Fnatic are through to semi-finals after using the essential component to beat Recursive 2-1 (16-9 de_inferno, 13-16 de_dust2, 16-10 de_train).
Recursive were on the less favoured side for the fourth time in a row on de_inferno, which seemed to have been comfortable for them as they were able to go through groups, having only played de_inferno.
An agressive push from fnatic forced recursive to play passively in the first pistol round, and when they tried to get into the A bombsite, they were eliminated by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Jesper "jw" Wecksell.
Even after a scary, but common second round P250 vesthelm buy, which allowed Recursive to plant, fnatic came back from a three-versus-four to lead 3-0 after the following anti-eco.
Rönnquist was on point tonight as he saved yet another round for fnatic only two rounds afterwards with three kills near arch. The Swedes were using the agressive playstyle, which paid off with three picks.
kennyS and co have to settle for 5th-8th
The score was 6-0 before the Frenchmen with a Swiss managed to return two initial entrys from fnatic, and adding two more later on to win their first round only to see fnatic sweeping the floor with Recursive in the following two rounds.
One mistake from fnatic saw Rönnquist pushing mid alone and even though he left three people with under twenty health points, his teammates weren't able to finish it off. It was only two rounds of the remaining six Recursive were able to add to their score though, as the teams switched sides at 12-3.
A quick B push almost worked out for fnatic, although the Swedes did what they do, tried to take the construction area after the plant, where most of Recursive were already waiting and fnatic gave the bombsite away.
Two more rounds ended up in clutch situations, which Wecksell and Markus "pronax" Wallsten disappointed to win, and that made the score 12-9.
Happy and Maniac were the main factor for Recursive
A third clutch situation was eventually going in the hands of fnatic, whose Rönnquist managed to win a 1v2 afterplant to make it 13-9. With Wecksell's four frags in the following round and a slow strategy for A bombsite by fnatic, fnatic were at six map points.
They only needed one though, as in the final round the world's third best clutcher, Rönnquist, won yet another 1v2 on B bombsite to win the first map 16-9.
Going over to de_dust2, fnatic took Recursive by surprise as Terrorists, winning 5-0 in the beginning before Recursive got a chance to reply with two rounds out of the following three.
Robin "GMX" Stahmer was the essential player throughout the first side, as he was able to defend long twice in five following rounds all by himself. With yet another action over at mid, he almost single-handedly won Recursive the side with a one round difference.
jw was playing super-agressively on de_train
A quick push to B bombsite helped Recursive continue with their strong play, as fnatic was only able to take two rounds of the following five, one of which being an unexpected retake from Jonatan "Devilwak" Lundberg and Andreas "schneider" Lindberg.
It was 15-10 when fnatic finally stepped up to take three easy rounds in a row, but that was all she wrote for the Swedes on dust2, because Recursive won a surprising P250 vesthelm buy to take the game to a third map after 16-13.
The last map was de_train, which was the first of the tournament alongside NiP's second map against LGB eSports. Recursive did not find anyone on the lower bombsite, so they were able to safely plant a defend the retake and both of the anti-ecos to make it 3-0.
A one-versus-one situation by Rönnquist in the first gunround set fnatic on the front foot, as Wecksell started playing extremely agressively every single round up to the point where he was taken out in the beginning of the fourteenth round.
fnatic are one step away from a podium finish
Even that round was won by fnatic in the end without a loss of another player, although the following round was not, as Recursive got two early pick-offs, making the half-time score 10-5 in favour of fnatic.
A great defense by Recursive helped them lower the difference to only one round, thanks to two retakes, including one in a two-versus-four with Quiquerez once again on the helmet.
Only one round was left for Recursive to take, as fnatic started attacking lower bombsite again and again, which won them most of the remaining rounds to take the deciding map 16-10.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||77 - 55||+22||-||1.34|
|Andreas 'znajder' Lindbergznajder||66 - 53||+13||-||1.16|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||58 - 48||+10||-||1.09|
|Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax||48 - 44||+4||-||1.00|
|Jonatan 'Devilwalk' LundbergDevilwalk||51 - 51||0||-||0.92|
|Recursive||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Mathieu 'Maniac' QuiquerezManiac||57 - 59||-2||-||1.04|
|Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy||56 - 59||-3||-||1.00|
|Robin 'GMX' StahmerGMX||50 - 57||-7||-||0.96|
|Kevin 'Uzzziii' VernelUzzziii||44 - 63||-19||-||0.76|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||44 - 62||-18||-||0.73|
Fnatic have earned a spot in the semi-finals and at least $22,000, as opposed to Recursive's $10,000 for a 5th-8th finish. They will learn their fate tomorrow, after the second half of quarter-finals is played.