Fnatic, the renowned esports team, suffered a defeat against LOUD in their first VCT international match of the year during the playoff stage of Valorant Champions. LOUD, the Brazilian squad, secured a convincing 2-0 victory over Fnatic across Acsent and Lotus.
During a post-match press conference, Fnatic discussed their loss and the reasons behind their defeat. Fnatic’s IGL, Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett, attributed their slow start and the inability to gain momentum as contributing factors to their loss on the Lotus map.
Fnatic, known for their success with two international trophies in 2023, faced defeat for the first time this VCT season. When asked about the possibility of burnout affecting their performance, Timofey ‘Chronicle’ Khromov acknowledged that the team did feel slightly burnt out but clarified that it did not directly impact their match against LOUD. He stated that their mistakes were unrelated to burnout and were more a result of putting too much pressure on themselves in this particular match.
Boaster shared a similar sentiment, emphasizing the importance of not being overly focused on winning. He explained that the desire to win can sometimes lead to changes in gameplay and decision-making that may not be beneficial.
LOUD and Fnatic had encountered each other before in the Grand Final of VCT LOCK//IN, where Fnatic managed to secure victory despite a potential reverse sweep from LOUD. With their recent loss, Fnatic will continue their journey in the lower bracket of the Valorant World Championship. They have another chance to redeem themselves on August 18th.
This article is based on “Fnatic vs LOUD: Result, highlights, and recap” Declan Mclaughlin.