fnatic beat Space Soldiers to win WESG World Finals
fnatic have won WESG 2017 World Finals after beating Space Soldiers 2-1 in the grand final (16-12 on Cobblestone, 16-19 on Inferno, and 16-14 on Mirage).
The best-of-three grand final kicked off on Cobblestone where the T-sided Space Soldiers won the pistol round following entry kills by Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş and Engin "ngiN" Kor on the B-site. After winning two anti-eco rounds, the Turkish side planted the bomb on the B-site in the first weapon round but they lost it despite having a 3vs2 advantage (3-1).
fnatic went on to take lead with a 5-1 run (5-4). Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson got a swift quad kill in the next weapon round to make it 7-4. Lekr0 clutched a 1vs3in the thirteenth round and fnatic extended their lead to 9-4. The Swedish squad finished the half 10-5 ahead.
Ahmet "paz" Karahoca clutched a 1vs2 post-plant in the second half pistol round to give Space Soldiers their sixth round. With the help of the pistol round bomb-plant, fnatic bought guns in the third round of the second half and won it (11-7). Space Soldiers got a few rounds on the defensive side but fnatic never lost control, winning the map 16-12.
The series continued on Inferno where fnatic started on the T-side. Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Jesper "JW" Wecksell got opening kills on the B-site in the pistol round but they rotated to A to win the round. The Swedes followed up two anti-eco wins with the first weapon round victory as they won a 3vs3 post-plant on the B-site (4-0).
fnatic's streak ended at seven rounds as the Turks responded with four rounds in a row. flusha clutched a 1vs1 in the twelfth round to make it 8-4. Space Soldiers didn't let fnatic go on another streak and picked up the following round without losing a single player, trailing 8-5. Buğra "Calyx" Arkın won a 1vs2 in the last round of the half to give Space Soldiers their seventh round (8-7).
XANTARES secured the second half pistol round with a quad kill, tying up the game at 8-8. Space Soldiers won two anti-ecos to get to ten rounds but fnatic hit back in the first weapon round (10-9). Calyx & ngiN clutched a 2vs5 to extend the Turkish team's lead to 14-11.
Despite having three match points, Space Soldiers couldn't close out the map and the game went to overtime. Calyx & company got all three rounds on the T-side of overtime and went on to win the map 19-16.
The final map was Mirage and the CT-sided Turkish squad kicked it off with the pistol round win. Space Soldiers also secured the first weapon round, leading 4-0. After the Turks dominated the early parts of the first half, which gave them a 7-1 lead, fnatic picked up five of the last seven rounds to trail 9-6 at halftime.
XANTARES' team got the first three rounds in the second half but fnatic were superior in the first weapon round thanks to JW's lurk play (12-7). paz got two crucial entry kills in the following round which made it 13-7.
The Turkish side made it 14-7 but couldn't get to fifteen rounds as fnatic strung together a nine round streak to win the map 16-14 and the series 2-1. With this victory, fnatic have become the champions at WESG 2017 World Finals.
Full standings at the WESG 2017 World Finals:
1. fnatic - $800,000 2. Space Soldiers - $300,000 3. Russia - $150,000 4. TeamOne - $70,000 5-8. AGO - $25,000 5-8. MVP PK - $25,000 5-8. GODSENT - $25,000 5-8. Cloud9 - $25,000 9-12. Envy - $10,000 9-12. Belgium - $10,000 9-12. BIG - $10,000 9-12. ORDER - $10,000 13-16. Recca - $10,000 13-16. MAX - $10,000 13-16. Bravado - $10,000 13-16. Wololos - $10,000 17-22. SK 17-22. Limitless 17-22. BOOT-d[S] 17-22. Parallax 17-22. The Onliners 17-22. Alpha Red 23-32. New4 23-32. subtLe 23-32. SCARZ Absolute 23-32. EMC 23-32. Viva Algeria 23-32. Ukraine 23-32. NOREG 23-32. ViCi 23-32. Isurus 23-32. Swole Patrol