Sengoku struggle, South Asians forced to wait until 2023 — SiegeGG
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Day one of APAC Relegation kicked off in style and a bit of controversy.
Due to the concurrent nature of APAC North and South games, priority was given to Sengoku Gaming’s APAC North opener against Team Viper. This game was streamed on the Rainbow6, Rainbow6JP, and Rainbow6KR channels, while the APAC South match between The Last Dance and Monkey Hunters saw no streams.
Team Bliss players were publicly unhappy with the turn of events, with Todd Francis sarcastically stating that his team “didn’t need VOD anyway”. Team Bliss faces the winner of this match, The Last Dance, tomorrow.
The games themselves had unsurprising results, although Sengoku Gaming favorites were given a particularly difficult period by the Viper team.
Sengoku started well on Oregon’s first map, taking a 4-2 lead on offense thanks to a push led by Blackbeard every round. They eventually converted that into a 7-4 win, then took a 4-2 defensive lead on Clubhouse’s next card.
However, Viper brought things back well, with four in a row to secure the match point first. Although unable to avoid extra time, an 8-7 win kept them alive – but not for much longer. Chalet’s final map was a quick 7-3 in favor of Sengoku, with the Japanese team now set to play the FAV game tomorrow for a spot in APAC North for 2022.
Joining them to take on a fearsome T1 were their compatriots on REJECT, who went RECON 7-0 on Oregon’s first card. A 5-1 lead over Coastline was then nearly lost, but they held on to stop RECON at 7-5 and win 2-0.
In the south, Monkey Hunters fell 0-2 to The Last Dance, despite leading 6-3 over Chalet. The Indonesian team put five rounds ahead of the Indians and then went 12 with a devastating 7-0 on Oregon’s second card.
Meanwhile, KIRA Esports tried to keep South Asian hopefuls alive in their game against Team Oceanic Nationals ROFLCOPTER GG. The South Asians had been poor for much of the game and found themselves trailing 3-6 at one point. But they salvaged things in extra time and, despite conceding another match point, forced an 8-7 win.
ROFLCOPTER fought back with a devastating 7-2 win over Bank and kept the pressure on for Clubhouse’s third card. A 4-2 attacking half there marked the beginning of the end for South Asia, and ROFLCOPTER continued to fly high with a 7-3 win.
Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of the APAC North Relegation and the penultimate day of play in the APAC South Relegation.