fnatic are through to the Upper Bracket final at the fragbite Masters Season 4 finals following a 2-0 victory over Natus Vincere (16-13 on de_dust2 and 16-11 on de_cobblestone).
The first match of the fragbite Masters Season 4 finals, taking place in Stockholm, pitted Na`Vi, one of the teams to come from the Upper Bracket of the online portion of the season, against fnatic, the very last team to book a place in this tournament.
With Jendeby making his debut as the team's coach, fnatic made a false start to this best-of-three series as they let Na`Vi take the opening two rounds on de_dust2. But the Swedish giants reacted perfecly and turned things around by stringing several rounds together to finish the half up 12-3.
Na`Vi found a lifeline in the second half as they won the pistol round following a catwalk push, with Vasilyev picking up three headshots in quick succession. In gun play, Na`Vi also performed extremelly well, which allowed them to close the gap on their opponents, but mistakes in crucial rounds proved costly as fnatic took a 16-13 win.
|olofmeister in great shape in the first match in Stockholm (photo hltv.org)|
Next up was de_cobblestone, where fnatic got off to a great start on the offensive side of the map, picking up the first three rounds. Na`Vi then responded and equalised the game, but the CIS-based side were then stunned by a pistol force buy from fnatic, who would go on to take a 6-3 lead. For the remainder of the first half, however, it was Na`Vi who were in control as they overturned the deficit to bring the scoreline to 8-7 in their favour.
Now playing on the CT side, fnatic turned in an impressive display, conceding just three rounds before sealing a 16-11 win that takes through to the Upper Bracket final of the tournament.