VP 2-0 fnatic, on to the playoffs

Virtus.pro ran over fnatic in the deciding match of group B 2-0 (16-9 Mirage, 16-2 Cobblestone) to secure a spot in the playoffs.

The deciding match of Group B started on fnatic's map pick, Mirage, but it went the way of the Poles right from the start. After the Terrorist pistol round win, Virtus.pro was flawless in the anti-eco's, allowing them to build up a strong economy. fnatic replied with the following two rounds, with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist getting a crucial 3k on short to make it 3-2.

The rest of the first half was mostly in control of the Polish side thanks to 1v1 clutches by Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski that stopped the Swedish team getting any kind of momentum as Counter-Terrorists.

After the switch, fnatic lost another pistol round which made a comeback on the Terrorist side even less likely. Jesper "JW" Wecksell started to hit his stride as fnatic overwhelmed the A site a couple of times in a row and narrowed the deficit to only four rounds, but Virtus.pro got a hold of the map after that and secured a 16-9 victory.


Virtus.pro didn't break a sweat against fnatic

fnatic won their first pistol round of the series on the Terrorist side of Cobblestone, but were instantly reset in the following one as Filip "NEO" Kubski and co. timed their HE grenade stack on B platform to perfection.

Virtus.pro were on to a perfect start after that—Snax got two close range AWP kills defending mid in the first buy to put his team in a great position to win that round, while the rest of the team chimed in in the following ones, shortly making the score 8-1 for the Poles.

JW opened up the B site defense with an AWP pick on NEO and fnatic finally got the control of the B site in round 10, but the Swedes weren't able to hold off Snax in a 2v1 situation, going down 10-1.

Down 13-2 after the first half, fnatic were unable to win the CT pistol round as TaZ's team overwhelmed the B site and Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski added insult to injury by knifing flusha to close out the round and set up Virtus.pro for a 16-2 victory.

Key Moment: In round 10 on Cobblestone fnatic looked good to win their first buy round after taking over B, but Snax clutched an unlikely 1v2 with the AWP and Tec-9 to force the Swedes on another eco and denying them a chance to get back into the map.

PotM: The clutches from Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski (three 1vX situations won) and his great play on Mirage, the closer map of the two, resulted in him getting the PotM award for the series.

 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 44 - 23 +21 113.2 1.65
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 39 - 22 +17 89.1 1.53
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 37 - 20 +17 80.3 1.35
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 29 - 26 +3 75.5 1.09
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 29 - 26 +3 71.4 1.08
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 32 - 34 -2 76.0 1.01
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 23 - 36 -13 57.1 0.79
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 22 - 36 -14 71.0 0.74
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 21 - 36 -15 58.2 0.58
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 19 - 36 -17 58.6 0.57

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Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1738
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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 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 Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1529
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
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
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Grats to Virtus.pro, that was total annihilation, they just showed how important is being team with real teamwork rather than pure aimers. TaZ was right fnatic just play like random FPL mix. I don't know why flusha desire to being IGL, he can't manage it, they are making same mistake once again.
2017-02-17 22:38
#16
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Brazil Desvain 
lul
2017-02-17 22:38
lol
2017-02-17 22:38
#23
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CIS sergioff 
GGWP VP
2017-02-17 22:38
pashaBiceps's POV HIGHLIGHTS (cbble) youtube.com/watch?v=5J0ho5ZqYco
2017-02-18 00:30
#122
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Poland bot_taz 
Where is freedom of speech on HLTV? IT"S NOT THERE, NAZI MODS DELETE EVERYTHING!
2017-02-18 15:20
#3
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
fnatic overrated they should disband and go play fpl
2017-02-17 22:39
nice
2017-02-17 22:38
#6
Sweden pozke 
gg vp
2017-02-17 22:38
ez4papa
2017-02-17 22:38
ez
2017-02-17 22:38
easy
2017-02-17 22:38
lol
2017-02-17 22:38
eSport is not a sport.
2017-02-17 22:38
#15
hippien | 
Lithuania Ba1ter 
Expected
2017-02-17 22:38
#17
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France Lelib 
cya fnatic
2017-02-17 22:38
#18
HUNDEN | 
China ene1nz 
godsent died for this
2017-02-17 22:38
GOD PASHA
2017-02-17 22:38
SK ERA > FNATIC ERA
2017-02-17 22:38
sk had no era. era means domination. sk just lucky won 2 events.
2017-02-17 22:39
+80
2017-02-17 22:45
"lucky" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH--INHALE--HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH
2017-02-17 23:06
why laughing TaZ? they won when all teams were on a huge slump.
2017-02-17 23:07
But the Fnatic era was not as competitve as 2016. ESL Cologne was not a slump. I'll admit SK never had an era but using the slump excuse is kinda bad.
2017-02-18 00:52
now its gambit era huyhuhyuhyhuyhu
2017-02-17 23:08
Wich era ? NiP era Fnatic ERA was higher
2017-02-17 22:52
SK ERA HAHAHHHAHA look NiP(GTR,f0rest) since 2008 and VP(Neo,Taz) since 2006 SK one good year and era hahaha
2017-02-18 12:35
#24
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Poland zwierzako 
gg from VP - fnatic ignore opponents and lose this match
2017-02-17 22:38
How much ?
2017-02-17 22:38
#27
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Netherlands ghostcrendor 
loved to see vp in such form again
2017-02-17 22:38
gj
2017-02-17 22:38
#29
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South America PartisanGrill 
5-18 FPL BOY #tazwasright
2017-02-17 22:39
#30
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Hong Kong SASA2982 
NO CHANCE MY FRIENDS .. NO CHANCE ....
2017-02-17 22:38
expected throwmeister LUL youtube.com/watch?v=EO33vpRzApU&t
2017-02-17 22:38
GODSENT > Fnatic confirmed? i are think that yes
2017-02-17 22:38
#35
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
get rekt cheater flusha you didnt have to call
2017-02-17 22:39
#37
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Latvia Suspect)) 
Papa too stronk
2017-02-17 22:39
#111
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Hungary Pistuleee 
Who?
2017-02-18 01:16
#38
Finland bmud 
Holy pasha is on fire
2017-02-17 22:39
#40
FalleN | 
Brazil Lk1Ng 
OLD FNATIC IS BACK LUL STRAIGHT OUTTA GARBAGE LULLLL
2017-02-17 22:39
#41
World jk77 
Love you VP! <3
2017-02-17 22:39
pasha's best match of 2017 so far
2017-02-17 22:39
SWEDISH SUPERTEAM XDDDDDDDDD
2017-02-17 22:39
#44
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United Kingdom CumboS 
Demolished Fnatic*
2017-02-17 22:39
#45
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Brazil MiBrS2 
Sweden is dead guys GG
2017-02-17 22:39
#47
Estonia pj4 
pasha played well . Looks like he isnt a complete bot after all :) gratz VP!
2017-02-17 22:39
he was best player im vp (check statistics)
2017-02-17 22:41
when pasha is on fire then it results usually to a win for vp
2017-02-17 23:37
it was cbble not overpass!
2017-02-17 22:39
and mirage was fnatic's pick
2017-02-17 22:40
#49
NiKo | 
CIS swikzie 
inb4 PAPA comments..
2017-02-17 22:39
#TazWasRight
2017-02-17 22:39
(16-9 Mirage, 16-2 Overpass) typo, was cobblestone
2017-02-17 22:40
#TaZWasRight
2017-02-17 22:40
#53
Finland ow 
flusha going huge! where is your aimlock now
2017-02-17 22:40
Godceps and Godnax turned on. Godceps still on his Major form *.*
2017-02-17 22:40
fnatic is a joke hahahahahahahaha
2017-02-17 22:42
#61
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Venezuela xoile 
pasha 2015 is back =)
2017-02-17 22:42
2014 especially^^
2017-02-17 22:43
#77
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Poland sajlent 
2014 In 2015 he struggled hard
2017-02-17 22:56
pasha didnt struggled at all hard in 2k15 he was actually solid as he was in 2k16 aswell just but had also alot bad games but he didnt struggle that hard.
2017-02-17 23:17
PAPA BICEPS GOD
2017-02-17 22:42
#64
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Poland kick_michu 
this teams play today Overpass ?
2017-02-17 22:42
Overpass? DansGame
2017-02-17 22:43
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist 19-36 -17 58.6 0.57 It seems the toggle didn't work today.
2017-02-17 22:44
#78
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Poland sajlent 
he didn't even have to call
2017-02-17 22:57
Byali ffs wake up
2017-02-17 22:55
#80
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Brazil MIBR_Top_One 
i miss old fnatic
2017-02-17 22:59
LUL
2017-02-17 23:09
#81
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Poland Marcines 
ez playoffs
2017-02-17 22:59
Papibiceps bois he shinin again for one mor time (Akon reference)
2017-02-17 23:00
#83
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Denmark potatomato 
Nice.
2017-02-17 23:02
I really wanted fnatic to come back to their old form but now i don't think there is any chance for them unless they improve their tactics. Still i wish tem good luck. VP too strong this time :D
2017-02-17 23:11
Did fnatic really think they would have a chance with basically no tactics at all, especially while not even being that great individually? This just felt like they had been lazy in the preparations.
2017-02-17 23:42
#97
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Poland kick_michu 
so they are back to basic.... JW Flusha Krimz tray do it this whole 2016 in Shitsent and now deja vu but in Fnatic ? learning timings smokes flashs rotations
2017-02-17 23:47
Consider it practice sessions. Why would they give up attending a tournament and competing with top teams and renew their teamplay. They probably know they aren't ready, but that's how you improve - by practicing and learning from mistakes.
2017-02-18 00:07
RIP SWEDEN RIP FRANCE GG CS:GO RIP
2017-02-17 23:44
#98
method | 
United States f0xes` 
fnatic is back and top1 everest!
2017-02-17 23:47
#104
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Fnatic come back
2017-02-18 00:42
#105
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United States ldKuKluxKlan 
Plz
2017-02-18 00:46
They need some practice to do well against Top5 teams, give them some time to find their game as a team
2017-02-18 00:48
give em a month
2017-02-18 01:44
#114
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Sweden Kasidro 
Vp is love vp is lyyyfe
2017-02-18 02:25
Unfortunately expected
2017-02-18 02:27
reswap is the solution franatick in 2017 lull
2017-02-18 05:04
PAPA BEST
2017-02-18 11:30
#120
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Austria gex0r 
nice to see them getting rekt. after 1 week training you shouldn't be able to compete with VP
2017-02-18 12:18
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