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Team Liquid Upsets Fnatic In Exciting VCT EMEA Finals

With a stunning 3-1 upset victory over Fnatic in the championship game, Team Liquid created history by winning the first VCT EMEA League. The European team won the top seed in VCT EMEA and the $100,000 grand prize for the Masters Tokyo tournament, which will be held from June 11 to June 25.

After an incredible run in which they won all nine of their regional league games, Fnatic was considered one of the favorites to win the competition. Their impressive play continued in the upper bracket, when they dominated Liquid 2-0 before winning 2-1 over FUT Esports.

Team Liquid Upsets Fnatic In Exciting VCT EMEA Finals
Team Liquid Upsets Fnatic In Exciting VCT EMEA Finals

Liquid restored their momentum after defeating FUT Esports in the lower bracket final with a commanding 3-0 score, and they were able to earn a rematch versus Fnatic. The first VCT EMEA trophy was won by Liquid despite all the odds.

On their chosen map, Lotus, Fnatic got out to a fast start, taking an 8-4 advantage into the break. Early in the first round, Emir “Alfajer” Beder’s Killjoy stopped attempts by Liquid to push. Alfajer skillfully defended C while positioning Killjoy’s utility on the B site when the teams exchanged sides. Liquid made a remarkable comeback and nearly forced overtime. In the final round, Liquid was unable to access any of the three sites thanks to Fnatic’s strong defensive performance.

Liquid was forced to transfer onto a heavily secured C site as time was running short. Fnatic won the game 13-11 and took a 1-0 series lead when they were able to prevent Liquid from placing the spike. Liquid showed resilience and tenacity despite the setback by winning the following three maps in the series.

Saif Sayf Jibraeel, player for Team LiquidIt all began when Liquid took over the game on their preferred map, Ascent. They dominated the first half by taking seven rounds in a row, building a sizable lead of 8-4 at the break. Fnatic, on the other hand, fired back, winning seven rounds in a row of their own to send the match into extra time. Despite having a 3v4 man deficit, Liquid outlasted their opponents in overtime with back-to-back round victories, tying the series at 1-1 with a 14-12 victory on Ascent.

Liquid showed off more skill in the third game, snapping Fnatic’s remarkable nine-match VCT winning streak on Haven. Dom “soulcas” Sulcas made a risky move by switching from Sova to Skye, which improved the team’s agent comp. With a 19/12/6 KDA, Soulcas helped his squad to a 13-6 victory and earned MVP honors.

The fourth and final map, Fracture, had a tight battle that featured several exchanges between the two sides. Liquid had an 8-4 advantage when the second half of the game began. Fnatic, though, swiftly retaliated by winning three straight games to cut Liquid’s lead to just one.

At a crucial moment, Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen performed a superb 1v2 clutch to keep Liquid in the match and preserve their advantage. With that, Liquid overtook their rivals, winning the final three games and the championship game 13-11 to clinch their title as the new EMEA Valorant champions.

The outstanding performance of Team Liquid in the VCT EMEA showed that they were capable of defeating powerful teams like Fnatic. In order to compete against the other best teams from the various international leagues, they will need to enter Masters Tokyo with newly increased confidence.

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