Fnatic and XSET inch closer to Valorant Champions with VCT victories

Valorant VCT Masters Copenhagen Fnatic XSET: Boaster while competing for Fnatic

After an action-packed weekend of top-tier Valorant play, the VCT Masters Copenhagen attendees list has almost been completed. With all but the LATAM vs BR Playoffs event concluded, the final Masters event of the year is set to feature some returning faces eager for redemption, as well as a fresh batch of challengers.

Over in the west, both Fnatic and XSET were able to overcome their Stage 1 limits by not only qualifying for the event, but also toppling regional top dogs FunPlus Phoenix and OpTic Gaming – who both also qualified for Masters – in the process. For Fnatic, the introductions of Emir ‘Alfajer’ Beder and Enzo ‘Enzo’ Mestari have clearly injected some much needed firepower into the squad. Meanwhile, XSET’s unchanged roster was finally able to showcase its full potential. Both teams are now poised to lock in their places at VCT Champions later this year.

Elsewhere in EMEA, Guild Esports was able to lock in the region’s third and final Masters Copenhagen spot after overcoming Team Liquid at the beginning of the weekend. This marks the British-based organisation’s first appearance at a Masters event.

Although KRÜ Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas are set to juke it out in the LATAM vs BR Playoffs, each region’s main representative has already been decided. Brazil’s LOUD will return to Masters once more to prove that it can tangle with the best in the world, while Leviatán overcame KRÜ to punch its ticket to a Masters event for the first time.

Moving east, both Paper Rex and XERXIA will once again represent the APAC region in Copenhagen, and are joined by Korean powerhouse DRX which continues to dominate its domestic scene. All three teams, alongside Masters Reykjavik champion OpTic have already locked in their Champions spots.

Perhaps the biggest surprise inclusion at July’s event is Japan’s Northeption who, in a similar fashion to XSET’s bracket run, took revenge against ZETA DIVISION after being sent down to the lower bracket final by the Masters Reykjavik semi-finalist.

Needless to say, Masters Copenhagen is shaping up to be quite the event, and we’ll be eager to see just how the players perform in front of a live audience for the first time.