Fnatic defeat Natus Vincere 3-2; win ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals
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Fnatic are officially back.
Winning their third straight title with dennis in the lineup, Fnatic took home $100,000 USD and the honor of becoming the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Champions.
Their series against Natus Vincere was a close one, with the CIS team making a comeback after going down 0-2. But there isn't much you can do when the Fnatic lineup start hitting shots, and that's exactly what went down on Sunday.
The series kicked off on Inferno and the story of the first half was all about the Ukrainian-mixed lineup's impenetrable B-site hold. Na`Vi's flamie was simply outstanding as he held off multiple Fnatic pushes by himself and thanks to his heroics, his team jumped out to a commanding 12-3 lead.
The second half was a completely different story though. Na`Vi spiraled into a state of disarray just after they won the opening pistol round, and Fnatic took full advantage of that. They won 13 of the last 14 rounds and were basically gifted the map by Na`Vi's indecisiveness. A total of three rounds ended with GuardiaN and company alive, unable to plant the bomb, and the time at 0:00.
Fnatic took the series lead with a 16-14 victory.
Dust2 began with Na`Vi unable to create any momentum against Fnatic's defense. The Swedes jumped out to a massive 9-2 lead and it looked like it was going to be a one-sided affair. But the Ukrainian-mixed lineup finally cracked the code which allowed them to make the half a respectable 6-9.
Utilizing their momentum from the end of the first half, a revitalized Na`Vi held their own on the defensive side to start off the second, winning six straight rounds. But Fnatic once again made a roaring coming back.
Slowing down their pace to an absolute crawl, Fnatic took advantage of the clock to hit sites after having cleared all the angles. A 9-12 deficit quickly turned to a hotly contested 14-14 tie, and in Round 29, a three-man B-split helped close the deal and Fnatic took the second map, 16-14.
With their backs against the wall, Na`Vi made a statement on Mirage. The CIS team showed their worth and simply crushed the Swedes on every round excluding the first three.
At half, GuardiaN and company held an insurmountable 12-3 advantage and they would not let Fnatic make any more comebacks. The CIS regions representatives fired back, 16-6.
Responding with their own dominant performance in the fourth map, Fnatic took the first 10 rounds of Train on the Terrorist side. The biggest factor for Fnatic's success early was their ability to control the economy and keep Na`Vi off a double AWP setup for most of the match.
Fnatic won the second half pistol round, but Na`Vi were gifted the eco round win and they utilized that slip-up from the Swedish lineup to climb back into the match. Still, the comeback looked impossible when Fnatic finally began to string rounds together late in the half. Na`Vi however, would not be denied on Train.
A series of extremely well played fakes towards the inner bombsite set Na`Vi up for a string of rounds and they broke the Fnatic economy by the final round. This gave Fnatic a taste of their own comeback medicine to lock in their second straight map, 16-14.
Cobblestone was the final map in the series and Fnatic jumped out to a significant lead once again. The CIS team did not give up, and they managed to grind out enough rounds to make the half time score respectable, 9-6. To be honest, it would have been an 8-7 if it wasn't for this insane shot by dennis.
The second half began with Fnatic winning the pistol round and corresponding anti-eco's to take complete control of the economy. Their choke hold on the economy kept GuardiaN off the AWP and he was unable to make a big impact in the half.
With GuardiaN unable to impact the game, Fnatic got their third straight title with dennis in the lineup, defeating Na`Vi 16-6.