Fnatic won the opening VCT LOCK//IN match despite a COVID-affected player
One Fnatic player tested positive before their first VCT LOCK//IN match against Sentinels. Riot Games, the tournament hosts, announced the Fnatic player’s health through their Twitter handle. The player tested positive for COVID-19; however, Riot Games did not reveal the name. The Fnatic team faced Sentinels with one man less on the venue, while the COVID-positive player competed from a quarantine room with LAN facilities. The match went ahead against Sentinels as planned, as the player was well to compete for the quarantined facility. Fnatic produced great gameplay as they eliminated Sentinels with a 2-0 victory in the best of 3 games in the Round of 32 fixture. With the win, they will now face FURIA Esports in the Round of 16 fixture.
About the player’s health
A lot of the essential offseason signings took place for both clubs. Many fans eagerly awaited to watch the Fnatic vs Sentinels match, as both teams had a good fan base in their respective regions. Sentinels revamped their squad with TenZ as the only one from the previous lineup. With ex-XSET members dephh and zekken, Brazilian studs Sacy and pANcada joined Sentinels during the roster transfer period. Fnatic acquired Chronicle and Leo for the tournament. However, fans got upset with the news of the Fnatic player’s health as they had a lot of expectations to see the entire team on stage. However, the player was well enough for the match as he decided to play for the team from an isolated quarantine room that had LAN facilities installed.
Fnatic and its unlucky history with COVID
Whenever there was an international tournament, Fnatic always got caught with COVID. Last time back in March 2022, the Star player Derke tested positive ahead of Fnatic’s VCT Masters in Reykjavík, Iceland. COVID-19 had a lot of effects on the players and their health across different esports organisations. Many players got affected in different esports tournaments as well. But still, they were not left behind. Hence, keeping that in mind, Fnatic played the match against Sentinels and eventually won.
The recap of the match
Fnatic began their fixture on the Haven map against Sentinels. In the first half, Fnatic led by 3-9 and later by a 3-4 second-half score, they concluded the first game with a 6-13 score. The second map was Split, and the first-half score was 6-6. Later, the second half ended with a 1-7 score and Fnatic won the game by a 7-13 finish. With this win, they made it to the Round of 16, where they will next face FURIA Esports.
Even though COVID affected, Fnatic didn’t lose their synergy, went ahead for a flawless series win, and eliminated Sentinels. To learn more about VCT LOCK//IN Sao Paulo.