mousesports edge out fnatic; to ELEAGUE playoffs
Group B's decider for the last playoffs spot at ELEAGUE Premier began on Inferno, with fnatic grabbing an early advantage after securing the pistol round as Terrorists. The half went back and forth, with neither side able to break the other until mousesports clinched their third, which shredded their opponents' economy.
However, despite fending off the following forcebuy, mousesports were unable to defend a late long attack from fnatic, who only had glocks. Nonetheless, the European side managed to take the lead with three in a row before the last two went the way of the Swedes, who claimed a one-round advantage.
That was soon gone when Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný gave his team the pistol round with a quad-kill. After suffering two ecos, fnatic scraped two rounds together to equalize the scoreline, while two fast-paced A attacks from Chris "chrisJ" de Jong & co. set the score to 12-10 in their favor.
Two saved guns in the hands of Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist were enough to swing the momentum back, as fnatic powered to a 14-12 lead after key plays from William "draken" Sundin, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, and flusha. mousesports only won a half-buy round in which Robin "ropz" Kool clutched a 1v2, but they couldn't complete the task at hand because fnatic defended the next two B attacks for the 16-13 victory on the opening map.
Train followed as mousesports' pick and it was they who got off to a flying start following Miikka "suNny" Kemppi's triple in the pistol round. The European side strolled to a 7-1 lead before fnatic fixed their defense, securing six out of the remaining seven rounds in the half.
mousesports grabbed the second pistol round as well with fnatic opting for an A attack, but the Swedes replied in the next forcebuy and took their first lead at 10-9. ropz's triple on the inner bombsite inspired mousesports to grab two in a row, but a series of successful executes and post-plant situations saw fnatic power to 14-11.
It was all decided on Mirage, where mousesports dominated from the get-go, as they led 7-0 as CT before fnatic mustered a response on the back of a 2v4 turnaround from KRIMZ and Richard "Xizt" Landström. However, the Swedes could only secure four out of the remaining eight rounds, which saw chrisJ's squad switch over at 11-4.
Although fnatic attempted to come back with the pistol round and the first gunround going their way in the second half, once mousesports grabbed their first they never let go, closing out the match 16-9, 2-1.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny||80 - 54||+26||102.4||1.43|
|Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar||74 - 45||+29||83.5||1.33|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||57 - 45||+12||72.3||1.13|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||47 - 57||-10||62.0||0.96|
|Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax||33 - 52||-19||56.5||0.81|