Rematch of Acend VS Vivo Keyd following a bug
Vivo Keyd against Acend, this is the match that has been in the news for the last few days. While the Valorant Champions started less than a week ago, there have already been a few problems that have interfered with the smooth running of the competition, including this match that resulted in a rematch.
The Brazilian team was initially declared winner of the first round of the group stage, against Acend, on a score of 2-1. However, Riot Games later announced that they wanted to take time to examine the conditions of this victory. Indeed, the referees later realised that a bug with Cypher's Spy Cam was exploited by Vivo Keyd on Breeze over a total of six rounds. The bug involved accessing a normally inaccessible area of the map to monitor opponents.
The Acend players did not report anything during the game, so the game was not interrupted. However, the bug was reported on social media during the game and the Brazilian victory was challenged. After a deliberation on Riot's side, the following statement was published:
During map three of the match between Acend and Vivo Keyd, Jonathan “JhoW” Glória from Vivo Keyd violated Rule 7.2.6 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy by using a Cypher camera placement that is not functioning as intended and violates the design purpose of VALORANT.Alex FRANCOIS – Head of Competitive Operations for VALORANT Esports
It was therefore decided to recount the score of map 3 by deciding that Acend had won all rounds where Vivo Keyd had used the bug of Cypher's camera. A bonus round was awarded to Acend for the damage done to their economy as a result of the defeats in these rounds. In the end, while Vivo Keyd initially won the game on a score of 13 to 8, the score was reversed and Acend won by a score of 13 to 9.
However, the referees made a big miscalculation in their haste to settle the situation so as not to disrupt the entire tournament. The score should have been 12-10, in favour of Acend. Such a score did not represent a victory on Valorant, so the match was not officially concluded.
Rather than getting lost in new calculations, it was finally decided to replay the map giving an advantage to Acend players. They then started the game with a 7-point lead, the number of rounds Vivo Keyd used the camera bug, plus a bonus round for the lost economy.
The match was replayed on 5th December, two days after the original match, and ended 13-10 in favour of Acend. The European team won the BO and qualified for the rest of the competition. They will face Team Envy, a match that will determine which of the two teams will advance to the quarter-finals. Vivo Keyd will face X10 in a decider match.
Both matches will take place on 6th December, the first at 6pm (CET) and the second at 9pm (CET). This will be one of the last days of the group stages before the start of the play-offs on 8th December.