X10 Esports defeat Team SMG 3-2 in the VCT 2021: Southeast Asia Stage 1 Masters

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
3 Min Read
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VCT 2021: Southeast Asia Stage 1 Master is a part of the VALORANT Champions Tour series organized by ESL Asia and Riot Games. It is a single-elimination tournament where 8 teams from the SEA region will fight it out for the $50,000USD prize pool.

X10 Esports were the champions of VCT 2021: Thailand Stage 1 Challengers 3. In Masters, they won both their games 2-0 defeating Team nxl and KPC respectively. Team SMG is a Singaporean team who were the Runner’s up in VCT 2021: Malaysia and Singapore Stage 1 Challengers 3. They won against NG.Black and Boom Esports and now face X10 Esports in the final.

It took all five maps to determine the winner but X10 Esports finally managed to secure the series. The first map was Icebox where Team SMG was ahead by a considerable margin at halftime. But the second half was very competitive where SMG managed to get just enough rounds to win the map. X10 Esports came back strong in the second map winning bind decisively. Split was extremely defense favored with both teams really struggling on the attack. SMG won the map because they played defense first and secured more rounds in the first half. X10 was 1-2 down with SMG needing only one map to win. But in Ascent and Haven they came back strong clinching both maps and the series.

Overall, Pooh1Tap from X10 Esports had outstanding performances with a +21 K/D and 134.6 ADR. From Team SMG, ZesBeeW stood out with a +16 K/D and 141.1 ADR.

Mapwise scores:

X10 Esports 10-13 Team SMG
X10 Esports 13-6 Team SMG
X10 Esports 8-13 Team SMG
X10 Esports 13-10 Team SMG
X10 Esports 13-9 Team SMG

So after a long-fought final, X10 Esports has been crowned the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: Southeast Asia Stage 1 Masters victors.

Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin is a Esports writer at GameRiv. He has a rich background as a former professional CS:GO and Overwatch player. Transitioning from the competitive arena to the world of content creation, Sparta has become a pivotal source for gaming enthusiasts seeking the latest FPS news, comprehensive guides, and in-depth coverage of major tournaments, particularly focusing on Valorant and CS:GO. Not confined to FPS titles, Sparta delves into trending single-player AAA games, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on the gaming landscape. Join Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin on the exciting journey through gaming as he crafts informative and engaging content for GameRiv, connecting gamers to the heart of the industry.