The VCT Masters 2 tournament was a huge success for the Valorant e-sport scene. Now the VCT Challengers 3 series has begun as the next step in the Valorant Champions Tour 2021. Recently, controversy followed the match between Vodafone Giants and Bref. This article covers the events surrounding the events between the VCT Challengers EU match between Vodafone Giants and Team Bref.
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Valorant: Vodafone giants use camera bug and receive a map loss from Riot:
The VCT Challengers 3 tournament is hosted by Riot Games as part of their VCT 2021 series. It is conducted across different regions including the EU, NA and SEA. Just a week ago, the EU region saw teams Vodafone Giants and Bref competing in a BO3 tournament. Vodafone Giants took the match 2-1 and everything seemed normal for a while. Soon after the match, players and supporters of Bref took to social media platforms accusing Vodafone Giants of abusing a Cypher Cam glitch which gave them an unfair advantage in the Breeze map.
Social media showed the Vodafone Giants players using an unusual lineup to place a camera at a spot above the cave near A main of the Breeze map. The attackers, while entering could not see the cam even when it was active, thus enabling the defenders to easily gain information around A main. The Vodafone Giants Cypher was seen using this camera multiple times to gain valuable information on whether the Bref players were anywhere near A main or not. At times, this even completely prevented whole rushes.
When appealed to the admins, they replied that since Breeze is a new map, it is only natural for it to face bugs, glitches, and other issues. However, the information has been passed on to Riot Games and that they would have to wait for Riot’s final judgment. In a later interview, players from Bref revealed that their whole game plan revolved around Breeze and they were surprised to see that none of their strats worked due to the Giants using the camera bug and that destroyed their whole morale and served as one of the main factors leading to them losing the series.
Riot finally released their judgement 2 days ago. They decided to consider Breeze as a loss for Vodafone Giants and also handed a pre-emptive loss to Vodafone Giants. This means that Vodafone Giants will go into their next map with a loss already on hand. This comes as a result of Vodafone Giants violating section 7.2.6 which lists clear-cut rules against exploiting bugs or glitches to gain an unfair advantage in-game.