fnatic take down MIBR; to face Virtus.pro in Flashpoint 2 upper bracket final
After a marathon on Overpass and a sprint on Vertigo, fnatic secured a 2-0 victory over the Brazilian side.
A series with two quite different maps took place in the Flashpoint 2 upper bracket semi-final match between fnatic and MIBR, with the Swedes fighting back time after time to secure their map pick, 25-21, and then trouncing the Brazilians 16-4 on their own map pick, Vertigo.
The result sees fnatic reach the upper bracket final where they will face Dzhami "Jame" Ali's Virtus.pro, who took down BIG in their semi-final match. MIBR, who were fined by Flashpoint for a "breach of competitive integrity" shortly before the match, have dropped to the lower bracket where they will take on MAD Lions in an elimination game.
Overpass was a highly contested map from the start, albeit fnatic's run to take the 5-4 lead on the Terrorist side did show some promise. However, MIBR pulled it back to keep the score close, 8-7 for the half, before Leonardo "leo_drk" Oliveira stepped up to the plate to push his team into the lead at 12-11.
The Brazilians looked to have the upper hand as the end of regulation neared, but Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson pulled off heroics as the last seven rounds were traded back and forth. Going into overtime, MIBR were again on the edge of victory, but failed to close on a number of map points which fnatic capitalized on to steal away Overpass, 25-21.
Vertigo, a go-to map for MIBR since the new lineup came together, looked anything but comfortable for Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe and co. in this match. The Brazilians started on the back foot after the disappointing Overpass loss and struggled to shut down JW, who pushed his team to an 8-1 lead swiftly. Not much changed after MIBR got their second round on the T side, as Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles's clutch attempt in the followup was denied by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist. fnatic continued their reign on Vertigo for a convincing victory, 16-4.
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|62 - 39||+23||100.3||1.37|
|59 - 37||+22||85.8||1.27|
|41 - 43||-2||79.1||1.02|
|43 - 43||0||67.6||0.99|
|39 - 45||-6||65.3||0.93|