Fateful Airline Mishap Robs Valorant Lock-In Champions of Their Hard-Earned Trophy Leaving Them Disheartened

Published 03/08/2023, 7:15 AM EST

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3rd March was a monumental day for the Valorant community. On this day the first VCT major event of 2023 concluded with a dramatic blast. Fnatic, the EMEA favorites went on to face Loud, the Brazilian powerhouse. The best of five which was filled with unexpected twists and turns concluded with the Boaster-led Fnatic lifting their very first major Valorant trophy.

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This was a huge victory for the EMEA especially as it would allot them a spot for the upcoming Masters League. But what Fnatic and the Valorant community did not expect followed soon after the team left back home.

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Fnatic finally won a major title after 2 long years, fulfilling the dreams of the franchise and its fans. But what ensued on their journey back would be something that the team is pretty disappointed at.

After arriving back to their home grounds, it seems like the stylish trophy they won was damaged in transit. Many of the Fnatic members were seen posting their frustration about this unfortunate incident.

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Apparently, the Trophy was encased in a strong storage box and it is nearly impossible to break it, without opening the packaging. This points towards the fact that the airway itself may have mishandled the newly acquired prized possession of the champs. The franchise is not very happy about this mishap and members were outrightly calling out British Airways for mishandling such a prized item.

From the looks of it, the Lock//In trophy was damaged in its secured position. The green crystal-made VCT logo which is the most attractive part of the trophy took severe damage.

This truly is a dishearting thing to watch, especially as this happened soon after the conclusion of the tough competition.

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Each member of the Fnatic roaster also posted a picture with the trophy before it was damaged.

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British Airways has not issued a response statement at the time of writing this. Furthermore, it is unknown whether the Valorant Esports front would give a replacement trophy to the team as a humble gesture. We may see further updates in the coming days from the franchise’s side.

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The final which won them that trophy featured an insane comeback from both competitors. Loud was two down before striking back and evening the score out. Fnatic was almost knocked out with a wide gap between the scores in Map 5. But the team managed to pull it back and defeat the reigning VCT Champions to win the first major of the year.

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Aravind Menon

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Aravind Menon is an eSports content writer at EssentiallySports. With a graduate degree in English Honours and post graduate degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, writing has always been a passion for Aravind. He has a keen interest in sports and occasionally enjoys watching sporting events.
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