Welcome to our VALORANT Champions match ratings. As the tournament gets in full swing, Upcomer will rate every match of the first VALORANT world championship so fans can easily tell which matches they need to watch and remember from the tournament. The matchups from Day 6 of the VALORANT Champions group stage include Vivo Keyd vs. X10 CRIT, Envy vs. Acend and Sentinels vs. KRÜ Esports in a full slate of VALORANT action.
Our rating scale
From one (lowest) to five (highest) stars, here’s what each star rating means in layman’s terms:
* Boring. Utterly skippable and something no one will remember by tomorrow
** Watchable. Possibly recommended based on your rooting interests
*** Good. Something I’d recommend checking out, even if you’re not a fan of either team
**** Must-watch. A game or series that you need to watch if you have any interest in VALORANT
***** An all-time classic. This perfect rating is only achievable if a game or match is at the highest level of entertainment, gameplay and will go down in the lexicon as a moment no VALORANT fan will ever forget
Let’s get started
Day 6 of VALORANT Champions has both elimination games and knockout stage qualifying matches. Fans finally get to see the next round of Group A matches, while Sentinels and KRÜ fight for the final spot out of Group B. This slate of matchups is do-or-die as the field of teams at the tournament slowly whittles down.
“We’re definitely looking to win this thing.”
— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) December 6, 2021
Acend vs. Envy: Ascent
We started off Day 6 with a strategical matchup. Acend remained calm on defense and ran over Envy on attack. Envy were broke down on their best map and it was wildly entertaining. Also, any match with a double Killjoy ultimate with captures is worth a watch.
Acend vs. Envy: Bind
*** 1/2 stars
NA proves the acronym stands for Near Airport as Envy fall to Acend on the European’s best map. This match started off with Acend smacking Envy on attack, but Envy managed to put together a streak of rounds and make the map more competitive than it originally looked. A classic Europe vs. North America matchup that became more entertaining as the game went on.
X10 CRIT vs. Vivo Keyd: Icebox
** 1/2 stars
Watching X10 dismantle the Brazilian side was entertaining, especially because they seemed to overcome them tactically and individually. It is exciting to see X10 take a map win at the tournament, but Keyd needed to put up more a fight than this to make this match worth watching.
X10 vs. Vivo Keyd: Haven
X10 upset Keyd in a 2-0 sweep that no one expected. Sad to see the Brazilian squad leave the tournament after such high expectations and the drama surrounding their first round matchup against Acend. X10 looked more mentally resilient and could turn their aggression off and on round by round, while Vivo looked stuck in the same gear all map long. This is a map that fans should revisit as a decent highlight from the tournament.
Sentinels vs. KRÜ Esports: Fracture
* 1/2 stars
What started as a stomp from Sentinels turned into a decent fight from KRÜ, but from an entertainment value perspective this map did not really deliver. Watching individual pop offs has lost its luster at this point in the day and tournament, unless it’s an ace in a pivotal round my body remains numb.
Sentinels vs. KRÜ Esports: Haven
KRÜ comeback on Sentinels map pick after suffering a crushing defeat in Map 1. A tight match in an elimination scenario will always border on a must watch to a classic game. Today we are all South Americans, we all root for underdogs and we all believe in miracles.
Sentinels vs. KRÜ Esports: Split
A classic game that requires a classic North America anthem to send of Sentinels and commemorate KRÜ’s win and knockout stage qualification.
Oh Say can you see
By the zomb’s early light
what so proudly we predicted
at ShahZam’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright SicK
through TenZ’s perilous fight
O’er the the throws we watched
were so gallantly streaming?
And Dapr’s red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through Champions
That North America’s best team got sent home