With regional tournaments finally resuming after S.I 2021, stage 2 of the NAL kicked off with an action-packed playday full of technical timeouts and some great R6S gameplay on the latest patch (North Star). Fans would have been very excited to see their favourite teams back in action after a less-than-ideal SI performance for the region.
DG < TSM
Mirage < DarkZero
Soniqs < SSG
Oxygen > Beastcoast
TSM vs Disrupt Gaming
In the NAL Stage 2 opening game, TSM FTX faced off against Disrupt Gaming on Chalet, with Owen ‘Pojoman’ Mitura back playing for TSM due to some visa issues for Geometrics. TSM was looking strong right off the bat with a 4-0 lead with TSM Chala clutching up in round 1 itself to win a 1v3. DG got 2 rounds back, ending the half at TSM 4-2 DG. Disrupt picked up 1 round in their defensive half but TSM sealed the deal in round 10 with a 7-3 win.
The second match of the playday took place on Consulate, DarkZero and Mirage both had debutants looking to prove themselves and the action kicked off with a defensive half for Mirage. DarkZero took advantage of multiple mistakes made by Mirage won the half 4-2, but Mirage came back in the second half and took away the three-match points that DZ had to take us into the first overtime of the playday with a fragging masterclass from DZ’s Hyper.
SSG back with a bang, take a 7-4 win against Soniqs.
After lifting the hammer at SI 2020, SSG seemed to affected by the champions’ curse at S.I 2021, placing 7th in their group and getting knocked out in the first round of the lower bracket, they came into stage 2 of the NAL looking to bring back their winning form. Soniqs started off strong with a 3-0 lead, SSG bounced right back and won 6 rounds in a row to get to match point and finished the game off with a 7-4 win over Soniqs.
Oxygen Esports vs Beastcoast: A nail-biter with a spectacular finish.
Oxygen Esports and Beastcoast faced off in a 15-round thriller on Coastline which went right down to the wire to end off the playday. The match was a great back-and-forth between the two teams with each player stepping up at various moments. In the final round of OT, Oxygen’s VertcL took matters into his own hands, got a beautiful 4k to secure his team the 2 points.
DarkZero’s Hyper bagged the MVP of the playday with 19 frags in his game against mirage, there were a number of debutants on display on playday 1 and most of them did very well, all of them showed positive signs for their future. The most notable one has to be Mirage’s QrTz with his incredible fragging ability which shined against DarkZero. The results are listed below.