In the lower bracket of VALORANT Champions 2022, the internet saw DRX beat the Stage 2 Masters champions FunPlus Phoenix with the 9-3 curse. Not only is this DRX overcoming their demons and making a significant lower bracket run, but sweeping the recent Masters champions 2-0. Fans online went nuts seeing the last Europe, Middle East and Africa team heading home from Champions.
DRX ELIMINATES THE MASTERS COPENHAGEN WINNERS AT #VALORANTChampions İSTANBUL! #DRXWIN pic.twitter.com/tw9POVBUYl
— VALORANT Champions Tour 🇹🇷 (@ValorantEsports) September 16, 2022
Starting the series close, much like their matchup earlier in the playoffs, Icebox was a nail biter. A 7-5 lead for DRX disappeared soon into the second half. After losing six of their first seven rounds in the second half, DRX won five rounds in a row to seal the first map win. Then, FPX were up 9-3 on Haven to the surprise of fans, considering this was DRX’s map choice. Yet, in their second half, DRX were perfect and finished the map 13-9. After the close first map, that second half on Haven destroyed hopes for FPX’s back-to-back title in VALORANT.
Twitter talks about DRX’s win and the 9-3 curse at Champions
Here are some of the best reactions online, from when the half started to how it ended.
DRX retakes 🥵
— FaZe supamen (@supamen) September 16, 2022
Short but simple, FaZe Clan VALORANT player Phat “supamen” Le said that DRX’s retakes were too hot to handle.
Being an EMEA fan in KR rn pic.twitter.com/wpOUSlmW4I
— PirateFlag @ 🇰🇷 (@CullanSmith) September 16, 2022
As the map came to a close, WESTCEPTION coach Cullan “PirateFlag” Smith commented on how sad he was as a European coach in Korea.
MY BODY IS SHAKING#VALORANTChampions
— Seth King (@AchiliosCasts) September 16, 2022
Caster, analyst and ultimate DRX fanboy Seth “Achillios” King couldn’t hold his excitement, both on Twitter and the official broadcast, hugging desk guest and player Benedict “Benkai” Tan.
DRX JUST PROVED 9-3 CURSE IS REAL LETS FUCKING GOOOO #DRXWIN
— jessica 🎀 (@jessicahkim) September 16, 2022
Gen.G streamer Jessica Kim yelled online how DRX proved the 9-3 curse is real, with a “let’s go” afterwards.
Got our drop, thanks @DRX_VS! pic.twitter.com/4PRiOynnHj
— Cloud9 (@Cloud9) September 16, 2022
Also, in a cruel twist of fate, the same day the new 9-3 Curse spray is released in the Champions streams’ drops system, DRX bring it to light. Cloud9 confirmed the situation as they got the spray.
9-3 curse isn't real, @DRX_VS is just built different. 🇰🇷
— XSET (@XSET) September 16, 2022
As for NA team XSET, they gave DRX their props for making the 9-3 curse happen.
OpTic and DRX are the most consistent international teams. Both teams only missing reykjavik last year. (KRÜ being the only team to attend every lan) They consistently place well with optic always placing the same or higher. Tomorrow will be fun. 👹 v 🐉 #VALORANTChampions https://t.co/8sBXHZRuWy
— CodiakTheKodiak (@CodiakTheKodiak) September 16, 2022
As for VALORANT fan CodiakTheKodiak, they talk about how both OpTic and DRX are the most consistent teams in VALORANT so far. They will face each other next, so we’ll see how DRX play in their first international best-of-five series.