XSET have constantly been one of many high groups in North American Valorant with a number of top-four finishes throughout the Valorant Champions Tour circuit in 2021 and 2022.
However the staff has but to e book a ticket to a world match throughout its a number of iterations. In keeping with XSET’s IGL, Rory ‘dephh’ Jackson, that will change come the VCT Stage 2 Challengers playoffs, as he hopes the staff will lastly take the subsequent step.
“I do know everyone seems to be pondering that we’re a top-four end solely [team], however I believe that is the stage that we break by and say, ‘F**okay y’all,”’ he stated in an interview with Dexerto.
XSET secured the No. 1 seed of their group with a 2-0 win over TSM within the final week of play, dropping one collection, towards 100 Thieves, of their 5 matches.
Whereas they positioned higher than in Stage 1, dephh stated that XSET haven’t performed as cleanly within the group stage as they’d have wished. He additionally credit the rise of different Valorant squads within the area like NRG and Ghost Gaming as a cause for the tight race for the highest spot.
“I undoubtedly suppose the depth of the ability hole is closing up,” dephh stated. “It appears like that is most likely some of the aggressive phases we’ve had when it comes to simply the appears to be like that completely different groups give us.”
The staff bolstered their roster in April forward of Stage 2, bringing over analyst Drew ‘DrewSpark’ Spark-Whitworth from XSET’s Rainbow Six Siege squad.
We’re happy to announce that @DrewSparkR6 would be the devoted Analyst for XSET Valorant in 2022, in addition to serving as Head Analyst for the remainder of the org.
— XSET (@XSET) April 11, 2022
The brand new addition has introduced a realistic, numbers-driven method that helps lower by a few of the extra feeling-driven elements of breaking down tape or apply.
“He’s like, ‘Your anti-ecos are s***. These are the numbers to again it up, repair them’, and it type of helps as a result of whenever you’re enjoying you will get offended by sure issues when he mentions it, as a result of it’s on me, proper?” dephh stated.
“So I can take offense in that second, however when you might have the numbers to again it up there’s nothing that I can say.”
XSET in VCT playoffs
With the No. 1 seed, XSET have secured a bye into the second spherical of the higher bracket, the place they’ll face the winner of the first-round conflict between FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves. Whereas his teammates might even see FaZe as the better opponent, dephh stated he would like to get revenge on the squad that ruined their good group stage report.
“I undoubtedly need some redemption towards 100 Thieves. My coronary heart is type of telling me 100 Thieves however my head is telling me FaZe,” the XSET IGL stated about his most well-liked opponent.
As for his or her possibilities within the playoffs, dephh pointed towards Cloud9 and The Guard because the staff’s largest obstacles in Stage 1. Neither staff made it out of the group stage this time round, so XSET could have a neater highway to the highest than earlier than.
Cloud9 have traditionally had XSET’s quantity in worldwide qualification tournaments, knocking the squad out in VCT Stage 1 Challengers playoffs and the 2021 North America Valorant Champions Final Likelihood Qualifier.
“Undoubtedly the celebs are aligning in that method,” he stated.
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— XSET (@XSET) Might 29, 2022
XSET’s teenage duo, Zachary ‘zekken’ Patrone and Matthew ‘Cryocells’ Panganiban, have statistically been the staff’s finest gamers in VCT Stage 2. Cryocells leads the best way in Kill/Dying ratio, whereas zekken tops the staff when it comes to common kills and harm per spherical.
Whereas many can have their eyes on the 2 skills as the purpose of the assault going into the subsequent stage of play, dephh stated Brendan ‘BcJ’ Jensen, the flex participant on XSET, is among the fundamental elements within the staff’s consistency throughout the group stage and earlier than.
“He’s a participant that feeds off the second. He has a few of the finest [communication], I believe, and it’s not simply comms,” the British participant stated. “Within the rounds that you just pause and also you’re interested by how the groups are enjoying he has a few of the finest enter within the second.”
BcJ has performed many alternative brokers throughout his tenure on XSET, calling himself the “flex god” in response to dephh, and provides extra than simply fragging to a staff that has employed his companies for over a 12 months.
Making it to a world LAN
.@zekkenVAL is heating up 🔥
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) June 3, 2022
Worldwide tournaments and glory are virtually all the time the objective for gamers within the VCT circuit. However VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen and Valorant Champions in Istanbul have a unique attract to them, with Riot Video games contemplating permitting followers into the sector for each occasions.
For dephh, who hasn’t performed at a match with followers in attendance since his Counter-Strike days, the potential for competing in that surroundings once more is attractive.
“For me, coming from CS and having to journey to all these occasions, there’s nothing prefer it. It’s actually what it’s all about. I’ve accomplished personally a few years now of simply on-line play and it simply doesn’t fulfill that want as an expert gamer,” he stated.
For now, all dephh and his teammates can do to fulfill that want is prepare for Stage 2 playoffs and tackle every match one sport at a time on their approach to a possible top-two end and a Masters 2 slot.