Burnout issues loom ahead of Valorant Champions 2022

As 16 of the world’s best teams travel to Istanbul, Turkey for Valorant Champions 2022, not all of them will be so well rested or even prepared.

The condensed nature of the 2022 competitive calendar means that Champions takes place barely a month after the Copenhagen Masters concludes at the end of July. In other words, teams that progressed through the tournament had less time to rest, recharge and train.

But players had already started complaining about burnout in Copenhagen. LOUD and OpTic Gaming lamented their eliminations from the tournament, saying they were – to put it simply – exhausted.



Burnout issue looms ahead of Valorant Champions 2022

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Neither LOUD nor OpTic thought they had brought their A-game to Copenhagen. After a runner-up finish at the Reykjavik Masters, LOUD was unable to replicate their feat in Denmark and came out of the group stage without a single win.

OpTic went further, finishing a strong third, but the team was still far from how they looked at Reykjavik where they helped set the meta on several maps.

“Honestly, it almost pays to get out a little earlier sometimes and have more time to take a break, reset and do new things,” OpTic head coach Chet “Chet” Singh said. after their elimination from Copenhagen.

“Going from Iceland to this event, we didn’t have much time to take a real break.” At that time, OpTic had only taken a one-week hiatus in the past six months, according to in-game frontman Pujan “FNS” Mehta.

There’s also a reason why there’s never been a back-to-back champion in Valorant, which speaks to the struggles of staying ahead of an ever-changing meta.

Paper Rex Valorant Masters Copenhagen 2022
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In some ways, winners of international events are at a disadvantage when tournaments are held so close together. The team that lifts the trophy will be scrutinized, and in order to stay ahead of the ever-changing meta, they will need even more time to experiment, iterate, and innovate.

Unfortunately, with the Champions arriving just a month after the Stage 2 Masters, time is the only thing they don’t have.

“Essentially, when you’re knocked out, you have the reward of being able to go back and study and see what you did wrong, and then when you win, you don’t have time,” FNS said.

After their early departure from Copenhagen, LOUD finally had the opportunity to rest and do some boot camp. “The break was very important for us to regain energy. We are lighter and even better prepared,” said Matias “Saadhak” Delipetro. Dexerto.

Paper Rex coach Alexandre “alecks” Sallé shared similar thoughts in an exclusive interview with ONE Esports.

“Take FunPlus Phoenix for example. They must be exhausted from playing all along [Copenhagen],” he said. “They might have to take an extended break. When everyone would have worked hard and had more time to prepare for the meta.

The opportunity to rest and recharge could be the biggest differentiator ahead of Valorant Champions 2022. Teams like 100 Thieves and Edward Gaming will also return, having never played an international event this year, potentially opening up the possibility of upsets majors.

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