DRX breaks LAN curse, secures top 4 finish at Valorant Champions 2022. Picture Courtesy: Valorant

DRX breaks LAN curse, secures top 4 finish at Valorant Champions 2022. Picture Courtesy: Valorant

DRX breaks LAN curse, secures top 4 finish at Valorant Champions 2022!

Newsroom Sep 16, 2022

Korean powerhouse DRX finally broke their 5th-6th place international LAN curse, defeating Fnatic 2-1 at Valorant Champions 2022.

Overview:

  • EMEA's Fnatic is taking against Korea's DRX in the day's first match.
  • DRX, nor most of the 2022 season had seen them play Icebox at Champions.
  • Before the next game on September 16 at 12 pm CT, the squad will get two days of rest.

Today in Istanbul, the VALORANT Champions competition began, with EMEA's Fnatic taking against Korea's DRX in the day's first match. Both of these teams wanted to advance and avoid being eliminated. Fnatic and DRX participate in almost every international VCT competition; however, Fnatic has never been able to finish higher than second, while DRX always seems to get stranded in the playoffs.

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But today, DRX overcame their top-six curse and advanced to the VCT Champions 2022 semifinals. Despite having trouble on the first map, the DRX team rallied behind its stars, BuZz and Rb, and defeated Fnatic 2-1 to eliminate the EMEA squad from the competition. On Fnatic's chosen map, Icebox, the game started. However, generally this year, they have depended on Icebox as a good option. The team struggled on this map earlier in the competition during the group stage versus FURIA. On the other side, neither DRX nor most of the 2022 season had seen them play Icebox at Champions.

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Player Derke. Picture Courtesy: Valorant

Derke got a 4k in the first pistol round, showing that Fnatic had warmed up. The Chamber player already had his ultimate by round three. Despite initially having a comfortable four-round advantage, DRX and its Jett player BuZz began to wake up. They recovered from the ominous beginning of the game to trail by just 7-5 at the break.

DRX managed just two rounds on their offensive side and fell against Icebox 13-7 despite showing some promise. Mistic, who has been in the most acceptable LAN form of his career throughout this Champions event, was one of Fnatic's most vital players during this opening map. His squad has benefited from his helpful plays on several occasions, and his Sage barriers on Icebox were both perfect and creative. Moving on to DRX's chosen map, Ascent, both teams decided to use a lineup that included Jett. Most teams have been utilizing the chamber on this map to take advantage of the expansive sightlines during VCT Champions instead of the duelist.

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With constant chants of Alfajer's name, the Istanbul fans supported Fnatic the whole way. The 17-year-old continued to compete on LAN while performing on stage in his own country and even outperformed Derke, Fnatic's top player. Fnatic put on another impressive performance, but Mako and BuZz led their side to victory in overtime, silencing the EMEA-biased crowd and winning Ascent. DRX won the map 14-12.

With a decisive pistol round victory on defence, DRX quickly advanced onto Fracture using the first amount of momentum they had thus far in the match. This time, Buzz kept up his excellent work on Chamber, while Rb came to the fore by playing with assurance and aplomb on Neon. At one point, the Korean team seemed untouchable, but Fnatic did their best to maintain the tempo by switching the rounds back and forth in the second half. Alfajer failed to affect Neon compared to his opponent Rb, who was soaring about the map with ease. Alfajer's absence proved harmful to Fnatic.

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Rb finished the map with a KDA of 21/15, which is remarkable for someone who continuously took chances. After a chaotic half, DRX won three rounds in a row to win the map 13-9. DRX narrowly prevailed 2-1 in the game. As the DRX players yelled their team name together with their modest display of supporters in Istanbul, the chants for Fnatic faded from the audience. By progressing to the semifinals, DRX has surpassed its previous best result in an international VCT competition. They will go up against the victor of FPX vs XSET next to advance through the lower bracket and reach the championship game. Before their next game on September 16 at 12 pm CT, the squad will get two days of rest.

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Until next time,

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