Fnatic won their first-ever Valorant Lan in historical fashion. After winning the first 2 maps in a best-of-5 series and with a very dominant fashion, LOUD made the comeback in the next 2 maps making the series 2-2 with Icebox being the final decider map. LOUD carried their momentum from the previous maps as well as the support from the Brazilian home crowd. LOUD ended the half at 9-3 and eventually made it 11-3 after winning the first two rounds of the 2nd half. Down 11-3, Fnatic pulled off a stunning, historical comeback to bring the map back in their favor and ended the game 14-12 for Fnatic.
Fnatic’s new addition to the team, Chronicle, also made history by becoming the first player in Valorant to win 2 international trophies. The rest of the team including Boaster, Derke, Leo, and Alfajer lifted an international Valorant trophy for the first time. Fnatic’s other new signing Leo was named the MVP for the final.
Fnatic’s win at the lock-in event is great for the European, Middle Eastern, and African (EMEA) regions as this win guarantee an extra spot to the region in the master’s event happening later in the year in Tokyo. Fnatic also won the $100,000 grand prize for winning the entire event.
It was not only the dream final for Fnatic but also the whole tournament was historical for the team as they won 11 straight maps in the tournament, proving to be the most by any team in an international Valorant competition. In their incredible run, Fnatic beat Sentinels, Furia, 100 Thieves, and Navi, without dropping a single map.
Before the tournament, Fnatic held the reputation of folding under pressure situations. They came 2nd in Masters Reykjavik, 4th in Masters Copenhagen, and 5th in Valorant Champions 2022. This win may be a turning point in their history as they look to add more trophies in 2023.
In the post-match interview with Fnatic's longtime In-game leader (IGL), Boaster said,” Half an hour ago we were 11-3 down, and I was thinking ‘oh no, I’m gonna finish second again!’”
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