Cloud9 fought off NRG Esports in the North American Last Chance Qualifier today, breezing past their lower bracket VALORANT opponent in what might turn into another lower bracket championship.
C9 looked to be a happy camp on their Breeze pick, thanks to Leaf-led executes. Leaf thrived on Neons speed, closing the gap between himself and the NRG defenders, and getting plenty of opening kills.
C9 led 93 at half-time thanks to Vanitys' shady post-plant angles that wreak havoc on NRG retakes.
Leaf immediately gave C9 a 123 lead, but NRG managed to stop the bleeding and close win a few rounds to end the NRG comeback dream. On Breeze, C9 was able to put his faith in a 3k clutch in the pistol round.
NRG had a good start on Icebox, but it wasnt easy: they won the first three rounds on attack, but two of them were via last-second defuse denials.
NRG maintained a solid lead on attack, but surrendered a few disappointing thrifty round victories to Cloud9. C9 managed to tie the score, 66, before switching sides.
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The C9s' momentum stayed strong on the attack side, winning the first three rounds, including a bonus match when they faced a 3v4, but moved to the A site where curry and Xeppaa caught the NRG retakers off guard.
Cloud9 climbed to a map and series point lead of 128, and the team displayed yet another incredible pivot call from B to A to reach the finish line 138.
Following their dismal performance in Stage Two, C9's late season saw them fall into the lower bracket of the 2021 NA LCQ. This resulted in a trip to VCT Champions, the only NA team to reach the playoffs.
On Friday, Aug. 12, they will face 100 Thieves in the lower bracket.