fnatic, Na`Vi move on to semis

fnatic and Natus Vincere advanced to semi-finals after their battles with Liquid (de_cache 16-14, de_mirage 16-8) and Luminosity (de_cbble 16-11, de_train 12-16, de_mirage 16-6), respectively.

Day three at ESL's studio in Burbank, California, saw Liquid take on fnatic first for second place in group A and another semi-final spot.

Liquid's de_cache semeed to have paid off towards the beginning, especially due to Nick "nitr0" Cannella's absolutely monstrous individual performances.

He picked up a 26:10 scoreline during his team's 10-5 half as Terrorists, with the second best player on the server trailing with 13 kills, which was this year's second highest.


Despite falling short on Cache nitr0 finished the year with an amazing showing

With a pistol round in the bag though fnatic started mounting a comeback step by step, as they first closed the gap to two rounds afterwards. Almost every time Liquid picked up a round, fnatic responded with two, and not even a pause at 12-13 helped the Americans turn it back around. They did pick up a round on the way, but eventually lost narrowly 14-16.

The second map was another story entirely, fnatic took no prisoners on de_mirage, and with a 12-3 scoreline on the offense stormed onto the Counter-Terrorist side.

Liquid's pistol round and a gunround win helped them delay a little bit, although two lost 1-on-1 clutches by Spencer "Hiko" Martin and Eric "adreN" Hoag, both of which started as a 1-on-3, put them in a very bad spot. Two rounds afterwards fnatic could celebrate advancing to the semi-finals at 16-8.

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 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 45 - 29 +16 - 1.24
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 43 - 34 +9 - 1.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 37 - 34 +3 - 0.99
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 36 - 36 0 - 0.99
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 37 - 36 +1 - 0.98
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 56 - 40 +16 - 1.44
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 32 - 36 -4 - 0.91
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 32 - 42 -10 - 0.81
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 27 - 41 -14 - 0.70
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 22 - 40 -18 - 0.63

The other decider saw Luminosity face Na`Vi, which is a match up we tend to see often and always goes down to the wire, this time on de_cbble as the first map.

At the beginning of map one the teams kept splitting rounds more or less evenly, on Na`Vi's side much thanks to Egor "flamie" Vasilyev, who had an immense showing throughout the whole map.

It was Luminosity who picked up close 8-7 lead at halftime, but a Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács-powered Natus Vincere re-gained the lead once again as Counter-Terrorists. Luminosity always only picked one round for numerous on Na`Vi's side, which saw the former take first map at 16-11.

Switching over to de_train, Na`Vi took the pistol round with ease, this time with both following anti-ecos, but Luminosity soon replied, starting with the first few gunrounds, for five in a row.


flamie led the charge against Luminosity

Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's side didn't get rattled though and stormed through the opposition in all remaining rounds of the half to pick up a great 10-5 scoreline as Terrorists.

Tides turned once again, as the Brazilians got five in a row yet again to make it even at 10-10, before the teams split four rounds evenly for another tie at 12-12. From there on out, despite GuardiaN's attempts towards the end, Luminosity regained control and closed map two at 16-12.

Going into map three, de_mirage, Na`Vi picked up a quick 5-0 lead on the back of a won pistol round and a gunround as CT. Luminosity came back with three before dropping one round, as GuardiaN defused the bomb in a 1-on-1. 

Towards the end of the half, Na`Vi picked up four in a row to make it 10-5 yet again. flamie then stepped up a gear and put his team in a favorable position with an amazing 1-on-3, setting off another five-round streak for match point. Luminosity only picked up a single round as Terrorists thanks to Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's ace, as Na`Vi found their way to semi-finals at 16-6.

 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 81 - 41 +40 - 1.61
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 58 - 49 +9 - 1.18
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 53 - 50 +3 - 1.00
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 52 - 50 +2 - 0.96
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 53 - 57 -4 - 0.89
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 67 - 60 +7 - 1.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 57 - 53 +4 - 1.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 58 - 60 -2 - 0.94
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 37 - 59 -22 - 0.65
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 27 - 65 -38 - 0.47

With group stage coming to a close, the semi-final match-ups have been settled, we will see a Queston Mark-fnatic face-off up next, followed up by EnVyUs and Natus Vincere afterwards.

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1239
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
I rate 11/10
2015-12-13 01:09
I'm just happy that all the BR fanboys won't run around explaining how LG is top 5 anymore (just because they had 1 good LAN).
2015-12-13 01:26
#39
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
it's funny that taco went from VACO to BOTACO so fast. he is clearly subpar on the high level. unless LG get either boltz back or felps they will keep with mediocre results (and some lucky BO3 wins when stars align)
2015-12-13 01:44
bro, get outta here with that shit. He's inexperienced. Taco is an up and coming player playing a hard role against top teams.
2015-12-13 18:55
#40
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Spain StarkForce1 
wtf is Bruney lol
2015-12-13 01:46
second omg i'm so proud of myself
2015-12-13 01:09
#46
kennyS | 
Turkey J1T_T3R 
Second place is just the first place loser.
2015-12-13 02:17
fnatic ez
2015-12-13 01:09
6 kills
2015-12-13 01:09
since TACO joined LG and played 20 games, he has only 3 games has positive rating.
2015-12-13 01:09
flamie GOD
2015-12-13 01:09
#8
World xhlr 
wrong AdreN in article
2015-12-13 01:10
First stich, now Striker. HLTV please.
2015-12-13 01:57
#9
fer | 
Brazil vcsoares 
the same mistakes of LG
2015-12-13 01:10
Expected no chance for murica as always pls ESL make only eu top 8 tournament instead of 4 murican team -_-
2015-12-13 01:10
There will be first proper csgo tournament in March in Katowice. The first ever CSGO WC.
2015-12-13 02:27
Its really frustrating to see LG falling short to navi cuz of TACO
2015-12-13 01:12
Taco -200 :D
2015-12-13 01:12
#13
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Brazil RisenNTC 
inb4 Taco -25
2015-12-13 01:13
nah just -38 only
2015-12-13 01:13
#30
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Brazil RisenNTC 
jesus
2015-12-13 01:25
Hey look! A tournament with 4 european teams and 4 american teams, with 4 teams making the semis, THATS WEIRD!
2015-12-13 01:14
nitr0 Hiko jdm64 EliGe whoever IGLs for CLG
2015-12-13 01:14
GOD Nitr0 and flamie
2015-12-13 01:14
BOTaco 2strong.
2015-12-13 01:15
Flamie +40 GG
2015-12-13 01:15
gg NA CS 4Head MingLee
2015-12-13 01:16
TACO worst pickup ever, such a bad player -38 over 3 maps...
2015-12-13 01:18
#25
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
taco plz
2015-12-13 01:18
#27
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Poland Nursi 
nice adren xddddd
2015-12-13 01:19
BOTACO
2015-12-13 01:23
:(
2015-12-13 01:24
#31
Portugal jO7A 
Liquid vs fnatic on cache LG vs Na'Vi on mirage in 2 match we saw the biggests throws of late 2015.
2015-12-13 01:25
The commentators at Na'Vi vs LG were just fucking ridiculous, such homers! Flamie clutching a 1v3 pistol round at 16hp, they don't fucking budge. No hype in the voice, no nothing. Why are they allowed to cast?
2015-12-13 01:29
#34
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Brazil vansic 
-TACO +Boltz
2015-12-13 01:33
#35
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Belarus Starvoid 
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau37-59-2267.60.65 Tacio 'TACO' Filho27-65-3855.60.47 AAGHHAHHAHAHHHH
2015-12-13 01:37
Nitro carried so hard.
2015-12-13 01:40
#37
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United States t1mb3r7and 
Jesus Flamie
2015-12-13 01:41
Couldnt watch the whole match, when i saw this i literally said "wat!?". hes having himself a tournament holy shit
2015-12-13 01:50
#51
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United States t1mb3r7and 
He was getting 3K-4Ks so many times, Olof-esque.
2015-12-13 02:52
Yeah, hes been really really good the last 3 tournaments.hope he Shows up now vs envy
2015-12-13 04:32
#38
cyx | 
Germany Trestre 
Good luck in the semi-finals Na`Vi and Fnatic!
2015-12-13 01:41
#43
Keiti | 
Canada Lizzie 
fnatic killer nitr0
2015-12-13 02:08
c9 nitro 8< freakazoid
2015-12-13 02:12
taco best player ever -25,-15,-38 , hard to beat.
2015-12-13 02:13
Just checked that out and was about to post the same :D 3 matches and -78
2015-12-13 02:44
Flamie wtf
2015-12-13 02:20
nitro played so much better than the rest of his team and flamie w0000t? Sick stuff
2015-12-13 02:38
taco is shit.
2015-12-13 03:37
fnatic Portuguese confirmed
2015-12-13 03:42
only reason the ukraine team won was the russian player flamie, cause fallen got BDSM level control on to GuardiaN every duel. still a great game. especially y flamie on crucial undeserved map 1 :D
2015-12-13 04:02
FN 2:0 ?
2015-12-13 04:18
Flamie :o
2015-12-13 05:41
Flamie Vincere Why did LG think that kicking boltz for taco is a good idea
2015-12-13 06:07
#59
JW | 
United States theobill1 
LG who? HAHAHAHA! Nice joke stupid Brazilians. 4Head Now stop commenting in future threads. Your team sucks. YOu are all saying LG will win this tournament? DISBAND BRA71L noobs 4Head
2015-12-13 06:42
flamie +40 lol and expected from taco and fnx they had 1 good tournament everyone hyped them like crazy and now they are shit as normal again
2015-12-13 12:02
+40 with a close scores. omgwtf flamie god
2015-12-13 13:15
fuck outta here with the TACO flaming. Kid's debut lan was amazing and hes getting exp against top teams. Amazing performances from nitr0 and flamie
2015-12-13 18:56
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