Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #9 closed out the group stage of the AfreecaTV Valorant League with a 2-0 sweep of EDward Gaming EDward Gaming China Rank #1 . In a match to decide the fourth and final playoff spot, EDG never really got it going and was made quick work of by TL. After Champions, EDG has struggled to maintain the form that we saw at the international LANS this year.
After defeating Fancy United Esports Fancy United Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #8 2-1 earlier in the day, EDG had a chance to qualify for the playoffs against Team Liquid. Team Liquid's playoff chances looked good against T1 T1 Korea Rank #2 earlier in the day but ended up losing a three-map thriller to send them into the lower bracket.
The opening map of Haven started off promising for EDG. With the score tied 2-2, EDG won a thrifty round behind ZmjjKK to put them ahead 3-2. This would be the last time that EDG would lead in the match, as TL won seven straight rounds to take a 9-3 lead at the half.
After once again trading the opening two rounds of the half, TL made quick work of EDG to take the opening map 13-5. TL was led by another huge map from Jamppi , recording 19 kills to only 8 deaths. Even though Jamppi shined, it was a balanced attack for TL as every member of the team recorded an ACS of over 200 and a rating above 1.00.
Jammpi had a huge match against EDG. (Photo by Lance Skundrich/Riot Games)
EDG struggled, with their superstar ZmjKK only recording 5 kills on the map and no one on the team going positive.
Lotus was more of the same for TL, jumping out to an 11-1 lead at the half after a strong 9-0 start to the map. After winning pistol and bonus to cut the lead to 11-3, TL bounced back with two round wins to take the map 13-3.
TL was led by Jamppi who posted 19 kills once again, and new additions Keiko and Enzo provided 16 and 15 kills respectively. After posting a 277 ACS against T1 earlier in the day, Jamppi responded with an even higher ACS of 283 against EDG. TL claims the last playoff spot in the tournament and will face red-hot Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #5 tomorrow in the first semifinal match. T1 and Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 will play immediately after in the second semifinal.
EDG is eliminated from the tournament with the loss and will look to regain their form going into 2024.