fnatic over Liquid to Pro League semis

The final team to advance to the semifinals of the ESL Pro League Season 3 finals are fnatic as they defeat Liquid 2-0 (16-6 on Cache and 16-13 on Mirage) in the Group B decider match.

The last match at the ESL studios in Leicester was the Group B decider match between Swedish powerhouse fnatic and the last American hope, Team Liquid. Both teams were fighting over the chance to be the final and fourth team to advance to the semifinals in London at the Indigo at the O2 venue.

The first map, Cache, saw the Swedish team pick up their T-side pistolround despite Liquid player Nick "nitr0" Cannella snatching three kills towards the round's end. fnatic then leapt out the gate and moved forward to a 5-0 score before Eric "adreN" Hoag picked up a quad kill to give Liquid their first round of the game.

Despite this moment of respite, it was all the fnatic show for the rest of the first half, led by Dennis "dennis" Edman, and the Swedes finished up 13-2. On the second half, it was again dennis who stood out in the second pistolround with a CZ75 triple kill to secure the second pistol for fnatic.


dennis had a strong performance on Cache

Liquid then kept up the NA dream with a plucky forcebuy round that saw them use tec9's to reset fnatic, but dennis yet again turned the situation around in the next round with a quad kill with the CZ75 to move the score to 15-3. Despite Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Kenneth "koosta" Suen each getting 3K rounds to help move Liquid up to six round points, fnatic were finally able to close out the map 16-6.

Mirage was the second map and fnatic yet again rocketed up to a 5-0 T-side lead before koosta's AWP shut down fnatic and put a round on the board for Liquid. This time around, the American team were not about to allow fnatic back into the game and nitr0 & co. began to slowly put more rounds on the board, eventually equalising at 5-5.

Liquid actually managed to continue holding a lead in the first half, despite fnatic picking up two more rounds, which included Robin "flusha" Rönnquist picking up a lightning-fast four AK kills; the Americans thus finished up 8-7.

fnatic managed to hold off a Liquid B-site take on the second pistolround, but a plant on that round allowed Liquid to buy early and win off of AK47 kills, and this win gave the team momentum to pull ahead to a 11-9 lead.

However, the famous grind mentality of fnatic came into play soon and Jesper "JW" Wecksell and flusha began to shut down Liquid, going up to a 14-12 lead and within inches of closing out the series.

Although Liquid managed to grab another round, it was fnatic who ultimately triumphed 16-13 on Mirage.

Matchpage
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12th May 2016
16
Cache
6
16
Mirage
13

 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 38 - 27 +11 92.8 1.41
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 47 - 35 +12 97.0 1.35
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 43 - 32 +11 80.9 1.25
Sweden John 'wenton' Erikssonwenton 38 - 29 +9 67.4 1.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 29 - 31 -2 71.4 1.06
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 31 - 37 -6 67.2 0.95
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 32 - 39 -7 70.6 0.89
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 32 - 41 -9 74.9 0.87
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 27 - 40 -13 67.9 0.86
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 32 - 38 -6 59.8 0.82

There will be no games tomorrow (just a press conference you may or may not have heard of) as teams and production move to London for the semifinals of the $512,000 event. The match-ups for Saturday's games can be found below:

16:00 Sweden NiP vs. Brazil Luminosity
19:40 France G2 vs. Sweden fnatic

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United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
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
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
1
2016-05-12 22:07
damn daniel
2016-05-12 22:07
back at it again with the 1.37 rating
2016-05-12 22:12
damn dennis
2016-05-12 22:15
im here
2016-05-12 23:17
ez for ence
2016-05-12 22:07
eZ for ENCE the finnish esports org
2016-05-12 22:08
#31
zonic | 
Denmark rydah- 
Congratz!!
2016-05-12 22:07
I thank you for your support , but let's not forget about the people who made this possible. And these people are no others than the dudes behind the ENCE finnish esports org. Without their help , I would have never made it here first.
2016-05-12 22:10
#45
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Liechtenstein Hidolf_Atler 
Ez for ENCE. Professional esports team from The former jugoslavian republic of macedonia
2016-05-12 22:19
EZ
2016-05-12 22:07
sxd
2016-05-12 22:07
EZ 4 ENCE
2016-05-12 22:07
Fuck 5th again not :(
2016-05-12 22:07
#6
2016-05-12 22:07
#7
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Sweden yayer 
ezze
2016-05-12 22:07
1
2016-05-12 22:07
f
2016-05-12 22:07
Put that NA trash in the garbage
2016-05-12 22:07
+1
2016-05-13 17:13
1
2016-05-12 22:07
ayy lmao
2016-05-12 22:07
n1
2016-05-12 22:07
gg
2016-05-12 22:07
adsa
2016-05-12 22:07
holy shit so fast xd
2016-05-12 22:08
gg
2016-05-12 22:07
d
2016-05-12 22:07
#19
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Singapore Nephalith 
ez
2016-05-12 22:07
#20
 | 
Portugal SlashOP 
first
2016-05-12 22:07
ez
2016-05-12 22:07
NA CS
2016-05-12 22:07
1
2016-05-12 22:07
ofc
2016-05-12 22:07
Noiiiiiiice
2016-05-12 22:07
ez
2016-05-12 22:07
ez fnatic <3
2016-05-12 22:07
#30
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Finland Doom_69 
NA CS 4Head
2016-05-12 22:07
#32
method | 
United States f0xes` 
ez win over chokemasters
2016-05-12 22:07
why elige played bad?
2016-05-12 22:08
First ohh wait... :(
2016-05-12 22:08
#36
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Koosta needs to be replaced. He has reflexes to use the awp but not the mind, sadly.
2016-05-12 22:09
#51
suNny | 
Argentina Sunnie 
He's improving a lot, imo ..
2016-05-12 22:37
Swag > EliGe ...
2016-05-12 22:12
I feel that this was more Liquid playing badly than fnatic playing well. As we saw from the NiP game, when they're playing against a decent team, they get beaten quite convincingly.
2016-05-12 22:14
#44
 | 
Other wholelottared 
Without Olaf yes, with Olaf EZZZZ
2016-05-12 22:19
How do you misspell a 4-letter name twice? lol
2016-05-12 23:10
#56
 | 
Other wholelottared 
what he's a snowman it's not Olof It's Olaf cause Norse
2016-05-12 23:13
Well.. I started googling to see if that's true (I don't know much about Nordic culture sadly) and this came up, lol: Urban Dictionary - Top Definition: olaf. Olaf was first used to describe the size of man's penis in ancient Scandinavia. Respect
2016-05-12 23:23
#64
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Other wholelottared 
+1
2016-05-12 23:27
#41
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Hot matches! Good luck my LG <3
2016-05-12 22:14
Liquid lost cause nitr0 and elige played like shit That combo is so damn hot when it works, but it is just too damn inconsistent. Why can't the iron out their kinks.
2016-05-12 22:21
#52
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United States snack- 
Yeah I agree I think elige is a little more consistent than nitr0 but nitr0s been really off recently. He's like flamie at the beginning of his time with Navi. He's good for a solo carry like once every 5 games or so.
2016-05-12 22:47
#47
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Malta Trance_Lover 
And people thought TL had a chance, LOL!
2016-05-12 22:24
americans areeeeeeeee sooo bad, and still they are getting invite to almost all tournaments, also vp. thats why cs wont make success
2016-05-12 22:30
G2 on semis not expected
2016-05-12 22:34
Swedish final I'd say. LG aren't playing their best.
2016-05-12 22:34
51st!
2016-05-12 22:53
fnatic vs NiP in finals = NiP win
2016-05-12 23:08
No way fnatic makes it to finals if they have to play luminosity
2016-05-13 08:30
#57
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World asbi 
K nigga K
2016-05-12 23:14
nitro should retire
2016-05-12 23:18
#60
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Europe MyNameIsWho 
Krimz is struggling in 2016?
2016-05-12 23:20
#63
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Croatia mds818 
Im expecting SWE finals NiP is having their great time currently,barely losing a match. G2 is team that always dissapoint but we'll see. Lumminosity is...shit as always. Fnatic did manage to surprise in this tournament with wenton,but real test might be in finals no matter if its going to be NiP or LG
2016-05-12 23:27
#65
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France StickyRice 
Fnatic, like Liquid, is a Tier 2 team. Same level in rifles vs rifles rounds.
2016-05-12 23:30
Lol ur stupid
2016-05-13 02:53
When your top fragger (EliGE) bottom frags, you got problems.
2016-05-12 23:48
dennismeister eh! gj fnatic!
2016-05-13 01:25
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