dignitas take the third place and $7,500 by beating fnatic 2-0 (16-7 de_nuke, 19-17 de_mirage), who have to settle for fourth and $5,000.
fnatic's least played map throughout 2014, de_nuke, was dignitas' choice as the first map of the third-place decider, which is why they also started against the odds as Terrorists.
fnatic's pistol round got them to 3-0 before dignitas ran their signature upper strategy to get their first round on the board. Nicolai "device" Reedtz was the star in the following two gunrounds, as despite fnatic's solid defence, he was able to win a one-on-three and a one-on-two for a 3-4 scoreline.
dignitas kept breaking fnatic's economy over and over again after Jesper "JW" Wecksell's agression in hut, and with a couple of upper bombsite strategies, dignitas found themselves up 9-4. fnatic decided to change things up with a three-man push from hut and ramp, which eventually gave them two rounds in a row before swapping sides.
KRiMZ's good showing wasn't nearly enough for fnatic on Nuke
A full-armor ramp rush to lower looked like another pistol round win for fnatic, but Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's double turned it around for 12-6 after two ecos. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson then got a round-changing double in vents after a four-on-four in the first gunround, but an upper lockdown by dignitas broke the Swedes yet again.
cajunb opened de_mirage up with a pistol triple at the B bombsite, but fnatic's famous second-round B rush with Tec-9s and Desert Eagles paid off once again to even it out at 1-1.
Fnatic topped it off with a gunround on A, as well as three anti-ecos in total, for 5-1 before dignitas took a stand and took five in a row thanks to brilliant play from dupreeh, who picked up ten kills in total during those.
The Swedes changed things up after a couple of A bombsite strategies and decided to go B instead, which worked out well for them, but despite JW's double entry in the following round, dupreeh stepped in again with a double from fnatic's flank.
dupreeh's Mirage performance was godlike
dignitas finished the half with a 9-6 lead which was soon lowered to one round only following fnatic's one-on-one win in the second pistol round. dupreeh was once again the star of dignitas' anti-eco round, where they ran into a stack on B, but he was able to retrieve with the bomb and win a one-on-three for 12-8.
fnatic then started to mount a comeback into the match due to a few lockdowns on the A bombsite, JW's triple and a won two-on-two, all at the A bombsite, for an eventual 14-12 scoreline in their favour.
fnatic got to match point at 15-13 when the two teams split two rounds, but despite dignitas having to forcebuy, another of cajunb's entries helped them get back to force the overtime.
fnatic was able to take two out of three on the first half as Counter-Terrorists, but the device-Xyp9x duo won dignitas two rounds of the second one at B, while Finn "karrigan" Andersen's autosniper finished off the job at the A bombsite for 19-17, 2-0.
|dignitas||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||51 - 32||+19||-||1.44|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||50 - 31||+19||-||1.26|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||40 - 32||+8||-||1.12|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||43 - 38||+5||-||1.05|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||31 - 40||-9||-||0.79|
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||54 - 40||+14||-||1.32|
|Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax||34 - 41||-7||-||0.86|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||37 - 47||-10||-||0.80|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||27 - 40||-13||-||0.71|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||21 - 47||-26||-||0.50|
The grand final is now on our hands with NiP and LDLC preparing for the gold medal match at MLG X Games Aspen, scheduled for 20:30.