Fnatic wins VCT LOCK//IN São Paulo, denying LOUD’s historic reverse sweep

Fnatic wins VCT LOCK//IN São Paulo, denying LOUD’s historic reverse sweep

VCT LOCK//IN, which started on February 13, 2023, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has finally ended. It was the biggest tournament in Valorant’s three-year history, with all thirty partnered teams from the three International Leagues and two teams from China in attendance.

The 32 teams were divided into two groups, Alpha and Omega, that played in two uber-competitive single-elimination brackets upto the Grand Final on Saturday, March 4, 2023. One of the home teams, LOUD, made it to the finals from the Alpha bracket, while the EMEA ‘super-team’ Fnatic made it from the Omega bracket.

The showdown of VCT LOCK//IN was one to watch, with the match going all the way to the fifth map in a best-of-four series, and ending in Overtime, in favor of Fnatic. The match started with Fnatic taking the first two maps and then LOUD equalizing.

The final map was as dramatic as it could have been, with LOUD taking an 11-3 lead on Icebox before Fnatic reverse-sweep to take the match into overtime, closing the series 14-12. This was Fnatic’s first international victory, and both teams have made their mark as forces to be reckoned with in the 2023 season of the VCT.

Fnatic took home their first trophy and $100,000 and confirmed an extra seat for EMEA at Valorant Masters Tokyo. 

Here’s what the map veto in the final match of the tournament looked like:

  • LOUD ban Haven
  • FNC ban Pearl
  • LOUD pick Ascent
  • FNC pick Fracture
  • LOUD pick Split
  • FNC pick Lotus
  • Icebox remains

Fnatic 3 – 2 LOUD

  • Ascent: 13-8
  • Fracture: 13-7
  • Split: 9-13
  • Lotus: 8-13
  • Icebox: 14-12
Fnatic wins VCT LOCK//IN São Paulo, denying LOUD’s historic reverse sweep

The Grand Final of VCT LOCK//IN 2023 was a series to behold, with both teams performing stellarly. In the future, they will have targets on their backs as they fight it out in their respective International Leagues, which will kick off later this month.

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