Team Liquid and Fnatic will represent the EMEA in Iceland for the VCT Stage 2 Masters in Reykjavik. Both sides put on a clinic in their respective matches and will now face off the in the Challengers finals with €35,000 up for grabs.
Team Liquid perfect games Oxygen Esports with 13-0 masterclass on Haven
Team Liquid put on a clinic in game one of their series against Oxygen Esports in the semi-finals of the Challengers Finals tournament. The European side did not drop a single round as they made quick work of their opponents. . Team Liquid showcased why the European Valorant side boasts a 76% win rate across 39 maps.
Team Liquid came out of the gates swinging, quickly winning multiple rounds and putting Oxygen Esports on the back foot. Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen showed off how strong he is on the Operator with two impressive "no-scope" kills to win TL their seventh round.
The best performer in their impressive 13-0 victory was Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom who had a KDA of 20/4/7 playing Sage. It was the ScreaM show on Haven with all of his kills coming in the first half. Just to add salt in the wounds for Oxygen Esports, ScreaM picked up an ace. With that 2-0 victory Team Liquid will now have the opportunity to compete at the first International Valorant event in Iceland.
Fnatic book their tickets to Reykjavik after Gambit victory
Fnatic was the second team last night to secure a place in the VCT Masters in Iceland. The European side has reaped the rewards after making roster changes at the start of April. Since the signings of Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev and Martin "Magnum" Peňkov, Fnatic has only dropped one series with an impressive 11-1 record.
The European side was unrelenting in the opening map with a solid 13-6 win on Icebox. Fnatic has been solid on Icebox with a 10-4 record. FNC is specifically favored on the attacking side in which they have a success rate of 59%. It was the Derke show this map with the Finnish player putting on an ice-cold performance to earn Fnatic the map. Derke had a KDA of 21/15/3 which equates to a 1.4 kill to death ratio. Only Ayaz "nAts" Akhmetshin had a higher KD at 1.47.
Things started off rough for Fnatic in the second map on Bind. Fnatic fell behind quickly and went into the second half with a 9-3 deficit. This did not phase them, however, with the European side putting together an impressive second-half performance with a 10-2 score to punch their ticket to Iceland. The come back was well and truly online when Domagoj "Doma" Fancev hit an insane four-piece to win his side the round.
Team Liquid and Fnatic will now lock horns in the Challengers Finals grand final
With two impressive victories, the Iceland-bound Fnatic and Team Liquid will do battle one last time before they jet off for the VCT Stage 2 Masters. Fnatic already has a best-of-five win over TL when they met in the Challengers 2 grand final. Fnatic won the series 3-1 and will need to do it again in the Challengers Finals grand final.
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