fnatic to Katowice final over Virtus.pro
fnatic have advanced to the ESL One Katowice grand final after seeing off Virtus.pro 2-0 (19-17 on de_cobblestone and 16-8 on de_mirage).
The beginning of de_cobblestone was very close as the two teams traded a couple of rounds, but after that initial stage Virtus.pro ran riot, forcing fnatic to call a timeout at 1-6. Robin "flusha" Rönnquist then looked determined to put his team back in the game as he showed impressive galil control while taking down three opponents, but Filip "NEO" Kubski won the round for his team.
With the scoreline 8-1 in favour of Virtus.pro, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer opened things up with two AWP frags in the boost position near the Upper Tunnel plus one more kill inside B, which powered fnatic to reduce the gap to five rounds.
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas then put Virtus.pro again on the right track with three P250 kills while hidden inside A, but fnatic regained control of the proceedings and brought the scoreline to 6-9.
In the second half, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson helped fnatic to win the pistol round with three frags to his name, and the Swedish team did not take their foot off the gas for a while as they won the following three rounds to take the lead for the very first time in this game.
flusha had a lot of big plays on de_cobblestone
Rounds kept going back and forth as neither side were able to carve out a big lead, but in the end Virtus.pro, who were being cheered on by the crowd in Katowice, managed to crawl back into the game and force it to overtime despite fnatic having three map points.
Virtus.pro gave a good account of themselves in the first half of overtime and took a 2-1 lead after playing on the offensive side, but fnatic simply played out a flawless game as Terrorists and took three rounds without response to run out 19-17 winners.
The map that followed was de_mirage, on which Virtus.pro are probably one of the world’s best teams. Still, it was fnatic who claimed bragging rights first as they secured the opening three rounds.
Virtus.pro then responded by winning the first gun round, but their recovery lasted only for a moment, as KRIMZ picked up three frags while defending A to frustrate the home side.
fnatic went on add the following to rounds to take the score to 6-1, but then the game turned: an eco push towards A allowed Virtus.pro to break the Swedes’ momentum and pull some rounds together, but some big plays from olofmeister in the final two rounds brought the scoreline to 8-7 in favour of Markus "pronax" Wallsten’s men at half-time.
Virtus.pro unable to repeat Katowice final presence
The Swedish giants came out strongly in the second half and added three more rounds to their tally, this way taking the score to 11-7. Virtus.pro then picked up the first gun round with some strong defensive play, but they were unable to stop a catwalk/apartment split from fnatic in the following round.
With their economy in shambles and a huge deficit to come back from, Virtus.pro were unable to pick themselves up, this way falling one step shy of another epic Katowice final at the Spodek Arena.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 1.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||54 - 40||+14||-||1.32|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||47 - 33||+14||-||1.26|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||45 - 36||+9||-||1.16|
|Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax||35 - 39||-4||-||0.86|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||36 - 45||-9||-||0.83|