fnatic vs. Virtus.pro final preview

ELEAGUE's grand final between fnatic and Virtus.pro is only a few hours away, so we've put together a preview which goes in-depth into the match-up and previous head-to-head results.

ELEAGUE's two-and-a-half months long journey is nearly at its terminus, as we're only hours away from the final showdown between fnatic and Virtus.pro, both of whom stormed through the playoffs in a convincing manner.

The champion will walk away with $390,000, the highest first-place prize so far outside of the Majors, while the runner-up will receive a $140,000 cheque.


Will fnatic have lifted the trophy by the end of the day?

Without further ado, let's get into the grand final preview, where we're going over the match-up as a whole, including previous head-to-head results, best-performing players, maps and more:

Grand final

fnatic   Virtus.pro
Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer    Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman   Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński
Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist vs.  Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski
Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson   Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell   Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski

For the teams' recent history you can go back to the semi-final previews (fnatic vs. Na`Vi, Virtus.pro vs. mousesports) if you've missed them, as we won't be going over it again here.

Instead, we'll begin the preview by analyzing previous head-to-head results between the finalists' exact same lineups. Since fnatic swapped Markus "pronax" Wallsten for dennis in late 2015 and went on to win six titles in a row they encountered the Poles five times and ruled over the match-up almost without fail.

Those five matches include eight maps, three of which were played online (FACEIT League Stage 3 and ESL Pro League Season 3), which we'll disregard simply due to Virtus.pro's reputation of being the world's worst elite-level team in online competitions.


Virtus.pro have their eyes on the prize

The remaining two encounters are more than three months apart, with the first being FACEIT Stage 3 Finals' semis, fnatic's first LAN event after the lineup change. While dennis was still very much adjusting, his team pulled him through the series losing just Mirage, VP's pick, and winning Inferno and Cache comfortably.

The other LAN series between the two happened during IEM Katowice, fnatic's last title, that time in the quarter-finals. Virtus.pro barely stood a chance at a time when they were at their lowest point and Snax was going through a rough period, as olofmeister and JW put in other-worldly performances on Train and Inferno, respectively.

Virtus.pro have their eyes on the prize

A lot has changed for both squads since then, the Swedes aren't the unstoppable force they once were following the olofmeister-less era, while Snax returned to his old self and Virtus.pro re-entered the top five with a win at SL i-League Invitational #1 and a semi-final finish in Cologne.

 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 93 - 57 +36 86.6 1.38
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 83 - 64 +19 85.6 1.21
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 77 - 68 +9 76.6 1.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 72 - 68 +4 84.9 1.12
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 65 - 55 +10 70.0 1.10

 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 88 - 47 +41 86.2 1.45
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 79 - 59 +20 98.5 1.40
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 81 - 55 +26 79.8 1.34
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 67 - 59 +8 79.4 1.16
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 63 - 56 +7 70.1 1.10

Both teams dominated their side of the bracket

Viktor "vuggo" Jendeby and company understandably continue vetoing Nuke first, a map they've never played officially, while VP opt out of playing good Dust2 teams on that map, and I see no reason why the trend should break today.

Things will get interesting in the second round though. Both teams are amazing on Cobblestone, which I'm sure will come out at some point, but I have to feel like fnatic won't miss out on picking Cache and the same goes for Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski's team and Mirage if both want to go for their opponent's weakness. I can't see olofmeister's side wanting to play Overpass, and Virtus isn't the world's best team on Train anymore. I have my fingers crossed for Cobblestone as the decider, which is almost destined to go down to the wire, but so could Train should it come in.

Looking at how both teams plowed through their sides of the ELEAGUE bracket with relative ease, especially the way fnatic handled Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro took NiP and mousesports by storm, we should be in for a treat almost no matter which maps out of the four biggest possibilities (Cobblestone, Cache, Mirage, Train) end up making it into the series.

Make sure to tune in to ELEAGUE Season 1's grand final, which is scheduled to kick off today at 22:00. It will be broadcasted on the TBS television channel, but the observer feed will be shown on Twitch as well as Twitter via its recently introduced livestream feature.

You can follow HLTV.org's Milan "Striker" Švejda on Twitter

Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1786
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Jakub 'kuben' Gurczynski
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Sweden Viktor 'vuggo' Jendeby
Viktor 'vuggo' Jendeby
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
7
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.15
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 Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
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
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Paweł 'byali' Bieliński
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1449
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
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
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
i mean ez for ence
2016-07-30 18:19
Who you think will win guys?
2016-07-30 18:21
#37
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Serbia EKI.CS 
I really hope fnatic stops the plow
2016-07-30 19:08
#54
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Serbia Vurious 
+Couldn't agree more!
2016-07-30 20:24
#60
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United States mmotorcycle 
i've got vp. snax is too dominant
2016-07-30 21:13
Fnatic will in and this is the last lan for current fnatic lineup
2016-07-30 21:27
ence top 1 team in world
2016-07-30 18:28
#36
Sweden LMPN 
why do they always keep it to a bo3 and not a bo5-.-
2016-07-30 19:08
fuck ence
2016-07-30 18:19
+11111
2016-07-30 20:04
e
2016-07-30 18:19
s
2016-07-30 18:19
#5
eneshan | 
Poland [P]iku 
n1
2016-07-30 18:19
#6
 | 
Brazil BonezMC 
ez
2016-07-30 18:19
2
2016-07-30 18:19
#8
 | 
Finland jeti 
hi, nice post
2016-07-30 18:19
i
2016-07-30 18:19
#10
 | 
Sweden cute! 
1
2016-07-30 18:19
nuce
2016-07-30 18:19
expected
2016-07-30 18:19
ez for VP
2016-07-30 18:20
14:th
2016-07-30 18:20
#16
 | 
Tunisia H1ROO 
ok
2016-07-30 18:19
#17
oskar | 
Czech Republic Lukooo 
suka blyat
2016-07-30 18:19
Ez VP
2016-07-30 18:20
Pls VP
2016-07-30 18:21
#22
 | 
Europe n0rbii 
ez VP
2016-07-30 18:30
#23
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
VP never lose a final ;)
2016-07-30 18:31
They always lose to fnatic in finals
2016-07-30 18:40
#47
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
They are losing in quater or semifinal, never in grand final, if they reach it, they win it.
2016-07-30 19:50
2016-07-30 21:22
fnatic never lose finals
2016-07-30 18:48
#72
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
yeee XD
2016-07-31 00:22
oops
2016-07-31 15:57
#53
 | 
Argentina [Darkaren] 
There's always time for a first one. Also, FNC seems stronger than VP, even tho i expect that this will go to the last map, it depends on how olof/JW and byali are playing
2016-07-30 20:18
#59
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
JW's form is a history, same as kennys'
2016-07-30 21:10
#71
Snax | 
Poland Mval 
not this time :)
2016-07-31 00:21
ez vp <3
2016-07-30 18:43
ez mr flusha
2016-07-30 18:51
#32
 | 
Sweden Swedz 
haha omg
2016-07-30 19:05
#31
mou | 
Czech Republic j3ffv4der 
2ez4ence
2016-07-30 18:56
Ez for nV
2016-07-30 19:05
#34
 | 
Poland AlagAtBar 
Vp will win 2:1
2016-07-30 19:06
#38
 | 
Ukraine SKYBJERN 
GO VP!
2016-07-30 19:10
#39
 | 
Poland mamba99999 
ez for VP. PS. Anyone remember it ? i.imgur.com/T0VRdsK.gif
2016-07-30 19:25
The PLOW is real!
2016-07-30 19:26
#42
 | 
Poland axmar1 
Snax God
2016-07-30 19:29
GOGOVP
2016-07-30 19:29
#45
 | 
Poland trancemeister 
C'mon VP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2016-07-30 19:32
#46
 | 
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
will be hard to VP!
2016-07-30 19:40
ez 390k ez vacations ez lyfe
2016-07-30 19:50
it'll be difficult for VP but I hope they beat fnatic
2016-07-30 20:03
if b03 vp take it but b05 ez for fnatic
2016-07-30 20:08
gogo Snaximus and byali, I believe in you boys!
2016-07-30 20:30
Cmon VP, send Swedes back home :D
2016-07-30 20:31
go go vp
2016-07-30 20:49
how much is 1st place?
2016-07-30 21:52
ez flusha aimlock
2016-07-30 21:54
"...though this time we will also get the full show on Twitch as well as Twitter via its recently introduced livestream feature." - Full broadcast is available on TBS! :D LOL HLTV!
2016-07-30 22:03
GO SNAXXXXX AND NIJJO
2016-07-30 22:11
tier 2 finals
2016-07-30 22:26
#68
 | 
Brazil Rohe 
To izi for Fnatic
2016-07-30 22:30
It was so izi for VP. kek
2016-07-31 16:18
Has anyone said that this time it will be full broadcast on Twitch as well as on Twitter? Yeah right... I have wrong version of Twitch apparently...
2016-07-30 23:35
#76
 | 
Sweden lagcats 
fnatic izi pizi
2016-08-01 00:18
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