Na`Vi, fnatic win SLTV group deciders
Na`Vi and fnatic have won the group decider matches of the SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals after defeating G2 (19-17 on de_dust2 and 16-14 on de_train) and ? (16-10 on de_dust2, 8-16 on de_mirage, and 16-7 on de_inferno) respectively.
Two group decider matches kicked off at the same time on the second day of the SL i-League StarSeriex XIV finals, in order to determine seeding for the quarter-finals, with the winner of each match to play the loser of the other tomorrow.
The Group A decider match paired together Na`Vi and G2. The former team was coming into the decider after having been outplayed by Luminosity the day before in the winners match whereas G2 had previously survived a scare against CyberZen in the losers match.
Na`Vi found themselves on the defensive on de_dust2, a map narrowly considered to be AWPer Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's virtual hometown, after G2 pulled forward with a 10-5 CT half. The Ukrainian-Russian-Slovak team matched in kind however and forced the game to overtime. Overtime was Na`Vi's court as the team garnered the necessary four rounds to take the first map 19-17.
Zeus' men take down G2 in two close maps
On de_train, Denis "seized" Kostin and his crew showcased a strong 9-6 T half before the team started to bleed rounds away on their defense (and apparently leading to hot tempers at the arena). Na`Vi did eventually scrape a 16-14 win on the map and advanced to play ? tomorrow in the quarter-finals whereas G2 will play fnatic.
The Group B decider match was a face-off between the first and fourth best teams in the world and something of a classic match-up due to its history: fnatic vs. ex-TSM (or ? as the team is known).
The first two maps were arenas for the two teams to trump their rivals on their own map picks, with fnatic securing de_dust2 16-10 (a map that ? have been avoiding recently) and ? snatching de_mirage 16-8.
KRIMZ and co. sent ? off to play Na`Vi in the quarter-finals
The final map of de_inferno saw fnatic pull away to an 11-2 lead on the map's dominant CT-side before ? clawed the final two rounds to make the half 11-4. The Swedes won the second pistol and looked to clear the map until they were slighted in the second round by a Danish forcebuy.
fnatic bought up the next round regardless and broke down the Danes' defense and moved forward with rounds, securing the map 16-7 and moving on to play G2 tomorrow in the quarter-finals whereas ? will play Na`Vi.
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