fnatic sweep past PENTA Sports
fnatic have secured their place in the ESL One Katowice semi-finals after defeating PENTA Sports 2-0 (16-8 on de_inferno 16-7 on de_cache).
de_inferno was fnatic’s map of choice and they showed why they picked it in the opening round as they cruised past PENTA on their way to the A site, courtesy of Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer’s quad kill with the deadly Tec-9.
fnatic were then caught off-guard by an ecoing PENTA side, but the Germans got a taste of their own medicine right after as they also slipped up in the anti-eco round.
The Swedish team went on to take the score to 3-1, but then PENTA picked themselves up and equalized the game on three rounds. A 1-on-2 clutch from Jesper "JW" Wecksell in B then put fnatic back in the lead, and the Swedes did not take their foot off the gas until the end of the first half as they took up a sizeable 11-4 lead going into the second half.
Now playing on the Terrorist side, PENTA found a lifeline by winning the first four rounds of the half, but double kills from JW and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist in the 20th round brought the Germans' streak to an end. From here on PENTA struggled to break the defensive setup from fnatic, who got the five rounds they needed as CT to get a one-map advantage in the series.
jw was on fire on the first map
de_cache was the map that followed, and here PENTA came inches away from winning the opening round after planting the bomb in A, but a triple kill from flusha in the retake spoiled their plans.
It was only six rounds into the map that PENTA finally managed to break fnatic's defense, following a B push, but that did little to prevent the Swedes from running riot as they brought the score to 12-3 at the end of the half.
An A push from fnatic in the pistol round as Terrorists then saw them further extend their lead to 14-3. PENTA still attempted to produce a comeback and pulled some rounds together, one of them thanks to an ace from Denis "denis" Howell, but there was nothing they could do to stop fnatic from picking up the win here.
K - D
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
45 - 30
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
35 - 24
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
38 - 31
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
36 - 26
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
30 - 26