fnatic to Gfinity Champions final
fnatic defeat NiP in a full best-of-five 3-2 (de_dust2 16-19, de_cbble 16-1, de_mirage 16-13, de_inferno 17-19, de_train 16-7) and proceed to the grand final, where they will meet the winner of Virtus.pro-EnVyUs.
NiP and fnatic were pitted up against each other in the first best-of-five semi-final of Gfinity Champion of Champions and the series started out on one of NiP's picks, de_dust2.
The Finnish-flavoured side got to a quick 7-1 lead due to convincing round wins after winning the pistol round and two of the following three gunrounds. fnatic started catching up afterwards, but it was only good for four rounds out of the remaining seven, making it a 10-5 halftime score.
The second half was much more back-and-forth, and this time NiP couldn't string more than three rounds together spread out during most of the half, as fnatic took map point at 15-13. Jesper "JW" Wecksell's 1-on-3 attempt in a post-plant situation was not enough in the end and NiP climbed back into the overtime, where they took a 4-1 victory.
de_cbble followed with fnatic once again on the side of Counter-Terrorists, but this time around they didn't give NiP any room to breathe, as they kept denying them all chances of entering a bombsite.
In only three rounds did NiP have a reasonable chance of winning, one of which was towards the start of the map, but was eventually stolen away by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's 1-on-2 clutch, and another going their way. fnatic were happy to switch over to Terrorists at 14-1 and surely enough closed it out with a stunning 16-1 scoreline.
pronax leads fnatic to another grand final
Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson's triple secured fnatic a pistol round win on de_mirage to kick map three off on the offence, but with the help of a second-round forcebuy, NiP took the lead 4-1. From the following six rounds, NiP managed to win four, one of which off the back of Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's 2-on-4 clutch, before fnatic gave themselves a chance to make it 6-9.
NiP were in the driving seat after winning the second pistol round for 12-6, though slowly but surely, fnatic climbed back, destroying NiP's takes one after another except for only one round.
de_inferno came around with NiP repeating their de_dust2 feat towards the beginning, taking a convincing 10-1 lead. While fnatic did take three more before the half ended, Richard "Xizt" Landström's squad picked up the second pistol as well, at which point many believed the map to be over.
At 15-4 though, fnatic showcased their right for the title of comeback kings, as even in disadvantageous situations, Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer found a way to help his team turn it around round by round and stunningly took the game to overtime. Two rounds as Counter-Terrorists weren't enough for them anyway though, as NiP eventually found a dent in fnatic's armor and took map four 19-17.
de_train decided it all and that time around fnatic were the ones to take a big lead towards the beginning. NiP were only able to string three rounds together during the entire half, but they made up for a part of it with a much-needed pistol round on the other side.
The bomb plant at the beginning allowed fnatic to buy up on round three and win the first full gunround, only for f0rest to break their economy again with a triple for NiP's sixth and seventh round on the last map. It wasn't quite enough for them to be able to come back though, as they let Markus "pronax" Wallsten win a 1-on-3 to take match point and KRIMZ's quad-kill in the last round sealed the grand final for fnatic at 16-7.
K - D
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
120 - 89
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
116 - 85
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
101 - 99
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
93 - 100
Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax
89 - 93
fnatic will meet the winner of the second semi-final, whose Virtus.pro and EnVyUs will now start setting up on the stage.