VeryGames has defeated fnatic 2-0 (16-8 de_mirage_ce, 16-5 de_dust2_se) in the Mad Catz Invitational grand final in Cologne and clinched the 3,500€ first place prize.
VeryGames started off the Mad Catz Invitational grand final by winning the terrorist pistol round on de_mirage_ce, as Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom wiped out fnatic's A defense by himself.
Fourth round saw two VG players crash but it didn't stop their team from winning, as the Frenchmen grinded out a 6-0 lead before fnatic could reply with three of their own rounds.
fnatic lost two of the next three rounds to make it 4-8, but then mounted a comeback as Robin "flusha" Ronnquist won a one-on-one in A, followed up by two triple kills by Jonatan "Devilwalk" Lundberg.
NBK's triple kill save round turned mirage in VG's favor
The play resumed after a long pause as Andreas "MODDII" Fridh scored three Glock kills to give fnatic a tie, with VeryGames headed for two consecutive save rounds as counter-terrorists.
Those save rounds would never happen though, as Nathan "NBK" Schmitt scored three massive frags in the B bombsite, allowing his team to delay fnatic so much they ran out of time.
The Swedes came close to winning a save round of their own next, but Schmitt and Benrlitom won an important two-on-three, setting the momentum for the rest of the half.
Edouard "Smithzz" Dubourdeaux' triple made it 12-8, and doubles from Benrlitom and Scmitt gave VG their thirteenth round. Soon after Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Richard "shox" Papillon cleaned up B, and fnatic trailed 8-14.
MODDII battled for fnatic but it wasn't enough
Not much was left to do for fnatic in the first map, as Benrlitom and Dubourdeaux once again put up doubles each to force map point, and the Swedes were stopped easily in the B site for a 16-8 VeryGames win on de_mirage_ce.
VeryGames started de_dust2_se by winning the pistol round despite Ronnquist's quad kill. Droolans scored three FAMAS kills versus saving Swedes on round two, and him plus Schmitt combined for four to effectively make it 4-0.
Fifth round saw the French assert their dominance as they picked fnatic apart across the map, before Fridh's double got fnatic on board. Papillon's triple kill quickly broke fnatic's money though, and the Swedes trailed 1-7.
Droolans continued playing well and he picked up two kills at long A to help make it 9-1 in his team's favor on the harder side of the map, but Fridh kept fnatic alive with four kills next round and two entries after, cutting the deficit to 3-9.
ScreaM was the star of the series
He received virtually help though, as Droolans and Dubourdeaux made it 10-11, and Schmitt beat Lundberg in a one-on-one contest to make it 11-3 for VeryGames before fnatic could finally win the last round of the half.
Benrlitom's impressive aim secured VeryGames the much easier terrorist pistol round, and fnatic found themselves staring down the barrel of a loaded gun, down 4-14. Fridh kept his team alive one round longer with a few kills, but it wasn't enough.
VeryGames gained easy entry into the B site with one pick, and successfully chased fnatic's weapons to gain game point at 15-5. Papillon's two frags finished the series, and crowned VeryGames Mad Catz champions with a 16-5 scoreline on de_dust2_se.
K - D
Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM
45 - 24
Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-
37 - 20
Richard 'shox' Papillonshox
38 - 26
Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz
33 - 24
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ
30 - 26
Mad Catz Invitational final standings:
1. VeryGames - 3,500€
2. fnatic - 1,500€
3-4. Western Wolves
3-4. Copenhagen Wolves
5-8. Astana Dragons
VeryGames' next LAN tournament will be DreamHack Bucharest while fnatic is expected to travel to Kiev later this month to face Astana Dragons in TECHLABS Cup final.