fnatic advance to IEM Rio Major playoffs after beating BIG

The three-time Major winning organization return to the top-eight stage for the first time since ELEAGUE Boston 2018.

fnatic have claimed victory over BIG in the 2-1 pool of the IEM Rio Major Legends Stage, defeating the German team in a two-map series to earn a spot in the Jeunesse Arena, their first Major playoff appearance since ELEAGUE Boston 2018.

The international composition continued to demonstrate their prowess on Overpass early on in the series, punishing BIG for leaving the map in the pool despite the German side making the scoreline extremely close in the end. Momentum carried into the second map of the series, Mirage, and fnatic were swift in securing victory to successfully convert their return to a Major into a spot in the bracket stage.

BIG have one final chance to secure a playoff berth of their own in the 2-2 pool, a do-or-die match and the team's last life after they squandered two chances to qualify already, falling first to FURIA and now fnatic.

nicoodoz found consistent impact in the series, posting a 1.29 rating

A triple kill and 1vs1 clutch from Elias "⁠s1n⁠" Stein allowed BIG to get off on the right foot on Overpass, and a subsequent conversion against fnatic's eco added to that tally for a 2-0 lead. The German team didn't run away with the lead as the first gun round went the way of fnatic, and though a response came through in the ensuing round from BIG, the momentum ended up going in the favor of William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman's men as they pushed up to a 6-3 lead off the back of a handful of multi-kills from Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi. s1n and Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz helped their team keep the scoreline close in the dying moments of the half, contributing to two round wins, but constant prodding and key entries from fnatic allowed them to lead 9-6 heading into the side swap.

A quad kill from Dion "⁠FASHR⁠" Derksen wasn't enough to give fnatic a round win in the second pistol round, and BIG started to gain steam after winning out in a handful of late-round situations, evening the score at 10-10. mezii and company began to hit their stride once their economy stabilized and guns came out through, aggression throughout connector and bathrooms combining with stellar multi-fragging from FASHR to get them match point. It seemed like BIG could force overtime and deny fnatic a regulation victory as the gap began to close, Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische in particular recovering a pair of rounds, but fnatic cut the brief comeback effort short just shy of extra rounds by edging out the win, 16-14.

fnatic's Swedish veteran stepped up massively to keep the team in the lead for most of Mirage, four early rounds from BIG offering little solace as Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson laid waste to the German team's attempts to attack bombsites round after round. The first half was relatively lopsided despite BIG's early start, fnatic consistently shutting down BIG's methodical attempts to gain map control en route to a 10-5 lead at halftime.

BIG seemed set to begin a CT-side comeback effort in the second half as they came out on top of early trades in the pistol round, but nicoodoz clutched a last-second 1vs2 situation to keep his team in control. From there, BIG had almost no opportunity to get back into the map, nearly managing two eco round wins only to falter at the final hurdle as fnatic closed things out, 16-7.

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7th November 2022
14
Overpass
16
7
Mirage
16
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 40 -2 73.4 0.99
32 - 40 -8 69.9 0.88
30 - 39 -9 62.4 0.87
31 - 45 -14 69.2 0.87
31 - 46 -15 71.8 0.82
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 32 +16 91.8 1.40
45 - 33 +12 84.7 1.29
47 - 36 +11 89.4 1.28
36 - 28 +8 81.8 1.24
34 - 36 -2 72.8 1.08
Group Legends Stage
3W - 0L
3W - 1L
2W - 1L
1W - 2L
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1769
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Netherlands Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
785
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1987
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1841
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Germany Elias 's1n' Stein
Elias 's1n' Stein
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
260
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
573
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
GO FANTIC
2022-11-07 21:07
1 reply
HAVUJA
2022-11-07 21:20
big finished
2022-11-07 21:07
#3
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France Dunne_V1
Vita buy nicodooz and roej
2022-11-07 21:07
#5
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Finland PiapA
Interesting playoffs
2022-11-07 21:07
I think big wiil go from 2:0 to to 2:3 now
2022-11-07 21:08
1 reply
They will be most likely play Navi, so yeah
2022-11-07 21:08
damn
2022-11-07 21:08
#8
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Brazil rude_kid
it's cool to see fnatic, such a legendary tag, putting a good fight again
2022-11-07 21:08
1 reply
+1 happy for KRIMZ, he is an awesome player and deserved the most.
2022-11-08 09:29
#14
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Indonesia nouser
#alwaysfnatic #UKCS #beneluxcs
2022-11-07 21:12
Omg nicodooz i want to make you... for this clutch
2022-11-07 21:12
how do you lose that Mirage second Pistol round k1to, please get a different job. you suck
2022-11-07 21:14
fnatic will get in the final mark my words
2022-11-07 21:15
#19
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United States GiantDays
neat
2022-11-07 21:16
Krimz what a legend! wp fnatic
2022-11-07 21:18
Krimz back in playoffs <3
2022-11-07 21:20
#23
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Romania Coxmin
wtf rip vitality??
2022-11-07 21:20
i need navi, heroic and liquid to advance. is it possible that the loser of heroic vs. liquid will face navi? how can i calculate it?
2022-11-07 21:21
3 replies
Loser of Heroic/Liquid gonna face Spirit/Sprout
2022-11-07 21:39
1 reply
thx
2022-11-07 23:48
The bald egg is flying
2022-11-07 21:34
The last time we have seen the legendary fnatic organization in major playoffs was at ELEAGUE Boston Major almost 5 years ago. Long time no see! Who would have thought that this lineup will succeed that quickly
2022-11-07 21:38
1 reply
really well played
2022-11-08 01:08
Well deserved, nice when the better team wins.
2022-11-07 21:39
KRIMZ
2022-11-07 21:41
nice
2022-11-07 22:00
Finally fnatic back. Haven't looked good since lockdown
2022-11-07 22:34
Fnatic will win this major, I have that feeling :)
2022-11-07 23:26
thats the syrson we know
2022-11-08 01:03
#40
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Pakistan yuhflowyuh
i've never seen krimz smile so much
2022-11-08 05:33
#42
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India BaNgd0
ez 4 fnatic 4th major incoming
2022-11-08 10:59
goat FashR
2022-11-08 11:05
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