fnatic came out on top of ESWC 2014 after a straight 2-0 win against LDLC (16-10 de_inferno, 16-11 de_cache) for $20,000, while LDLC have to settle for second place and $15,000.
fnatic started off strong on map one, de_inferno, which was LDLC's pick, getting a quick 4-0 lead as the Frenchmen tried to forcebuy twice in a row after a lost pistol.
LDLC were getting back on track slowly but surely, although halfway through their Counter-Terrorist side, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer put them on the back foot as only his scout shredded the defence.
Also thanks to that, fnatic were able to get an 8-7 lead on the less favoured side despite Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer's stellar performance. The teams exchanged a few rounds at the beginning, but it was fnatic who stormed through map one soon after at 16-10, 1-0.
fnatic take a second victory in a row
After switching over to fnatic's choice, de_cache, the Swedes' performance was as good as ever even though LDLC won the initial pistol, as well as both anti-ecos afterwards.
LDLC were only able to get one more round out of the remaining twelve, as Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson showed up in the same form as throughout the whole tournament, leaving little room for LDLC to breathe.
When the last week's FACEIT champions got the second pistol and LDLC couldn't come up with enough in the anti-ecos, it seemed like the match would be over soon.
The Frenchmen did not want to give up, as they got five rounds in a row before fnatic found a recipe against the defence, and took match point at 15-9. Only two rounds were holding them back from the trophy and the $20,000 cheque, taking a second victory in a row after FACEIT League Season 2 Finals.
K - D
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
54 - 33
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
40 - 30
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
42 - 34
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
44 - 33
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
25 - 37
ESWC 2014 final standings:
1. fnatic - $20,000 2. LDLC - $15,000 3. Virtus.pro - $10,000 4. Na`Vi - $5,000 5.-8. dignitas 5.-8. Titan 5.-8. iBUYPOWER 5.-8. HellRaisers 9.-12. Cloud9 9.-12. k1ck 9.-12. CPH Wolves 9.-12. mousesports 13.-16. London Conspiracy 13.-16. Planetkey Dynamics 13.-16. NiP 13.-16. GPlay 17.-20. pow 17.-20. AlienTech 17.-20. KaBuM 17.-20. 3DMAX 21.-24. eNergy 21.-24. Virtual Impact 21.-24. Platinium 21.-24. Cipangu.GO