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Fnatic vs Karmine Corp Tips & Predictions – VCT 2024 EMEA Kickoff

28 Feb 2024
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  • Fnatic vs Karmine Corp Valorant betitng tips for Thursday, February 29, 2024, in the first round of VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA Kickoff Playoffs (20:00 CET)
  • Fnatic are heavy favourites
  • Karmine Corp made it to the playoffs though the Play-In stage
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Fnatic vs Karmine Corp Predictions


Fnatic and Karmine Corp will lock horns on Thursday, February 29, in the first round of VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA Kickoff. It'll mark their first meeting of 2024, and according to the esports betting odds, Fnatic should win.
  • Fnatic vs Karmine Corp Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Fnatic Form
  • Fnatic Squad & Team News
  • Karmine Corp Form
  • Karmine Corp Squad & Team News

Valorant bookmakers have Fnatic priced as 1.10 favourites to defeat Karmine Corp, who are priced as 6.50 underdogs for the upcoming series. Considering Fnatic are widely considered as one of EMEA's top Valorant teams, this price doesn't look too wrong, but we're still very early into the season.

  • Fnatic have played just one game this season
  • Karmine Corp have already played five games this tournament
  • Fnatic were no.1 EMEA Valorant team in 2023

Head to Head


Fnatic and Karmine Corp have yet to meet with their current rosters.

Fnatic Form


Fnatic were by far the strongest team of the EMEA region in 2023 and they were widely considered as the best Valroant esports team in the world. The Black & Orange won VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo and VCT 2023: Masters Tokyo but couldn't make it all the way at VALORANT Champions 2023 and placed fourth.

Still, despite the slip-up at the world championship, Fnatic decided to keep the roster intact, which was a fair call. Fnatic were incredible in 2023 and lost just three series across the entire season, so unless something goes terribly wrong, Fnatic should be just as dominant in 2023.

At VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA Kickoff, Fnatic have played just one game – against Team Vitality – and won quite easily. It was just one game, though, so not enough to make any conclusions.

Fnatic Squad & Team News


Fnatic have not made any roster changes before the 2024 VCT season.

  • Jake "Boaster" Howlett
  • Nikita "Derke" Sirmitev
  • Emir "Alfajer" Beder
  • Leo "Leo" Jannesson
  • Timofey "Chronicle" Khromov

Karmine Corp Form


Karmine Corp replaced four players ahead of the 2024 VCT season following an abysmal run through VCT 2023. The French squad did not win or come close to winning a single event last year, with a 10th-place finish in VCT 2023 EMEA League, ninth-16th at VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo, and placed fourth in VCT 2023: EMEA Last Chance Qualifier.

Instead of spending big on acquiring top-tier talent, Karmine Corp formed a mixed roster of players from lesser leagues, which didn't receive much respect on the pre-season power rankings. And yet, KC made it to the VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: EMEA Kickoff Playoffs by defeating GIANTX, FUT Esports, Team Vitality, and KOI.

They had to fight through the Play-In stage, which has its advantages, mainly that KC had a chance to warm up, playing four games so far in this tournament. But will that be enough to take down Fnatic?

Karmine Corp Squad & Team News


Karmine Corp replaced their entire roster for the 2024 VCT season and kept only Ryad "Shin" Ensaad.

  • Ryad "Shin" Ensaad
  • Martin "Magnum" Peňkov
  • Martin "marteen" Pátek
  • Marshall "N4RRATE" Massey
  • Tomás "tomaszy" Machado

Verdict

Fnatic were nearly unstoppable in 2023, and it's tough to believe they'll look any less dominant in 2024. This is the most stacked team in the region, and it'll take a lot more than a group of second-division players on KC to take them down.

Admittedly, we're early into the season, so the teams are not playing at 100% yet. But even if we take that into account, Karmine Corp don't have the talent to defeat Fnatic. This is Fnatic's game to lose.

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