The first playoff match of the ESL Pro League Season Six Finals finished earlier today, and Fnatic came out victorious on their third day of competition in Odense, Denmark.
The Swedes won the first quarterfinals 2-1 over mixed European team OpTic Gaming on three maps–Inferno, Train, and Mirage–to advance to the semifinals.
On Inferno, Fnatic dominated the pace early on their Terrorist side, winning 9-6 in the first half. Once the Swedes won the second pistol round, it seemed as though the map would be over, but OpTic mounted a huge offensive comeback to continue. After a few strings of traded rounds, mostly caused by OpTic, the map game came down a huge round 30. Adam Friberg then pulled off a crazy one-on-two clutch in a post-plant situation to win OpTic the first map of the series.
Map two Train was a bit more one-sided, however, as Fnatic showed who was the more experienced team with a number of successful defenses. The halftime score was 11-4, but again, OpTic didn’t want to go out without a fight. Despite another comeback attempt the Green Wall faltered, giving up the second map to Fnatic 16-10.
The final map of the series, Mirage, was back and forth throughout the entire first half, which ended 9-6 in favor of OpTic. But Fnatic began a win streak after taking the second pistol round to make the game closer. Once OpTic broke the Swedish economy late in the game, the final rounds came down to a battle of money until round 30. Fnatic then took the map with a solid B site hold at 16-14 to end the series.
Fnatic will be playing FaZe Clan tomorrow at 10am ET in the first semifinals of the $750,000 event.