fnatic through to SLTV grand final
fnatic are through to the SLTV StarSeries X Finals grand final after a comfortable 2-0 win versus Natus Vincere (16-11 de_mirage, 16-6 de_inferno).
First pistol round of de_mirage saw fnatic run a classic smoke-off strategy towards A, which Na`Vi was prepared for and with the help of doubles by Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, they clinched the first round.
A quick B rush with CZ-75s with vests quickly tied the game at 1-1 and fnatic were able to survive both following anti-ecos. Natus Vincere got a good read on what the Swedes were up to in the following round and stacked B to take it to 2-3.
fnatic then clinched two rounds in a row, but it didn't scare Na`Vi away, who won an unfavorable two-on-two with low healthpoints on the B bombsite. Even though Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko was able to get a read on his opponents again on A, Markus "pronax" Wallsten won a one-vs-three, which took the game to 7-3 in fnatic's favor.
Na`Vi managed to pick off fnatic one by one then while on an eco, and afterwards GuardiaN saved his team with a triple in a three-vs-four. With an eco thrown in and GuardiaN's double entry on mid, Na`Vi were going over to the Terrorists side with a 8-7 lead.
Another classic round on A was defended by fnatic due to an offly-placed smoke, which was why Edward was unable to plant the bomb, and after two ecos, fnatic were back in the lead at 10-8.
All of fnatic's members were on point, but JW's entries made the difference
Two rounds ending up in a two-vs-two in a row went Na`Vi's way, plus an eco, and the lead was back in the hands of Na`Vi. That was only for a short while though, as in the next round Jesper "JW" Wecksell won a one-vs-one against GuardiaN on the A bombsite, and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer delivered a quad-kill after a quick A strategy.
In two of the last three rounds, fnatic won the close situations, while the last saw Na`Vi getting picked off on middle by the Swedish sniper, which put fnatic on the lead at 16-11, 1-0 on maps.
fnatic got off to a good start towards the beginning of de_inferno, winning both the pistol after a delayed B push, as well as the first gunround, when JW opened up banana with a double.
Na`Vi replied right after with the in-game leader Zeus picking up a triple while defending A, and the team kept racking up comfortable rounds afterwards. Denis "seized" Kostin's double entry on banana helped them get to a 5-4 lead, and despite fnatic rotating correctly towards B after getting picked off on A, Na`Vi still won the four-vs-three for 6-4.
Then the B bombsite started slacking off for the defence, Na`Vi kept putting four people towards A, which cost them multiple rounds on B as Sergey "starix" Ischuk couldn't hold on his own. Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's triple forced Na`Vi to save the remaining two weapons and in the last round of the half, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson won a one-vs-two on the B bombsite for a comfortable 9-6 lead.
Despite trading one for one on A, fnatic were still able to defend the rotation for 10-6 before Na`Vi tried to forcebuy twice in a row with no success also thanks to olofmeister's triple. With an eco, only three rounds were standing in fnatic's way to the grand final, all of which they won comfortably and finished the series with 16-6.
K - D
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
40 - 28
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
39 - 28
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
37 - 29
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
38 - 30
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
34 - 32
The action continues tomorrow with the entire lower bracket played out, first between myXMG and HellRaisers at 11:00, followed up by the consolidation final of the winner and Natus Vincere.