Fnatic are your VCT LOCK//IN Champions 2023!
On Saturday 4th March 2023, FNATIC were officially crowned the first ever Valorant LOCK//IN Champions after battling it out with the most elite teams from across the world.
LOCK//IN is the highly anticipated global tournament that brings together all 32 top tier franchised teams from across the world to compete against each other in a single elimination bracket.
From February 13th until March 3rd, the 32 franchise teams were brought together from around the world to battle it out across three weeks of intense competition in São Paulo. Heading into the final, FNATIC went uncontested in their best-of-three and best-of-five match-ups, knocking out every single team it faced without ever losing a map (going 2-0 against Sentinels, 2-0 against FURIA, 2-0 against 100 Thieves and 3-0 against Natus Vincere). After dominating the bracket, and not losing a single map, Fnatic advanced to the Grand Final against home crowd favourites LOUD.
In a story that was written for the ages, and that will go down in Valorant Esports history, FNATIC continued their winning streak going 2-0 in the best-of-five match up. However, things got scary for the Black and Orange organisation after dropping the following two maps to make it 2-2 heading into one final decider.
In the final map, Icebox, the map that FNATIC’s team has become world famous for dominating, the team quickly fell round after round resulting in a 3-11 score which seemed impossible to turn around. After a tactical time out, FNATIC’s IGL Boaster turned around the momentum and switched the team back on, winning round after round in a historic comeback. After equalising at 11-11, FNATIC closed out the show with a 14-12 to win the trophy in a 3-2 triumph.
“I thought we were going to lose another final there. My teammates didn’t let that happen though. Loud are a great team! So happy to finally lift a trophy and flex my big muscles! Thank you for all the support and sorry for the stress levels increase!”
"Honestly the most emotional week of the last decade. I melted, I’m so happy for Boaster, Derke, Alfajer, Leo and Chronicle. After all we've been through, I definitely teared up when we finally lifted that trophy! Love you all, great work from CoJo and Mini. A win years in the making!"
“2 years in the making, my mad lads finally did it. Infinitely proud of all the hard work they put in and it’s so well deserved. So many iterations of this roster, all of them so important to where we are now, I love you all, WE FINALLY DID IT!!!”