Can Kru complete the ultimate comeback story in their LCQ Grand Final matchup against Leviatán?
We have an all LATAM affair in the form of Kru vs. Leviatán here in the VCT Americas LCQ Grand Final. Both teams are on the verge of locking up the final spot at Champions 2023. So keep your eyes peeled on this page as we bring you all of the latest score and updates throughout this grand final match.
Kru Esports (Kru)
Kru 13 - 5 Split
LEV 13 - 8 Pearl
Kru (13 - 6) Ascent
Kru 13 - 10 Lotus
(3 - 1 )
The LATAM redemption story comes to an end for one of Kru or Leviatán in the LCQ Grand Final
Kru have been the talk of the town across all three regional leagues during the LCQ. From going through the entire regular season without winning a match to reaching the LCQ Grand Final is truly the stuff of legend.
And if Kru were to make it to Champions today, it would mark the conclusion of the ultimate redemption story for an organization with that already has such a storied history within the VCT. And they will likely have their star man Keznit to thank for the part he has played in getting them here. The Chilean currently leads the way in just about every major stat category here at the LCQ, from his event KD, to his total ACS, and even his clutch percentage.
Leviatán pulled off an incredible 3 - 2 reverse-sweep in the Lower Bracket final match with Cloud9. They have been on a bit of a storybook run themselves here at Champions, and a man who has been at the center of it has been their main duelist Tacolilla.
While he might not have the kinds of high-flying stats that Keznit currently does, what he does have over him is First Blood percentage, which sits at a 19%. His entry-kills, and his return to his trusty Chamber, have been a key part in Leviatán's run here at the LCQ. Alongside their IGL kiNgg who boasts the second highest K/D across the LCQ at a 1.21. We shall soon see if they can come up with a similar kind of performance in today's match.
Who will emerge from this epic El Clasico style matchup between Kru and Leviatán? We shall soon find out, with the final match of the VCT Americas soon to get underway.
Kru Esports VALORANT Roster:
- Nicolas "Klaus" Ferrari (IGL)
- Angelo "Keznit" Mori
- Juan Pablo "NagZ" Lopez
- Marco Eliot "Melser" Machuca Amaro
- Santiago Galvis "dAveeys" Ruiz
- Carlos "axeddy" Alberto
Leviatán VALORANT Roster:
- Francisco "kiNgg" Aravena (IGL)
- Vincente "Tacolilla" Compagnon
- Augustin "nzr" Ibarra
- Roberto "Mazino" Rivas
- Fabian "Shyy" Usnayo
Kru play Leviatán like a fiddle on Split
Map 1 of this Grand Final series sees us head over to Kru's map pick of Bind. Both sides opt to go for double-controller team compositions. With Leviatán throwing in a double-duelist setup of Jett and Raze and dAveeys rocking Chamber once more in this tournament.
Kru secure the first pistol round as well as their anti-eco to get things going on their attack half. And they chain together a couple more rounds together to give themselves an early 4 - 0 lead. Tacolilla comes up with a moment of madness to gift Leviatán their first round of the half. But the lead continues to grow for Kru who are able to freely dictate the flow of this map. kiNgg and Shyy pull off back-to-back multi-kills in an attempt to reinvigorate their defense. But their efforts only serve to make the scoreline a little more respectable a Kru take a solid 9 - 3 lead into the side switch.
Leviatán take the second pistol round but Kru answer back immediately in the eco round to bring themselves up to double digits. Leviatán manage to get a fifth round on the board, despite the best efforts from Melser. And that ends up being the most that they can conjure up in this map as Kru continue to suck the life out of them. Leaving Kru to walk away with a dominant 13 - 5 win on Split and give themselves a 1 - 0 lead in the series.
Leviatán string together an immaculate defensive hold on Pearl
After their near flawless performance on Split, Kru make their way over to Leviatán's pick of Pearl for Map 2. And we find ourselves being treated to a mirror-match as both teams opt to go with the standard double-controller meta composition.
Leviatán take the opening pistol round of the map as well as their anti-eco to give themselves a 2 - 0 lead; their first lead of the series. But Kru quickly find themselves on level terms. They manage to take the lead in a similarly dominant fashion to how they played on Split. But the surprising star of the show in this contest proves to be Melser, who consistently manages to find himself in dangerous positions across the map. Leviatán manage to regroup through the use of a timeout to reduce the deficit. But it is Kru who remains in control of the map at 7 - 5 as they head into halftime.
Melser continues his monstrous performance on Pearl for his side as he grabs a 4k to give Kru the second pistol round. But Leviatán answer back with a much needed eco round, as well as the bonus, to give themselves a new lease on life on their map pick. With Tacolilla finding a lot more succes across the map. And they soon find themselves jumping back into the lead at 9 - 8, as Kru struggle to put together solid site executes. Leviatán break past the 10 point mark and quickly hit map point soon after, as Kru continue to look meek in the face of their defense. And Leviatán waste no time in put things to bed as they close out Pearl 13 - 8, off the back of a 4k from Mazino. Allowing them to tie the series up at 1 - 1.
Santa Klaus shows up to deliver Ascent to Kru's doorstep
With the series all tied up again, thanks to a revitalized Leviatán performance on Pearl, the teams head over to Ascent for Map 3. And we are presented with another mirror-matchup as both sides decide to stick with the tried and true double-initiator composition.
Leviatán continue their hot streak from Map 2 by taking the first couple of rounds to open things up on their defensive half. Kru answer back with a flawless round to deny Leviatán their bonus round. They are able to tie the map up for a moment, but Leviatán continue to overwhelm their site pushes with their solid defensive setups. But Kru slowly begin to build their way back into the game, as Keznit begins to heat up alongside their IGL Klaus who acts like a one-man army at times on their post-plant setups. And they are rewarded for the efforts as they are able to take a 7 - 5 lead into halftime.
Klaus comes up with a crucial 3k clutch to give Kru the second pistol round of the map. And they are gifted the anti-eco with a little bit of help from the game clock, only for Mazino to respond with a 4k to keep things manageable for Leviatán. Kru crack double-digits on the map with dAveeys joining in on the action alongside Klaus and Keznit. Even Timmy the Turret gets involved in the kill race for Kru as they are able to reach map point. And sure enough, Kru manage to take Ascent 13 - 6 and retake the lead in the series at 2 - 1.
Kru make history on Lotus
After another dominant performance in this series, this time on Ascent, Kru head over to Lotus for Map 4. While both teams decide to go with a double-controller composition we see a slight change up in terms of agents being used. With the key difference coming from Leviatán as nzr decides to go with Fade instead of a more traditional Skye.
Leviatán are able to take the opening pistol round as well as their anti-eco to get things going on their attack half. They falter one their bonus round but maintain early control of the map at 4 - 1. But Kru are gifted a way back into half off of a couple of mistakes from Leviatán on their post-plant setups. And they continue to punish Leviatán for their indecisiveness as they jump into the lead at 6 - 4. But Leviatán manage to steel themselves after using their first timeout of the map to tie things up at 6 - 6 going into halftime.
dAveeys comes up big for Kru as they manage to take the second pistol round of the map. They then manage to covert on their anti-eco and bonus rounds as they regain a solid lead at 9 - 6. Leviatán respond get a couple more rounds on the board for them as they keep within sight of their opponents despite Kru reaching the double digit mark. Leviatán manage to crack the 10-point mark shortly afterwards. But two thrifty wins brought about by Melser and NagZ put Kru onto match point. And with one last charge up the map, Kru Esports manage to close out Lotus 13 - 10 and the series 3 - 1. Granting them the right to claim the final spot at Champions 2023 to cap off an unthinkable redemption story.
How to watch Kru vs Leviatán VCT Americas LCQ Grand Final:
Three Americas League teams have already secured their spots at Champions 2023 in LA later this year. The remaining seven teams are set to battle it out in attempt to secure the final ticket to Champions in the highly anticipated VCT Americas Last Chance Qualifiers. Fans who wish to watch the Kru vs Leviatán VCT Americas LCQ Grand Final match may do so by heading to the league's Twitch and YouTube channels. You may also tune in via the embed stream link down below in case you don't wish to leave this page.