fnatic send Astralis packing; FaZe top Group A over HellRaisers
fnatic have booked their spot in the knockout stages of the Pro League Finals after easing past Astralis, while FaZe will go straight to the semi-finals following a comprehensive victory against HellRaisers.
The battle for the third place took place on Inferno and started with Astralis taking the lead following a successful A retake in the pistol round. After losing an eco round, fnatic went for a third-round buy, a strategy that proved successful as they charged through the Astralis defense, with Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson both getting two kills apiece.
That round sparked a massive run from the Swedish side, who brought the scoreline to 7-2 thanks to two 1v2 clutches from Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist. With the game starting to look lopsided, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander called a much-needed timeout, which, however, did not change the course of the contest as the Danes were instantly countered after every round win, with the half ending with a one-sided 11-4 scoreline.
With no room for error, Astralis closed the gap by taking the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos. After buying up, fnatic took control of proceedings, shutting down the Astralis offense over and over again to seal passage to the knockout stages.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||23 - 13||+10||114.3||1.75|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||23 - 12||+11||101.6||1.65|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||15 - 16||-1||89.1||1.13|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||16 - 14||+2||52.4||1.08|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||11 - 13||-2||53.1||0.95|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||20 - 18||+2||103.8||1.22|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||13 - 18||-5||79.0||0.88|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||12 - 17||-5||67.2||0.79|
|Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO||12 - 18||-6||66.1||0.77|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||10 - 17||-7||55.4||0.69|
Meanwhile, HellRaisers, the surprise package of the tournament so far, locked horns with FaZe for the top spot in Group A. Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men came out of the break with all guns blazing and stormed to a 9-0 lead, but they would be unable to get past the HellRaisers defense after that as the CTs bagged six rounds in a row, one of them courtesy of a beautiful ace from Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow.
The second half began with HellRaisers winning the pistol round, but FaZe hit back immediately, resetting their opponents. After that, the current No.2 team in the world kept their defense very tight, winning seven rounds in a row to secure the top spot in the group.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||25 - 10||+15||112.4||1.86|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||16 - 12||+4||87.3||1.36|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||21 - 13||+8||85.2||1.33|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||12 - 13||-1||57.3||0.94|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||12 - 12||0||49.7||0.90|
|HellRaisers||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1||18 - 17||+1||81.4||1.07|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||13 - 18||-5||61.8||0.75|
|Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA||11 - 17||-6||56.2||0.75|
|Kristjan 'fejtZ' AllsaarfejtZ||8 - 16||-8||56.0||0.67|
|Bence 'DeadFox' BöröczDeadFox||10 - 18||-8||68.0||0.66|
With nothing at stake other than pride and a little chunk of money, Luminosity and Liquid faced off on Cache. The Brazilians got off to a flying start, winning the first ten rounds of the game, but then the North Americans' offense finally came to life, earning them three rounds before the break.
All Liquid hopes were then extinguished in the early stages of the second half as Luminosity came out of the break very lively, winning five of the first six rounds to seal a convincing victory over the North American side.
|Luminosity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo||23 - 11||+12||125.2||1.82|
|Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ||19 - 14||+5||106.5||1.35|
|Vinicios 'PKL' CoelhoPKL||16 - 11||+5||91.2||1.35|
|Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME||14 - 6||+8||60.3||1.27|
|Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel||14 - 11||+3||74.2||1.07|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||14 - 15||-1||77.6||1.09|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||13 - 17||-4||69.4||0.85|
|Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64||11 - 17||-6||63.0||0.78|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||10 - 19||-9||57.0||0.65|
|Wilton 'zews' Pradozews||5 - 19||-14||33.9||0.37|
Below you can find the final standings of Group A:
|1. FaZe - through to semi-finals|
|2. HellRaisers - through to quarter-finals|
|3. fnatic - through to quarter-finals|