Road to Radiant | Week 27 Recap

Road to Radiant | Week 27 Recap

AUTHOR: CHRIS "BEARLIGHT" LEE / @BEARLIGHTCASTS

This past Wednesday our Road to Radiant weekly tournament for Valorant was back in action. Week 27 was a perfect balance between nostalgia, familiarity, and new stories. The Stay Plugged In weekly tournaments are all about community. A community where students come together to grow their own skillsets, and teach and share with others what is working in their own pursuit of collegiate opportunities. We're excited to share these stories and the results of the week in our Road to Radiant breakdown below.

NOSTALGIA: THE RETURN OF JITTERBUGS & SMRTY

Jitterbugs, Iron Head Tappers, and The Black Armory. They all are built with the common core of their roster, where SMRTY or WAVES call the shots. With the return of Smrty this week, (who had missed quite a few weeks due to prior school obligations) the Jitterbugs name returns to Road to Radiant for the first time since June 8th of this year.

Overall, this particular roster has had little experience together. Waves and Smrty brought on SOUP and 5ENZO to fill in some gaps that were left due to what may have been scheduling conflicts of their roster. As strong as the leadership was from Smrty and Waves, a title push is a tough ask from the crew, and their run ended in the Semifinals with a (7-13) loss to Bald Babies.

FAMILIARITY: BALD BABIES MAKE IT TO THE FINALS

This is something we are used to at this point. The chemistry from FEEDZ, YAN, SINBAD, WAMM, and MIZAKY grows stronger every week, and the 13-7 win over Jitterbugs was proof. That being said, they've been title-less since Week 24, and would have one more test in the Finals to try and end the dry spell once and for all. On the other side of the Finals would be Esports at NC State Red, a new team to the circuit and one who made quite the splash on the other side of the single-elimination bracket.

NEW STORIES: NC STATE RED DEFEAT BALD BABIES IN THE FINALS

A new team took the platform by storm this week, as NC State Red advanced through Victory 6 in the Round of 8, and then continued to a pretty decisive (13-6) victory over Matcha Monkeys. In the Finals, both teams were coming in virtually blind in their expectations, as they have not played each other in this weekly Best-of-1 format. Yan of Bald Babies put a very solid 18/13/3 KDA as Raze, but HAJI and ZELARON of NC State Red matched or bested that performance, combining for a 43/27/11 KDA as Chamber and Omen respectively, to take the (13-7) win on Bind.

Congratulations to Hija, Zelaron, alongside BOOBYSHMURDA, RANGERJ, and B1AZETAP for their first ever Road to Radiant title! In addition, special shoutout to ZELARON for earning MVP. To find out more about our upcoming events, you can visit the events page here on our website.