NAOS bests Oasis Gaming 3-1 to reign as kings of VCL PH Split 1

11:28 PM March 12, 2023

NAOS reigns as kings of Filipino VALORANT as they took down Oasis Gaming 3-1 in the grand finals of VALORANT Challengers League Philippines: Split 1.

Prior to the playoffs, NAOS suffered their lone defeat in the group stages against the Oasis Gaming squad, which Riley “Witz” Go described during the post-match interview of the grand finals as a wake-up call that led to triple their normal practices.



In the playoffs, NAOS already defeated Oasis Gaming once, dropping the top group stage team and current SIBOL representatives to the lower bracket after sweeping them 2-0 in the upper bracket finals.

“Actually, kahi natalo na namin sila sa upper [bracket] finals, parang nirespect parin namin sila. Alam namin na capable yung Oasis Gaming mag-bounce back sa grand finals. [Actually, even if we already defeated them in the upper bracket finals, we still had to respect them, We know Oasis Gaming can bounce back in the grand finals],” Witz shared in the same post-match interview.

With their third matchup on VCL PH 2023 Split 1, NAOS had a rough series start as they first lost Game 1 on Lotus in overtime 13-15.

“Actually, nung first game, sobrang tilted namin and frustrated. [Actually, after the first game, we were so tilted and frustrated],” Witz shared in the post-match interview.

“So, ang ginawa namin lumabas kami, nag-reset, and pinakalma namin yung isa’t isa. [So, we got out, reseted, and calmed ourselves],” he continued.

Having shaken off the jitters coming from the Game 1 loss, NAOS proceeded to sweep the next three games to win the series.

They were able to win Game 2 on Fracture thanks to John Timothy “JA” Arone’s Chamber masterclass that saw the sniper maestro record a 25/13/4 KDA. Meanwhile, for games 3 and 4, NAOS managed to snuff out the initial momentum Oasis had in the early rounds and closed it out 13-7 on Pearl and 13-8 on Ascent.

NAOS Esports will be taking home the lion’s share of the PHP 1,500,000 prize pool of the tournament, which amounts to PHP 600,000, and is directly qualified for VCL PH 2023 Split 2’s regular season along with Oasis Gaming, Action PH, and Gamelab Alpha.

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