Fnatic
Sweden
Holds the line for quarterfinal spot
April 22, 2018
JW gathered a 36/33 KD on Friday in the 2-0 series win over Renegades in the Group C decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
JW's slow start quickly went behind him as the remainder of the first half was an open field to rack up 10 rounds straight as Renegades responded with the final two for the 10-5 half. JW then pressed on through the second half on the T-side to secure the second pistol and the following anti-ecos to secure their gun round for four straight, however, Renegades contested with eight rounds but eventually fell short to JW and co. claim the 16-13 win, posting a 20/18 KD and an 80.4 ADR. The series then moved on to Cobblestone where the team experienced another slow start but JW broke the five-round streak from Renegades with a triple entry kill on the B-bombsite to secure the post-plant. From there, his team went on to secure the 9-6 half, which eventually turned into a dominating second half for a 16-8 win to the quarters.
Secures third quarter-final in a row
April 22, 2018
flusha posted a 38/34 KD on Friday in a 2-0 series win over Renegades in the Group C decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
Despite the slow start on Mirage, flusha overcame the odds and helped the CT-side hold on the line for ten straight before Renegades could secure the 10-5 half. flusha then pressed on through the second half for four straight on the T-side but Renegades found their momentum to tag eight rounds against to contest. It was a valiant effort, but flusha and co. marched on to secure the 16-13 series lead. The series then moved on to Cobblestone where flusha experienced another slow start on the T-side, but eventually, the B-bombsite gave way for a dominated first half for the offense to secure the 9-6 lead. The momentum carried over into the second half where flusha shut down the B-bombsite hold to secure seven rounds for the quarterfinal spot on Saturday.
Consistent in sweep to quarter-final
April 22, 2018
KRIMZ led with a 56/32 KD on Friday in a 2-0 series win over Renegades in the Group C decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
KRIMZ had a slow start to the Group C decider on the CT-side of Mirage after Renegades sealed their 3-0 lead. KRIMZ then returned the favor to strike back with five straight, thanks to his Round 8 anti-eco quad kill to secure the round. He then went on to pick up three more kills in the following round to stamp six straight. KRIMZ pressed on to secure the 10th straight by holding the line on the A-bombsite with a quad kill to make it 10-3. Renegades picked up two more rounds as KRIMZ and co. finished the half 10-5. KRIMZ pressed on to pick up four in a row to start the second half as Renegades responded with eight, but could not top KRIMZ and co. for the 16-13 win. KRIMZ then surged through the first half to come back down 5-2 to complete the 9-6 half, then continuing through the second half to secure the map and the series with a double CZ-75 kill.
Falls short through three
April 21, 2018
JW posted a 51/57 KD on Thursday in a 2-1 loss to Natus Vincere in the Group C winners' match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
JW had a rather slow start on the series opener of Inferno, Na'Vi's map pick, to have a tough time getting round Zeus' defense for a tough 10-5 deficit at the half. From there, things didn't get better as he was unable to get much going on the CT-side fora 16-7 loss. Then on Cobblestone, JW found his groove to help Fnatic retain the defensive lead through the 8-7 half. JW had a much harder time through the second half on the T-side as they trailed for the majority of the half but managed to put Na'Vi on their heels to closed for a 16-11 win tying the series. The decider on Overpass featured JW take a 2-0 lead thanks to his 1-vs-2 clutch to secure the B-bombsite retake. From there, the two teams contested which came down to a shattered economy on JW's side which trial towards the 16-14 loss.
Slow start on Inferno turns sour
April 21, 2018
flusha gathered a 53/58 KD on Thursday in a 2-1 loss to Natus Vincere in the Group C winners' match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
flusha's first-half performance saw very little frags in his efforts to snag five rounds before the 10-5 half went the way for Na'Vi. flusha continued to struggle through the second half, only able to secure two rounds and an 11/18 KD and 52.3 ADR in the 16-7 loss on Inferno. The series moved to Cobblestone where flusha looked his best getting frag after frag to help secure the final round to close out the map with a triple kill entry on the A-bombsite. The decider came down to Overpass where flusha had a strong showing on the CT-side securing majority control of the first half to hold out for an 8-7 lead. The second half was a bit of a turn as he trailed Na'Vi but still helped his team win key rounds. Unfortunately, in the end, flusha could not come out on top to result in a 16-14 loss.
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Invited to ESL One Cologne
April 4, 2018
ESL has revealed that the Swedish giants are headed to ESL One Cologne.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic is the third team invited to the annual event held at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. The organizers have previously invited SK Gaming and Cloud9 as the first invited teams to the fifth year of the ESL tournament. Fnatic has been the recent buzz after claiming their title at IEM Katowice after a two-year drought and then going back-to-back at the WESG 2017 World Finals over Space Soldiers in the grand final. ESL One Cologne will take place from July 3-8 as 16 teams will compete for the $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
fnatic head down under for IEM Sydney
March 23, 2018
fnatic conclude the seven-team invite list to the Aussie event set to kick off May 1-6, ESL has announced.
ANALYSIS
After securing their title at IEM Katowice and then locking up the sweep over Space Soldiers at WESG 2017 World Finals, will now head to Australis to attend IEM Sydney. The $250,000 prize pool up for grabs will have sixteen teams looking to claim their share while also gaining a win towards the Intel Grand Slam $1million bonus prize. fnatic are just one win shy to tie with SK, who currently stand with 2 wins. fnatic completes the invite list while one spot remains from the GG:Origin qualifier, following the qualifiers held in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
olofmeister and dennis set to exit
August 8, 2017
olomesiter and dennis are set to leave the active roster of Fnatic, according to a report by Flickshot.
ANALYSIS
Nearly a year ago, one of the most unexpected shuffles between Fnatic and GODSENT surfaced as JW, flusha, and KRiMZ reunited with former Fnatic member Pronax in GODSENT. With a majority of the core players gone, olofmeister and dennis were on a quest to rebuild which faced many bumps in the road. However, the team reunited earlier this year after several disappointing results from both sides although the team has not been the same since the reformation. Now, Golden, who is already in the Fnatic organization representing Fnatic Academy, and Lekr0 are set to fill in the gaps as dennis is likely to transfer to GODSENT for Lekr0, however, for olofmeister, his future remains uncertain. Players or organizations have not made an official comment.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Fnatic invited to ELEAGUE Premier 2017
July 26, 2017
ELEAGUE has revealed that twelve teams, including Fnatic, will be invited to compete in the Premier tournament.
ANALYSIS
Fnatic has been rather quiet in 2017 as the team has had a lackadaisical performance since finishing second at DremaHack Summer 2017. Fnatic is placed in Group B along side mosuesports, North and the remaining Qualifying teams from the Americas or Europe/CIS regions, with the first matches, starting September 15-16th. Fnatic will look to redeem themselves after a dismal 9-12th finish during ELEAGUE Season 2.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Will not compete at ESL Pro League Finals
October 24, 2016
Fnatic will not compete at the upcoming ESL Pro League Finals event citing "personal circumstances".
ANALYSIS
Obviously not much information was given for the sudden departure of one of the premier teams at the event, and the move clearly caught the event organizers off guard as well, as they were unable to fill the spot vacated by Fnatic. As a result, Group A will consist of five teams, Immortals, mousesports, OpTic Gaming, Team EnVyUs and Team Liquid.