Katowice day three top performers
Day three of ESL One Katowice gave us more exciting matches, and as the majors always do, brought out the best in the star players. Let's take a look at who stood out this time.
Ninjas in Pyjamas made it past their quarter-final oppoenent TSM after an extremely exciting finish, and later in the day pushed EnVyUs aside to book their spot in the final for the 5th consecutive time at the majors.
On the other side of the bracket, fnatic saddened the local fans and outplayed Virtus.pro in two maps, setting up a repeat of the DreamHack Winter 2013, and more recently the ESL One Cologne 2014 finals against the Ninjas.
Let's see which players made the biggest impact today to help these two teams get there this time:
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund was the biggest difference maker today, playing admirably in both matches. His antics on Dust2 against TSM will be remembered for a long time, while his play on Nuke in the second half - when NiP were handed a tough task to close it out on Nuke T-side - will make for another addition to his long list of big playoff performances.
GeT_RiGhT's last second clutch vs. TSM on Dust2
The score was 9-6 after NiP's CT side on that third and deciding map, and they had just lost the next pistol round when GeT_RiGhT switched gears and pulled the Swedes over the finish line, 16-12.
He finished that half with a 16:8 score (3 assists, 3 entry kills) in 13 rounds, to round up a 32:16 (9 assists, 6 entry kills) performance in the entire map.
Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg also had great moments during that finishing part of the TSM match, but he made his biggest contribution on the first map with 26:16 and the impressive 4-kill round that led NiP to a 16-8 win.
f0rest's 4-kill round including AWP, CZ75 and a knife kill
NiP's in-game leader Richard "Xizt" Landström was their star in the group stage, but he didn't have as much direct impact against the Danes. However, when it came to the big semi-final against EnVyUs he put in another Man of the Match performance, top fragging in both maps for a total score of 50:28 (1.43 rating).
GeT_RiGhT led the day with +6.5 round shares from NiP's two wins
That made those three NiP players top the "Round share" board, albeit with contribution in two matches, while fnatic's three stars of the sole win against the home side Virtus.pro weren't far behind.
Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer came into day three as tied-highest rated player of the tournament along with Filip "NEO" Kubski, and he didn't disappoint in the big clash either adding 45:36 in the series.
olofmeister continued with good performance but wasn't the star of fnatic today
The last player worth singling out from day three is TSM's René "cajunb" Borg who put up an amazing fight against NiP on all three maps and even ended up as the top rated player of the series (and the day).
cajunb was superb in the NiP quarter-final series
He had a 65:43 score, same as NiP's star in the match GeT_RiGhT, and was responsible for 10.1 round wins which was actually slightly more than the Swede.
Here are the stats leaders of the entire tournament so far, including all three days and only players who made it to the playoffs:
Another MVP candidate is NiP's Xizt who in addition to his superb consistent fragging contribution (#2 with at least one kill in 59% of rounds), is also the best headshooter so far with 0.41 headshots per round. And just like him, the team's two superstars GeT_RiGhT and f0rest will have a chance to break into the MVP conversation with a good big match performance.
You can check out how the other players performed throughout the tournament over at our stats page for ESL One Katowice 2015.