The Taiwanese MAD Team was named champions of the 2020 Arena Valor International Championship. After going through the tough Group Stage, they reached the Playoffs and were pushed to the losers bracket nearly eliminated from the competition.
Even so, the representative of the Garena Challenger Series (GCS) did not disappoint and managed a 4-2 win over Saigon Phantom in the Grand Finals. And apart from the title of the championship, they took home a reward of US$200,000 along with Guo-Guan “03.22” Wei, who won the MVP title.
After the victory, coach Cheng-Bang “Rainer” Tsai told ONE Esports about the team’s efforts to win the trophy.
After clearing the Group stage, MAD clashed with the Vietnamese team and the 2019 AIC Team Flash champions in the Winners Bracket Quarterfinals.
They lost 2-3, but managed to come back again to the Lower Bracket. “It was a turning point for us to lose to Team Flash in the Upper Bracket in this tournament. We admitted our mistakes after the game,” Rainer said. “We were too aggressive and forced into making major changes during the series.”
The second time they met Team Flash, MAD quickly fell 3-0. “We were trying to resolve the issue quickly. I was trying to understand what they were doing, and I made some modifications accordingly. The most important thing was never to give up,” Rainer said.
After multiple encounters on the AIC stage, MAD understood their enemy well, and they really paid great respect to the Vietnamese representative.
Rainer himself revealed that he only wanted to meet Team Flash at the Grand Finals in order to escape the possibility of being eliminated early in the game.
At the Grand Finals, the MAD Team coach announced that they were in a much more relaxed mood after a long ride from the Group Stage. He said that Saigon Phantom was Vietnam’s largest representative with several players to look out for. He also knew the team liked to fight early, according to Rainer.
In their final episode against Saigon Phantom, Rainer advised his team to carefully choose the correct time to move forward or backward in order to limit the strength of their opponent.
The MAD Team understood that SGP had always been waiting for an opportunity, always ready to punish the mistakes of their opponent. However, Rainer still rated MAD as a team that could play 5v5 better.
After defeating SGP in a match that was predicted to be an extreme challenge for MAD, many international fans started calling them the “AOG Slayers.” However, Rainer says that he still respects the Vietnamese representatives, especially Team Flash.
However, the moment Rainer admitted a sigh of relief was when Team Flash was eliminated from the tournament and they managed to pull off their incredible 4-3 comeback.
Looking at all of these results, Rainer is confident that Taiwan will dominate the professional Valor Arena scene and that MAD Team will work hard to keep this position in the coming competitive seasons.