fnatic outclass Virtus.pro to secure last ECS S8 Finals EU spot
The Swedish team capped off a flawless run in the fifth European bracket of the season with a dominant performance against Virtus.pro, who could not capitalize on their success against FaZe in the previous stage as they were no match for the DreamHack Masters Malmö champions.
fnatic were caught off-guard by Virtus.pro's strong start to the game on Overpass, but once the Swedes hit their stride there was no stopping them. They took control of proceedings after being down 3-6 and ran away with the lead to secure the map at 16-8.
The Polish team still attempted a response on Mirage, their own map pick, where they came back from 3-8 down to bring the deficit to a minimum. The second half brought no respite for Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's men, who conceded the map without taking a single round on the T side as they simply could not break through the water-tight Swedish defense.
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|34 - 35||-1||78.7||1.00|
|33 - 38||-5||73.7||0.96|
|26 - 38||-12||69.9||0.85|
|26 - 34||-8||68.9||0.83|
|23 - 36||-13||51.0||0.68|
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|50 - 27||+23||109.1||1.77|
|35 - 29||+6||81.9||1.22|
|36 - 29||+7||79.9||1.22|
|31 - 27||+4||74.3||1.10|
|29 - 31||-2||68.9||1.05|
With this victory, fnatic are the seventh team confirmed for the ECS Season 8 Finals, the fourth currently inside the top 5. The North American event will take place from November 28 through December 1 at the Esports Stadium, in Arlington, with $500,000 on offer. Later this evening, MIBR and eUnited will face off in the grand final of the fifth North American bracket for the final spot at the event.
The team list for the ECS event now looks as follows: