Starting off a day of elimination matches in the lower bracket at VCT Masters Copenhagen, the remaining VALORANT teams continued to battle for their tournament lives. The day began with a matchup between LATAM’s Leviatán and EMEA’s Fnatic, the top teams in their respective regions.
While Fnatic came away with the win, Leviatán proved they are a threat going into the end of 2022. Both teams have already qualified for a spot at VCT Champions later this year in Istanbul.
While Leviatán usually play a fast-paced style that catches their opponents off guard in the chaos, Fnatic play more tactically. Fnatic chose to go to Fracture to start off the match, a map that Leviatán didn’t have any tournament experience on with their current roster.
The difference in the two playstyles of the teams clashed early. Leviatán’s fast pace prevailed until Fnatic adapted to the chaos. The close rounds pivoted back and forth, ending with Leviatán up 7-5 at the half.
Though Fnatic were yet to have the lead in the map, the good news was that Alfajer was finally stepping up to return to his regional form earlier this stage. Excelling on Raze, he took control of the map and was the most impactful player for Fnatic.
The second half continued to be a journey of the two teams figuring out each other’s style. The rounds started off with slow, tactical pushes that exploded into abrupt chaos, leaving only one or two players alive on each team. Fnatic were finally able to take the lead on their defensive side, but Leviatán came right back with kiNgg showcasing aggressive utility usage on Neon. On map point, Leviatán didn’t clutch out the last round they needed and sent Fracture to overtime.
Fnatic were able to squeeze by Leviatán and take their map pick 14-12, though certainly not in the fashion they would have hoped.