Masters 1 was a disappointment for KRÜ Esports KRÜ Esports Latin America Rank #5 . After making it to their group's grand final without dropping a map, the squad was quickly swept by Australs Australs Latin America Rank #9 , who went on to win the tournament title.
KRÜ was not going to fall to the same fate again in the Challengers Final of Stage 2. After once again making it to the final without dropping a map, the team was yet again faced with a rematch in the grand final. This time KRÜ won 3-1.
That earned them a ticket, but not to Reykjavik in Iceland. It earned them a ticket to Mexico City.
The LATAM region differs from most others in that it's divided between a northern and southern region. Given that this region includes players competing from the Northern Hemisphere in Mexico and players competing from the most southern points of Chile and Argentina near Antarctica, it's hard to find a server location fair to all players in the region without that division. So the champions of LATAM's northern division and LATAM's southern division were invited to duke it out in Mexico City for a chance at competing in Valorant's first ever global LAN.
KRÜ played against Infinity Esports Infinity Esports Latin America Rank #4 , a team made up primarily of Colombian players, in a Bo5 set. It was a relatively smooth series for the champions of Latin America's southern region, and KRÜ won 3-1.
KRÜ's roster is made up of some of the best players from Argentina and Chile with backgrounds in Counter-Strike and Overwatch. The players are no strangers to winning, either — Juan "NagZ" Pablo Lopez won First Strike with the Estral Esports Estral Esports Inactive roster that disbanded immediately after their title and Klaus was a champion in Overwatch's South American region competitions.
The team's current string of successes has come off the additions of two other players, however. Joaquin "delz1k" Espinoza and Benjamin "bnj" Rabinovich joined soon after their Masters 1 exit and the team has lost just a single match, a Bo1, since then.
Most of the world will be unfamiliar with what LATAM and KRÜ have to offer, but that's okay. The team may be underdogs, but they have a little extra experience traveling the world to compete in Valorant on LAN than most of their competitors.
Can that experience turn into results? That's what they'll be counting on; otherwise this underdog crew is facing an early exit.