Celeste Esports, an all-female Indonesian squad, won their third-straight Female Esports League (FSL) Valorant Open title with a 2-1 victory over 7sins on Sunday (29 November).
Celeste continues their domination of FSL’s Valorant Open circuit, now winning four out of the five tournaments in the series.
Celeste won FSL’s inaugural Valorant Open in July, but fell short against the roster of 7sins — then playing under the team name ‘Ahvuvulurant’— in the second event of the series in August.
Celeste got their revenge over 7sins in FSL Valorant Open III in September, then won the next two editions of the event in October and this month. Celeste now holds a 4-1 edge over the 7sins roster in all of their grand final matchups at the FSL Valorant Open.
Both squads are comprised of former competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players.
Five of the seven players on Celeste’s roster; namely July “Eisberg” Kusuma, Odella “enerii” Abraham, Ryona “Tarathiel” Tan, Risalma “oreopheliaa” Agnia, and Rina “Vulincible” Sufri, notably represented Indonesia in the SEA Qualifiers for the 2019 WESG CS:GO event, finishing in second place.
Dominance from both teams
Both Celeste and 7sins dominated the 32-team, GSL format group stage of the FSL Valorant Open V, held Saturday (28 November), with 7sins coming out of Group A and Celeste from Group D.
In the best-of-one, double-elimination playoffs the next day, 7sins and Celeste tore through their first two opponents to set up a meeting in the Upper Bracket Finals.
7sins defeated Celeste 13-8 in Ascent to book the first spot in the grand finals and send their opponents to the Lower Bracket. Celeste bounced back and dominated The Impaler 13-2 in Haven to force a rematch with 7sins in the best-of-three grand finals.
7sins won the first game of the finals in Ascent with an aggressive composition of Omen, Sova, Reyna, Cypher, and Jett, edging out Celeste’s more balanced line-up of Killjoy, Sova, Cypher, Omen, and Raze, 13-9.
In game two at Icebox, 7sins opted for more control by switching out Cypher for Killjoy while Celeste swapped out Raze for Sage.
Both teams were evenly matched after the first 12 rounds. However, Celeste got things going after switching to the attacker side, winning seven out of eight rounds to take the map, 13-7, and force the finals to a decisive game three.
In the decider at Ascent, 7sins stuck to their previous composition while Celeste went on the offensive by swapping out Sage for Reyna. Celeste’s aggression worked wonders, as they came out of the first half as the attackers with a 10-2 round advantage.
While 7sins mounted an admirable defence after the side switch, Celeste was still able to grind out the three rounds they needed to win to take the championship.
With their victory, Celeste took the lion’s share of SG$500 out of the SG$900 prize pool, with 7sins settling for SG$250 in consolation.
Meanwhile, third and fourth placers The Impaler and Aricat.Aresta took home SG$100 and SG$50, respectively, for their efforts.
FSL Valorant Open V will be the final iteration of the series for this year, with Celeste ultimately claiming four of the five championships in the circuit while the 7sins roster hold the other one.
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