fnatic best Astralis in Espoo, advance to first LAN final in three years

fnatic got the better of Astralis despite Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer's heroic efforts to keep his team in the game.

fnatic have locked in a spot in the Elisa Masters Espoo grand final after moving past Astralis 2-0. The European outfit were in control for much of the series, starting strong with a 16-9 win on Mirage before putting the game to bed after snatching away a 19-16 victory on Overpass.

fnatic now progress to the grand final of the Finnish competition, their first appearance at the final hurdle of a LAN event since their run through the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals in 2019. The international roster will face off against BIG for a chance at taking home the $100,000 cash prize and a spot in the IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In. The two teams last duked it out in the IEM Rio Major Legends Stage, a game which fnatic narrowly prevailed in 2-0 to secure a coveted appearance in the Jeunesse Arena.

William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman was key in securing his side a grand final berth. The in-game leader, who was one of the worst-performing players of the whole event up until this point, put the team on his back when it mattered, leading the way with a 1.32 rating and 88 ADR.

Astralis, on the other hand, head home in 3-4th place. The Danish side had a mixed bag of results in what was their last tournament appearance of the year, prevailing as the underdogs in a quarter-final matchup against ENCE, who were a pre-tournament favourite, but also suffering one-sided losses to 500 and fnatic earlier on in the group stage. The Danes would have certainly struggled to keep things close if it wasn't for blameF, whose high-impact clutches and huge fragging output allowed Astralis to push fnatic to the limit.

mezii led by example with a team-high 1.32 rating

The battle between the two squads got underway on Mirage, and fnatic were quick to punish the Danes' map choice as they surged ahead to post an opening 5-0 lead on the CT-side. fnatic's grip on the game only got stronger from this point on, a booming economy coupled with strong fragging output by Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen powering the side to a 9-2 showing as the half reached the dying stages. The Danes finally awoke from their slumber towards the very end of their T-side effort, doubling the number of rounds they had on the board to head into the side swap with a more manageable 4-11 deficit.

A 1vs1 pistol-round clutch by the ever-dependable blameF got Astralis' comeback underway, and the Danish quintet fully capitalised on this ideal start to bring things back to within three, 9-12. fnatic didn't allow this run of good form from Astralis to last long, though, as clinical shooting by mezii spearheaded a deadly four-round streak of their own to lock in a comfortable 16-9 victory and go 1-0 up in the series. Mikkel "⁠MistR⁠" Thomsen was way out of his depth on Mirage, adding just five kills to the scoreboard by the map's end, something that contributed greatly to fnatic's overpowering performance.

Overpass played host to the second map of the series. The two teams quickly became embroiled in a back-and-forth skirmish, one which barely went the way of Astralis, who used this to wrestle control of the economy to coast to a 7-4 showing. fnatic got back in the running with a crucial round win in the 12th, made possible thanks to a 1vs1 clutch from Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi, using this new-found momentum to drive the team forward to boast an 8-7 lead to their name by the break.

fnatic nabbed their second pistol of the best-of-three to get their time on the defense underway, extending their lead even further by converting the following two rounds. Astralis soon began whittling away at the deficit once getting guns in their hands, winning four rounds on the trot thanks to sublime multi-kill rounds by blameF to carry the game all the way to an 11-round stalemate. fnatic stabilised and got their hands on match point first, 15-13, but Astralis held on by the skin of their teeth, digging deep into their strat book to eke out the remaining two rounds and force a trip to overtime.

In the end, all this heavy lifting by Astralis' highest-rated player would be worthless, as fnatic won three rounds on the CT-side of overtime, before trading a round apiece with the Danes when on the attack to clinch victory, 19-16, and make their way to the grand final in Espoo.

Matchpage
2
0
19th November 2022
16
Mirage
9
19
Overpass
16
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 32 +19 87.9 1.32
48 - 40 +8 86.7 1.25
42 - 40 +2 78.8 1.15
43 - 39 +4 78.8 1.14
39 - 32 +7 66.1 1.10
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 39 +11 92.1 1.32
43 - 48 -5 73.7 0.94
36 - 45 -9 57.8 0.82
34 - 45 -11 53.4 0.81
19 - 46 -27 54.2 0.64
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
790
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
582
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
172
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
Wp fnatic
2022-11-19 23:12
15 replies
unlucky for blame
2022-11-19 23:21
14 replies
He was just even with Mezii, don’t make it out like he was in his own league.
2022-11-19 23:23
12 replies
he was out of his league in his fucking team bro, no one else was even remotely close to him???
2022-11-19 23:23
11 replies
dont argue with delusional blamef haters
2022-11-19 23:25
7 replies
I know you are trolling but I was just stating a fact, the stats are right there, it’s not hard to read them.
2022-11-19 23:26
6 replies
Yes he and mezii performed the same but blameF performed with two academy players which is arguably more impressive
2022-11-19 23:35
3 replies
This is false. It is way easier ro shiny with 4 bad teammates than it is to shine with 4 star players. Big misconception.
2022-11-20 01:13
2 replies
-1 It is true if blameF has 1.1 or 1.0 rating. But he and mezil has the same rating (1.32) and he has to carry 2 academy players.
2022-11-20 02:49
1 reply
+1
2022-11-20 09:25
its unlucky for BlameF cos he is best rated player in the tournament, second best in oppening kills, 3rd best in openning deaths, 2nd best in opening success, 6th best in pistols, only guy in astralis with positive k/d this tournament and still called a baiter.... Unlucky for GodF
2022-11-19 23:40
1 reply
wonder how he got these stats...
2022-11-20 12:20
Yeah that is fair, some ppl just make it sound like some kind of Zywoo/s1mple performance where he dominated the game but still lost. Here he had an equal in the other team.
2022-11-19 23:25
I like your name but flusha also one of the smartest players in csgo history. Not wrong that he got 3 majors
2022-11-19 23:35
1 reply
Smart at hiding cheats
2022-11-20 01:13
He is to blame
2022-11-20 12:11
ez
2022-11-19 23:13
MistR fcking bot
2022-11-19 23:14
#4
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Serbia Ruffus
Best?
2022-11-19 23:15
#5
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Indonesia nouser
ankara mezii and Peppe Zorraa
2022-11-19 23:18
#6
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Argentina An0ther_0NE
device who?
2022-11-19 23:19
3 replies
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
0 maps lost in 2022 by Device , put some respect on GOAT`s name
2022-11-19 23:31
2 replies
#32
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Germany tilted_up
Now that you say it his stats for 2022 are insane, ngl!
2022-11-20 03:39
1 reply
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
+1
2022-11-20 11:30
wp fnatic
2022-11-19 23:19
Losing to Peppzor omegalul
2022-11-19 23:24
3 replies
#24
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Sweden skorpan
Peppzor great, this comment makes no sense.
2022-11-19 23:52
1 reply
No he is not.
2022-11-20 08:17
Fair loss cuz fnatic 1 academician astralis 2 academicians
2022-11-20 00:01
#14
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Norway TheDEA
GGWP
2022-11-19 23:25
MEZII MEZII MEZII
2022-11-19 23:25
Expected and deserved Astralis trash
2022-11-19 23:28
#21
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Pakistan LoOuU2
still great showing with 2 stand ins i`d say. Blame looked good again , Xyp in new roles showed glimpses of past self but the T side woes are massive here. Hopefully Device and some capable rifler like Staehr in the team and we can thrive in 2023!
2022-11-19 23:36
Make Fnatic great again
2022-11-19 23:44
19 frags across 60 rounds is really, really bad form. I’m not saying it’s easy to frag vs pros but this kids form has been shockingly bad and it’s costing them matches.
2022-11-20 00:33
Fnatic is more solid as a team than current Astralis.
2022-11-20 01:15
mezii doing quite well for himself huh
2022-11-20 02:49
#33
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Bulgaria GNMitev
Fnatic still needs to improve(to reached old Fnatic) ... we all know that ence are trash and this astralis is a joke Or Fnatic - roej 29 - fashr 26 but with Zyphon and Staehr some fresh blood imagine astralis: -mistr -kristou but with Zyphon and Staehr
2022-11-20 03:41
1 reply
#41
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Russia w1ndcast
imo zyphon and staehr are overrated a bit but also with them i think fnatic should lose or get a very tough win
2022-11-20 11:07
#34
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Vietnam _Liam_
So unlucky for blameF being in this team
2022-11-20 06:47
atleast this is Astralis's last event with a 0.8 rating awper...hopefully lol
2022-11-20 08:04
Free blamef
2022-11-20 09:09
nice
2022-11-20 09:38
#40
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Sweden Mullden
Mezii the colossus
2022-11-20 10:49
Fashr goat
2022-11-20 11:45
1 reply
+1
2022-11-20 15:24
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