Naos Esports and South Built Esports emerged as the last two teams standing in the VCT 2022 Challengers PH following their victories on Saturday, Feb. 26.

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Naos and South Built will be battling for crown on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Naos was the first team to punch a ticket to the playoffs after defeating Action PH, 2-1, in their upper bracket finals match earlier in the day.

It took the series’ first blood with a dominant 13-8 win on APH map pick in Icebox. APH retaliated with close 13-11 in the second map win in Bind but Naos used a blistering second half in the final map in Haven to pull off a 13-6 triumph and take the Grand Finals seat.

South Built, on the other hand, took the longer road to the Finals as it outlasted Oasis Gaming with a 2-0 sweep. The victory didn’t come easy for South Built as it took the first point of the series following a 15-13 overtime win in the first map in Ascent.

The contest remained a nip-and-tuck affair as the two squads traded rounds which extended to six overtime periods. South Built, though, still came out on top with a 19-17 win in Icebox to secure at least a third pace finish in the tournament and a spot to the VCT APAC Challengers.

It then faced Action PH in the lower bracket finals where it scored the first point of the series after a 13-10 win in the first map in Ascent. Refusing to go down without a fight, APH came back roaring in the second map in Split, 13-8.

Riding the momentum of Game 2 win, APH looked good in the first half of the final map in Haven as it took a 7-5 lead at the half. An SBE rally in the second however changed the complexion of the match as it unleashed an 8-4 counter attack to take a 13-11 win and arrange the Finals dance against Naos in the process.

Source: Manila Bulletin (