke to the media after the match, discussing group stages, the FNS sick game, and the next round of playoffs
Optic fell in the NA Challengers final to a surprising opponent, lost their first group stage match, made it out of groups from losers, and beat the North American champ in round one of the playoffs. No, this is not a summary of their Masters Reykjavík run. It's deja vu in Copenhagen.
Facing XSET, the strength of Optic was on full display. The 79% rifle-round win percentage for Optic is one thing, but not dropping a single-man advantage situation throughout the series is downright absurd. In 39 situations where Optic held the player advantage, Optic converted all 39.
Optic FNS on getting revenge for the North American Finals
"Point is, going into this match I obviously had something to prove. I didn't want to lose to them again and I wanted it to be set in stone that we are the better team when we are all healthy and all good to go. I think we proved that today"
"I had covid the last time I played against them and it was the worst series of my career because of it. Crashies also had covid. Both of us had really bad symptoms and it was really hard for us to focus on that match. Point is, going into this match I obviously had something to prove. I didn't want to lose to them again and I wanted it to be set in stone that we are the better team when we are all healthy and all good to go. I think we proved that today"
Optic was truly sensational in the win and seeing them fire on all cylinders should cast doubt on the remaining teams. Each game Optic plays on stage seemingly makes them more comfortable and adjusted to the meta. After staring death in the face against LOUD in groups, Optic has a renewed sense of confidence.
XSET on skipping the group stage
According to XSET's Rory "dephh" Jackson, it did take a moment for the team to find their footing in the new environment. Furthermore, it doesn't help to start on your map pick down 7-1 and XSET never recovered.
"We didn't settle early today. Obviously, it's one of the harder matchups in the entire tournament. Hopefully, we get a chance to play them again. I don't think them sitting across from us was a big deal. We just have to settle ourselves down and play the Valorant we know we can play"
Many will point to Optic playing three games prior to this as a reason for XSET's sluggish performance, but dephh doesn't see that as an excuse.
"You could say it's an advantage to play from the group stage against some of the lesser teams you have to knock out but I don't know, we don't want to use that as an excuse. We're here to play. We have to beat optic regardless of how many games they've played this entire tournament"
XSET get Levitian, Optic get DRX
The first meeting between DRX and Optic was a certified banger. The two most intelligent, meta-defining teams clashing with one another is VALORANT porn. In that meeting at Reykjavik, Optic clutched out the win in overtime, but the series came down to micro decisions in-game and the map veto.
"The veto is going to be super important against that team just because they have such a wide map pool," said Chet post-match, "and hopefully we have a couple of surprises for them that you guys will enjoy"