Credit: ESL Adela Sznajder
Both fnatic and Heroic were sitting on three points going into their brawl at the Pinnacle Cup Cup Championship 2022 event in Lund, Sweden. A victory for either team would mean qualification to the next round, where they would be facing either Imperial or Finest in a brawl for a spot in the Consolidation Final of the event. The loser between Heroic and fnatic, however, would have to see themselves eliminated from the event there and then. Going into the Bo3-series it was no secret that the Danes of Heroic were the favorites on paper. Currently ranked as the 9# best team in the world, Heroic faced a new-look fnatic that are yet to prove what they are capable of as a roster. Whilst fnatic definitely proved that they are capable of something very exciting in the near future, it was meant to happen today. In just two maps it was "cadian" and his troops to claim victory against fnatic and stay alive at the event.
The first map of the Bo3-series was set to be played on Mirage and was picked by fnatic. Being the most played map in the current official map pool of CS:GO, Mirage is by no means an unfamiliar map for either team. Despite this, however, it is currently one of Heroic's worst maps as of late, which could very well be the reason as to why fnatic opted for Mirage as their pick. Heroic, however, didn't seem troubled whatsoever in the first half of Mirage. A stellar CT-sided performance with a "sjuush" on fire, meant a 10-5 lead for the Danes as the two rosters switched sides. The second half started, as the first had ended, with Heroic at the steering wheel, at least until fnatic woke up. Managing to string together round after round, the new-look fnatic roster almost managed to make a phenomenal comeback against Heroic, forcing all 30 rounds before a winner was found. Ultimately, however, it was Heroic to take it over the line at the scoreline of 16-14.
The second map of the Bo3-series was, of course, picked by Heroic and meant a trip to Overpass as the two rosters continued the brawl. Known for their fast rotates and creative executes, Heroic are a challenging opponent to face on Overpass, no matter what team you are. Whilst this may be the case, fnatic carried on their impressive CT-sided performance on Mirage, with a strong start to their defensive half. Whilst fnatic hit the ground running on Overpass, it wasn't long until Heroic showed up. At the scoreline of 8-7, things were as close as possible going into the second half of Overpass. With Heroic on the CT-side in the second half, the Danish lead quickly became bigger and bigger and yet another comeback attempt was needed from fnatic to stay alive against Heroic. A comeback didn't happen on Overpass either and at the scoreline of 16-13, it was Heroic to close out Overpass and take home the Bo3-series against fnatic.
Highlight of the Bo3-series:
Heroic – fnatic 2-0 | Pinnacle Cup Championships
16-14 (Mirage) | sjuush – 1.55 Rating / 31-18 K-D / 100.3 ADR
16-13 (Overpass) | TeSeS – 1.32 Rating / 24-17 K-D / 90.0 ADR
: Martin “Stavn” Lund – 1.30 Rating / 46-33 K-D / 89.6 ADR