fnatic overpower BIG 2-0 to win Elisa Masters Espoo

fnatic trounced the German quintet to win their first offline event in over three years.

fnatic have been crowned champions of Elisa Masters Espoo after crushing BIG 2-0 in the grand final. The European roster carried their dominant tournament-wide performance straight into the final matchup, annihilating the Germans 16-4 on Vertigo before closing things out with a 16-5 thrashing on Overpass.

The two teams both came into the $200,000 LAN tournament without their full starting five, but this didn't stop them from putting up strong runs en route to a grand final appearance. fnatic were forced to call up Peppe "⁠Peppzor⁠" Borak in place of Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson, who is currently sidelined due to a hand injury. BIG, meanwhile, welcomed Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann back into the fold as a replacement for Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische, who contracted COVID-19 just before the start of the competition.

fnatic hoist their first trophy since making an international pivot

With this gold-medal finish, fnatic take home the $100,000 first-place prize as well as secure the team an appearance at the IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In, the prelude to the $1,000,000 main tournament which will get started on January 31, 2023. The event win in Espoo also ushers in a new era for the European quintet, with this being fnatic's first LAN event win since DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019. It was Dion "⁠FASHR⁠" Derksen's time to show up for his team in this game, averaging a 1.56 rating across the two maps, a noticeable jump compared to the 1.07 rating he has displayed in the past three months.

BIG, on the other hand, end their final tournament outing of 2022 as runners-up. The German side has had a relatively mixed year results-wise; they clinched just one event win at the online Roobet Cup, while also failing to make deep runs in their Big Event appearances like ESL Pro League Season 16 and the IEM Rio Major. BIG will lament their less than competitive showing in their grand final match versus fnatic, with all of the team's players sitting firmly in the red.

FASHR went nuclear on Overpass with a 1.64 rating and 102 ADR

The action between the two teams began on Vertigo, BIG's pick. fnatic struck first, adding four rounds to the Germans' one thanks to a red-hot Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen, who had already put 11 kills on the board. BIG's woes only continued as the first half played out, with the squad finding themselves trailing by seven rounds, 2-9, even with the support of a vocal contingent of the Roaring Bears in the front of the crowd. BIG recovered somewhat as their offensive effort drew to a close, snatching away two much-needed rounds to head into their CT-side with a far less daunting 4-11 deficit.

Any chance of a BIG comeback was quickly dashed as fnatic showed no mercy in the short-lived second half. The European outfit nabbed their second pistol of the map with a fast play through Middle, before converting the following three rounds with relative ease to steal their foes' pick 16-4 and go 1-0 up in the grand final. William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman once again put up strong numbers after his resurgent performance in the semi-final on Saturday. The captain led both his team and the server with 22 kills and a stellar 1.83 rating.

Next up was Overpass, where fnatic sought to pile on the pressure by starting their time on the attack with a 5-2 lead, courtesy of clinical utility usage which did wonders at keeping the Germans at bay. fnatic, now with the wind in their sails, maintained their dominant posture in the server and brushed aside an opponent that looked increasingly deflated and out of their depth, 9-4. The remaining two rounds offered no respite to BIG, with precise shooting from the entirety of the European combine once against allowing fnatic to boast a lopsided 11-4 scoreline at the switch.

fnatic and BIG traded a round apiece to kick off the second half. Just as the Germans looked poised to finally be in with a chance of putting up a streak of rounds, FASHR and mezii shut down the B site with a pair of Desert Eagles to steal back the momentum, 13-5. At this point, there was little BIG could do to recover; an ace by the stand-in of Peppzor got fnatic to match point, with the 20-year-old going on to gun down two more in the round that followed to put the final nail in the coffin, 16-5, and win his team the Elisa Masters Espoo trophy in the process.

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Overpass
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 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
28 - 31 -3 71.2 0.95
21 - 33 -12 68.3 0.77
19 - 31 -12 60.1 0.73
19 - 30 -11 44.2 0.59
13 - 37 -24 50.1 0.51
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
38 - 15 +23 94.5 1.61
35 - 18 +17 98.5 1.56
37 - 22 +15 84.4 1.42
27 - 22 +5 66.8 1.15
24 - 23 +1 70.2 1.09
Netherlands Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Dion 'FASHR' Derksen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
796
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1777
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
961
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1847
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Sweden Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Peppe 'Peppzor' Borak
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
584
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
#1
Camel | 
Finland bingus
first very underwhelming final, not PogChamp
2022-11-20 20:04
8 replies
clapped
2022-11-20 20:06
3 replies
byebye Krimz
2022-11-20 20:43
2 replies
Deserved win by fnatic, congratulations
2022-11-21 00:03
Hardly. Hes been great
2022-11-21 16:32
Fnatic didn’t feel like playing with left hand to make it close, like they did in some other games.
2022-11-20 20:20
1 reply
BIG is the team that won the least round from Fnatic in this tournament (9 rounds in 2 maps)
2022-11-20 20:47
brutal. savage. rekt
2022-11-20 20:20
rio had a very underwheling final but not because of crowd
2022-11-21 05:49
Grt!
2022-11-20 20:03
#3
podi | 
Finland Mat0n1
You HLTV mfs hyped this shit for nothing if there's no mvp and badge for the winner
2022-11-20 20:03
6 replies
#30
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United Kingdom Technica
They added it under LAN achievements but not as a notable trophy. No MVP because no top 10 teams I think.
2022-11-20 20:25
5 replies
#32
podi | 
Finland Mat0n1
The LAN achievements will be removed in few days. It always happens with ESL challengers too. It sucks because ENCE was top 10 before the event started and MOUZ was supposed to be there instead of sprout.
2022-11-20 20:29
3 replies
#43
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Poland bot_taz
bcuz HLTV prob got paid to give them MVP zZz
2022-11-20 21:27
prize pool
2022-11-20 21:38
#64
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Germany Jonaah
lan events need one top 10 team, online events two top 10 teams
2022-11-21 09:01
expected, even without krimz
2022-11-20 20:04
God dammit Peppzor, you really are the man
2022-11-20 20:05
1 reply
Only surpassed by Brollan
2022-11-20 20:08
#6
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Finland aleksiii
better be shown on the player pages
2022-11-20 20:05
#7
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Georgia Nickk8k_
No Krimz :(
2022-11-20 20:05
#8
Spinx | 
Israel fvlion
GG
2022-11-20 20:06
fnatic already locked into katowice based on ESL points so this second place should lock in BIG for katowice play-in
2022-11-20 20:06
3 replies
BIG already look like they are in Katowice form too!
2022-11-20 20:36
1 reply
Missing their primary awper, can't really blame them.
2022-11-20 21:28
#53
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India ROFLaala
Did they,?
2022-11-20 22:23
D E S T R O Y E D
2022-11-20 20:06
#12
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Spain AlfonGD
go fantic 🙂
2022-11-20 20:06
gg
2022-11-20 20:06
#14
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Switzerland Ziwhu
finally
2022-11-20 20:08
#15
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Switzerland dima_dmdm
roeJ - MVP!
2022-11-20 20:08
there were planty enough of good teams to at least give the players a badge and show the trophyon the team profile?
2022-11-20 20:09
1 reply
They needed at least one top 10 team
2022-11-20 20:31
#18
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Poland miedzianek
9 rounds in 2 maps XD BIG PRETENDER ON MAJOR xD
2022-11-20 20:09
ouch
2022-11-20 20:11
Happy Bday 🙂 Roje 🙂 Congratz 🙂 fantic
2022-11-20 20:12
Hopefully ENCE gives some academy player a chance to play in main roster, because valde isn't the solution. Or just -valde +someone else.
2022-11-20 20:16
1 reply
Valde isn’t problem. Snappi’s T side ”tactics” is the real problem.
2022-11-21 07:02
Congratulations Fantic! WP. It's a shame BIG didn't show up for the final, I think the crowd deserved a better match. Good event though.
2022-11-20 20:15
#23
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Denmark slacking
Destroyed
2022-11-20 20:17
#24
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Poland ryhupeja
13-37 xD
2022-11-20 20:17
#25
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Australia rationale
The tilt was palpable. No idea why BIG looked and played so horrible.
2022-11-20 20:20
1 reply
+1 Really bad day at the office for tabseN and fam. Fantic cruising to 100k prize monies.
2022-11-20 20:23
No one expected BIGBOTS to win lol
2022-11-20 20:20
#31
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Bulgaria GNMitev
Amazing Tournament Amazing Crowd Amazing Stage Host: Pala Amazing Performing from Fnatic Amazing Mezzi and Peppzor Congratulations Fnatic Thank you Finland
2022-11-20 20:27
#33
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Cyprus shmoe
Josef 'faveN' Baumann 13 - 37 genius
2022-11-20 20:29
1 reply
dudes leet
2022-11-21 02:51
“Quality” final…
2022-11-20 20:29
1 reply
Fanatics too good for small big
2022-11-21 14:17
no balding loser = ez win
2022-11-20 20:33
peppzor had a great tournament, impressive
2022-11-20 20:48
Add the badges and mvp award , that's a solid tournament
2022-11-20 21:05
What a BIG disappointment! Gratz to Fnatic well deserved!
2022-11-20 21:44
#47
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Europe S0me_dude
32-9 LUL BIG disband, tabsen to FaZe
2022-11-20 22:01
f krimz
2022-11-20 22:09
#49
ryx | 
Venezuela gaditoh
ok
2022-11-20 22:13
#50
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Finland la_costena
T2 event
2022-11-20 22:15
BIG haves to disband
2022-11-20 22:19
Nice
2022-11-20 22:20
German CS
2022-11-20 23:28
2 replies
#66
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Germany Raiden1401
NA CS KEKW have to buy russian roster to stay relevant. Big with 2 stand-ins reach LAN final, get trashed from so called CS fans. You all are a bunch of morons
2022-11-21 12:41
1 reply
#73
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Austria doMK0
Reading my mind there.
2022-11-22 14:22
gj fantic 🙂 woo 🙂
2022-11-20 23:32
#57
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Finland AliSabid
Not surprised
2022-11-21 00:42
1 reply
Indeed, even i wasn't surprised
2022-11-21 08:48
13-37 elite
2022-11-21 02:50
1 reply
Elite noob
2022-11-21 14:16
'faveN' 13 - 37 kekW
2022-11-21 05:38
1 reply
Kekw
2022-11-21 14:16
finland boring country & boring and empty event
2022-11-21 12:07
Fanatics so OP hltv have to make a thread about it. Mr peppe not too bad. Roej, messi and fashr are in godmode rn. If they win their next event Fnatic is a top team!
2022-11-21 14:15
Easiest bet ever lol
2022-11-21 17:54
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