Fnatic and Giants Gaming will meet in the first round of the group stage of the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023: EMEA League. The clash is arguably a foregone conclusion as we are facing the winner of the recent LOCK//IN São Paulo and simply the best team in the world.
In their turn, Giants Gaming didn't play their best game in Brazil, but still managed to post one victory. However, I find it hard to believe that a sensation is possible here, given the recent success of the opponent.
In general, we'll dispense with intrigue, but we certainly shouldn't take any chances. So here I would look out for a simple win for Team Fnatic.
The first team in the European rankings back in the off-season won the Superdome and Riot Games ONE PRO INVITATIONAL, showing a very confident game against not the strongest opponents.
Recently, however, Fnatic surpassed all expectations by winning VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo. And the way the team went through the tournament was truly impressive.
What's more, the cummerbund to the grand final against LOUD is a real song. It remains to not raise expectations and confirm their status as the best.
Fnatic's latest results:
- A 2-0 win over Sentinels.
- Victory over FURIA 2-0.
- Defeated 100 Thieves 2-0.
- Beat Natus Vincere 2-0.
- 3-2 victory over LOUD.
Fnatic Top Cards:
- Pearl - 100% wins.
- Ascent - 100% wins.
- Haven - 100% wins.
- Icebox - 100% wins.
- Fracture - 100% wins.
- Split - 50% wins.
- Lotus - 50% wins.
Interestingly, the team usually gives up the Pearl card.
Giants Gaming uniforms
The European team managed to reach the semi-finals of the G-Loot VALORANT Clash - Grand Finals late last year, although the result is unsatisfactory for an affiliate slot holder.
Of late, Giants Gaming reached the 1/8 finals of VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo, in which they lost to NRG, only clinching on the first card. All in all, it's hard to judge from one win over DetonatioN FocusMe.
However, it should be understood that in its potential, the team does not reach Fnatic, which is hardly questionable.
Giants Gaming's latest results:
- A 2-0 win over Galatasaray Esports.
- A 2-0 win over BBL Esports.
- A 1-2 loss to Parla Esports.
- 2-0 win over DetonatioN FocusMe.
- 1-2 defeat by NRG.
Top cards for Giants Gaming:
- Lotus - 100% wins.
- Haven - 75% wins.
- Icebox - 67% wins.
- Ascent - 50% wins.
In turn, the Giants Gaming team gives up the Fracture card.
Fnatic - Giants Gaming encounter statistics
The teams have not yet met in their current lineups.
Forecast for the match Fnatic - Giants Gaming
I highly doubt that Giants Gaming will be able to clinch the result. Understandably, they can still score in a conditional Haven, but in BO3 they have practically no chance. It remains to be thought that the LOCK//IN champion will not crown himself in this league in advance. So in this case I'd recommend betting on Fnatic to win.
Now, the majority of bookmaker companies believe in Fnatic victory. Odds on them are equal to 1.148. According to bookmakers data, Giants Gaming are the outsider and odds on their victory amounts 4.997.
What the team performance statistics say
|Last Matches||Fnatic||Giants Gaming|
|5 matches (wins)||4||3|
|10 matches (wins)||7||6|
Also it makes sense to remember the statistics of the matches between the teams. The teams played 2 matches with each other before. And Fnatic won 0 times while Giants Gaming correspondingly became the winner 2 times.