FunPlus Phoenix wins the Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen

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FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) made an incredible run to win the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen. After getting sent into the lower bracket, FunPlus Phoenix made a historic run, beating their rival Fnatic, the defending champs Optic Gaming, and the juggernaut of the tournament Paper Rex. They finished 1st in the Stage 2 Masters – Copenhagen and are now on top of the Valorant world.

FunPlus Phoenix Incredible Run

FunPlus Phoenix run wasn’t as easy as it looks. Before they qualified for the Stage 2 Masters, they proved themselves to the severely competitive EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Region Stage 2 – Challengers. Here, they put up an impressive lower bracket domination to face Fnatic in the finals. They finished the Challengers as runner-ups, enough for them to qualify for the Stage 2 Masters.

Since they finished as runner-ups, they played the group stage, where four teams were eliminated. They managed to win over XERXIA but were unable to win against DRX. They secured their playoff spot after beating Japan’s Northeption in the decider’s match.

The first series of their playoff run was a rematch against their EMEA rival Fnatic. Fnatic’s Nikita “Derke” Sirmitev was so good during game two that they could close out the series 2-0, beating FPP again and sending them into the lower bracket.

FunPlus Phoenix Lower Bracket Supremacy

FunPlus Phoenix’s first challenge in the lower bracket was against Guild Esports. FPX’s superb performance in game 3 sent GLD home as they finished the series strong 13-4. Their next game was a rematch between DRX. Here, FPX showed that they have what it takes to be a top team as they beat Korea’s best team 2-0.

FunPlus Phoenix Rematch vs. Fnatic

South East Asia’s Paper Rex beat Fnatic and sent them into the lower bracket. Here Fnatic faced LATAM’s Leviatan. After a hard-fought game 3, Leviatan was sent home, and Fnatic advanced. FunPlus Phoenix will now face Fnatic for the 3rd time during this whole tournament. The first was the EMEA Challengers Finals, and the second is on the playoffs’ 2nd match, where FPX was sent to the lower bracket. Out of the two series they faced, FPX seemed to struggle, but this time fate was at their side. After a very close game 1, FPX will take Games 2 and 3 in a fantastic fashion with Dmitry “SUYGETSU” Ilyushin’s masterful performance in both games 2 and 3. Fnatic will be sent home, and FPX advanced to face the Stage 1 defending champs, Optic Gaming.

Lower Bracket Finals

The lower bracket finals is a best-of-five series, and in this match, FPX will face the fan favorites, Optic Gaming. Optic Gaming is technically the defending champions of the tournament, as they win the Stage 1 Masters – Reykjavik. Even though experience was on their side, Optic Gaming was unable to capitalize on FPX’s onslaught. FunPlus Phoenix just looks unstoppable, and Optic Gaming seems to have no answer to it. FPX finished the series 3-1, and Andrey “Shao” Kiprsky gave an outstanding performance.

The Grand Finals

FunPlus Phoenix now will face the juggernaut of the tournament, Paper Rex. Because of Paper Rex’s dominance throughout the tournament, many fans predicted that they had what it took to win it all. FunPlus Phoenix and Paper Rex battle it out in an instant classic, a nail-biter. The Grand Finals reached game five, and in this final game, FPX showed why they are the best. FunPlus Phoenix scored a 13-9 victory on game 5 to become the Stage 2 Masters champs. With their excellent run in the tournament, FPX claimed the Stage 2 Masters Championship together with the grand prize of $120,000 and 750 circuit points in consolation.

copenhagen masters playoffs bracket
Stage 2 Masters Playoff Bracket
Source: Liquipedia

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