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. 

Matchpage
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Cobblestone
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Mirage
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 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 54 - 40 +14 - 1.32
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 47 - 33 +14 - 1.26
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 45 - 36 +9 - 1.16
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax 35 - 39 -4 - 0.86
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 36 - 45 -9 - 0.83
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 41 - 43 -2 - 0.98
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 41 - 44 -3 - 0.94
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 37 - 41 -4 - 0.88
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 37 - 43 -6 - 0.84
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 36 - 46 -10 - 0.79

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Poland Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Filip 'NEO' Kubski
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1681
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
#1
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
olof and krimz <3
2015-03-14 19:34
best duo in the history of csgo. f0rest and getright are a beast of their own but usually don't even hold sites together and only end up in 2vx by chance. not the case for krimzmeister.
2015-03-14 19:36
2015-03-14 19:39
Tell me how far 3DMax gone
2015-03-14 19:47
Dont cry
2015-03-14 20:13
:(
2015-03-15 04:55
and flusha <3 So much for the HLTV threads about him 'sucking without cheats', he rekt face even with all the anti-cheat measures ESL has taken.
2015-03-14 19:37
He outplayed the anti-cheat system
2015-03-14 19:39
Hahaha +1
2015-03-14 19:41
Bro, you're too naive, haters gonna hate no matter what happens, they will always find a "reason" :>
2015-03-14 19:53
Fnatic fangay detected,who has no sense of humor
2015-03-14 21:17
Expected :)
2015-03-15 03:27
beast duo Taz Neo
2015-03-14 20:36
#158
shox | 
Canada dB- 
pasha lost his biceps
2015-03-14 22:23
expectered
2015-03-14 19:34
#79
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
Yep, like I said before ESL Katowice even started, it's fnatic time to win a major with that astounding line up.
2015-03-14 19:44
7-9
2015-03-14 20:47
AGAiN out of major [*]
2015-03-14 19:34
I was sure that VP will take it... But Fnatic is Fnatic.
2015-03-14 19:36
wow dat refrence, but seriously, they are named virtus.pro now.
2015-03-14 20:30
Sick!
2015-03-14 19:34
#6
CIS Ume 
Fnatic 2good
2015-03-14 19:34
oh baby Fnatic gonna be the first team that will win 2 majors
2015-03-14 19:34
[*] polish crowd on katowice
2015-03-14 19:34
sad m8
2015-03-14 19:34
nice , vp both teams
2015-03-14 19:34
just to get raped by nip
2015-03-14 19:34
my hopes are on In my eyes NiP's final is the next bo3 anginst they're black sheep, they haven't beat nV during LAN yet so..
2015-03-14 19:41
#13
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Greece her-1g 
WHY SO silent? wat happened?
2015-03-14 19:35
WP FNATIC !!!
2015-03-14 19:35
expected
2015-03-14 19:35
what up now poles OHHHHH!
2015-03-14 19:35
Nothing my friend :-) VP have to work much before ESL one.And I dont understand this hate ..... Why You dont Luke us so much ? Anyway i still belive in EnvyUs
2015-03-14 20:21
#17
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
G_G in 5 majors,up until now,in 5 of those finals 7/10 times swedish team were there lol(and theres still nip waiting)
2015-03-14 19:35
sick game flusha and oloF 2 stronk
2015-03-14 19:35
#19
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Sweden xodec 
R.i.p Polaks
2015-03-14 19:35
gg Krimz monster
2015-03-14 19:35
gg polaks!!! next time maybe
2015-03-14 19:35
lucky fnatic on mirage ;d
2015-03-14 19:35
16-8 much luck wow
2015-03-14 19:36
they are currently what appears to be the best team but not in the history of the game ;/ was meant for #23
2015-03-14 19:38
take the loss like a man, please
2015-03-14 19:39
" Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer opened things up with two AWP frags in the boost position" Kappa
2015-03-14 19:35
26th
2015-03-14 19:36
nt,nice edit
2015-03-14 19:36
Nice!
2015-03-14 19:36
Ez win
2015-03-14 19:36
Olof literally wins Fnatic matches.
2015-03-14 19:36
#37
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Israel I_Am_Tomer 
GO GO FNATIC
2015-03-14 19:37
Sucks VP saw FNC so early [*]
2015-03-14 19:37
this match should be final :( maybe in Cologne will be better
2015-03-14 19:37
#40
Edward | 
United States kUcheRR 
OLOF
2015-03-14 19:37
gg fnatic, wellplayed. sucks tho VP didn't close out cobble in overtime Also i feel like pistol rounds was the biggest problem in this tournament :( They sometimes played good eco, but lost almost every 1st round
2015-03-14 19:37
yolof going full yolo
2015-03-14 19:37
OBV CHEATER
2015-03-14 19:38
flusha stepping up couldn't have been much better.. jw/olof and pronox(little bit) were struggling on mirage ct but krimz and flusha saved it .
2015-03-14 19:38
He stepped up. And I'm very happy about that especially ;)
2015-03-14 19:51
Same here. Flusha stepping up to his normal level was the last piece of the perfect fnatic puzzle
2015-03-14 20:36
Congrats to Fnatic players and fans!
2015-03-14 19:39
shit event, shit results, big winnings. all what modern cs fan wants. easy money^^
2015-03-14 19:39
1st! gz wp Written on Interner explorer browser.
2015-03-14 19:39
gg ez
2015-03-14 19:39
nip vs fnatic
2015-03-14 19:40
nooo, I expect for EnVyUs vs fnatic and EnVyUs to win
2015-03-14 19:46
woop woop! KLIN N IZI whoever we meet in the final is gonna be a great game
2015-03-14 19:40
60th
2015-03-14 19:40
Only VAC for flusha save VP
2015-03-14 19:40
Good game, fnatic too strong right now.
2015-03-14 19:41
fnatic 2 stronK
2015-03-14 19:41
#70
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
gg wp, but you can't agree that the space between fnatic and VP has become a lot closer. I'm really curious how VP will react to that lose and I can't wait to see them on the next event.
2015-03-14 19:42
You are right, I CAN'T agree! They lose 0-2 even with home crowd confidence hype. How is that closer? They are not even at NiP's level and will forever be number 4
2015-03-14 20:30
#140
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Ye, polando englando, sry. They are in top 4, you're right, but tell me, where did I say that they are better than NIP? Learn to read.
2015-03-14 20:35
#71
derciak | 
Poland MIX352 
ESL is Illuminati - i.imgur.com/z456riV.png Thank me later.
2015-03-14 19:42
You idiot. It automatically puts the winners at the top.
2015-03-14 19:47
Go to the gym or do something else? Because your team is out. You wont win any more majors because: 1. You can only win in Poland. Also proved today = You cant win in Poland anymore. 2. Wont be any majors in Katowice in a while.
2015-03-14 19:51
I don't mind. I don't live in Poland and I prefer NiP. But anyway the question is, does Austria even have a team that can qualify to a major?
2015-03-14 19:52
yeah, in poland and sometimes in london, but only in poland. (....) btw why so agressive? why do you even attack him for no reason? it was a joke dude, just calm your tits down. most of hltv users are taking vp loss harder than polaks...
2015-03-14 20:28
lets go fnatic
2015-03-14 19:43
olof & krimz on fire = 100% win for fnatic, wp
2015-03-14 19:43
#77
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
Also, why are you guys hating so much? Especialy on the crowd. Are you jealous? I don't understand...
2015-03-14 19:43
gg fnatic WP both teams
2015-03-14 19:43
the best team... krimz always playing huge at finals thats why hes a top3 player overall
2015-03-14 19:46
#83
Sweden infx 
VP played really well if they were played against envy or nip they would have already reached finals
2015-03-14 19:46
against NIP maybe... but EnVyUs will win :D
2015-03-14 19:54
no
2015-03-14 20:08
Good match but I feel like both teams were not playing at their best level and both suffered from pressure. fnatic almost got caught off guard on cbble which was most likely one of the surprises they had prepared since I don't think much people expected a team to actually pick this map. Though it was surprising to see JW doubt his AWP'ing capabilities on this map, but olofm delivered an impressive performance on T side. A very enjoyable player to watch. As for VP, it feels like they were never able to get the momemtum rolling in their favour, while they're generally so strong at during majors. Still nice to see NEO playing a tournament at the level we should be expecting from him, and Snax still playing very well.
2015-03-14 19:47
#94
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Or maybe jw was playing a spot where AWP is not effective? Or it could be just a map specific choice. If you were around since 1.6 times, you would remember that Markeloff never picked up the awp on inferno and mirage. Starix used to be the main awper on those maps.
2015-03-14 19:49
I agree with you concerning the spot JW was playing, but I'm mainly making this point since there it was flusha playing the AWP and I could have seen them actually swap positions on cbble. I also agree with your point concerning Na'Vi, but at that time Starix was also AWP'ing quite a lot, a bit like olofm for fnatic who is their secondary AWP but also plays it a lot, even in CT side. Here I don't say he should have, since he was making a very good job at the position he was holding, which couldn't be so with an AWP. Here I was just surprised to see flusha take the role, even though he is also very capable, just that he doesn't often do so in official matches.
2015-03-14 20:01
It's just that his awping style doesn't fit into the map there
2015-03-14 19:56
Congrats to the Crowd , they keep cheering even when things got worse ! GGWP Nice Fnatic
2015-03-14 19:47
#89
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
The stats look wrong. I think the stats are only from Cobble for fnatic and for both maps for VP players.
2015-03-14 19:47
Was about to mention it, ye
2015-03-14 20:22
Congrats, fnatic! But at the same time, felt a bit sad for VP, this should be the final...
2015-03-14 19:48
lol something is wrong with the stats here xd only one map i guess for fnatic in stats xdDxD
2015-03-14 19:49
GG WP ! :(
2015-03-14 19:50
Great game by fnatic. I'm sad VP are out, but the victory was well deserved.
2015-03-14 19:51
i hope french team take this
2015-03-14 19:52
#103
TaZ | 
Poland reap3r 
All the attention whores starting "VP sux" threads now. Sad. Makes you realise how many people are true fans and how many are the cancer that came with the game getting more recognition & skins & gambling. Respect to true fans that are left on this website. GG Fnatic, gl next time VP.
2015-03-14 19:54
Sadly, there'll always be people like that, both on the internet and in real life, but everyone will come to learn how to deal with them eventually ;)
2015-03-14 20:01
Well played fnatic Flusha shutting the haters up [*]
2015-03-14 19:54
They won't shut up, believe me :>
2015-03-14 20:02
Flusha doing shit = cant win without cheat Flusha doing well = cheater
2015-03-15 07:06
#108
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Argentina thankzz 
:_
2015-03-14 20:00
GG, I was hoping for VP because the crowd would be insane in the final but instead its fnatic again.... and possibly NIP(pls be, I hate NBFAG). I hope fnatic wins the whole thing now.
2015-03-14 20:02
#114
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Poland kingWZRD 
Im sure theyll back stronger on next major TY for great show guys
2015-03-14 20:03
Best team in the world by far and they still didn't play on their highest level! gl fnatic, wishing you best
2015-03-14 20:03
Fnatic meatballs:D Flush and JW ... LOl
2015-03-14 20:03
#128
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Sweden LspN 
the best meatballs in the world <3
2015-03-14 20:17
#117
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Singapore Nephalith 
GGWP fnatic Better luck next time VP :(
2015-03-14 20:04
#119
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Sweden LspN 
yes gg fnatic!
2015-03-14 20:05
#118
hampus | 
Sweden Exxet 
expected
2015-03-14 20:04
so now NiP have to win over EnVyUS otherwise we will have boring final with frenchies...
2015-03-14 20:10
haha cya vp get reekt
2015-03-14 20:10
NEO <3
2015-03-14 20:19
expected :)
2015-03-14 20:23
gg ez
2015-03-14 20:24
Well done fnatic.
2015-03-14 20:25
Vp and Fnatic should meet in finals :) Good game tho.
2015-03-14 20:36
2015-03-14 20:39
Wp fnatic gl in final :)
2015-03-14 20:40
:)
2015-03-14 20:57
pasha noob xD
2015-03-14 21:03
great game! flusha haters sure don't like this =))
2015-03-14 21:21
expected
2015-03-14 21:26
Best crowd in the whole world :]
2015-03-14 21:37
Hope tomorrow in final, there be this crowd, full arena.
2015-03-14 21:46
#157
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Poland dijef 
fnatic took both pistol and gain too many rounds on the top of it on mirage. on cbble vp should took it, but their set-up on biggest bs (A?) was static and fnatic was taking it after 1st guy died for number of rounds and in overtime. anyway it was gg
2015-03-14 22:06
nice to see flusha on point with all the hate he had to endure olof & krimz take fnatic to the final vs nip, should be the best final yet
2015-03-14 23:47
i was really suprised esl faced vp vs fnatic. You want know something? Groups for lol was 100% calculated for most viewers per region, popularity for team, no same regions in group itc. All knows Fnatic is hard top 1 right know, no one have chances against them, so i I thought they put vp vs nip/tsm or envyus because with crowd advancage it could by like 60%/40% to vp for advance to final and play in spodek. Im sure groups for esl one katowice was selected in little similar rules to lol.
2015-03-14 23:50
I feel like VP could've closed on Cobble, they just played such a stiff overtime on CT and couldn't adapt to what Fnatic was doing. Mirage went downhill the moment Fnatic won second pistol round, which was really disappointing considering that Mirage is VP's best map. Either way gg wp, Fnatic deserved the win and deserves to win the major. Let's just hope that someone will finally step up their game and beat Fnatic in a fair fight.
2015-03-15 01:07
[*] Must be harsh, Poles. Next time.
2015-03-15 01:12
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