In the lower brackets of the VCT 2022 Stage 2 NA Challengers Qualifiers, FaZe Clan defeated Luminosity Gaming to further progress towards their VCT Masters qualification goals.
The best-of-three match ended in a 2-1 victory for FaZe Clan. Despite failing to win their first encounter on Split, FaZe managed to topple Luminosity on their map pick, Fracture, to even the score.
In the end, it came down to an all-out encounter on Breeze, where a 14-12 overtime win for FaZe Clan helped them secure a spot in the bottom leg of Round 2 of the tournament. FaZe will take on 100 Thieves in a VCT NA challengers lower second round match on June 20, 2022 at 4:30 a.m. IST / June 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. EDT.
babybay talks about how FaZe Clan performed after winning over Luminosity Gaming at VCT 2022 Stage 2 NA Challengers Lower Round 1
In a conversation with Sportskeeda Esports’ Adarsh J Kumar, one of FaZe Clan’s veteran players, Andrej”babybayFrancisty, shared his thoughts on the team’s performance so far in VCT 2022 and their expectations for the rest of the Valorant season.
Q: VCT Stage 2 NA Challengers have witnessed FaZe Clan’s most notable campaign in recent times. How do you think you performed in this match against Luminosity Gaming?
babybay: I think we performed pretty well today. It was still a close series, but we were much calmer today compared to the other day. That’s what really made us stand out.
Q: Luminosity is one of only two teams that FaZe Clan lost to in the VCT NA Challengers group stage. What do you think helped you get a win over them this time around?
babybay: I think this time around we just had more reps. I think we should have beaten them the first time we faced them. But that was with only three days of training with flyuh. Honestly, I thought we were going to win a lot easier against them. But it is what it is. A win is a win no matter what.
Q: FaZe had a disappointing result in Stage 1 of the VCT NA Challengers after an early elimination in the Open Qualifiers. Going into Stage 2 of the VCT, what do you think has led to your success in the tournament so far?
babybay: We had a disappointing performance in Stage 1, but that was a completely different list. The roster we had at the time certainly had the potential to be very good. I just felt like we just didn’t have the time and the players who had the experience on that specific roster to make it work like that.
When it came to Stage 1, we had a lot of players who just hadn’t played at that level of play yet. This showed clearly in our gameplay. Going into this next step, we had a whole new roster with just me and Quan (FaZe dicey), and taking flyuh to come back from the other roster, it felt a lot better and made a lot more sense with what we were trying to accomplish.
Having seasoned players like our IGL, which is very, very good, and having supamen, which I played before Valorant for years and years in CrossFire, is definitely a great thing. We have a very good team energy and a good team atmosphere.
Q: After playing Jett for most of your Valorant career, you recently started having success on Neon. How does the agent suit your playstyle?
babybay: Honestly, when Neon first came out, I thought the character kinda sucked. I didn’t think it was that good. But I hadn’t played her in scrims either. I think it’s just really hard to play the character in ranked mode and become proficient like that. So it’s more of a character that you have to use with your teammates.
One time we just started playing it randomly because we watched OpTic play it in the Masters and win. With each passing day, I felt like I was becoming much more proficient at using utility, timings, and intuition of how to play the character. So I’m very comfortable with the character right now and I think she’s really strong.
Q: What do you think of Pearl, Valorant’s next map?
babybay: My first impression of the new map entering the map pool is, thank goodness Split is removed. I hate this card. But honestly, I haven’t really had time to go in-game and check out the whole map, but I know there’s a lot of hype around it. I’m excited to play something new.
Q: Riot Games should install a franchise system for Valorant in 2023. Given your experience in Overwatch, what do you think of a league system that could replace VCT?
babybay: I came from a game that was already franchised – the Overwatch League. I like the concept, I like having a league. Obviously, we don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know anything about franchising or if we’re even going to have a franchise spot. I’m sure there will be some sort of league around that.
I can’t wait to play it. I hope it’s in LAN, so we can all participate in these tournaments and play together on stage. That’s the way the game should be played, you know. Not online 24/7. So I’m very excited to do this and I think you’re going to see the really good players start to shine when LAN comes around.
Q: Faze suffered a disastrous loss to 100 Thieves in the previous VCT Challengers game. However, you may have the chance to redeem yourself in the next match if 100 Thieves also fall in the lower bracket. What do you think about this?
babybay: We play the loser of 100 thieves against XSET. Obviously, we want revenge on 100 Thieves. It was just a brutal way to lose; just losing in general. It kinda sucked, it felt like we were in the driver’s seat. I mean, we were in the driver’s seat every game, but they just came back. We want revenge on this.
There is no resentment between our teams. We have to regain our dignity, you know. So we want to play them. If we have to play against XSET, we will play against XSET. Ultimately, if you want to make it to LAN, you have to beat everyone.
Q: FaZe Clan has never qualified for a major Valorant LAN event such as the VCT Masters. As a fan of LAN tournaments, how excited are you to play in front of a live audience at VCT Masters: Copenhagen?
babybay: I tried to do it in LAN for years! For two years now, or maybe a year and a half, I’ve been trying to get to a LAN. I so want to go to LAN. I like the environment.
I’ve always considered myself more of a LAN gamer than an online gamer. In Overwatch, I was pretty bad online. But when it came to playing on stage, I improved by 10. I was a star player on LAN. So I’m really excited to do it.
Especially with a lot of these kids online, they’re not as nervous as I know they would be playing on stage. I think that’s why some of them are so cracked. But I think at the end of the day, when there’s a lot of pressure, when there’s a crowd and stuff like that, when it really matters is when I show up the most. So I want to do this race, I want to get there and win; win a few games.