Virtus.pro, fnatic make it to top4
Virtus.pro and fnatic have made it to semi-finals of ESWC after beating dignitas 2-1 (16-9 de_overpass, 14-16 de_inferno, 16-12 de_mirage) and HellRaisers 2-0 (16-11 de_nuke, 16-10 de_inferno), respectively.
HellRaisers were fighting for survival in the tournament with fnatic with de_nuke as the first map. In spite of the Ukrainian-based team starting off as Counter-Terrorists, fnatic got comfortable seven points before switching to the other half.
There, the Swedes went on to lose the pistol round, but replied only two rounds afterwards with only pistols. Until the end of the match they only lost one round with Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson putting up big numbers once again for a 16-11 scoreline.
fnatic began as Counter-Terrorists on de_inferno, as it was their map pick, and that time around it was Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer showing up in great form, getting multiple frags in most of the rounds his team won.
Their 12-3 advantage was soon lowered to only three rounds by HellRaisers, but it only lasted for so long, since fnatic started putting them on the back foot again after winning two rounds in a row, soon turned into a 16-10 win.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||54 - 27||+27||-||1.57|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||47 - 37||+10||-||1.22|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||41 - 35||+6||-||1.13|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||35 - 30||+5||-||1.05|
|Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax||19 - 36||-17||-||0.65|
|HellRaisers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1||36 - 37||-1||-||0.98|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||32 - 40||-8||-||0.89|
|Yegor 'markeloff' Markelovmarkeloff||31 - 38||-7||-||0.88|
|Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia||35 - 42||-7||-||0.87|
|Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR||31 - 39||-8||-||0.85|
dignitas' match with Virtus.pro began on de_overpass, the latter's pick, who also chose the Counter-Terrorists side, which ended up being very solid at 11-4. As much as dignitas wanted to get back to the match, their CT side wasn't nearly as solid, ending up with 5-5 and 16-9 in the end.
de_inferno was much more entertaining, dignitas went over from the defending side with a 9-6 lead, but wound up losing the second pistol. Since the rounds went back and forth, dignitas found themselves down 14-11 when they had to try a desperate forcebuy.
They also changed up the pace, opted for a quick A split with CZ75s and two AK-47s, which paid off and got them back into the match. When they turned it around for map point, it almost looked like Virtus.pro could be able to take it to overtime, but Nicolai "device" Reedtz's triple pushed his team over the top at 16-14.
TaZ's Virtus.pro make it to top four
de_mirage was chosen as the third map, where Virtus.pro were the slight favourites, and started off strong with a 6-0 lead before dignitas started scraping some rounds together.
At 8-5 Virtus.pro were on the verge of having to go on a low forcebuy in case dignitas won, but that was not the case, as the Poles held on for both remaining rounds for 10-5 partially thanks to Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski's triple in middle.
A won pistol for dignitas meant they would stay in the match for much longer, and they even seemed to be back on track at 14-12, just when they lost a two-on-one due to miscommunication, which cost them the match in the end at 16-12, 2-1.
K - D
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps
68 - 52
Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax
61 - 45
Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali
66 - 52
Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO
56 - 50
Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ
35 - 52
The semi-final between fnatic and Virtus.pro is about to start, while Natus Vincere and LDLC are setting up on stage to begin at 16:00.