Will Fnatic secure the Grand Finals with their new coach?

The Fnatic vs DRX matchup saw two of the biggest teams go up against each other. At stake was a spot at the Red Bull Home Grounds #4. With Cloud9 already waiting for the winner of this match, the winner of the semifinal had their task cut out for them. Here’s all you need to know about the Fnatic vs DRX matchup.

Fnatic vs DRX  Results

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FnaticDRXBreeze (13-3) Ascent (13-4)Bind2-1

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Fnatic have had a change to their roster. While they still retain their five players, they have had a change in the coaching staff. Replacing long-time Fnatic coach, Jacob "mini" Harris on the team was Chris "Elmapuddy" Tebbit. Mini had been with the team since 2021 and stayed on the org for more than two years. However, after their top-four finish at VCT Champs 2023, there was a coaching change. 

Elmapuddy comes into the picture with coaching experience. He has coached Gen.G VALORANT previously, but he also has coaching experience from Counter-Strike. Obviously, translating that experience into a different game will take some adaptations, but Elmapuddy has already shown he is more than capable of doing that. 

DRX is a team that has consistently been near the top. However, they have almost always failed to secure the top spot in most of their international tournaments. At this point, it might be fair to say they are one of the most consistent teams when it comes to securing a top-four spot. But then they almost always falter, which is also another consistency. 

The team recently played in the TEN VALORANT Global Invitational where they secured a top two spot. They lost to Cloud9 in the Grand Finals, where they had to take the series to the third map. The roster is still the same which gives them a slight advantage over their opponents in this series.

Fnatic VALORANT Roster

  • Jake "Boaster" Howlett 
  • Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev
  • Emir "Alfajer" Beder 
  • Leo "Leo" Jannesson
  • Timofey "Chronicle" Khromov

DRX VALORANT roster

  • Kim "stax" Gu-taek
  • Jung "Foxy9" Jae-sung
  • Byung-chul "BuZz" Yu
  • Kim "MaKo" Myeong-kwan
  • Cho "Flashback" Min-hyuk

The Red Bull Home Ground #4 kicked off on November 3 and came to an end on November 5, 2023. The tournament saw eight teams in participation with the single Swiss Group stage format. Only a few teams qualified for the playoffs, which featured a best-of-three single-elimination format. Only the Grand Finals will be a best-of-five affair with two teams going head to head for the title and the glory.

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