VCT LOCK//IN: Fnatic eliminate 100T and move to the semifinals

Fnatic thrashed 100 Thieves 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the VCT LOCK//IN, removing the last North American team from... Shubh | 28. February 2023

Fnatic thrashed 100 Thieves 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the VCT LOCK//IN, removing the last North American team from the inaugural event of the new Valorant franchise league. 

Fnatic vs 100 Thieves – Match Summary


The Noth American team picked Fracture to start things off, but Fnatic came more prepared on the map as they picked the opening two rounds to gain an advantage early on. While Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk and the group managed to earn a point for themselves, Fnatic came back and utterly destroyed the North American team.

After spending a significant amount of time in quarantine, Leo “Leo” Jannesson, who was making his official on-stage debut for Fnatic, put on an outstanding performance, outplaying the North American defense on their own map pick. As Leo take the charge of the team from the front, Fnatic secured nine consecutive rounds and seized complete control of the map with an 11-1 lead at halftime.

Although 100T’s chances of pulling off a comeback were already bleak at 1-11 down, Fnatic quickly secured the pistol round and anti-eco to remove any doubts, closing the map with a commanding 13-1 victory.


The European Valorant juggernauts carried their momentum to their own map pick Icebox, but this time it was Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev, who stepped up for Fnatic. The Finish Valorant prodigy played the protagonist for Fnatic, helping them win five straight rounds. 100T secure the sixth round to stop the bloodshed, but their defense faltered again as Fnatic retaliate with more firepower. The North American squad found themselves down 2-10 as the map reached the halfway mark.

While the score appeared to be another straightforward win for Fnatic, the North American team refused to give up without a fight. In the face of defeat, Asuna, 100T’s most consistent player, fired up and gave the team the boost they needed to narrow the lead to 11-8. However, his efforts were in vain since the rest of the 100T was unable to fend off Derke’s relentless assaults.

Picking up a total of 26 kills on Icebox, Derek firmly established himself in the top six on the kill leaderboard with a total of 133 kills across the six maps he played at VCT LOCK//IN. Timofey “Chronicle” Khromov, who amassed 12 kills and 8 assists, went above and beyond to provide Leo the help he needed to obliterate the North American defense.

With a 13-9 victory on Icebox, Fnatic sealed their spot in the semifinals, where they will fight NAVI for a spot in the championship match. On the other hand, 100T’s elimination from the competition put an end to the possibility of witnessing a North American team in the grand final.

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