We had two days of utterly incredible Counter-Strike. We got to witness comebacks, blowouts, reverse sweeps and plenty of overtime.
Sixteen teams came into this event and played through a Best of 3 Swiss System format. The top 8 teams advanced through to playoffs and the quarterfinals. Here are the results:
- NRG Esports 2-1 Team Vitality
- Fnatic 2-1 North
- Renegades 2-0 Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Natus Vincere 2-1 ENCE
The most enticing thing about the quarterfinals is that the two favourites coming into the event ended up meeting in the quarter-final due to seeding from the swiss format. NaVi and ENCE yet again had an epic battle that went down to the wire. NaVi got revenge for their semi-final defeat at Katowice.
Many expected that the winner of that series would advance to the grand final, and likely win the event. Renegades had a breeze in their games against Ninjas in Pyjamas. Fnatic and North faced off in an exciting series, that was back and forth until Fnatic stepped it up a gear and won last map 16-1.
If someone told you coming into this event that the top 4 teams would end up being NRG, Fnatic, Renegades, and NaVi; you wouldn’t believe them. Here’s how the semi-finals played out:
- NRG 0-2 Fnatic
- Renegades 1-2 Natus Vincere
The NRG and Fnatic series was truly excellent from a neutral perspective. Both teams were fighting round for round, which is why the games both went to overtime. Fnatic edged out on top in both maps 19-17, clutching up when it mattered in overtime and booked their spot in the grand final.
Following their victory against ENCE, NaVi were very much expected to blowout Renegades. A big reason behind this was because NaVi were playing back to back series and had strong momentum.
The momentum was evident in the first map, where the won 16-5. Then Renegades came out swinging with a 16-8 win on Mirage. After this wake-up call, NaVi stepped their game back out and demolished Renegades 16-4 on Train to win the series.
The Grand Final takes place today. The build-up for the best of 5 final is live as this post goes live. NaVi vs. Fnatic, two CS:GO legends face off for their chance of lifting the trophy.