In a match against NRG Esports, 100 Thieves’ Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk gave a lesson on how a duelist should be played.
In the VCT Challengers 3 North American division, NRG locked horns with 100 Thieves, one of the top teams in the region. The two teams put on a great show for fans, taking the best of three to a contentious decider. However, the entire series’s highlight was Asuna’s ruthless ACE against NRG Esports on the second map, Bind.
After losing the first map, NRG looked sharp on Bind. The team bounced back in full force, putting 11 rounds on board. Sticking to hard pushes, NRG tried breaking open the A bomb point and was almost successful in its venture until Asuna rotated back from the B site.
NRG’s Damian “daps” Steele slid inside A site, but Asuna quickly shut him down and dealt with Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic as he tried to push through A short. Next, Asuna pushed into showers, stunning Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor who was trying to walk inside A site.
Things were even for a brief moment as until Ryan “Shanks” Ngo cast Spencer “Hiko” Martin aside, leaving Asuna in a one-on-two situation. Asuna took the challenge and tapped the bomb, prompting Sam “s0m” Oh to peek and be punished with a wallbang kill. Now in a duel, Asuna threw nades inside U-hall, satchel next to the Spike, and defused half the bomb. Shanks was forced into attacking Asuna identified his position and finished the round with a clutch ACE.
The round was a perfect demonstration of how Raze is supposed to be played. Quick rotations, aggressive plays, and a strong utility helped 100 Thieves bag the round. Unfortunately, Asuna’s efforts weren’t enough to win the game, as the team lost the series 2-1. 100 Thieves is still alive in the lower bracket of VCT Challengers 3.
Raze is one of the best duelists in Valorant, thanks to her deadly but straightforward kit. Unlike Jett and Reyna, Raze’s utility is mostly passive, which allows her to make an impact both in passive and active settings. While Raze may not be the most popular duelist in Valorant, her style is perfectly suited for actual team play, making her a valuable asset in competitive games. If you’re looking for an accessible but deadly duelist, look no further. R