fnatic secure semi-final spot in Odense as Liquid fall short
Three seasons later, fnatic are back in the semi-finals of a Pro League event after a masterclass performance against Liquid. For the North Americans it was simply the case of one step forward and two steps back as they gave a disappointing account of themselves against a team they had beaten less than a week ago in the semi-finals of ECS Season 8, with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski looking like the only player who decided to show up for the team today.
The veto itself was exactly the same as the one in Arlington, and the match, too, began in the same way as fnatic ran rampant on Overpass. But this time around there would be no magical comeback from Liquid, who were outfought and outplayed by a fnatic side that is looking better after every match in Odense after being trounced by Evil Geniuses in their opening game. In the semi-finals, the Swedes will take on Natus Vincere in the first clash between the two sides since April, with both teams having since made two changes to their roster.
fnatic got off to a dream start on Overpass as they grabbed a commanding lead early on despite losing the pistol round. A successful Galil force buy marked the beginning of a dominant period from the Swedes, who ran all over the Liquid defense and were able to operate freely on the map and pull off late executes.
Eight rounds into the game, three of Liquid's players still had just one frag to their name, but after calling a tactical pause they finally put their foot down to hold back the Swedes and bring the deficit to a minimum, with EliGE leading the team's comeback efforts with 17 frags and a 114 ADR.
Now playing on the CT side, fnatic further added to their lead as Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin wreaked havoc in A. Liquid still tried to get back in the game and twice brought the deficit to two rounds, but there was no stopping the Swedish side. A trio of Maikil "Golden" Selim frags, followed by a quad kill from JW with a MAG7, sent the Odense crowd into raptures and broke the Liquid players, who would watch the Swedes secure the map on the back of a triple kill spraydown from Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson just a few rounds later.
Inferno began in the same manner as the previous map as Liquid failed to capitalize on a pistol round victory, with fnatic taking advantage of that momentum to carve out a 3-1 lead. After getting their economy stabilized, the North Americans put together a string of rounds and retook the lead, but the rest of the half was all about fnatic as the Swedes kept their defense tight.
Liquid had yet more torture to endure as their push down mid in the pistol round failed to bear any fruits. Their force buy couldn't make a dent in fnatic's armor but they were able to get keep the Swedes at bay for a while once they had money in the bank. However, a stunning 2v4 clutch from Brollan and KRIMZ broke Liquid's economy and turned the tide back in fnatic's favour, with the Swedes going to win the next two rounds en route to a convincing victory.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan||48 - 29||+19||95.0||1.48|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||43 - 25||+18||91.5||1.42|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||33 - 27||+6||75.7||1.12|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||32 - 29||+3||67.8||1.09|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||30 - 31||-1||64.5||1.04|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||44 - 37||+7||94.0||1.23|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||27 - 39||-12||65.6||0.86|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||24 - 36||-12||62.2||0.77|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||26 - 35||-9||55.7||0.75|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||20 - 39||-19||46.3||0.55|
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