Virtus.pro over fnatic to ESEA final
Virtus.pro send fnatic down to the consolidation final after two maps (16-12 de_cache, 16-14 de_mirage), where they will meet the winner of Denial/iBUYPOWER.
Fnatic and Virtus.pro kicked the upper final off with Cache, and it was the former as Terrorists who got off on the right foot with a clean pistol round. Virtus.pro didn't take any time to strike back, as they pushed towards mid agressively to even it up at 1-1.
The Poles got all the way up to 6-1 without being contested all too much, save for a close one-on-three by Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, but another mid push against an eco backfired for them and fnatic got back on track.
Good rotations by fnatic won them two more rounds for 6-4, which was when Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski surprised the Swedes by a quad-kill from vent, only to lose two more before ending up the half at 9-6 in spite of fnatic trying to make a double-AWP work.
Virtus.pro picked up the second pistol after fnatic's poor rotations, and the latter's triple scout buy on an eco came to no fruition, as VP saw themselves get to a six-round lead at 12-6.
pronax had a few crucial calls on Cache, but it wasn't enough
Two B splits by the Terrorist side were exchanged because of a read by fnatic in the first case, but a double-AWP stopped Virtus.pro in their tracks for an eventual 13-9 scoreline. A triple boost by Virtus.pro on mid on an eco surprised fnatic, who found themselves against map point thanks to pashaBiceps picking up both AWPs in the hands of Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer.
Even though fnatic were almost completely broke, they still made it work with four CZ75s and alongside olofmeister's one-on-two, Virtus.pro's lead was downed to only three rounds. The Poles then tried a simple smoke-off strategy on A, when they stormed through the defence without being contested, and sealed the deal on Cache at 16-12.
Switching over to Mirage, fnatic started off as Counter-Terrorists with Markus "pronax" Wallsten making a huge play in B halls after Virtus.pro stalled for half the round before they decided to push from short.
After two ecos Virtus.pro played another short push and thanks to good positional and team play, they all survived, thanks to which they were able to buy again despite losing the following round. Not even that helped them as JW got two crucial frags in an A retake, and it was 6-1 in favor of fnatic before VP took a stand.
byali's heroics saved Virtus.pro on Mirage
That was only for one round though, but they did exchange the following four rounds evenly after two executes on A. In the last round of the half, fnatic finished off with 11-4 following a B attempt by Virtus.pro.
pashaBiceps was the star of the second pistol round after, as his smart positional play allowed him to survive a flanker and get two crucial kills on the board. Filip "NEO" Kubski's triple on mid then put Virtus.pro within a four-round deficit, which was soon after exhanged for only two in spite of fnatic selling a fake.
fnatic managed to get a round on the board after getting a break due to a technical issue, but Paweł "byali" Bieliński's heroics in two of the following three rounds meant Virtus.pro got up to 13-12 with a few ecos thrown in.
One B execute worked out this time for fnatic, but only one of their players survived, which meant they were broke once again after another B attempt, as Virtus.pro saw themselves at match point.
Fnatic managed to hold onto the match for the next round after yet another B attack, despite being down two-on-three, but Virtus.pro closed the series out after two maps when fnatic got picked one by one over at the A bombsite for 16-14.
K - D
Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali
47 - 33
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps
49 - 41
Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO
40 - 36
Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax
33 - 37
Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ
28 - 36
After the Denial/iBUYPOWER match is over, the winner will meet fnatic in the consolidation final at 17:30.