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Outsiders to Grand Final at ESL Challenger Valencia

A massive comeback on Vertigo sealed the fate of Rare Atom!

It was a fight for a Grand-Final spot when Outsiders and Rare Atom took the stage in Valencia. Rare Atom put up a great fight, but in the end, the experienced Outsiders squad perseviered.

The semi-final kicked off on Rare Atom's pick of Inferno, and the 21-year-old 'Mercury' seemed very satisfied with that pick. The Chinese rifler was leading the map in most statistics and with his AWPer 'Kaze' in tow, he managed to make a real game of it. The favorites of the Outsiders were a step ahead as a team though and took away their opponents' map pick semi-comfortably at 16-12.

'Mercury' continued his domination on the second map of Vertigo where he found 14 kills before going down. He was winning basically every fight he took, and when he faltered 'Kaze' was there to pick up the slack. This amazing performance fueled Rare Atom to an 11-4 CT-side half where the Outsiders were almost only finding rounds if 'FL1T' was popping off.
After the impressive first half, Rare Atom got battered and bruised in the second. Outsiders both individually and as a team were far stronger than their opponents and were able to make the massive comeback happen.

Highlight of the Bo3-series:

Outsiders - Rare Atom 2-0 | ESL Challenger Valencia 2022

16-12 (Inferno) | Mercury - 1.46 Rating / 28-18 K-D / 94.7 ADR

16-14 (Vertigo) | FL1T - 1.59 Rating / 31-16 K-D / 98.6 ADR

MVP: Jingxiang 'Mercury' Wang - 1.39 Rating / 56-41 K-D / 99.7 ADR

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