VCT Europe Challengers 2: Fnatic overcome Team Liquid in the grand final

VCT Europe Challengers 2: Fnatic overcome Team Liquid in the grand final

Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

4/18/2021, 7:10:37 PM

Fnatic have successfully defeated Team Liquid in the final of Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Europe Challengers 2. Both teams have qualified for the upcoming EMEA Challengers, though the final was to determine seeding as well as who gets a a bigger share of the prize pool. The best-of-five (BO5) was intense, yet it did not reach the fifth map. Fnatic was determined to close the final out prematurely. A surprising gamble on Fnatic’s behalf on Split left the audience in awe.

Fnatic vs Team Liquid


Fnatic started it all out on their pick, Icebox. Following a tight half at 7:5 for Liquid, Fnatic’s Icebox pick was justified after they switched over to the attacking side. Fantastic first bloods guaranteed by Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev opened space for his teammates to execute on sites, especially utilizing Viper’s utility by James “Mistic” Orfila. Team Liquid put up a good fight, but struggled on defense of Icebox, leading to a 13:10 deficit as Fnatic took their map pick.


It was time for Liquid to return the jab, as Ascent was up next as their map pick. Yet again a very tight first half emerged, with Adil “Scream” Benrlitom leading the charge on Phoenix. The half finished at yet again 7:5, this time in favor of Fnatic. Liquid on defense showed that Ascent is their map, however. After Fnatic started rolling initially on attack, Liquid recomposed towards the end of the half to bag six straight rounds to close out their map pick at 13:10.


Bind is where things got dicey for Liquid. One of Fnatic’s premiere maps, where Jake “Boaster” Howlett runs a Brimstone as Mistic sticks to Viper is a deadly combination. They’ve proved that again after getting in a solid 8:4 half on attack as Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen was struggling to find his ground on Bind on Liquid. The second half saw Fnatic test Liquid’s limits, as they were just as efficient on defense. Domagoj “Doma” Fancev especially, put on a great show to swiftly close out Bind at 13:6 in favor of Fnatic.


It was do-or-die time for Liquid as Fnatic were up 2-1 in maps. A surprise agent composition from Fnatic saw them take three duelists going into the map, including Boaster on Reyna. Meanwhile, Scream went with a sentinel pick, Sage. The unexpected picks saw Fnatic run over Liquid. Fnatic started out on defense, surprisingly doing extremely well with that agent composition. Liquid woke up late into the half as Fnatic took a commanding lead of 8:4 before halftime. On attack, the triple duelist composition shined for Fnatic. Five straight rounds was all it took as Fnatic edged out Liquid on Split with a 13:4 scoreline.

Fnatic have defeated Team Liquid with a 3-1 score in maps in the grand final of VCT Europe Challengers 2. Nevertheless, we will see both teams participate at the EMEA Challengers where two spots for the Reykjavik Masters 2 LAN await. They will be joining FunPlus Phoenix as well as Guild Esports as the four teams will represent the Europe Valorant region at the upcoming event.

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Naim "EnKay" Rosinski

An avid competitive FPS lover that started off with covering the Counter-Strike scene and now is starting to love Valorant. Covered IEM Katowice 2019 Major as press and is now conducting interviews on the regular at the Valorant Champions Tour online press room. If I'm not covering Valorant news, I'm trying to break into Diamond with Phoenix or Omen. Twitter: @NaimRosinski Email: naim.rosinski@gmail.com