fnatic, who have had a troublesome season so far and have plummeted in the rankings all the way to being on the verge of falling out of the top 30, were no match for Virtus.pro in their opener on Vertigo.
“We know that we’re going to win after the first few rounds when everyone is talking, everyone is happy, everyone is smiling.” Shahar “flameZ” Shushan said when asked about the positive atmosphere perceived in the OG side. “The most basic things affect so much in the game.”
NIP broke OG by winning a second round forcebuy, taking a 2-1 lead, but the European combine quickly restabilized on the defense to go up 5-2 until a set piece on a forcebuy got the Swedish team right back in contention in an extremely close half that ended up with Mateusz “mantuu” Wilczewski and company in the lead, 8-7. OG then charged ahead on the attack, making what had been a tight map into a one-sided affair, giving up just two rounds on the way to a 16-9 victory.
Virtus.pro were quick out of the gate on the attacking side of Vertigo, giving up only two rounds in the first half as fnatic failed to put up a strong CT side. The Swedes kept the map going on the attacking side and made an attempt to correct their abysmal first half, even reaching double digits, but were unable to turn the map around as Dzhami “Jame” Ali and Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis powered their team to a 16-10 victory.
OG will face Virtus.pro next in the Group B upper bracket, while NIP and fnatic will go up against each other in the lower bracket, but before that the tournament will continue with Gambit taking on Vitality for a spot in the playoffs and Sprout playing Complexity for survival in the upcoming round of matches.