fnatic beat iBP to top group B
fnatic have secured the top spot in the FACEIT Finals' Group B after a 16-12 win over iBUYPOWER on de_dust2.
After losing their first match of the day, iBUYPOWER came into the match hoping to do a better job than Cloud9 and at least pick up one victory but they ended up making the same kind of mistakes that had proved costly on de_inferno.
The North American side, who started out on the Terrorist side, came out the brighter and won the pistol round with ease. Some great scout action from Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer in A did a lot of damage to iBP's players and almost gave fnatic the round, but Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson stopped the defuse at the last second after picking up a triple kill.
An early buy from fnatic then failed to bear fruits and deeply hurt the economy of the Swedish team, who would be torn apart by Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham's AWP in the fifth round.
fnatic with a perfect 12 points from four matches
It was only when fnatic saw themselves trailing their opponents 0-7 that they finally managed to react. The Swedish side picked themselves up and strung seven rounds together, with iBP taking the final round as the scoreboard showed 8-7 in favour of the North American giants.
iBUYPOWER responded during the first gun rounds and even took the score to 12-12 after some trades with fnatic, but then they made yet another grave mistake: with their opponents on eco, iBP put two players in the middle in three in A, this way leaving B wide open for the take.
flusha's 1-on-1 win against Sam "DaZeD" Marine in the following round restored a two-round lead for fnatic, who sealed a 16-12 victory to make sure they avoid LDLC in the semi-finals of the tournament.
K - D
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
26 - 22
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
20 - 17
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
21 - 20
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
21 - 21
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
15 - 18