By Peter Atencio
Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) fought off a late rally in Game 2 to sweep South Built Esports (SBE), 2-0, (13-7, 14-12), in their best-of-three finals series in Predator League 2022-23 Philippine Valorant Qualifiers Grand Finals on Saturday evening at the Mall of Asia Central Atrium in Pasay City.
They needed an extra 26th round to finish off SBE, 14-12, with a trap and a triple kill from female teammate Kelly “KellyS” Sedillo’s Vandal rifle.
This pushed RRQ to the crown, the P200,000 purse and a slot to the Asia-Pacific Predator League 2022 Grand Finals, which returns with in-person matches from November 11 to 13 in Japan.
“Nakabawi ang SBE. Nabasa namin ang depensa. Kaya sinara namin ang isang side ng mapa para malaman naming ang plano at madepensahan sila,” said coach JC Jamir.
Emmanuel “Emman FPS” Morales showed the way for RRQ with 27 kills, while KellyS backed him up with 19, along with Jed “Draxii” Jamir with 18.
In Game 2, SBE rallied from an 8-11 deficit and tied the match, 12-all, after Azis “Azys” Nandang gunned down Morales in an ambush.
In round 25, Draxii came out of hiding and eliminated Chris “Pro” Martir in the final seconds to lift RRQ to a 13-12 lead.
RRQ also drew support from the games of Nathaniel “Nexi” Cabero, Franz “kvzx” Dingal and James “2ge” Goopio.
They made it to the finals after turning back Oasis Gaming, 2-0.
SBE reached the finals after stopping Team Secret, 2-1.
Gamers utilized the Fracture map for their final battle, and it has a unique design which splits up the map into four neutral quadrants.
There are four central areas between the quadrants that contain defensible sites and places where Attacker spawns and a central zone where Defenders can spawn.
In Round Start, Defenders can access the sites, which are on opposite sides of the map. Attackers all spawn in one area.