fnatic overcome Heretics to stay alive in ESL One Cologne

After falling on the opening map of Nuke, fnatic secured victories on Inferno and Mirage to win the series over Heretics and continue their run in ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe.

Anti-eco losses, individual mistakes, as well as moments of individual briliance made for some exciting Counter-Strike in the elimination match of ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe group B, where fnatic was able to overcome Heretics and stay alive in the tournament. Things didn't look good for the Swedes initially as they were outclassed on Nuke, but revenge on Inferno followed, as well as victory on Mirage, to see fnatic march on in the lower bracket.

With poor results ever since their ESL Pro League S11 win in April and their ranking falling from #1 to #8 in the same period, fnatic are in dire need of a good result in ESL One Cologne if they want or improve on their current standing or at least stay in the top10.

Golden had an strong performance against Heretics

Heretics pulled ahead early on their map pick of Nuke, 5-0 on the Terrorist side, before Maikil "⁠Golden⁠" Selim inspired his team to pull back to 6-3. The Swedes' chance to make a first-half comeback withered away as they lost advantageous situations in the following two rounds, seeing Heretics end it 10-5 ahead. That lead was extended after the switch (13-6), before fnatic won a key round with a late-round redirection. Unfortunately for them, Heretics upset them with an eco in round 22 to steal away the momentum and close out the map, 16-8.

fnatic looked like a different team on Inferno, starting strongly on the T side. Their focus towards B brought success round after round, seeing the Swedes go up 8-0 swiftly. Heretics only managed to end the streak after being 11 rounds behind, thanks to Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang's AWP triple, after which the Frenchmen went up to three for the half. They followed that up with a pistol win on the T side, but two lost ecos and a Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin A-hold ace brought Inferno to a conclusion, 16-7 for fnatic.

The chaos continued from the start of MIrage, as fnatic lost the pistol but won a low-buy in the second round to establish an early lead CT. Heretics focused on the A bombsite for the whole half and found sporadic success, but as they were not able to chain rounds together, fnatic ran up an impressive 11-4 advantage before the switch. After two underwhelming maps, Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell showed up strong on the decider and together with Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson and Golden pushed fnatic over the line, 16-9, to win the series 2-1.

Matchpage
1
2
20th August 2020
16
Nuke
8
7
Inferno
16
9
Mirage
16
 Heretics K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 51 -11 76.1 0.98
47 - 49 -2 69.2 0.98
50 - 53 -3 77.5 0.93
41 - 50 -9 67.9 0.86
39 - 51 -12 57.2 0.79
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 41 +17 90.0 1.36
55 - 45 +10 89.0 1.19
49 - 41 +8 72.6 1.14
46 - 44 +2 71.8 1.08
45 - 48 -3 66.2 0.96
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1605
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1834
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
FNATIC REAL #1
2020-08-20 22:29
8 replies
SO EASY FOR FNATIC VAMONOS
2020-08-20 22:31
1 reply
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2020-08-20 22:36
nt thats liquid
2020-08-20 22:36
1 reply
OMEGALUL
2020-08-21 01:53
#1 for beating heretics ? world ranking --> 41 ok, but just for remember hltv.org/matches/2343179/fnatic-vs-astra..
2020-08-20 22:44
BIG already #1
2020-08-21 00:20
#33
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Slovakia EvErisT
+1
2020-08-21 00:33
Golden top 1 IGL
2020-08-21 00:41
Ez
2020-08-20 22:29
#3
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Finland 5way
Nivera so bad
2020-08-20 22:29
2 replies
should go play valorant ngl
2020-08-21 00:07
Always has been
2020-08-21 07:49
NICE
2020-08-20 22:30
#5
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Canada SparklMastr
Ez
2020-08-20 22:31
Undeserved(
2020-08-20 22:31
#8
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Sweden flippig
Ez pz
2020-08-20 22:33
Gg Heretics gl on major
2020-08-20 22:33
1 reply
Gonna be hard
2020-08-21 08:36
anime kid bottomfragging as expected
2020-08-20 22:38
#15
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Sweden bag0fdicks
Had an strong performance
2020-08-20 22:49
#16
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Sweden Svahn
Omfg I needed this so badly
2020-08-20 22:51
Nivera bot axaxaxaxaxa
2020-08-20 22:51
1 reply
0/8
2020-08-20 22:56
GOLDEN SAVED THE DAY NICE GAME
2020-08-20 22:56
#20
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United States Gonginator
Wow lol. When Fnatic lost map 1, I thought they would've narrowly lost map 2 or 3 and make it a close series resulting in a loss for them.
2020-08-20 22:57
2 replies
That would have been the usual way since march...
2020-08-21 00:07
1 reply
#43
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United States Gonginator
Fnatic is getting better though, or so I think lol.
2020-08-21 04:26
When Will they start banning nuke? Lol. 17% winrate but every opponent gets the chance (and takes it) to pick it.
2020-08-20 23:38
3 replies
Yeah, just practise vertigo for fuck sake...
2020-08-21 00:07
2 replies
Indeed! Seems like they aren’t practicing at all ... 0 new strats, 0 new Maps etc.
2020-08-21 08:44
1 reply
They are taking an actual break in the player-break. Can‘t blame them for it, they are just not that hungry anymore
2020-08-22 01:48
heretics :'(
2020-08-20 23:44
gg but JW sucks
2020-08-20 23:50
3 replies
3 majors 1 major MVP #8('13), #5('14), #10('15) Literally a legend lmao
2020-08-21 00:08
2 replies
Get_right legend too but his time gone
2020-08-21 00:25
1 reply
I assumed you meant like they suck as in general and not that their level atm sucks.
2020-08-21 01:03
nivera noob LuL
2020-08-20 23:51
#34
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Brazil SecondKS
golden 1v9
2020-08-21 00:33
#36
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Slovakia EvErisT
golden hypercarry :D:D
2020-08-21 00:57
RIP scream 2.0
2020-08-21 01:13
JW should do better
2020-08-21 01:20
NİCE
2020-08-21 01:46
#42
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African Union mikecool
bl heretics
2020-08-21 03:02
#45
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Lithuania k0pAs
Yes fnatic !!!!
2020-08-21 07:52
Nt heretics, let's qualify to major
2020-08-21 08:37
Golden showing once again he is the most complete IGL alongside gla1ve. Nexa will be added once he wins a trophy.
2020-08-21 09:33
#50
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Poland SebL
fnatic have some life still in them. I think they can still make it work. Heretics is dead tho, and without changes they are not going to be better than they are now.
2020-08-21 10:08
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