Reita says a map win at Masters should be the minimum for Japan
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After ZETA DIVISION’s loss, and subsequent exit from Masters Berlin, the team’s in-game leader Ryu “Reita” Oshiro talked about their tournament run. Masters Berlin is ZETA DIVISION’s first international appearance in VALORANT. That may have been their downfall as many of the players experienced nerves on stage, which hurt their performance. Reita, who has been an FPS professional player in Japan for almost a decade, said that some of his younger teammates were not prepared for the specifics of playing on stage like the sounds and PC specs.

As for making history by giving Japan its first map win at an international event against KRÜ Esports on Split, Reita did not think of it as historic.

“I think it’s the bare minimum,” Reita said.

ZETA DIVISION will go on to play in the Asia-Pacific Last Chance Qualifier as they did not accrue enough VCT circuit points to qualify directly into Champions. Fans will get another chance to see Reita and his team qualify for a Masters-level event in that tournament on Oct. 12. The Champions tournament starts on Dec. 2. Some teams, like Crazy Raccoon and Vision Strikers, have already started to qualify through points thanks to their previous performances in Stage 1 and 2.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.