DRX and the 9-3 curse strike again against FPX at VCT Champions 2022


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In a highly anticipated rematch, DRX defeated FPX today in the lower bracket brave man Champions 2022, and amazingly finished in Haven.

DRX looked poised to dominate FPX’s Icebox selection. After starting full rounds of buying, DRX found early success on offense without even dueling, especially in Site A, with a timely execution that broke FPX’s defense. FPX cleaned up the defense late in the half, hitting some key shots, but still trailing 7-5 before attacking on their own.

FPX won their second consecutive pistol round to start the second half and really picked up steam and pulled off a near flawless win in the bonus round where they entered the A site almost unopposed. Somehow, DRX instantly worked his way back to B with just pistols, but that round didn’t slow down FPX’s momentum, who cleared his back mills to take a 10-8 lead and force a DRX timeout. DRX found the answers they needed in that timeout to tie the map 11-11, then took the lead with a well-timed Fade Ultimate that completely shut down FPX’s B performance. And then DRX withstood two different FPX endings to stop Execution A and steal Icebox 13-11.

Despite losing to Icebox, FPX came out of Haven strong with an impressive defensive end. SUYGETSU was an impact player for FPX thanks to the utility value of his Viper surprise pick, in addition to his own individual ability to gain shards. FPX led 9-3 at halftime after a much better defensive performance from the Icebox.

However, DRX seemed uninterested in running the series over three maps, claiming that the first three rounds on their defensive side, including the bonus, would force an FPX timeout. Even after the timeout, and with a special post-plant FPX setup, DRX continued his impressive tweaks to chip away at the FPX lead, winning six times and tying the map 9-9. DRX took the lead and never looked back, clinching the map 13-9 and a 2-0 series win with impeccable defense.

It’s a bittersweet result for FPX, missing out on the chance to lift the Cup again and ending their career as yet another victim of the infamous 9-3 curse. For DRX, a team that has historically underperformed in international events, their magical run now turns in the direction of OpTic, a team that has had their numbers all year.

Source: Dot Esports


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