SK defeated fnatic 16-6 on Mirage in the last round of the Swiss group stage to grab their spot in ESL One Cologne quarter-finals.
Facing SK in the first match of the fifth round, fnatic went up 3-0 as Terrorists on the back of Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's triple in a 3v4 afterplant situation on the A bombsite. SK were on top of the first gunrounds, though, and equalized the score at 3-3.
The next four rounds were exchanged evenly, with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo getting a triple in a 3v3 retake on B along the way, while fnatic made the best out of a half-buy, quickly taking over that same bombsite with just Tec-9's and armor.
All of the remaining five rounds went the Brazilians' way, as SK clinched a comfortable 10-5 half with their AWPer and in-game leader putting up several more crucial kills.
SK picked up three more rounds after the following pistol round and proceeded to close things out quickly at 16-6, only conceding a round in which fnatic managed to kill the bomb planter with little time left.
K - D
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
14 - 18
Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW
16 - 19
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha
10 - 17
Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ
5 - 17
Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis
9 - 20
With only two matches remaining in the Swiss group stage, here are the standings:
|Qualified for playoffs|