fnatic came from behind to beat EnVyUs 2-1 and win DreamHack Open Tours 2015 (7-16 on de_dust2, 16-10 on de_mirage and 16-5 on de_cache).
A flying start from EnVyUs on the Terrorist side of de_dust2 saw them take the opening five rounds of the match, much to the delight of the home crowd. A courageous move by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, who came through a smoke in the CT spawn to kill two opponents during a mid-B split, then broke the French team's momentum, but two entry frags by Richard "shox" Papillon in catwalk in the following round restored a five-round lead for the home side.
After falling behind 1-7, fnatic were able to get back on their feet thanks to a triple kill from Rönnquist in A, but Vincent "Happy" Cervoni then showed he also wanted to have a say in this match and added four kills to his tally to put EnVyUs once again in control, which left fnatic with little money to work with. In the final stages of the half, the Swedish team were able to pick up two more rounds, but a 4-11 scoreline still spelled trouble for them.
EnVyUs picked up where they had left off and further enlarged their lead by taking the first two rounds of the second half. A third-round buy from fnatic paid off and allowed the Swedish team to reduce the deficit to 7-13, but then EnVyUs strung three rounds together to win the map 16-7.
|Happy had many important kills on de_dust2 (photo hltv.org)|
The second map was de_mirage, where fnatic were in control for most of the first half as they took a commanding 11-4 lead going into the break. EnVyUs then found a lifeline as they won the pistol round as Terrorist, but then the Frenchmen were stunned in the first anti-eco round by Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, who went out on an apparent suicide mission but got four kiills instead.
fnatic went on to add the following two rounds to bring the scoreline to 14-5, but EnVyUs refused to throw in the towel and cut reduced the gap to five rounds. However, there was nothing they could to stop Markus "pronax" Wallsten's men from walking away with a 16-10 victory and levelling the series on one map.
|KRIMZ turned up the heat on de_mirage (photo hltv.org)|
It all came down to de_cache, the decisive map of the series. Here, EnVyUs came out the brighter and took a 3-0 lead after surviving a scare in the pistol round as Freddy "KRIMZ" Johanssonpicked up three kills in a 1-vs-5 situation. For the remainder of the first half, however, fnatic were in the driving seat, with the Swedish giants once again closing the half with an 11-4 lead.
EnVyUs got back into the game by winning the pistol round as Terrorist following a B push, but the Frenchmen spurned the advantage in the following round as they were sandwiched in the middle by an eco'ing fnatic side, who would go on to win the next four rounds to seal a 16-5 victory and leave the former LDLC players frustrated as they had to settle for second place after taking a one-map lead in the series.
DreamHack Open Tours final standings:
1. fnatic - $20,000
2. EnVyUs - $6,000
3-4. HellRaisers - $3,000
3-4. dignitas - $3,000
5-8. FlipSid3 Tactics $2,000
5-8. Titan - $2,000
5-8. Awsomniac $2,000
5-8. LDLC White - $2,000