Fnatic win VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo: Final placements and recap

Luís Mira
Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games

VCT Masters Tokyo has come to a close, with Fnatic claiming the trophy. Here is a recap of the Japanese event and all the results.


  • Fnatic sweep Evil Geniuses to win VCT Masters Tokyo.
  • Second international title of 2023 for Fnatic who came back from 4-10 down on the last map.
  • Chronicle wins his third international trophy.

Fnatic won VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo on Sunday after defeating Evil Geniuses 3-0 in the grand final. In doing so, they reasserted themselves as the dominant force in the scene and made history as the first team to win back-to-back international Valorant titles.

Fnatic captain Jake ‘Boaster’ Howlett had called on his team to show “true dominance” after a closely-contested upper bracket final series against the Americas side. This time around, the team went unscathed in a best-of-five series, though the scoreline does not tell the full story: Two of the maps came down to the wire, and Fnatic even had to recover from a 4-10 deficit on Bind in a game that brought back memories of the Icebox comeback against LOUD at VCT LOCK//IN.

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Questioned after the match about what gave EMEA the edge over the Americas once again, Fnatic’s Leo ‘Leo’ Jannesson said: “We just practice harder [than NA],” he said. “We put in more hours. We got the extra spot for our region and it’ll show at Champions.”

Despite the loss, this certainly takes nothing away from Evil Geniuses’ Cinderella run. The Americas side came in with very little international experience and pushed Fnatic to their limit in certain moments.

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EG were one of the tournament’s feel-good stories, along with Paper Rex, who placed third without star player Ilya ‘something’ Petrov, and EDward Gaming, who ended China’s winless streak and finished in 5th-6th place.

Below is everything you need to know about VCT Masters Tokyo.


VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo Final standings and bracket

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 Fnatic $350,000
2 Evil Geniuses $200,000
3 Paper Rex $125,000
4 NRG $75,000
5-6 EDG $50,000
Team Liquid
7-8 DRX $35,000
LOUD
9-10 T1 $25,000
FUT Esports
11-12 NAVI $15,000
Attacking Soul

VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo: Results

VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo took place from June 11 through 25. Twelve teams from EMEA, Americas, Pacific, and China took part in the tournament, which featured a group stage and a double-elimination playoff bracket. It’s a format that was welcomed by fans and players following the criticism of VCT LOCK//IN’s single-elimination format.

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There were four top seeds, one from the Americas and Pacific, and two from EMEA (as the winning region of VCT LOCK//IN). These teams went straight to the playoffs, skipping the group stage. A double-elimination group stage featuring the remaining eight teams determined the last four playoff sides.

All matches will be played in a best-of-three format, with the exception of the playoffs’ lower bracket final and grand final, both of which will be best-of-five series.

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VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo Playoffs (June 16 — June 25)

Day 8: June 25 (June 24 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Grand Final Fnatic 3-0 Evil Geniuses 9:30 PM 12:30 AM 5:30 AM

Past results:

Day 1: June 16 (June 15 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Round 1 LOUD 0-2 Evil Geniuses 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Upper Round 1 Team Liquid 2-1 EDG 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 2: June 17 (June 16 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Round 1 Fnatic 2-0 NRG 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Upper Round 1 Paper Rex 2-0 DRX 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 3: June 18 (June 17 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Round 1 LOUD 0-2 EDG 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Lower Round 1 NRG 2-0 DRX 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 4: June 19 (June 18 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Round 2 Evil Geniuses 2-0 Team Liquid 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Upper Round 2 Fnatic 2-0 Paper Rex 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 5: June 20 (June 19 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Round 2 NRG 2-1 Team Liquid 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Lower Round 2 EDG 1-2 Paper Rex 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 6: June 21 (June 20 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Final  Evil Geniuses 1-2 Fnatic 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Lower Round 3 NRG 1-2 Paper Rex 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 7: June 24 (June 23 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Final Evil Geniuses 3-2 Paper Rex 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM

VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo Group Stage (June 11 — June 14)

Group A

Placement Team Record
1 NRG 2-0
2 EDG 2-1
3 T1 1-2
4 NAVI 0-2

Group B

Placement Team Record
1 Evil Geniuses  2-0
2 DRX 2-1
3 FUT Esports 1-2
4 Attacking Soul 0-2

Day 1: June 11 (June 10 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B Round 1 FUT 0-2 Evil Geniuses 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Group B Round 1 DRX 2-0 Attacking Soul 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM
Group A Round 1 EDG 1-2 T1 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM

Day 2: June 12 (June 11 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Round 1 NRG 2-1 NAVI 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Group B Winners Evil Geniuses 2-0 DRX 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

Day 3: June 13 (June 12 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Winners T1 1-2 NRG 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Group B Losers FUT 2-1 Attacking Soul 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM
Group A Losers EDG 2-0 NAVI 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM

Day 4: June 14 (June 13 in NA)

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B Decider DRX 2-1 FUT 8 PM 11 PM 4 AM
Group A Decider T1 0-2 EDG 11 PM 2 AM 7 AM

VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo: Teams and rosters

Ten of the 12 tournament slots were determined by the international leagues in EMEA, Pacific and the Americas.

EMEA was represented by four teams at VCT Masters Tokyo following Fnatic’s VCT LOCK//IN victory, which earned the region an extra slot. Pacific and the Americas will have three teams each.

Evil Geniuses Demon1Tina Jo/Riot Games
Initially ruled out of VCT Masters Tokyo, Demon1 attended the event with EG

There were also two representatives from China, determined by the FGC Valorant Invitational 2023: Act 1. EDward Gaming, who attended Valorant Champions 2022 and VCT LOCK//IN, make its third international appearance, while this was Attacking Soul Esports’ debut at this level.

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Top Seeded Teams

Team Region Players
LOUD Americas Saadhak, aspas, Less, cauanzin, tuyz
Fnatic EMEA Boaster, Derke, Alfajer, Leo, Chronicle
Team Liquid EMEA Jamppi, nAts, Sayf, soulcas, Redgar
Paper Rex Pacific f0rsakeN, d4v41, Jinggg, something, mindfreak, CigaretteS

Group Stage teams

Team Region Players
Evil Geniuses Americas jawgemo, Ethan, Boostio, C0M, Demon1
NRG Americas s0m, FNS, crashies, Victor, ardiis
FUT EMEA qw1, mojj, qRaxs, MrFaliN, ATA KAPTAN
NAVI EMEA ANGE1, cNed, Shao, Zyppan, SUYGETSU
DRX Pacific stax, Rb, BuZz, MaKo, Foxy9
T1 Pacific ban, Carpe, xeta, Munchkin, Sayaplayer
Attacking Soul China monk, YHchen, bunt, Life, hfmi0dzjc9z7
EDward Gaming China Haodong, ZmjjKK, nobody, CHICHOO, Smoggy, Abo

About The Author

Luís was formerly Dexerto's Esports editor. Luís Mira graduated from ESCS in 2012 with a degree in journalism. A former reporter for HLTV.org, Goal and SkySports, he brought more than a decade of experience covering esports and traditional sports to Dexerto's editorial team.