For the first time in nearly four months, another international VALORANT competition, Masters: Berlin, started Friday. The first day of the 10-day tournament featured three exciting matches and six of the 15 teams in action. From the new-look stage to the reactions of the players competing on LAN (some for the time ever), here’s a look at what Day 1 of Masters: Berlin looked like.
All photos are courtesy of Riot Games.
100 Thieves vs. Havan Liberty
The third match of the day featured the No. 2 seeds from North America and Brazil.
Havan Liberty was looking to improve upon Brazil’s lackluster performance at the last Masters.
Spencer "Hiko" Martin continued to clutch up on LAN.
In the end 100 Thieves proved to be too dominant for Havan Liberty, as they won 2-0.
G2 Esports vs. F4Q
The second match of the day featured perennial European power G2 Esports taking the stage.
After a one-sided Map 1 win for G2, Korea’s F4Q showed they can be a contender in Berlin when they took Map 2.
G2 broke out a fun celebration following their Map 3 win over F4Q.
SuperMassive Blaze vs. Acend
The first match of the day was a battle between two teams from the same region, with SuperMassive Blaze taking on Acend.
With Turkey being lumped in with Europe in the EMEA region, no Turkish team qualified for Masters: Reykjavík. This time around, Turkish “superteam” SuperMassive Blaze was one of the four qualifiers from the EMEA region, becoming the first team to represent Turkey at a Masters event.
Turkey was also represented through Mehmet Yağız "cNed" İpek on European team Acend. CNed is considered one of the best Jett players in the world.
Despite losing to SuperMassive during the EMEA Challengers Playoffs, Acend got their revenge with a 2-0 victory over SMB on Friday.
Continuing in the tradition of fun celebrations by winning teams during Masters: Reykajvík, Acend wrapped up the first win of the day with a celebration.
After losing to Acend, SMB will need to win their next game to stay in the tournament.
One of the coolest features of the Masters: Berlin stage is that the map being played is shown in the middle of the stage before each game starts.
Unlike Masters: Reykjavík, the casters and analysts are in the building for Masters: Berlin, including Sean Gares, who provided analysis of key plays throughout the day.