mousesports beat fnatic in New York
The series began on Inferno, fnatic's map pick, with the Swedish side - fielding Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom as a stand-in after parting ways with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist - cruising to a 3-0 lead after picking up a team ace in the pistol round. A trio of kills by Miikka "suNny" Kemppi inside A, coupled with a questionable flank by fnatic in a 2v2 situation, put mousesports on the board for the first time.
The game then entered a hectic period, as the teams took turn stringing a couple of rounds together, but mousesports dominated proceedings in the final stages of the half to head into the break up 8-7.
Now playing on the Terrorist side, mousesports took the pistol round in convincing fashion following a quad-kill by Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný in the banana. There would be no follow-up, however, as fnatic did what they do best and hit back on a force-buy, setting themselves up for a 10-9 lead.
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski went huge in the following round with a 1v3 clutch to keep mousesports in the game, and the European mixture secured the following two rounds for a 12-10 lead. But after that, the game was all about fnatic's water-tight defence as the Swedes won six rounds in a row to secure the map, with ScreaM topping the scoreboard on 29 frags.
mousesports headed into Train determined to turn things around and stormed to a 3-0 lead after winning the pistol round thanks to a triple kill by oskar. The complexion of the game changed completely after fnatic got money in the bank, though, as the Swedes set up a very solid defence and controlled the economy, closing out the half with a 10-5 lead.
The Swedish side picked up where they had left off and won the pistol round on the back of a massive quad kill by Jesper "JW" Wecksell, who wreaked havoc in ivy. A successful gun round by mousesports was immediately countered by fnatic, leaving the CTs without any money, but Snax rescued his team with a fiveseven triple kill.
That round turned the game on its head: mousesports went on a spectacular run thanks to a double AWP setup that proved to be extremely difficult for fnatic to break, and hit map point before the Swedes managed to win the final round with a desperate B push, forcing overtime.
mousesports did not let that last round get to them and picked up a 2-1 lead in the first half of overtime. It then looked like fnatic would battle back CTs, but oskar clutched a 1v2 with a timely molotov, with mouz sealing the deal shortly afterwards with a fast execution onto the A site.
It all came down to Mirage, the third and final map of the series, which started at a frantic pace as fnatic hit back on a force buy after losing the pistol round, only to get shut down in the following round. The rest of the half ended up being a walk in the park for mousesports, though, as Chris "chrisJ" de Jong's side ran all over the Swedes and took a convincing 12 rounds into the break.
Things then went from bad to worse for fnatic, who were picked apart in the pistol round as mousesports stormed the B site. The Swedish side still tried to get back in the game, but without success, and they now find themselves up against Natus Vincere in a battle for survival at the North American tournament.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||58 - 62||-4||79.6||1.01|
|Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM||61 - 60||+1||76.6||1.00|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||49 - 55||-6||64.5||0.95|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||39 - 59||-20||54.5||0.79|
|William 'draken' Sundindraken||44 - 58||-14||54.4||0.76|