fnatic to semis over Na`Vi
fnatic have defeated Natus Vincere 2-1 (16-11 de_inferno, 7-16 de_dust2, 16-14 de_nuke) to advance to the semi-finals at ESL One Cologne 2014.
fnatic won their terrorist pistol round on A on de_inferno, but a double by Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko in round two tied the game. A pair of kills by both Denis "seized" Kostin and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács then made it 3-1.
Sergey "starix" Ischuk's four kills made it 4-1, and then seized's triple got them a four round lead. Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's kills made it 6-1, and two doubles by seized, starix, GuardiaN and Edward clinched them two more rounds.
Up 8-1, another huge round by Edward stopped fnatic once more, before they got rolling. The black and orange slowly attacked A and cleared the site, and then did the same thing in B to make it 3-9.
They almost lost a save round, but Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's one-on-two heroics cut their deficit to 4-9. Na`Vi were forced to save, and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's two kills got fnatic the final round.
Na`Vi getting ready for fnatic game
Broke but still alive, fnatic won a CZ75 save round with two kills at the end by Jesper "JW" Wecksell around the couch. Next rounds were traded, but a key three-on-four conversion tied it at eleven.
Aggressive middle push by fnatic thoen gave them the lead, and forced Na`Vi to save. A double by Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson made it 14-11, and even a triple by seized wasn't enough, as fnatic cruised to a 16-11 win.
Na`Vi got a much better start on de_dust2. They won the defensive pistol round with ease, and seized's double in a three-on-three bailed them out against fnatic's force buy.
Down 0-5 after a save, a dual AWP setup got fnatic enough picks to get on the board, but a key two-on-two win by the B-side duo, and GuardiaN's kills forced fnatic on a save.
flusha was the hero at the very end
A one-shot USP-S headshot by Markus "pronax" Wallsten with two health saved fnatic on their counter-terrorist pistol round, and the Swedes got up 3-0 in the second half despite Edward's triple CZ75 kill on round three.
Edward was a one-man army in this series
The series came down to de_nuke, a map neither of the team practices. Zeus won his team the pistol round as counter-terrorists to give them an early lead at 3-0.
Two entries by pronax at ramp got them a round, and forced Na`Vi to save. They won a three-on-three next round, but fnatic simply walked out upper and forced them on another save.
Tied 4-4, JW won a crucial one-on-three with his AWP and a CZ75 with the bomb planted on the lower site, giving fnatic full money control as their opponents were forced on a third save round.
Na`Vi were picked apart next, and a pair of doubles by JW and olofmeister made it 8-4 for fnatic following Na`Vi's timeout. The ex-CIS team then adjusted with an outside setup, with seized scoring three M4A1-S kills.
fnatic talking things through
Two quick AWP kills by GuardiaN in a lower site after plant won Na`Vi a round, and crucially forced fnatic on two save rounds. Tied at 13-13, fnatic once again got a lead with a stop.
K - D
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
67 - 52
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
67 - 57
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
63 - 55
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
61 - 58
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
36 - 57
fnatic will go on to face the winner of Epsilon versus dignitas tomorrow in the semi-finals of ESL One Cologne. Natus Vincere place 5-8th for $10,000.