Karmine Corp wins back-to-back EU Masters: legendary French Blue Wall defeated Fnatic Rising in frenzied five-game League of Legends final
The French League of Legends organization Karmine Corp (KC) has become the first to win two consecutive League of Legends Amazon European Masters.
They beat Fnatic Rising 3-2 in tonight’s summer 2021 EU Masters Grand Final to defend their title.
The winning team represented the French LFL again, after Karmine Corp defeated another UK-based team, BT Excel, in the EU Masters final in spring 2021.
The Fnatic academy team represented the UK and Nordic region, the NLC, tonight for the last time, after it was announced that Fnatic Rising will play in the Spanish Superliga next year .
It was a close five-game series and Fnatic really went out of their way to keep Karmine on their toes.
KC won the first two games, and it looked like Fnatic was on the ropes, but they almost pulled off an incredible reverse sweep, leveling things 2-2 before the Blue Wall (KC’s nickname) took a comfortable victory. in the fifth game.
It could have been a different story. In Game 1, Fnatic Rising should have won – they were well ahead by mid-game, but Karmine managed to win some incredible shorthanded team fights to turn the tide and cut the game off.
From there, it looked like the game would be a 3-0 back-to-back game, but Fnatic upped the pressure to win games three and four, and everyone could guess who would win the fifth and final game.
Cinkrof said on the post-final show that KC didn’t play as well as he could have, that they didn’t expect Fnatic to take the game to five games, and expressed how difficult it was to successfully defend his EU Masters title.
“For us it was about proving that we are the best team outside of LEC,” he said.
There was a bit of history here. KC bot laners xMatty (UK) and Targamas (Belgium) have played for Fnatic Rising in the past.
It’s a phenomenal achievement for Briton ADC xMatty, who became the first Briton to win the EU Masters earlier this year – he has now won two. He has shown he can play at the highest level, and the top level LEC should surely give him a sign over the next year or so.
The alignments for tonight were:
- Karmine Corp: Cabochard (top), Cinkrof (jungle), SAKEN (middle), xMatty (ADC) and Targamas (support)
- Fnatic Rising: PRIDE (top), MAXI (jungle), Dajor (middle), BEAN (ADC) and Rhuckz (support)
Fnatic Rising should be proud of its performance. UK may not have won an EU Masters, but we have shown that we are more than good enough to reach two finals this year in BT Excel and Fnatic Rising. We will have them next time.
The EU Masters was recently renamed Amazon European Masters, with the summer 2021 lineup featuring a host of UK talent, including rising stars Viperoon and Nymaera.
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