Mumbai Aces defeat Hyderabad Nawabs 2-1 on day 18 of Skyesports Valorant League 2021; mid-season transfer window open now

Mumbai Aces beat Hyderabad Nawabs 2-1 on day 18 of Skyesports Valorant League 2021 (Image from Skyesports Twitter)
Mumbai Aces beat Hyderabad Nawabs 2-1 on day 18 of Skyesports Valorant League 2021 (Image from Skyesports Twitter)
Manodeep Mukherjee

On day 18 of the Skyesports Valorant League 2021, Hyderabad Nawabs and Mumbai Aces, placed 3 and 4 respectively in the points table, clashed against each other.

Mumbai Aces won the series 2-1, continuing their momentum from yesterday where they put an end to Rajasthan Strikers' winning streak.

Following the map veto process today, the Valorant maps that were chosen for today’s series were:

  • Haven
  • Ascent
  • Bind

Skyesports Valorant League 2021: Day 18 Match recap

Map 1: Haven

Hyderabad Nawabs looked comfortable and seemed poised to take away the first map of the series, establishing a 9-5 against Mumbai Aces. But Mumbai stepped up their game, took the contest to match point, and won 13-11 at the end.

Both teams displayed some amazing Valorant skill. They executed their strategy well and there were spurts of individual skills as well. Rite2Ace was amazing on his signature Sova. Mumbai’s Strixx topped the kill chart on his Jett with 24 kills.

Map 2: Ascent

Mumbai Aces started the map well with 2-0, but their over-aggressive playstyle backfired as Hyderabad Nawab held their angles masterfully, shutting down Mumbai’s aggression. Although the match was 4-3 in favor of Mumbai Aces at one point, they were unable to win a single round from that point onwards. Hyderabad Nawabs ended up wining the map 13-4.

Hellff stood out as Reyna scoring 21 kills, with Vibhor and Rite2Ace not far behind, both having 18 kills respectively. Mumbai Aces looked helpess in front of their opponents' skill in the second map.

Map 3: Bind

Mumbai Aces picked three duelists in the third map, which seemed a bit odd since their over-aggression cost them the second map. Their team for Bind consisted of Reyna, Jett, and Raze along with Sova and Omen. Although Hyderabad thought they had the advantage to push against Mumbai's triple duelist lineup, the latter held their ground extremely well..But this thought process cost them the map as Mumbai Aces held the crossfires really well.

Mumbai won the map 13-5. Binks and Strixx topped the kill chart with their Raze and Jett respectively. Fa2 played a crucial role with his Omen as well.

Points Table after Day 18

The points table did not change at all as Hyderabad Nawabs stayed at the 3rd place only 0.5 points ahead of Mumbai Aces, although Hyderabad have played one match less.

Mid-season transfer window in Valorant Skyesports League 2021

After 17 days of great Valorant matches, Skyesports Valorant League 2021 has reached its mid-season. And with that, the transfer window is now open for the eight teams to shuffle or transfer players. It will be interesting to observe how teams look after shuffling players.

Edited by Gautham Balaji
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