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TSM send fnatic packing in London

Team SoloMid are through to the grand final of the FACEIT League 2015 Stage 1 Finals following a 2-0 victory over fnatic (16-13 on de_mirage and 16-11 on de_inferno).


The opening match of the final day of the FACEIT League 2015 Finals saw in-form fnatic, who had come off two 2-0 victories against Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas, take on Team SoloMid, who had survived a three-map game against Na`Vi to secure a spot in the last-four stage of the tournament.

A flying start from fnatic on de_mirage saw the Swedish team take the opening four rounds of the map. TSM then finally managed to break through fnatic's defense and a get a round of their own, but fnatic regained control of the proceedings and brought the scoreline to 7-1. But for the remainder of the half it was TSM who were in the driving seat as they cup the gap to just three rounds before switching to the CT side.


jw's 30+ frags on mirage not enough to stop TSM (photo


fnatic then further enlarged their lead by taking the pistol round thanks to a triple kill from Jesper "JW" Wecksell and the subsequent round. TSM showed some superior play in gun rounds and overturned the deficit, forcing a timeout out of fnatic when the Swedish team were down 11-13.

The pep talk produced immediate effects as fnatic won the following round to reduce the deficit to just one round, but TSM held on to their lead and closed out the map 16-13. 

The map that followed was de_inferno, on which fnatic are without a doubt one of the world's best teams. It was the Swedish team who claimed bragging rights first, but then they were stunned in the first anti-eco round, in which TSM came out with pistols blazing in middle.


Will TSM secure back-to-back international titles? (photo


TSM went on to take a 3-1 lead, but fnatic regained control of the game and closed out the half up 10-5 as the Danish team struggled to find a way past their opponents' defensive setup. In the second half, TSM put in a marvellous display, dropping just one round to an Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer clutch to run out 16-11 victors and advance to the grand final.