OG beat fnatic at IEM New York to make first-ever grand final appearance

Ten months into their existence, OG will play in their first grand final after taking down fnatic in a three-map semi-final series.

The Swedes were unable to break their poor record against OG, to whom they had lost two series this year before their semi-final encounter at IEM New York, and exited the tournament in joint third-fourth place. Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen & co. will take on the winner of Vitality and FaZe in the best-of-five title decider, scheduled for Sunday at 16:00 .

OG looked in great form to start things off on Train, where a pistol round victory gave them an early lead. The European mixture looked set to extend their advantage when they had fnatic in a headlock in brown halls on the back of an information play but fumbled it at the last second and the Swedes went on to level the score at 4-4.

The half seemed to be heading towards a close finish when OG barely escaped the following round with their lives and had to scramble for a decent buy, but everything changed when a quick aggressive set play into T mid saw Issa "⁠ISSAA⁠" Murad pick up a triple. Aleksib's men had no trouble controlling the half from there on, closing it with seven in a row.

Aleksib's second-round heroics on Mirage helped OG close out the series

The momentum shifted again when the sides switched as fnatic put together an unrelenting defense, fending off several slow plays from OG, and a change of pace didn't work out either for the T side. Jesper "⁠JW⁠" Wecksell & co. picked up their first lead in the match at 12-11, but it immediately disappeared when Aleksib stepped up with a 1v2 clutch. That seemed to breathe life into OG, who had ISSAA and Mateusz "⁠mantuu⁠" Wilczewski secure two more clutches as they panted towards the finish line to win the opener 16-13.

fnatic answered on Inferno with a rather straight-forward victory, as they remained ahead ever since they picked up a second-round forcebuy on the back of Robin "⁠flusha⁠" Rönnquist's 1v1 clutch. The CT side was firmly in their hands while some individual plays from Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså gave a few rounds to the other side. As Terrorists, fnatic gave up another pistol but proved stronger with weapons in hand, abusing the B bombsite with a simple pop-flash entrance repeatedly to quickly reach map point and convert it a few rounds later.

OG clinched the deciding Mirage after being able to break fnatic's momentum early on both sides, courtesy of big plays from their in-game leader, Aleksib. The Finn's Deagle openings in the second-round forcebuys as well as a 1v2 clutch proved crucial to his team's great starts in each half, with OG capitalizing on his heroics to pick up the third map 16-9.

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Train
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Inferno
16
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Mirage
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 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 55 - 48 +7 76.9 1.13
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 57 - 45 +12 73.6 1.11
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewskimantuu 52 - 49 +3 76.9 1.11
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 56 - 47 +9 73.4 1.10
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 54 - 53 +1 67.6 1.07
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 54 - 51 +3 77.3 1.08
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 52 - 56 -4 73.5 0.99
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 52 - 55 -3 72.0 0.94
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 37 - 53 -16 68.3 0.84
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 45 - 59 -14 58.0 0.81
France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1842
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
United Kingdom Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Mateusz 'mantuu' Wilczewski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
474
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1796
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
ez
2020-10-10 17:31
Fnatic disband when
2020-10-10 17:32
right now since you said it RIP
2020-10-10 17:32
+1 RIP
2020-10-10 17:33
#23
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Paraguay imjustmau
+1 RIP
2020-10-10 17:35
#31
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Sweden Fizze
+1 Fnatic manager saw this comment and decided to disband
2020-10-10 17:39
one little comment is all it takes to destabilize the entirety of the nation of Sweden
2020-10-10 17:40
xaxaxa
2020-10-10 21:06
#78
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Sweden Fizze
You have something personal against my country or whats the problem?
2020-10-11 00:43
no, but this 'disband' comment is the first domino in the sequence of events that will lead to absolute total worldwide annihilation.
2020-10-11 01:17
Oh no that's so sad I'm so sorry 😢😢😢
2020-10-11 05:16
Nooo tell him it was a joke
2020-10-11 05:17
#11
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Vietnam Quang_Hai
Tmr
2020-10-10 17:32
lol
2020-10-10 17:32
#DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:32
#10
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Finland EZekt
DreamOG!
2020-10-10 17:32
#12
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Europe PiapA
DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:33
OG have done it! GG to both teams. #DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:33
vitality lost to big in cs_summit 6 og beat big EZ4OG
2020-10-10 17:33
Want OG vs Faze Finals, so that AleksiB can kick niko's ass and make him realize that he was wrong to listen to allu
2020-10-10 17:34
Easy my child, easy
2020-10-10 21:07
#18
cArn | 
Philippines J4DEM
OG NUMBAWAN! OG NUMBAWAM! WASSUP ALEKSIB HEATERS
2020-10-10 17:34
#19
NiKo | 
Finland Eestu
#DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:34
#20
shAy | 
Denmark pdxm
Gl
2020-10-10 17:34
OG vs FaZe would be the perfect grand final
2020-10-10 17:35
mantuu polack pride
2020-10-10 17:35
Pog
2020-10-10 17:35
#26
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Poland sosiad
nice stats OG
2020-10-10 17:35
#27
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Pakistan LoOuU2
OG with an actual good chance to get a trophy to their name, all 5 of them are surprisingly performing well together.
2020-10-10 17:35
EZ
2020-10-10 17:37
EZ 4 OG, NEVER DOUBTED, NEVER THOUGHT OTHERWISE, SO FUCKING EZ
2020-10-10 17:38
Oof good old flusha wit the 37 bomb over 3 maps
2020-10-10 17:39
U act like this is a common thing...
2020-10-10 20:43
Oof good old flusha wit the 37 bomb over 3 maps
2020-10-10 21:04
U act like this is a common thing...
2020-10-11 03:09
#DreamEnce
2020-10-10 17:40
OG congratulation. they are very good antistrat team right now. but i can't imagine they will win
2020-10-10 17:42
+8 tbf But let's see
2020-10-10 21:08
fnatic really dropped off in the online era, hope they bounce back
2020-10-10 17:42
hltv.org/forums/threads/2365531/og-wins-.. don't mind me i'm just putting this here
2020-10-10 17:43
#39
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Malta HeadRipper
No chance for OG if vitality wins
2020-10-10 17:45
No chance for og against fnatic in the semis
2020-10-10 21:09
#77
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Malta HeadRipper
Hahahaha ofc Flusha JW handed their asses to NBK and Issa
2020-10-10 22:27
#40
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Singapore FallBlade
PogU
2020-10-10 17:46
#41
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United States Gonginator
About damn time OG makes it to the grand finals of an event lol. Their roster has been capable ever since the beginning, but for reasons unknown to us they just couldn't do it. However, it's a bit sad that Complexity lost 2 close games to fnatic. I think Complexity would've been able to beat OG, but now we will never know.
2020-10-10 17:46
Now complexity is getting jks, so in future, they are hopefully going to be even better.
2020-10-10 17:51
#59
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United States Gonginator
Hopefully. I'm just salty that oBo left Complexity in the way that he did. That roster had a lot of potential. Jks is a great addition, but all of Complexity's hard work only got them 5th-6th place when they definitely could've placed 2nd or even win the whole event.
2020-10-10 18:28
I actually agree
2020-10-10 18:52
#76
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United States Gonginator
I just hope that Complexity and oBo both succeed on their separate paths.
2020-10-10 22:23
Can't spell POG without OG I guess *cringe* but yeah I meant this line
2020-10-10 17:47
That was good shit
2020-10-10 17:48
happy for valdinho
2020-10-10 17:49
#45
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Romania SkipLD
About time to win something , last hurdle.
2020-10-10 17:49
#46
AZR | 
Taiwan Haoyuan
EZ4ENCE
2020-10-10 17:50
jw so bad once again
2020-10-10 17:50
#50
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Finland OldStager
#DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:52
LET'S GO OG! #DreamOG
2020-10-10 17:57
But they will lose to FaZe...
2020-10-10 17:58
Congrats OG. :)
2020-10-10 18:00
#55
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Russia ADisAsstah
The way the rating is nicely splattered all over the OG players reminds me of Astralis
2020-10-10 18:00
YEAHHHHHHH
2020-10-10 18:02
bench jw and add palm1 or olof for easy win.
2020-10-10 18:18
JW still being on this roster is unbelievable
2020-10-10 18:28
So easy, dont blaim JW, blaim fnatic for being t5
2020-10-10 18:37
blaim
2020-10-10 19:27
Bailm
2020-10-10 21:09
#63
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Chile esanchez47
Good and fun matches to watch! GG OG
2020-10-10 18:44
unlucky fnatic
2020-10-10 18:47
OG takes this for sure
2020-10-10 19:23
#68
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Indonesia Deluxio
#DreamOG
2020-10-10 20:23
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