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A view of the atmosphere at the VALORANT Masters Shanghai Swiss Stage.
Photo by Reece Martinez via Riot Games

G2 vs. T1 never disappoints: VCT Masters Shanghai opener ends in nail-biting overtime

What more could fans wish for?

VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Shanghai 2024 kicked off with a thrilling match between G2 Esports and their international rivals T1 today. The intense opener saw G2 triumph with a 3-1 victory, showcasing their resilience as they overcame T1 after a nail-biting overtime finish.

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After the first action-packed stage in the global VALORANT competitive scene, the 12 best teams in the world are finally colliding at VCT Masters Shanghai 2024. And today, the competition began with one of the most exciting international rivalries spanning multiple titles: G2 vs. T1. 

Nathan "leaf" Orf of G2 Esports is seen on stage at the VALORANT Masters Shanghai Swiss Stage Day 1 at the VCT CN Studio on May 23, 2024 in Shanghai, China.
Leaf’s performance on Killjoy and Cypher was crucial in G2’s win against T1 at VALORANT Masters Shanghai. Photo by Liu YiCun via Riot Games

Similar to their League of Legends match at MSI 2024, today’s clash at Masters Shanghai did not disappoint. Kicking off the tournament on Breeze, where rounds were traded back and forth, T1 initially took the lead on their supposed best map. But after the side switch, G2 commanded the sandy shores of Breeze, ultimately claiming the first map of the tournament.

T1 retaliated on Icebox, dominating G2 with an almost perfect map score. T1 racked up 11 rounds on the attacking side, with G2 only winning one as their opponent became too aggressive and slipped. But even on defense, T1 took two consecutive rounds, thus winning 13-1 to even the match score and bring it to a decisive third game.

And then the fun began. 

The two teams went head-to-head on Lotus, unleashing their full potential to try to secure the first win of VCT Masters Shanghai. After exchanging blows, they reached overtime, giving fans everything they dreamed of for the opening match of the competition. 

But after being tied at 12-12, G2 swiftly won the 25th round on attack and closed out the game by winning the next round on defense, capitalizing on T1’s aggressive but careless play on the A site. And thus, in the blink of an eye, G2 conquered the map and won the first match of VCT Masters Shanghai.

Similar to Masters Madrid, the teams in Shanghai start the tournament in an exciting Swiss stage, which will lead to a do-or-die double-elimination bracket to decide the champion of the competition. With this format, even today’s loss does not signify elimination for T1, who will look to earn their first win soon.

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Cecilia Ciocchetti
Freelance writer mainly focusing on the League of Legends and VALORANT esports scenes. Sometimes at events interviewing professionals of the scene, from players to the talented people working behind the curtains. You can reach out to me via Twitter.