fnatic defeat NRG; Vitality squeeze past ENCE to secure 2-0 records in Shanghai

fnatic and Vitality secured 2-0 records in Shanghai, following 2-0 and 2-1 map victories over NRG and ENCE, respectively.

The first match of the final round two series saw NRG take on fnatic, kicking off on Cache. The North American representatives initiated on the defence, where footing was established after a lost pistol was followed up with a force buy upset. Having accrued a five-round lead, the energetic quintet conceded the momentum to fnatic, as economic struggles persisted throughout the remainder of the half, allowing but two additional rounds to the Swedes' seven at 8-7.

Upon switching over to the offence, NRG hit the ground running, snatching five consecutive rounds, once more placing themselves in the driver's seat on Cache. The fruitful string of rounds for the CTs was succeeded by a flipping of the table, a catalyst for which was Jesper "JW" Wecksell, who stepped up massively in the latter portion of the second half. A spectacular 4k from the veteran AWPer in round 23 reset the CTs, creating space for his team to mount a comeback. The opportunity was not squandered, allowing fnatic a 16-13 victory on map one.

KRIMZ topped the scoreboard on Cache with a 1.42 rating

The Swedes kept their foot on the accelerator going into Nuke. Commencing on the CT side of the map, fnatic were able to secure round victories in spite of rifles present for their opponents, leaping to a 5-0 start. A brawl succeded the one-sided start, where the teams went blow for blow, exchanging five rounds apiece, in turn producing a solid half for fnatic at 10-5.

A consecutive pistol round victory on the offense propelled fnatic even further, as once more the round leaders found themselves copping back-to-back rounds. This persisted to a 14-5 scoreline, placing Damian "daps" Steele and company in a predicament and a half. Against the overwhelming odds and their opponents' momentum, NRG set out to mount a comeback, slowly grinding out rounds and weaving economic resets into fnatic's game. The Swedes managed to secure map point following nine consecutive round losses, however NRG tied it up, pushing Nuke into overtime.

What fnatic were unable to achieve in the second half of Nuke was certainly made up for in overtime, as a 3-0 T side was secured, shortly followed by a single round victory on the CT, concluding the map and series at 19-15.

United States
Matchpage
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31st March 2019
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Cache
16
15
Nuke
19
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 47 - 41 +6 91.8 1.25
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 50 - 43 +7 76.8 1.15
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 42 - 37 +5 70.6 1.04
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 32 - 46 -14 57.7 0.84
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 30 - 49 -19 61.2 0.72
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 57 - 43 +14 93.0 1.32
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 49 - 46 +3 84.5 1.13
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 42 - 36 +6 66.7 1.10
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 34 - 40 -6 69.8 0.94
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 33 - 36 -3 57.3 0.90

The final series of the day between Vitality and ENCE witnessed a fiery back-and-forth between the French and Finnish sides. The first map on the table was Mirage, where ENCE got off to a solid start on the T side, securing the first pistol. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt and his squad managed to secure their first rifle round, later going on to land a 5-1 lead. The Finnish quintet were determined to produce a solid T half, however, allowing but a single additional round to slip at 9-6.

Vitality commenced comeback efforts, successfully equalising the score at 9-9 following a fruitful T pistol. As soon as rifles were seen on ENCE's CT side, things turned sour for the French roster. Aleksi "allu" Jalli and his men assumed an impenetrable defence, one that was successfully breached only on a single occasion over the entire remainder of the second half, producing a 16-10 victory for ENCE on their map pick.

sergej's stunning performance on Mirage yielded the player a 1.45 rating

Dust2 followed, where ENCE kicked off to a solid start, copping four consecutive rounds, pistol included. What succeeded this start from the Finns was an utterly one-sided affair, favouring Vitality, who dominated all remaining rounds of the initial half. The entire squad stepped up in the process, producing an incredibly convincing 11-4 CT half.

The Frenchmen kept the second map short and sweet, as the second pistol round went their way, as well as the four remaining rounds required to meet the victory threshold. A total of sixteen consecutive rounds yielded Vitality a 16-4 victory on Dust 2.

ENCE felt the full brunt of ALEX's capabilities on Dust2

Both teams a map up, Inferno was bound to be a neck-in-neck affair, and the dynamic of on-goings definitely reflected this. Vitality started off on the defence, able to secure two of the initial rounds. Come rifles on ENCE, the Finns started to contest for rounds of their own, equalising the scoreline at 2-2. This back and forth dynamic persisted throughout the initial half, where Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and his squad had the last word after resetting the Frenchmen at an 8-7 lead.

Contrary to prior developments, the latter half of Inferno witnessed a lop-sided game. Having switched over to the T side, Vitality picked up the pace, and after securing a consecutive pistol round were able to run away with a further six rounds, placing the team just two away from series victory. ENCE retaliated with a string of four rounds, and despite losing to a force buy, managed to upset the French economy. While a valiant effort, it proved insufficient in stopping Vitality from closing the series, as a 16-13 score was amassed by the Frenchmen, closing day two in Shanghai.

Matchpage
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31st March 2019
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Mirage
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Dust2
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13
Inferno
16
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 64 - 52 +12 93.3 1.29
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 50 - 57 -7 79.6 1.04
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 47 - 43 +4 60.0 1.01
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 46 - 53 -7 72.7 0.98
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 33 - 56 -23 53.5 0.77
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 64 - 46 +18 93.1 1.38
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 60 - 52 +8 89.6 1.24
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 51 - 48 +3 66.2 1.04
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 49 - 48 +1 70.2 1.04
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 36 - 46 -10 63.6 0.91
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1636
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1360
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
870
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1542
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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France I_ONLY_SAY_NT 
ENCE major fluke exposed so ez for vitality
2019-03-31 19:25
#8
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United Kingdom bensolo12 
F5
2019-03-31 19:25
TARIK WHO
2019-03-31 19:53
#10
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-03-31 19:27
XAAXXAAXAXAX UNLUKOOOOO
2019-03-31 19:27
always f5 never first LUL
2019-03-31 19:27
#17
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France I_ONLY_SAY_NT 
+1 he is crying in his sleep
2019-03-31 19:28
yes brother axaxxxaa
2019-03-31 19:28
FACTS +1
2019-03-31 19:31
Ez for the best French team!
2019-03-31 19:25
#3
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France I_ONLY_SAY_NT 
+1
2019-03-31 19:25
F5
2019-03-31 19:25
#16
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France I_ONLY_SAY_NT 
+1
2019-03-31 19:27
+1111111111
2019-03-31 20:29
#4
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France 2Ez4MaBoyZ 
ez 4 vita
2019-03-31 19:25
F5
2019-03-31 19:25
#7
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Singapore Defqon_1 
ENCE major fluke, almost 16-0
2019-03-31 19:26
#23
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Ence never lost to lulquid
2019-03-31 19:37
One game, bravo
2019-03-31 19:43
#31
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United States DoverDemon 
Can’t take joke
2019-03-31 19:55
#9
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Europe yoyoz 
ez
2019-03-31 19:27
#11
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Finland NoPointsgg 
this was just a part of aleksib's tactic
2019-03-31 19:27
#20
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Finland JHdash77 
+1
2019-03-31 19:28
saving strats? It has been two years mibr is doing so, not sure it works well.
2019-03-31 20:26
#34
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Finland NoPointsgg 
yeah but mibr doesnt have aleksib the tactical genious
2019-03-31 20:29
+1 can confirm check my nickname
2019-03-31 23:58
lets go, i hope this is the french scene returns to tier 1
2019-03-31 19:27
#26
ZywOo | 
France Olrike05 
+1
2019-03-31 19:41
#15
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France iNolake 
EZ4ZYWOO
2019-03-31 19:27
#19
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United States Dr1GeR 
ez
2019-03-31 19:28
#21
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
expected, ence back to irrelevant
2019-03-31 19:28
#24
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United States WilsonDS 
Ez for the tank rpk
2019-03-31 19:37
EZ 4 ME
2019-03-31 21:10
Well played by Vitality, finally both french top teams look competitive
2019-03-31 19:41
#42
ZywOo | 
Europe PowwneD 
+1
2019-03-31 23:23
#28
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World madman112 
Save sergej from AleksiB
2019-03-31 19:45
Aleksib one of the best igl, what was he on dust2 like 4-16
2019-03-31 19:54
misleading title claiming 2-0 records while there is only one 2-0 record
2019-03-31 20:53
both teams 2-0 in swiss system
2019-03-31 21:04
Don’t sqeeshing my heart
2019-03-31 21:48
Tarik -14 yikes
2019-03-31 22:17
#40
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African Union mikecool 
Notsoez4ence.
2019-03-31 22:35
#41
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United Kingdom yungblades 
not so ez for ence
2019-03-31 22:35
#44
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Turkey Kalameister 
Ez for Krimz!
2019-04-01 00:00
No kit no ence
2019-04-01 03:56
#46
apEX | 
Europe bruuuuuh 
Ez4Ence they said
2019-04-01 09:02
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