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Once again the great Polish city of Katowice hosted the most important tournament of CS: GO. After a week of pure emotion, we were given an amazing final match. Spoked Arena has already seen some amazing titles with DotA 2 and PUGB. However, the highlight is Counter-Strike.
With $524,000 in prizes, the 16 classified teams gave everything, offering a great show. Finally, it was Fnatic who rose victorious against FaZe Clan.
Both teams had already crossed Group B for the direct pass to the semifinals of the Playoffs. FaZe Clan came as one of the favorite teams, along with Cloud9. However, no one could expect the level that Fnatic demonstrated during the tournament. With a convincing 2-0 win on Inferno and Cache, the Swedes went straight to the semifinals. There, they swept Team Liquid without any problems, advancing to fight for the grand prize.
For its part, FaZe Clan had to face Cloud9 in the quarterfinals. A great match that was decided in overtime with 2-1 on the scoreboard. The side then eliminated Astralis with a clear 2-0.
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson was a member of Fnatic for 3 years and went to battle against Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson, his former colleague. Spodek Arena was the theater of the final match of the IEM Katowice 2018.
Cache: The first map was chosen by the FaZe, who immediately put their foot on the pedal. The side dominated the match without giving any breathing space to the opponents. The game, controlled by Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and his companions, left no chance of recovery in this map for Fnatic. They lost 16-5.
Inferno: Map chosen by Fnatic, which blocked any attempt of aggression of FaZe. Fnatic closed the map with a score of 22-20, tying the series.
Overpass: Indeed, this clash ended quickly and one of the teams had a big advantage. FaZe Clan was not the better side. Fnatic moved ahead 2-1, winning the third round 16-7.
Mirage: The choice of Fnatic was not wise. The Bosnian NiKo, absent in Overpass and Inferno, led FaZe to a 16-11 victory. Once again, the series was tied.
The decisive battle was played on the Train map. The end of the competition was really fierce with the first half ending 8-7 for Fnatic. The end of the map belonged to FaZe Clan, but led to a draw at 15-15. In order to select the champion of the Intel Extreme Masters 2018 in Katowice, extra time was needed.
In an even more intense finish, Fnatic outlasted FaZe Clan 19-17, and after seven hours of competition, the series was settled 3-2. Fnatic’s victory over FaZe Clan was a light surprise, as just weeks before, Fnatic’s form was at an all-time low during the StarSeries season four finals in Ukraine.
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