The Crushers, on the other end, have secured a hefty lead in the points table and are looking to solidify their position as the second qualifying team for the playoffs. The Dragons, stuck in fourth, have yet to secure their place.
The first match of the day was played on Split, as Punjab started on the attackers side. They drew first blood by winning two consecutive rounds but were shut down by Kolkata, who claimed two games of their own to tie the score. The first half ended 5-7 in the formers favor.
Kolkata started strong in the second half, winning two rounds to again tie the score 7-7. The second half followed a similar pattern as Kolkata kept playing catch up to Punjab, until, finally, they snatched the lead at 11-10.
The third and deciding match of this series was held in Ascent as Kolkata direly needed this victory to stand a chance to qualify for the playoffs. With determination, they quickly built up a hefty 6-2 lead and went on to secure the first half with a 10-2 scoreline.
Building on that momentum, the Tridents quickly secured match point. However, Punjab secured three consecutive rounds to take the score from 12-5 to 12-8. But with one more win, Kolkata snatched the match 13-8 and the series 2-1.
The first match of the second series started on the Icebox map as Bengaluru looked to solidify their position atop the Skyesports Valorant League 2021 table with a swift victory. They began on the attackers side, securing a hefty 3-9 lead in the first half.
The second game of this series was set in Bind, with Bengaluru once again starting strong. This time around, not only did they take an early lead, but the side went on to win every single round in the first half to secure a 12-0 scoreline.
Delhi tried their best to fight back as they opened up the second half with two consecutive rounds. But it was all for naught as the Crushers shut them down in the third round and won the second Valorant game with a scoreline of 13-2.
The Crushers, having already secured the series, played the third and final match of the day on Ascent to secure the additional points. The Dragons, thus far dominated by Bengaluru, went into the game with hopes of retaliation.
The second half portrayed a similar picture as the Crushers won three consecutive rounds to secure match point. From there on, they dropped only two more games before clean sweeping the Dragons 5-13 and hence, 3-0.
With the crushing victory against Delhi, Bengaluru rose to the first position on the points table, leaving Rajasthan Strikers behind. At the other end, Kolkata, with their 2-1 win over Punjab, inched closer to Delhi and still stands a chance of qualifying for the upcoming playoffs.Get in Touch with Mechanic