fnatic make it out of quarterfinals

The second quarter final match concluded with fnatic now going on to face Astralis after prevailing over Virtus.pro by 2-0 (de_train, 16-5, and de_inferno, 16-8), at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.

The Spodek Arena has been a particularly good venue for these teams; both having managed to win majors here. Virtus.pro did so in 2014 while fnatic managed the same feat here last year. This time around, the Swedes came into the match as heavy favorites despite having the Polish crowd against them, as they try to keep their tournament-winning streak going.

Virtus.pro’s best chance at the series lied on winning the first map, de_train, and hope fnatic slipped up on the second or the decider, which seemed improbable. The first round, however, went fnatic’s way as they were able to secure the pistol round and the second round.

A plant in the second round gave Virtus.pro a little bit of money, but they decided to build up their economy instead of buying and bought p250s across the board on the third round. The polish team ran an execute on A and traded themselves into a 3vs2, but Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson were able to take on Paweł "byali" Bieliński, who had just planted the bomb, to secure the defuse and the first gun round of the game.


olofmeister ran circles around VP on Train

Having saved up some money VP were still able to buy on the fifth round but a clean defense from fnatic left its whole quintet alive after taking out the whole Polish side. The seventh round ended after a 1vs1 after plant situation in which Filip "NEO" Kubski was able to outplay KRIMZ and get the first tally for his team.

olofmeister got a three kill on the next round to stop the Polish team from gaining momentum, and forcing VP into an eco. Not even a somewhat early timeout saved Virtus.pro from fnatic, who seemed to be breezing by without even breaking a sweat. That changed on the thirteenth round, however, as some YOLO pushes on A got VP three back-to-back rounds to put the score 10-4 going into the last round of the half.

After winning the last round of the half, fnatic were also able to win the second pistol round with a quad kill by olofmeister, leaving VP in dire straits as the comeback was starting to look impossible. After trading rounds, fnatic found themselves with a 15-5 lead, ten map points, and facing a VP with a reset economy. With the first map in the bag 16-5, VP’s chances looked slim as the next map to be played was de_inferno. 

fnatic got off to a flying start as a mid to B warp in the pistol round caught VP off guard and the Swedes established their dominance early on. With three AK buys in the second round, fnatic weren’t losing respect for their opposition just yet. Some of that respect seemed to be lost on the fourth round, which fnatic win, as Jesper "JW" Wecksell got taken down trying to knife byali.


JW’s Inferno was nothing short of abussive 

Round after round fnatic were able to break the Polish defense forcing a timeout to be taken between the sixth and seventh rounds and showing the severe lacunae in their play. The timeout didn’t seem to do much, however, as fnatic kept putting in rounds until the ninth round, when Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski were able to win a 2vs1 against JW by the skin of their teeth. 

The hope was momentary, however, as the crowd went completely silent when their team’s economy was reset the following round, and won every single last round until the half. Virtus.pro won their first pistol round of the match, but it was not enough to stop the inevitable from happening despite chaining together some rounds, and fnatic bagged the map, 16-8, to win the match.

Matchpage
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Train
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Inferno
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 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 45 - 17 +28 91.0 1.66
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 42 - 22 +20 86.7 1.49
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 37 - 22 +15 84.2 1.36
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 32 - 25 +7 99.5 1.34
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 29 - 33 -4 72.0 1.06
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 27 - 39 -12 72.1 0.85
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 25 - 37 -12 70.4 0.81
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 24 - 34 -10 60.5 0.74
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 22 - 39 -17 55.4 0.61
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 20 - 37 -17 53.0 0.59

fnatic will go on to face-off against Astralis in the semifinals at 22:30. Next up at IEM is the first semi final between Na`Vi and Luminosity Gaming in a best-of-three match. Be sure to follow @HLTVorg to get all the updates live from Katowice.

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 Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1289
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1527
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1547
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.70
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
q
2016-03-04 19:58
expected
2016-03-04 19:59
expected
2016-03-04 19:59
#48
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
If only VP had won like 7/8 rounds as CTs we would have seen a 3rd map. sad to see VP on the bottom low of the spectre
2016-03-04 19:59
if ? man... if, if if... they won 1 round
2016-03-04 20:01
typical pathetic fnatic fangay, he just pointed it out, get over it
2016-03-04 21:51
RIP vp rekted but expected
2016-03-04 20:00
nice pasza was only who was playing in vp
2016-03-04 19:59
that's why he is the worst in the series
2016-03-04 20:00
#78
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Spain Ornitorrinco 
Thats what i call a fanboy xD. 0.54 rating.
2016-03-04 20:03
Look at the whole tournament... He was carrying, and he had 5 kills less than top fragger in vp, this series all of vp played bad
2016-03-04 20:07
still worst in series against fnc
2016-03-04 20:11
Frags aren't everything man... Especially if there difference is 5 frags over 2 games
2016-03-04 20:39
I honestly think taz was the best Player for vp this tournament. From what ive Seen he came through when his Team needed someone
2016-03-04 22:19
Taz is a solid player, regardless of frags he always plays smart
2016-03-04 23:40
#3
Poland KiiK 
Show must go on.
2016-03-04 19:58
#4
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Israel cumback 
ez
2016-03-04 19:58
RIP VP, expected tho
2016-03-04 19:58
asfasf
2016-03-04 19:58
What a rape by fnatic!
2016-03-04 19:58
lol top 8 and i was slow :P you guys are starting to fail this shit
2016-03-04 19:59
Anders + Semmler tried to make it competitive... but it was not ment to be haha :D
2016-03-04 19:59
ez
2016-03-04 19:58
rip vp
2016-03-04 19:58
#19
dktenso | 
Brazil lgzn 
gg
2016-03-04 19:58
#20
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Spain Silber_ 
bb polando
2016-03-04 19:58
expected
2016-03-04 19:58
gg Nice played VP, cya major.
2016-03-04 19:59
gg
2016-03-04 19:58
wp
2016-03-04 20:08
#29
Australia BCP 
gg
2016-03-04 19:58
WUT?
2016-03-04 19:58
ez for jw
2016-03-04 19:58
rip VP
2016-03-04 19:58
#36
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Venezuela CACHi 
2 ez 4 JW
2016-03-04 19:58
#37
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Sweden lagcats 
The flusha 1v4 quadra that match was insane: youtube.com/watch?v=SMGUXcrU5x8
2016-03-04 19:58
:( VP
2016-03-04 19:58
#40
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CIS sergioff 
GG...
2016-03-04 19:59
#42
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Brazil tetanax 
fnatic out?
2016-03-04 19:59
JW’s Inferno was nothing short of abus[s]ive
2016-03-04 19:59
#47
Poland tfg 
Easy, I knew it will be like that :) Although I went home earlier from katowice, cause the amount of virtus retards in spodek was just too big, I couldnt listen to these retards anymore
2016-03-04 19:59
#76
Poland pree 
how much poorlaku?
2016-03-04 20:02
#97
Poland tfg 
I dont bet esport since 2014
2016-03-04 20:17
#49
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Sweden Donger89 
expected ez game
2016-03-04 19:59
expected
2016-03-04 19:59
rip vp grandfathers
2016-03-04 19:59
#52
NEO | 
Poland Verbaaa 
Rip Vp :C
2016-03-04 19:59
wew
2016-03-04 19:59
#56
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Fnatic is cray cray.
2016-03-04 20:00
#57
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Worst title wording eu... It can just as well mean that fnatic lost.
2016-03-04 20:00
I thought it was some try hard baiter who had made an hltv "article". Lol
2016-03-04 20:02
fnatic cheat squad 2 stronk
2016-03-04 20:00
zzzzzzzzz wasted slot in quarter final. make it too easy for fnatic
2016-03-04 20:00
EZ
2016-03-04 20:00
that title formulation is terrible
2016-03-04 20:00
clickbait title
2016-03-04 20:01
Nice b8 Lucas
2016-03-04 20:01
JW BEST
2016-03-04 20:01
ggpwp fnatic, its sad to see vp not even put up a fight :(
2016-03-04 20:01
#68
Sweden thof 
<3 olof & flusha
2016-03-04 20:01
gg. i hope VP will not go down even more.
2016-03-04 20:01
Erm, I would change the word "out" to "through" in the title...
2016-03-04 20:01
strange headline
2016-03-04 20:02
#72
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Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Worst headline 2016. Edit : And a shit ton of spelling mistakes and bad sentence structure. Some proofreading, please... "warp", "abussive"...
2016-03-04 20:06
+1 the headline doesnt reflect at all what happened.
2016-03-04 20:20
Well, it's updated now, so it's not as bad any more... It was something like "fnatic out of quarterfinals over VP".
2016-03-04 20:32
#73
mOE | 
World homOE 
again...
2016-03-04 20:02
KOCHAM WAS QURWA MAC
2016-03-04 20:02
#77
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Poland Marcines 
nice title, vp won, expected
2016-03-04 20:03
no WAY!
2016-03-04 20:03
45-16 holy fk
2016-03-04 20:03
How can such legendary team play worse than T3 teams?
2016-03-04 20:04
#88
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
how can envy lose to efrag? shit happens m8
2016-03-04 20:09
envy lost one time to efrag, but vp can't win any game, you can see at ESL Pro League
2016-03-04 20:12
#92
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
m8 vp won vs evny and efrag 1 fucking day ago
2016-03-04 20:13
jesus, you didn't get what i mean, i'm not saying they were playing like T3 teams only at this tournament. In whole 2016 they've been playing like T3 team
2016-03-04 20:14
Because CS:GO has become so much more competitive over the last 6 months and "T3" teams were working into becoming better. So many teams have been improving and increasing their status, putting in so much work over the last 4 months like LG, TS, Dignitas, mousesports. While VP took a long holiday since November and only started playing like a few weeks ago in ESL Pro League, these other new teams were working on their game. Its so fast that VP are left behind.
2016-03-04 20:15
that's true, but it is still hard to believe that this happened to them.
2016-03-04 20:16
gege
2016-03-04 20:04
VP tier 1
2016-03-04 20:09
#95
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China Specster 
fnatic is the best team in the world, and the best always has the luck on his side, their skill and the "magic" shots (behind smokes, for example) makes them unbeatable. It's just crazy, VP didn't win any round where you could say "wow" fnatic just deleted them, I think this is the worst match for VP, semis, the crowd, and they showed anything. I am not blaming them, they are just not that good as fnatic is, at least right now, because back then they could win, but right now it's like something impossible. Personally, I tihnk they need to "improve" their individual skill, almost every 1v1 went to fnatic, it's just crazy how good fnatic players are, but VP for sure can do more, they did more 2 years ago and they need to recover that skill.
2016-03-04 20:16
I have almost never ever seen a series where both olof and JW go ham. Very rare because of roles.
2016-03-04 20:17
i knew vp will win, the title just confirmed it :)
2016-03-04 20:18
whats wrong with VP? perfect players dont have any progress. wtf?|
2016-03-04 20:19
niko's 42 kills against fnatic shows how sick he is
2016-03-04 20:23
sigh another Fnatic title incoming
2016-03-04 20:26
#106
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United States go0n_acTuaL 
*abussive*
2016-03-04 20:28
#107
NEO | 
Poland differ 
wp fnatic :)
2016-03-04 20:31
that was ez
2016-03-04 20:32
#110
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Sweden godname 
i realy think nip should had a better change against fnatic an what vp did;(
2016-03-04 20:37
fnatic will win the final
2016-03-04 20:41
good match, astralis is on fire this katowice.
2016-03-04 20:42
RAPED VP disband plx
2016-03-04 20:44
[*] crowd so stupid
2016-03-04 20:45
REKT REKT REKT REKT
2016-03-04 20:49
2016-03-04 21:08
omg JW top rated
2016-03-04 21:17
#121
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Brazil VictorHugoow 
RIP Poland fans dreams
2016-03-04 21:17
#122
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
When are they going to kick dennis from the team? Always bottom fragging! They should instead get someone like me who is definitely tier 1!
2016-03-04 21:19
nvm
2016-03-04 21:26
What the fuck have you been smoking? He says he should join so he's obviously just fucking around. Up your social skills, terrorist
2016-03-04 21:25
let's just say I got brainfreeze there and didn't see the 2nd part of the comment
2016-03-04 21:26
It happens. Totally get not reading everything as most of HLTV is cancer anyways
2016-03-04 21:27
what a surprise xD
2016-03-04 22:10
jw pogchamp
2016-03-04 22:13
JW didn't die a single time when they won the round on train. waow
2016-03-04 23:28
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