On day 3 of VALORANT Champions, Fnatic made it out of the group stage, Vivo Keyd angry Acend and… The biggest storylines of the day are how the star players of each team got to the game by Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev for Fnatic, Olavo “heat” Marcelo for Vivo Keyd and Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker for Envy. All three players had individual pop-off moments and single-handedly won rounds for their team.
Keyd’s heat was particularly radiant today. His teammates were definitely working and having some highlight games of their own, but Acend had to deal with the heat every round before they could think of taking on the rest of the team. The victory of Heat and Keyd also made the VALORANT community doubt Brazil’s status in the competitive scene. Before this game, Brazil had not yet won a large region. While not on par with the region’s Counter-Strike teams, Keyd – and FURIA Esports on Thursday – forced the other regions to pay their names a little more respect.
Fnatic went blow by blow against Vision Strikers before the European team beat the South Koreans at Fracture. While the bottom line was respectable, Fnatic won nine rounds of the top 10 and pretty much sealed the series before the first half was over. Envy, on the other hand, dealt with X10 CRIT in two quick maps. While the Southeast Asian team struggled, it seemed almost inevitable that the VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Berlin runners-up would win the series.
MVP of the day: Exit
The Jett-Main managed to shape Fnatic’s matchup against Vision Strikers, and he didn’t even play the Windwalker in all three games. Derke recorded Raze on Haven and Fracture to better combine the compositions of his team. He finished the three-game streak with a 61/40 kills / deaths ratio while clicking the heads of his enemies on 27% of his kills. His best card was fracture, scored 25 kills while attacking Blast Packing at Vision Strikers, crushing any player who got in his way.
Derke. That’s it. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/jpaBH81LdF
– FNATIC (@FNATIC) December 3, 2021
Although there were many candidates for the title, the Russian entry-level fragger made it difficult not to select him for the award.
Best game on day 3 of the VALORANT Champions
– VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) December 3, 2021
VALORANT Champions has had quite a few flick headshots, but this one coupling by Murillo “murizzz” Tuchtenhagen for Keyd was incredible. Not only was it in a clutch situation, Murizzz was also on Killjoy, an agent he doesn’t have that much professional experience with. The Brazilian was previously the team’s second duelist.
The round is also a microcosm of the series itself. Neither team wants a deep game book, but rather plays through their own individual skills and ideas from round to round. In this series, Keyd and her three Duelist players (two of whom played different roles) were hotter on the server and are one series win away from the knockout stage.
Have we underestimated Brazil for too long?
FURIA put Sentinels on three cards on Day 2 and now Keyd has given Brazil a decent international win. Before this event, not many people rated Brazil highly, not even themselves. But between the VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Berlin and this tournament, the three representatives seemed to be on par. Before the championship, Brazil had an overall negative balance internationally. In Champions, they won two and lost a tight streak to a favorite to win the event.
However, it may be a little early to do Brazil justice. Fans will have the opportunity to see Brazil against other high profile competition on Day 4, while Keyd and Team Vikings respectfully compete against Envy and Gambit Esports for places in the knockout stage.