The series started frenetically on Overpass. The pace was relentless with both teams trading rounds back and forth and neither were able to build up any significant streak of rounds. The first half finished 8-7 to MiBR, but the halftime break did nothing to stop the relentless pace of the game.
The second half was still scrappy with both sides taking turns to land punches and the final six rounds were a flurry of clutches. In the 30th round, Fnatic pulled off a miracle force buy and defused the bomb with milliseconds to spare to take the game to overtime.
In OT it was more of the same with a frantic back and forth. Despite MiBR performing marginally better and opening up rounds throughout, Fnatic just refused to lose. The first overtime came and went. It went into a second overtime and despite both teams landing blows neither could land the knockout punch as the game went to a third overtime. It was all about endurance and at long last Fnatic found the edge, winning four rounds in a row in the Overtime 3 to finally bring the map to a close and pick up the first point of the series.
After giving everyone a moment to breathe after the absolute madness on Overpass, the series moved on to MiBR’s map pick, Vertigo. MiBR were going to have to pick themselves mentally up after the agony of losing the marathon first map. However it was Jesper "JW" Wecksell who dominated, showing absolutely no fear of heights. He was incredible on Fnatic’s CT side, popping up with his AWP all over the map to open up rounds with entries and pick up a series of multi-kills. MiBR just couldn’t deal with him as Fnatic stormed to a 12-3 lead at half-time.
Four quick round wins in the second half for Fnatic sealed the series win in style and sent them through to the Upper Bracket Finals to face Virtus.Pro and fight it out for a spot in the Grand Final.
Jesper "JW" Wecksell finished the game with 39 kills and 12 assists. His total kill contribution of 51 was the highest on the server.
Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira and Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles were the highest rated players in the game, but it wasn’t enough to get their team over the line
JW was a thorn in MiBR’s side during the entire game on Vertigo. He finished with 11 AWP kills, 5 opening kills and a rating of 1.85.
If MiBR tried to avoid JW, it was Freddy “KRIMZ" Johansson waiting for them instead. He picked up the most kills in the game with 24 frags and a 1.81 rating.
Fnatic- Jesper "JW" Wecksell has been picking up the rifle a lot more this year, but this tournament his AWPing has been prolific like the JW of old. He picked up 29 AWP kills over the series and his total kill count of 62 was the best of any player. Three of Fnatic’s players are the legendary lineup that won majors a few years ago and right now they are in red hot form. Their experience combined with the young talents of Maikil “Golden" Selim and Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin have proved to be a recipe for success and right now they look absolutely unstoppable.
MiBR- The Brazlians seemed to lack the killer instinct in this game. They had a lot of chances to close out Overpass and failed to take them as they fell in triple overtime. A key moment on their T side was when they pushed into the A site through long. They were spotted and the CT rotate started coming in, but they just didn’t press the issue quick enough and allowed Fnatic to get players onto the site before the bomb had even been planted. They seemed to struggle mentally after the first map and they will have to pick themselves up and go again in the lower bracket.
Fnatic will face Virtus.Pro in the Upper Bracket final to battle it out for a place in the grand final, whilst MiBR will face MAD Lions in the lower bracket for a chance to play in the lower bracket final against the winner of OG vs BIG.
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