fnatic march on to Cologne final

fnatic are the second finalist at ESL One Cologne after beating Virtus.pro 2-1 (6-16 on de_mirage, 16-14 on de_inferno and 16-7 on de_cobblestone).

The opening map of this best-of-three series was de_mirage, where fnatic came out of the gate looking scary, locking down the B site with ease during the pistol round. The Swedish team then perhaps underestimated the threat posed by their opponents and pushed too hard, which resulted in them getting picked off one by one.

After a double eco, fnatic then brought the scoreline to 3-3 following some great defensive work in the B site, where Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Markus "pronax" Wallsten looked flawless. The teams then traded a couple of rounds, but when fnatic were about to run away with the lead, Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski made sure to remind them with a quad kill that Virtus.pro were still very much in the race.

Filip "NEO" Kubski then took up the AWP and powered his team to overcome the deficit thanks to some crucial shots across the map, and a quad kill from Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas in the A site in the final round as CT gave Virtus.pro an impressive 9-6 lead at the break.

The Polish team, who were given rousing ovations every time they won a round, grew the lead by winning the pistol round as Terrorist and the following anti-eco. fnatic's third-round buy backfired horribly, which left Virtus.pro with the economic control. With Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Jesper "JW" Wecksell looking way off the pace, the Swedes simply had no way to stop Virtus.pro from taking the lead in the series.


pasha carried Virtus.pro on de_mirage 

Next up was de_inferno, and here Virtus.pro picked up where they had left off as they rescued the pistol round as CT following a series of confrontations inside the apartment area, with TaZ picking up three kills to his name. The two anti-eco rounds also went Virtus.pro's way, but then Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson picked up a triple kill in the first gun round to prevent the game from spiralling out of control.

fnatic, were, however, unable to build on that round win, which hurt their economy, but they made up for that by successfully executing a B rush, leaving Virtus.pro with no money to work with. The Swedish team won the next six rounds, bringing the scoreline to 8-4, but then Virtus.pro finally put their foot down and held back their opponents, winning three consecutive rounds, the second of which thanks to an incredible four-man spraydown by pashaBiceps.

Virtus.pro got off to a blazzing start in the second half, winning six rounds in succession to make it 13-8 in their favour and force a timeout out of fnatic. The Swedish team came right back and regained control of the proceedings, which made Virtus.pro call a timeout of their own at 13-13. The move paid off as the Polish team won the following round, but fnatic refused to throw in the towel and overcame the deficit, sending the game to de_cobblestone.


KRIMZ led the comeback for fnatic 

It all came down to de_cobblestone, where Virtus.pro came out the livelier of the two, picking up the opening three rounds of the map. fnatic then tightened up their defense and brought the scoreline to 3-3, but Virtus.pro regained control of the proceedings and won four rounds in a row.

Before the game got out of hand, fnatic managed to pick themselves up, and they dominated the pace during the latter stages of the half to take an 8-7 halftime lead.

Virtus.pro's aggressive push in the pistol round as CT failed to produce any effect as fnatic won the round without too much trouble. With a comfortable lead and the economic control, fnatic's pushes were effective every time, which allowed them to close out the map without giving up a single round.

Matchpage
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23rd August 2015
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Mirage
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Inferno
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 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 57 - 51 +6 - 1.10
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 51 - 53 -2 - 1.02
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 48 - 53 -5 - 0.92
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 43 - 51 -8 - 0.82
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 42 - 54 -12 - 0.80
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 68 - 48 +20 - 1.27
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 53 - 47 +6 - 1.06
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 47 - 45 +2 - 1.02
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 50 - 50 0 - 0.96
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax 43 - 51 -8 - 0.84

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 Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
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
bg
2015-08-23 18:34
PJSalt
2015-08-23 18:40
HAHAHA so much salty tears from VP fans.
2015-08-23 18:44
YEET
2015-08-23 18:34
ayy
2015-08-23 18:34
#7
ZywOo | 
Canada pain^ 
good game boys
2015-08-23 18:34
BESTEST
2015-08-23 18:34
PASHA NOOB
2015-08-23 18:34
#64
 | 
United States allnewluke 
GIVE ME THE DAMN KITKAT
2015-08-23 18:37
tsm GE REKT
2015-08-23 18:40
ok? dont care
2015-08-23 18:47
Here! Take this salt. GE REKT
2015-08-23 18:48
#10
 | 
Japan kdeN 
sick
2015-08-23 18:34
GOOD GAME
2015-08-23 18:34
GG :D
2015-08-23 18:34
RIP POLAKS
2015-08-23 18:34
#15
 | 
Europe porrasm 
gg wp
2015-08-23 18:35
pasha brainless
2015-08-23 18:34
Maybe he was top fragging, but zero fucking game sense.
2015-08-23 18:40
#17
 | 
Sweden bögpeter 
rip
2015-08-23 18:34
THERE WE GO
2015-08-23 18:34
Great matchup
2015-08-23 18:34
wp
2015-08-23 18:34
#23
Switzerland nuvl 
fnatic #1
2015-08-23 18:34
suck nothings balls fnatic lmao
2015-08-23 18:34
#25
zonixx | 
Serbia vraca 
YEaaaaa ! :D
2015-08-23 18:34
ne
2015-08-23 19:05
#153
zonixx | 
Serbia vraca 
heheh :D
2015-08-23 19:11
:D
2015-08-25 15:30
#186
zonixx | 
Serbia vraca 
:/
2015-08-25 18:16
#26
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
GOOD GAME <3 could of been the final
2015-08-23 18:34
#55
Ahmad | 
Egypt 181314 
+1
2015-08-23 18:36
+1 The ideal draw would be vp vs nV in semis, and then the winner against fnatic in finals
2015-08-23 18:58
gg
2015-08-23 18:34
GOLDERINO PICKEM!!! SUCK DAT POLES PLEBS !!!
2015-08-23 18:34
7-1
2015-08-23 19:54
and your country is broken :) grats greek,go celebrate your good team
2015-08-24 00:29
You call mine broken, when yours is a shithole :D Oh and 7-1.
2015-08-24 13:44
what? mine a shithole? yours broken, you don't have any good esports/sports team and you come here to talk bs? you really deserve to get fucked :)
2015-08-24 23:30
#29
Happy | 
Brazil Kurtt 
cbblestone tr side... and vp only 7 rounds...gg
2015-08-23 18:34
gg ez skins
2015-08-23 18:34
GG EASY
2015-08-23 18:34
well played
2015-08-23 18:35
hahahahaha, piss off home, you sleezy polish fankids.
2015-08-23 18:35
world's #2 team did it, will face #1 in the grand final! very nice! VP had luck on their side but it was not enough to compensate for their lack of skill
2015-08-23 18:35
top kek, worlds #1 and #2 teams were in this semi final
2015-08-23 18:36
Good joke mate. 2 - 1 for fnatic incoming.
2015-08-23 18:36
#37
 | 
Vietnam NaMNaMNaM 
wp, thought it would be a walk in the park for VP after that stomp on mirage.
2015-08-23 18:35
my heart what a gem
2015-08-23 18:35
Sad fnatic is fkn good =/
2015-08-23 18:35
very good game, too bad VP couldnt close it on inferno
2015-08-23 18:35
13 rounds in a row
2015-08-23 18:35
:( vp should've close it out on inferno :((
2015-08-23 18:36
#49
Belarus 4rz 
Too bad for VP on inferno :(
2015-08-23 18:36
sup now virtus?hahahha
2015-08-23 18:36
Fnatic won 13 rounds in a fucking row, shows a lot about how VP performed in the last map.
2015-08-23 18:36
always been so lucky lol..teams get nervous when they paly against Fnatic :((( Choke choke !! TSM is the only team that can beat fnatic ...too bad they choke again in semi
2015-08-23 18:36
embarassing crowd TAZ much respect. gg fnatic, gg VP
2015-08-23 18:36
respect to taz
2015-08-23 18:37
Ggwp ,expected
2015-08-23 18:37
Really sad story, VP should've gotten inferno, still they made basic mistakes and threw it away
2015-08-23 18:37
#63
Sweden CMF 
polish fans great during the match, and fucking retarded monkeys after
2015-08-23 18:37
VP choked as always
2015-08-23 18:38
Fnatic biggest lucker team? Katowice vs NiP D2 Game, and vs Vp now.. or im just idiot? NOT VP FANBOY!
2015-08-23 18:38
#75
 | 
Europe porrasm 
how much
2015-08-23 18:40
"how much" can you say something other? prntscr.com/87zcfe
2015-08-23 18:41
#138
 | 
Europe porrasm 
how many??
2015-08-23 18:57
Ok.. i will say you, i lost your life.. ohh sorry you don't have :D
2015-08-23 19:07
#156
 | 
Europe porrasm 
rip skins I'd be salty as well if I lost my skins.
2015-08-23 19:17
Not 100% luck Enemy choked and they kept their cool
2015-08-23 18:55
You're an idiot certainly, fnatic did deserve this win after the comeback on inferno. And your english is sucks, please mercy
2015-08-23 18:55
faking respect to TaZ and of course fnatic!!!
2015-08-23 18:39
RIP Denmark and RIP Poland... sad day :(
2015-08-23 18:39
13:8 to Vp on inferno, hold on a second, lets pause, turn cheats on and carry on.
2015-08-23 18:39
heheheh how much?
2015-08-23 18:40
Nothing i dont bet so it doesnt bother me ;] It just seemed really dodgy, funnier thing is them comeback on cbble with envy. Same stuff again.
2015-08-24 13:17
hahahahahahahahaha i bet you were already celebrating
2015-08-23 18:43
#72
Poland eiur 
gg
2015-08-23 18:39
expected
2015-08-23 18:39
The polish crowd proving that the Eastern European people are fuckball retarded once again. Bye bye.
2015-08-23 18:40
nice assumption
2015-08-23 19:06
How ironic life can be for such lowlifes like you:D With your statement there you've just proved your retardness. GJ Proud-white-BOB! :D
2015-08-23 23:00
Taz is the best.
2015-08-23 18:40
VP kinda lost the game on inferno. Kudos to fnatic for persevering trough the hardest game they had to play so far on Inferno and then bringing a whole new game on cbble. Fantastic match for both teams but remember there can be only one winner. I hope fnatic win the major because they will be writing history if they do + i dislike the french turds.
2015-08-23 18:40
great fucking game wp VP wp Fnatic gl in the final
2015-08-23 18:41
a
2015-08-23 18:44
Best team in csgo history if they win this major, yes, the best,of,all,time
2015-08-23 18:41
to my taste these two teams make the best couple to watch :)
2015-08-23 18:42
#95
 | 
Denmark LnDcsgo 
hatin' on fnatic because VP did the mistakes, i see the logic here. Challenge, going through a smoke.. YEs fnatic fault.
2015-08-23 18:42
#96
Poland MaYy 
early final wp fnatic
2015-08-23 18:43
#98
 | 
Germany Lifant 
Cheater final.
2015-08-23 18:43
too bad tsm isnt there right xd
2015-08-23 18:46
Polish fans so fucking close to RUSSIANS, disrespect for that one!
2015-08-23 18:43
gg wp
2015-08-23 18:43
Krimz MOTM
2015-08-23 18:44
#106
 | 
Finland Dragonpig 
Awesome semifinals and even more awesome match incoming.
2015-08-23 18:44
Lets make it three boys .. lets go
2015-08-23 18:45
sadly pasha lost them match on inferno, still pretty entertaining match.
2015-08-23 18:47
lold
2015-08-23 18:47
Fnatic best no chance for VP Ultras
2015-08-23 18:48
#117
NEO | 
Poland baaandi 
CHEATusha to strong :/ AIMLOCK on point today. sad day for csgo scene.
2015-08-23 18:48
Lol. Cry more.
2015-08-23 18:51
admire fnatic's incredible resilience
2015-08-23 18:49
#120
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
Flusha was amazing. Really close game, could have gone either way on inferno. Plus, TAZ TOP-FRAGGING against fnatic. WTF? What a monster for a 29 y/o.
2015-08-23 18:50
MARCH ON ? K
2015-08-23 18:51
#125
NiKo | 
France motion:  
flusha was mad... fnatic are unstoppable
2015-08-23 18:52
well done cheaters
2015-08-23 18:52
neo lost the game for them in 4th round on inferno and they played the third round as total retards too. positioning like retards
2015-08-23 18:53
Flusha da real mvp
2015-08-23 18:54
#133
JD | 
Poland Szekka12 
Great match from both sides. gg
2015-08-23 18:54
expected
2015-08-23 18:55
gl envyus
2015-08-23 18:55
#142
Sweden PPH 
:( really hoped that vp would win
2015-08-23 18:59
As an upside polak i respect VP, they fought off really well, too bad on inferno :(
2015-08-23 18:59
ez cheats ez lyfe
2015-08-23 19:01
When VP lost that eco round on inferno (fnatic was about to have double save) I knew that it would cost them the game.
2015-08-23 19:05
Yes! Let's do it boys <3
2015-08-23 19:09
Easiest skins of my life. Fnatic rekted VP so hard.
2015-08-23 19:18
2015-08-23 19:22
nice m8
2015-08-23 19:28
lol @ olof 50-50 50%hs
2015-08-23 19:54
Talking about behaviour of PSEUDO "polish-fans" when Olofmeister was giving a speech. I feel very sorry for these faggots and im truly ashamed that these people had polish flags or any other symbols. They were not fans, they were cattle. I bet that they were immigrants whose only point was to slander polish good reputation, because they couldnt live a good normal life here in Poland, as 37 millions of ppl do. Now, what they do, is pouring out their frustration caused by their (no)brain mentality, because they want people to think that whole Poland is the same, just because they are retarded. Once again, please do not identify these no-brains with polish people - they dont even know a shit about their own country, that they not live in.
2015-08-23 20:13
+1, shame on them.
2015-08-23 20:48
Why are you ashamed? It's not Polands fault, that 90% of all the people are just talking apes and it has nothing to do with their nationality :D Just look at comments here on HLTV! You will finde here finest retards, haters and racist from all around the world :D Just stay cool and don't feel ashamed for someone who's not your child! :D Like booing in sports is something new and rly dangerous for other ppl :D
2015-08-23 23:16
Kenny 1-9 lol
2015-08-23 21:04
well, seems like this game was the real final :/
2015-08-23 21:23
#175
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Poland dijef 
VP had it. They made mistakes which fnatic always built on. The moment they caused the lost on inferno was the rush through archway as T. They stopped at 40s to go instead of going on B and go ran out of time as result forcing them going A and loosing
2015-08-23 21:43
Nt
2015-08-23 22:32
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