Malaysian squad Todak claimed the crown at the Valorant First Strike Regional Finals for Malaysia and Singapore, outlasting Singaporean Team SMG in an intense best-of-five grand finals on Sunday (6 December).
Todak breezed through their first match of the Regional Finals, sweeping Singaporean team Las Venturas to set up their first meeting with Team SMG in the semifinals. However, SMG sent Todak packing to the Lower Bracket, dominating them in Split and Ascent.
In the Lower Bracket, Todak defeated Running Dogs and were the beneficiaries of a Las Venturas forfeit to make it to the Lower Bracket Finals against Reality Rift. Todak won the first game at Split in overtime, but Reality Rift bounced back in bind to force a game three. In the decider at Haven, Todak dominated after the side switch to win the map 13-6 and force a rematch against Team SMG in the finals.
In the opening game of the finals at Bind, Todak dominated the first half, 10-2, and held off SMG’s rally after the side switch to take their first win of the series, 13-9.
SMG bounced back in game two with a heavy initiator composition with Breach and Skye, coming out swinging after a tied first half to clean sweep after the side switch, 7-0, and tie up the series, 1-1.
Todak switched things up in game three and pulled out a Cypher and Reyna to amp up their aggression. That composition worked wonders for them after a 5-7 first half, as they dominated after the side switch again, 8-2, to take a 2-1 series lead.
SMG countered Todak’s aggressive lineup by pulling out Killjoy in game four, who did her part after a tied first half to slug out a 13-8 win after the side switch and force the series to a deciding game five.
Todak went all-out in the decider with an unorthodox lineup featuring Brimstone, Raze, and Breach, which fuelled a dominant 10-2 outing in the first half.
SMG fought tooth and nail after the side switch, but Todak were still able to eke out the three rounds they needed to claim the series and the championship.
With their win, Todak claimed the lion’s share of RM9,000 (over US$2,200) out of the RM20,000 (over US$4,800) prize pool, while Team SMG settled for RM5,500 (US$1,355).
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