fnatic win Barcelona Invitational

Feb 22 2016 4 min read
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fnatic have been crowned champions of the Barcelona CS:GO Invitational after beating Astralis twice in the final matchup (16-14 on de_dust2 and 16-13 on de_inferno).


dignitas and
G2 both out of contention, the final was contested by
fnatic and
astralis, two teams still with two lives. The first map, de_dust2, began with
astralis building a three-round lead after a solid pistol round, in which René "cajunb" Borg picked up three kills.

fnatic were then able to get their first round on the board, but
astralis hit back right after, resetting the economy of the Swedes. With a 1-5 deficit,
fnatic were starting to lose control of the map, but a well-timed A split put them back in the game. The rest of the half was a one-team show, with
fnatic winning seven of the next eight rounds to take a 9-6 half-time lead.

Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer went huge in the pistol round as CT, picking up three kills during the retake, with

fnatic following it up with the first anti-eco. A third-round buy from astralis proved successful and saw the Danes embark on an fantastic eight-round win streak, forcing a tactical pause out of
fnatic. But the momentum shifted back in
fnatic's favor when they went for a double AWP setup, a decision that allowed them to claim five rounds in a row and seal a 16-14 victory.

The map that followed was de_inferno, where

fnatic had given a phenomenal account of themselves earlier in the day against
G2. The Swedish team got off to a flying start in the game and picked up a commanding 6-1 lead, but
Astralis looked livelier during the final stages and cut the deficit to just one round before the break.

The second half was highly-contested from the get-go as neither side were able to mount a significant lead, but

fnatic, inspired by a great display produced by Dennis "dennis" Edman, who picked up an ace in a 2vs5 situation, hammered the final nail into
Astralis' coffin, securing the title and a €32,000 payout.

Barcelona CS:GO Invitational Final Standings:


fnatic - €32,000
Astralis - €16,000
G2 - €8,500 
dignitas - €7,500 
EnVyUs - €5,500
Vexed - €3,500 
gBots - €1,500 
x6tence - €500 

Source: hltv.org


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