fnatic scrape win over Virtus.pro
fnatic came from behind to beat Virtus.pro 2-1 and progress to the grand final of the FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals (11-16 on de_mirage, 16-10 on de_inferno and 16-9 on de_cache)
fnatic came out of the gate looking fierce on de_mirage and won the pistol round without losing a single man. A triple kill from Filip "NEO" Kubski in the first eco round gave the Swedes a scare, and the Polish veteran repeated the feat in the following round, this time giving Virtus.pro their first round on the board.
The Polish team held on and took a string of rounds to bring the scoreline to 5-2, but fnatic gave a fantastic account of themselves during the final stages of the half, winning six of the following eight rounds to take an 8-7 lead.
The second half began with fnatic locking down both bombsites during the pistol round, but they were left frustrated in the first anti-eco round as Virtus.pro put their Desert Eagles to work. The Polish team added the following three rounds to their tally to bring the scoreline to 11-9 before a crucial quad kill from Jesper "JW" Wecksell on a force buy kept fnatic's hopes alive. However, the tide never swung in fnatic's favour and they struggled to keep Virtus.pro at bay, with the Polish side cruising to a 16-11 victory.
Neo was on fire on de_mirage
Map #2 was de_inferno, fnatic's pick, and here the Swedish team put up a fairly solid defense during the first half. The rounds Virtus.pro edged out were few and far between, with the half ending well in the Swedes' favour, 13-2.
Virtus.pro kept their composure in the second half and took two strings of rounds to bring the scoreline to 10-14, but then fnatic clinched two rounds straight to the level the series 1-1 as the teams move to de_cache.
JW opened up the decisive map with a fantastic ace in the pistol round, with fnatic following it up with two anti-eco rounds to start off the game with a 3-0 lead. After buying up, Virtus.pro were able to win two rounds straight to reduce the gap to just one round, but then fnatic ran riot and won eight of the next 10 rounds to take an 11-4 halftime lead.
fnatic advance to the grand final
fnatic piled more misery on Virtus.pro by winning the first three rounds of the second half to get within touching distance of victory. Virtus.pro knew that hey had a mountain to climb to turn this around, but that did not keep them from trying.
The Polish team tightened up their defense and won five rounds straight to reduce the deficit to 9-14, but that is when Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer picked up the AWP and went huge in the following two rounds to give fnatic a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
K - D
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
77 - 53
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
63 - 57
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
56 - 44
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
43 - 52
Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis
43 - 57