fnatic end Heretics Road to Rio winning streak
fnatic bounced back from their loss to fellow countrymen Dignitas, which kicked off their current tenure in the No. 1 spot in the world, by winning against the previously unbeaten Heretics. The French squad had tallied victories when facing Dignitas, ENCE and Complexity, but were unable to make it 4-0 against Jesper "JW" Wecksell and company.
Bryan "Maka" Canda, the player to watch as he went into the match against fnatic with an astonishing 1.53 rating after 8 maps played in ESL One: Road to Rio, continued putting up good individual numbers on Heretics' map pick, Nuke, where he ended with a 1.41 rating in their 16-14 victory, but he was unable to keep it up in the maps lost by his side as he dipped down to a 0.98 average in the series.
Maka made his presence known early on in the match, winning two 1vs2 situations in three rounds on Heretics’ map pick, Nuke. Towards the end of the first half, it was Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom who had a shining moment when he downed four players on the B bombsite with an AK as the French team took a 9-6 lead at the half. fnatic didn’t let up on the offense, however, and put just as much pressure on Lucas "Lucky" Chastang and company as they had received the previous half, but eventually fell short 14-16.
Heretics thrived on Inferno early on, taking a 7-3 lead on the CT side before giving up the last five rounds of the half. A triple by Nivera brought it back even and set the pace for the French team early on in the second half as they took the two following rounds, but fnatic were quick to reply with guns in play, taking three rounds of their own. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson won a crucial 1vs1 against Lucky in an afterplant situation to hit match point, 15-13, before taking it to the decider map, 16-14.
fnatic took the reins on Overpass early on, going 5-0 on the attacking side before Heretics could get on the board, and although the half went back-and-forth until the end, the Swedes had an ample 9-6 lead moving onto the defending side. fnatic went in stride with the momentum on their side in the final half of the series to close it out 16-8.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan||79 - 52||+27||93.7||1.42|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||58 - 49||+9||82.5||1.21|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||64 - 53||+11||84.9||1.20|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||49 - 55||-6||58.0||0.96|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||46 - 57||-11||67.3||0.91|
|Heretics||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nabil 'Nivera' BenrlitomNivera||62 - 58||+4||78.0||1.07|
|Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky||52 - 55||-3||74.6||1.03|
|Alexandre 'xms' Fortéxms||63 - 61||+2||75.0||1.01|
|Bryan 'Maka' CandaMaka||51 - 60||-9||67.2||0.98|
|Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa||38 - 63||-25||64.6||0.75|