fnatic surpass NRG 2-1, join Liquid in Sydney final

fnatic have reached their second big-event grand final in a row after beating NRG 2-1 (Inferno 16-11, Train 8-16, Mirage 16-10) at IEM Sydney.

fnatic chose Inferno to kick off the second semi-final and looked to get an early lead after a close first couple of rounds saw Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson clutch a 1v2 in the pistol round and Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin save a 2v3 with a triple. Once both sides had access to full weaponry, NRG seemed to have the upper hand on the defense, with seven out of the next nine rounds going their way, but the Swedes stepped up on the back of a 1v2 clutch from Simon "twist" Eliasson, which transpired into an 8-7 half in their favor.

fnatic make their second big-event final in a row

Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte kicked off the second half with an all-important quad-kill to equalize things, but fnatic responded with individual plays from Richard "Xizt" Landström and Jesper "JW" Wecksell, who turned around a couple of disadvantageous scenarios to start pulling away. NRG tried to come back into contention with two successful B attacks, but a switchup to A saw the Swedish side reach match point and soon a 16-11 victory on the opening map.

fnatic carried the momentum on to Train with a 3-0 start as the clutches kept going their way, with Xizt adding a 1v1 to his tally. Surviving a couple of very close retakes in which everyone died, NRG equalized the score and shortly found their first lead on the map at 5-4. JW & co. responded with three in a row to retake the advantage, but it didn't last, with two 1v3s from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov closing out the half at 8-7 in favor of the North American team.

When the sides switched, fnatic had trouble breaking through the defense, losing out on a few close retakes as NRG ran away with the half, going 8-1 to secure a comfortable 16-8 win to force the deciding Mirage.

NRG's run ends in the semi-finals

There, NRG dealt the first blow on the offense with a pistol round win, but it was fnatic who got away with the better start after Xizt and JW put up big multikills to set up a dominant run that saw the Swedes take a 7-2 lead. Damian "daps" Steele's team switched up the pace with a few quick executes and it was exactly what the doctor ordered, as they grabbed three in a row, but they were still trailing by five when the first half ended.

fnatic added a second pistol round win with a 3v5 to reach their 12th, but they still had their work cut out for them, with NRG closing the gap to two rounds. Xizt stepped up to the plate in the late stages with a 1v2 clutch, while a 2v3 bomb defense from KRIMZ and twist nearly sealed the deal. NRG had to eco at 10-14 and the Swedes reached match point before JW secured a final placement for his team with a quad-kill play in the last round.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 55 - 55 0 82.5 1.05
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 56 - 55 +1 70.1 1.03
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 51 - 57 -6 72.0 1.00
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 53 - 61 -8 70.9 0.95
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 34 - 58 -24 55.2 0.72
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 62 - 46 +16 84.9 1.25
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 61 - 51 +10 82.4 1.20
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 64 - 52 +12 79.8 1.18
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 55 - 52 +3 81.9 1.12
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 43 - 48 -5 71.9 0.96
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
860
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1240
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
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:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
EZ for the best team of all time in CSGO! EU CS POGGERS! Congratz fnatic for winning IEM Sydney 2019!
2019-05-04 14:03
#8
JaCkz | 
Europe cArn5 
KRIMZ GOD
2019-05-04 14:09
You mean Xizt god right
2019-05-04 14:12
#44
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Sweden XenoRex 
BOTH GOD
2019-05-04 14:13
#65
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Indonesia Chonji 
XIZT snapped after everyone was roasting his vetoes for a year
2019-05-04 14:41
#66
Slovakia pgb1 
1 good match and 200 bad gj
2019-05-04 14:45
But he had a good match when it was really needed....
2019-05-04 15:09
#9
kr4sylya | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
U BEAT ME THIS TIME DAMMIT
2019-05-04 14:03
No 10 seconds cooldown this time :D
2019-05-04 14:04
;D mens
2019-05-04 14:05
damn u, oh well i can be proud of #1 and #2 for today GG WP
2019-05-04 14:05
i'll get u tomorrow ;)
2019-05-04 14:05
Good luck men im waiting for you at #1 😎
2019-05-04 14:05
#28
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United States twistzzgod 
WOW BIG LIQUID FNATIC LMAO
2019-05-04 14:07
Fnatic best team of all time, pls respect!
2019-05-04 14:08
#35
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United States twistzzgod 
If liquid win IEM Sydney?
2019-05-04 14:08
> liquid > win tournament wtf men))))))))
2019-05-04 14:11
#47
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United States twistzzgod 
navi won fnatic 3:0 on starseries
2019-05-04 14:15
yes so?
2019-05-04 14:27
#85
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United States twistzzgod 
liquid > navi
2019-05-04 16:28
yes men))) but why?
2019-05-04 17:29
#93
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United States twistzzgod 
because Twitstzz and NAF
2019-05-04 17:33
#87
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United States @FyreCS 
+ 1111 men! But it’s Liquids time!!! I went to future men!
2019-05-04 16:44
#GoFNATIC
2019-05-04 17:29
#107
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United States @FyreCS 
My brother, no please! Liquid is the winner!
2019-05-05 03:47
#115
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United States @FyreCS 
Cry is free my brother! Future never lies!
2019-05-05 15:23
#10
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Sweden Unluko 
fnatic so fucking lucky
2019-05-04 14:03
Better =/= Lucky
2019-05-04 14:37
You should start supporting Fnatic
2019-05-04 15:30
#80
NEO | 
Yugoslavia sotomonte 
Did you see the match today or even the one against NiP? They are playing so good this tournament. They deserve being in the finals
2019-05-04 15:32
#81
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Sweden Unluko 
Ye 2-1 vs Chiefs and Grayhound
2019-05-04 15:37
#102
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United States LookitsJrd 
Good? They have dropped a map against everyone this tornament. They are barely scraping by.
2019-05-04 20:06
#104
NEO | 
Yugoslavia sotomonte 
Well see tomorrow ;)
2019-05-04 21:11
Liquid 2-0 lultic
2019-05-04 15:41
BO5)))
2019-05-04 15:49
#89
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Denmark eoNs! 
Liquid 2 - 3 fnatic Gl tomorrow mens 😎😎😎
2019-05-04 17:08
Thanks mens)))
2019-05-04 17:30
sr i forgot Liquid 3-0 lultic
2019-05-04 20:18
#88
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Ethiopia BlackBird101 
lol "winning"
2019-05-04 17:00
#2
kr4sylya | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
GG WP XIZT TOP 1 2019
2019-05-04 14:03
#3
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Canada herocoolzzz 
m3k
2019-05-04 14:03
gg
2019-05-04 14:03
#5
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Canada YankeeM 
Ez
2019-05-04 14:03
#6
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
GOD JW
2019-05-04 14:03
nice fnatic again goes to grand final to lose 3-0 again. trash final like last star series navi vs fnatic
2019-05-04 14:04
#53
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Sweden pontus767 
Then maybe Astralis could attend some more tournaments, sorry, a big tournament, so we don't need to see these boring finals...
2019-05-04 14:22
#62
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Other nt_newfag 
shut up blastralis
2019-05-04 14:33
#72
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
dude its against liquid, id bet on fnatic
2019-05-04 14:55
#76
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
0/8
2019-05-04 15:14
#108
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India spiderCAKE 
shhhhh skiptralis
2019-05-05 07:01
Lol skiptralis
2019-05-05 10:41
india c s LUL
2019-05-05 13:37
#12
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Poland JPKson 
GG WP
2019-05-04 14:04
XIZT>GLA1VE BOT
2019-05-04 14:04
#15
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Denmark danishwarrior 
woooo! fuckin go fnatic!
2019-05-04 14:04
Xizt top fragging... That's some good news.
2019-05-04 14:05
#19
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Norway Maximilianmus 
brollan*
2019-05-04 14:05
ImAPet at IEM Katowice 2019 about the seeding: "I feel like all the other teams trolled, like they put fnatic above us and, in my opinion, I think we're better than fnatic."
2019-05-04 14:04
#18
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Norway Alexed 
Liquid choke
2019-05-04 14:04
Not in bo5 against fnatic
2019-05-04 14:13
#23
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
3-1 for Liquid
2019-05-04 14:05
xizt +16 lol...
2019-05-04 14:05
EZ 4 MA SWEDISH BOYZ <3
2019-05-04 14:06
Easy for fnatic chokequid gonna do what they do at finals xD > Liquid > Final win Choose
2019-05-04 14:06
EZ 4 JW
2019-05-04 14:07
Xizt is back
2019-05-04 14:08
#32
cadiaN | 
Finland 0lter 
God xizt carrying botrollan and krimbot as usual
2019-05-04 14:08
#33
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Canada HansROZE 
Daps is destroying NRG, change my mind
2019-05-04 14:08
Fnatic back at it and even Xizt is playing good PogChamp
2019-05-04 14:08
Where all the xizt haters now men)))
2019-05-04 14:09
GG FNATIC
2019-05-04 14:09
#38
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Daps sucks.
2019-05-04 14:10
#39
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
Xizt carrying PagChomp
2019-05-04 14:10
#41
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Xizt clutch god
2019-05-04 14:11
Xizt top fragger...
2019-05-04 14:12
Xizt GOD
2019-05-04 14:14
Fnatic is back boys. NiP rising Good old times <3
2019-05-04 14:18
#49
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
cerq has been so underwhelming latly... you know you are in da shitta when xizt carries like this.
2019-05-04 14:19
#50
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Nepal ramann 
Vintage performance by the lads.
2019-05-04 14:20
Amazing performance by Xizt. While all of us doubted him , he proved us wrong with one of the best performances of his career. Just brilliant. Even the analysts were like Xizt does not frag very well. Just shows his calibre. No wonder FaZe picked him up last year . Or maybe Xizt just has a special connection with sydney . like even last year he was popping off in the finals vs astralis. I remember him clutching in overtime on overpass .
2019-05-04 14:20
#75
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
+1
2019-05-04 15:11
you know you are bad, when xizt is top fragging against your team.. tarik ruined another team...
2019-05-04 14:21
#67
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Indonesia Chonji 
tarik did fine, daps needs to go
2019-05-04 14:46
+1
2019-05-05 10:43
#109
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India spiderCAKE 
another dingus who knows nothing about xizt
2019-05-05 07:06
#117
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Turkey Samsun85 
Tarik was great in this series you boon. Bad luck and underperforming cerq was a problem. Btw. Daps sucks...
2019-05-06 01:34
daps lol clutch noob
2019-05-04 14:22
#56
shox | 
India iejesus 
xizt wtf
2019-05-04 14:22
forsaken wtf
2019-05-04 14:23
#57
JW | 
Malaysia AWP3rator 
Xizt better than glave
2019-05-04 14:23
#59
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
Couldn't even watch the match and I see xizt top fragging wtf
2019-05-04 14:24
kick daps
2019-05-04 14:27
#64
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
daps rofl
2019-05-04 14:39
Brehze & Cerq hahahaha ugly fat kids, so fucking bad at the game ahaha. Brehze top 1 rifler NA? LMAOO
2019-05-04 14:48
#70
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Sweden Bakkmann 
Xizt top frag makes me happy
2019-05-04 14:52
#71
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
fnatic are so happy to be in the final,,,and ASTRALIS is not here,,,hahaha
2019-05-04 14:54
#83
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Sweden swediztann3 
they are not there because the only way they can keep their era is dodging events, staying inside and being nerds working on their booring tactical side cus they couldnt be relevant when the game was fun and about skill :)
2019-05-04 15:46
#98
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
The most horrible thing is that you spend so much time on something you don't know about, but I think you are a little boy just writing to write without having knowledge, but I can make you a little wiser kido,,, Dev1ce has a disease that makes him unable to fly , so you know that kido, another thing is that if you think they are boring, then go over to DOTA, ASTRALIS IS THE BIGGEST TEAM ON THE PLANET,,,,that it,,,,I think you should go out and delete your profile in here and come back when you have more knowledge,
2019-05-04 18:01
#101
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Sweden swediztann3 
device has a disease. haha then he should stop staying inside and live healthy. disease in that age. Everyone agrees that they are booring tactical cucks nerds.
2019-05-04 19:12
#116
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
He is kido,,whit kido mind, its okay, you stay home whit your mother,,,ahhh sorry you live whit your mother,,,and she pay for your food and living and internet hahahhaha
2019-05-05 17:00
#110
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India spiderCAKE 
dev1ce has a disease that makes him unable to fly but he can fly to all BLAST events lul nice excuses
2019-05-05 07:07
+1
2019-05-05 10:44
#73
LETN1 | 
Finland Sandels 
Fnatic gonna win POG
2019-05-04 15:00
#77
flusha | 
Europe detr0 
Fnatic > NRG NRG > MiBr MiBr > Fnatic confused.jpg
2019-05-04 15:15
#106
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Canada Michaelides 
Rock paper scissors Edit: Also Pokemon starters.
2019-05-04 23:47
JAYWEY cut ! LUL
2019-05-04 15:25
You know something’s wrong with your team when xzist topfrags against you
2019-05-04 16:40
Rigged. Mibr destroyed them...
2019-05-04 17:37
#95
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France StickyRice 
"We are gonna be a top 5 team soon" are you sure tarik ? ...
2019-05-04 17:46
I'm no NRG fan but than lineup has potential af they just need time
2019-05-04 17:58
#97
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France StickyRice 
That's true that they could be top 5 but it would be more because of unstable/unconsistent teams outside of Astralis and Liquid (even though they choke). I will add ENCE who is on a good streak on LAN, but teams like NaVi (even if they often go far on tourneys) or FaZe (definitely struggling) or MIBR (not fully back) aren't much better than NRG that's true.
2019-05-04 18:00
gg wp
2019-05-04 18:35
Congratulations Liquid, deserves that trophy.
2019-05-04 18:40
#105
NiKo | 
Serbia dvrtomic 
borring
2019-05-04 22:09
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