Several teams that found success over the last year of NA Valorant suffered losses in week two of VCT NA: Stage 2.

Friday, May 20

Week two opened with a nail-biting match between Luminosity Luminosity Inactive moose Kaleb Jayne mada Adam Pampuch dazzLe Will Loafman bdog Brandon Sanders TiGG Tanner Spanu and FaZe Clan FaZe Clan North America Rank #6 flyuh Xavier Carlson dicey Quan Tran supamen Phat Le POISED Kevin Ngo BABYBAY Andrej Francisty . LG came into the match 1-0 in the group stage while FaZe started 0-1.

LG got off to a hot start on Fracture with a 5-1 lead, however, FaZe slowly clawed back to an 11-10 advantage. The final two rounds were finally recovered by LG to take the first map 13-11.

The second map was even closer than the first. It was FaZe's turn to take an early 5-1 lead on their map pick of Icebox, and both teams traded streaks of round wins to bring the game down to the wire. This time, FaZe won the final round of regulation to force overtime, but LG managed to close out the series.

mada came alive with 29 kills in the second map to be the difference maker. It was an unusually balanced performance from both teams without a single player scoring higher than 0.8 kills per round. For reference, every single match in week one had at least one player above that line.

LG are now 2-0 and will face EG in week three to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs. FaZe dropped to 0-2 and will have to turn their stage around if they hope to qualify.

Fluid movement like this goes a long way in a closely fought game of inches.

Friday closed with a wild Ghost Gaming Ghost Gaming North America Rank #19 koalanoob Gianfranco Potestio NiSMO Marc-Andre Tayar aproto Alex Protopapas brawk Brock Somerhalder johnqt Mohamed Amine Ouarid upset over The Guard The Guard North America Rank # JonahP Jonah Pulice Sayaplayer Ha Jeong-woo (하정우) trent Trent Cairns neT Michael Bernet valyn Jacob Batio . After suffering a week one loss, the defending NA champions continued their slide against the underdogs in black and white.

Ghost made a statement with a map one Haven win in which The Guard only managed a single round. Stage 1 superstar Sayaplayer was held to a measly four kills.

The statement was returned during The Guard's 9-0 start on Ascent. Ghost scraped together two rounds in the half and started the second half with a 6-0 run of their own, but it was too little too late.

Fans expecting a contentious final map were disappointed. Ghost got out to yet another fast start with a 7-1 lead on the attacking side of Fracture. The Guard managed to string together a couple rounds to stave off the blowout but were ultimately defeated 13-8.

Ghost are now 1-1 and have kept their playoff hopes alive. The Guard sit at 0-2 and are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs just two months after winning Stage 1.

koalanoob and the rest of Ghost punished the Guard with their aggression.

Saturday, May 21

For the third time this stage, 100 Thieves 100 Thieves North America Rank #2 bang Sean Bezerra stellar Brenden McGrath Will William Cheng Derrek Derrek Ha Asuna Peter Mazuryk faced off against TSM TSM North America Rank #7 gMd Anthony Guimond seven Johann Hernandez Subroza Yassine Taoufik corey Corey Nigra Rossy Daniel Abedrabbo , and for the third time, TSM took home the victory.

Similarly to the two matchups between these two teams in the open qualifiers, 100T picked Split as the first map. Unlike the first two maps of Split, TSM finally won it. Subroza and gMd put up 15 kills apiece on TSM's defense to take an 8-4 lead, and they fended off a comeback attempt to win 13-10.

With momentum on their side, TSM roared out to a 9-2 lead on Haven. That advantage was quickly converted into a 13-6 victory.

Aside from a 38 kill performance from Derrek , 100T struggled to find any answers against the team that has handed this iteration of the roster their only three VCT losses. Both teams have moved to 1-1 heading into week three.

Great utility combinations like this weren't enough for 100T to hold back TSM.

Both Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses North America Rank #27 Boostio Kelden Pupello C0M Corbin Lee Apoth Vincent Le Reformed Jeffrey Lu jawgemo Alexander Mor and Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 Kanpeki Eric Xu TenZ Tyson Ngo ShahZaM Shahzeb Khan SicK Hunter Mims dapr Michael Gulino entered week two with a 0-1 record.

Ascent was a streaky back and forth battle that ended in a 13-11 EG win. Despite the close game, the hero moments went almost exclusively to EG and their impressive five 4ks.

The round distribution of the first half of Icebox played out identically to Ascent. EG won the first two rounds, Sentinels won five in a row, and EG closed the half with four out of the last five rounds. A 13-10 victory gave EG the match win.

Sentinels fall to 0-2 with Masters Reykjavik winners OpTic on the docket for next week. EG sit at 1-1 and will face LG.

You aren't safe to plant behind a wall as long as Reformed has a wall of his own.

Sunday, May 22

The final day of competition kicked off with a battle of North America's finest. Cloud9 Cloud9 North America Rank #4 curry Rahul Nemani Xeppaa Erick Bach leaf Nathan Orf mitch Mitch Semago vanity Anthony Malaspina swapped out a player after last week, but their revamped lineup fell just short of taking down OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming North America Rank # crashies Austin Roberts FNS Pujan Mehta Victor Victor Wong Marved Jimmy Nguyen yay Jaccob Whiteaker .

Cloud9 picked Icebox and immediately put the defending international champions to the test. They won two rounds after every OpTic round in the first half and took a flawless second half to a 13-4 victory.

Uncowed by the pressure, OpTic picked Yoru on Ascent and took a 9-3 lead on their attack. They closed the map 13-5 to force a deciding map three.

Cloud9 won the first four rounds, but OpTic clawed back a 6-6 half. Another 4-0 start on the second half gave Cloud9 their final rounds of the match. OpTic won the final seven straight to maintain their undefeated record in this stage.

OpTic are tied for first place in group B with LG at 2-0 while Cloud9 fall to 1-1.

Another battle of 1-0 teams took place in group A. XSET XSET North America Rank #5 Cryocells Matthew Panganiban dephh Rory Jackson zekken Zachary Patrone AYRIN Jordan He BcJ Brendan Jensen handed this NRG Esports NRG Esports North America Rank #12 hazed James Cobb eeiu Daniel Vucenovic s0m Sam Oh tex Ian Botsch Ethan Ethan Arnold roster their first map and match loss.

NRG picked Bind first and traded rounds evenly on their attack. Once XSET started on their own attacking half, they strung together multiple successful site executions to close the map 13-8. In-game leader dephh led the server with 20 kills.

XSET continued their attacking dominance on Split. Despite the map heavily favoring the defenders, they won six rounds in a row to take a 7-5 lead at the half. NRG won the second pistol round, but their final push was rebuffed by a stalwart XSET defense.

Every member of XSET finished with exactly one more first blood than first death over the match and are now the sole undefeated team in group A. NRG will battle Ghost in week three to help break a four way 1-1 tie.

Looking Ahead

Week three of the group stage kicks off on May 27.