It was an exciting series on Thursday in Berlin when KRÜ Esports returned from the abyss to fight against FNATIC against Haven in the Champions semi-finals. The score was 13-13 and it felt like every team had to move mountains to win a round.
“I didn’t want to underestimate Fnatic because they were one of the candidates for the championship title,” said KRÜ Esports coach Rodrigo “Onur” Dalmagro. “I don’t think they have adapted to this series like they did in the previous series against Vision Strikers and Cloud9. I don’t know if they underestimated us. They did the same and it was easy for us to read. “
KRÜ Esports ousts FNATIC from champions
Haven was incredibly close and KRÜ Esports came back from a five point deficit before taking the lead from FNATIC and eventually winning 15-13. Nicolas “Klaus” Ferrari and Co. were enthusiastic after winning the map and jumped out of their chairs while there was still a lot of VALORANT to play. FNATIC went furiously into the second card, moved early and won 13-6. KRÜ Esports never had the chance of a comeback.
Onur tried to help his team sit back and regain composure at halftime, but it wasn’t enough for the Latin American team on Icebox.
“I think Icebox is a strong card for [FNATIC] and not a very good card for us, ”said Klaus after the win. “We knew before the game that we might play against Icebox, so it didn’t cross our minds. We didn’t care about losing it, so it didn’t affect us. “
KRÜ Esports is in the middle of a Cinderella story at Champions. As the only representative of the Latin American region in the VALORANT Champions Tour, it was not to be expected that the squad of four Chileans and one Argentine could compete with big teams from North America and Europe on an equal footing. Klaus and Co. made headlines for the first time by sending Sentinels home in the group stage. Now they sent Fnatic – a team that had played incredibly well – home and single-handedly prevented a pan-European quarter-finals.
“Before the tournament we felt that we developed to beat a large region because we failed at both Masters,” said Onur. “We beat a couple of good teams from Brazil and Japan, but we failed against the best team in the world. I didn’t know if we were good enough, but we proved the world wrong. A lot of people thought that we couldn’t beat a team from a large region. We did it twice in a row. “
Outlook on KRÜ Esports at Champions
KRÜ Esports was only consistent in 2021, even if this consistency never got them as far as they wanted. The Latin American squad took eighth place at Masters – Berlin and Masters – Reykjavík. They fell to major teams from North America and Europe in these tournaments, including Team Liquid, Fnatic, G2 Esports, and Envy. However, the expectations of KRÜ on the Champions League place were high.
“They had very high expectations,” said the Latin American VALORANT caster Carlos “blue” Arestegui. “KRÜ is a team that develops enormously at every international tournament.”
KRÜ Esports plays the Russian terminators, Gambit Esports Saturday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. EST. The Masters defending champions have a narrow win against X10 Crit behind them. Onur believes his team can beat three teams from key regions in a row when the odds are still against them.
“I think any team can be anyone, I think KRÜ can impress [Gambit]”, Said Fnatic player Martin” Magnum “Peňkov. “But something really has to go right in order for you to beat the Gambit. I think Gambit will win. “