BIG Take Down Fnatic at ESL Pro League
Group B of ESL Pro League Season 11 continues to deliver unexpected results just one day into play. BIG have pulled off a 2-1 upset against Swedish favorites Fnatic. With this result, and North’s win over Na’Vi, Group B has been cracked wide open.
Map One – Inferno
BIG’s Inferno pick was up first. Although Fnatic had perfect intel on BIG’s B site push, they still hit all of their shots to win the pistol round. BIG took the first three rounds before Fnatic’s first CT buy. The A site was the target for BIG, and two clean entry frags forced Fnatic to back away. Despite being on a low buy, Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson won a 1v2 with the Deagle to earn Fnatic’s first round. Fnatic won two more rounds and were looking to stabilize on defense. BIG would deny them with a partial buy towards Mid. The momentum shift allowed BIG to chain four more rounds. Fnatic could have retained a decent score by taking the remaining rounds, but Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch pulled off a 4K clutch to cement BIG’s 10-5 lead at the half.
After a shootout in Mid, BIG took the second pistol as well. Fnatic full saved then bought up in round 18 and took down BIG’s 4 MP9 buy thanks to Robin “flusha” Rönnquist tossing a Molotov on the bomb. Fnatic took one more round on an A site push, but it would be their last. BIG took four rounds in a row with strong defensive setups on both sides of the map. 16-7 was the final score.
Map Two – Overpass
Now on Fnatic’s trusty Overpass pick, they were determined to get back into the series. Fnatic started strong on the T side with a pistol win. The follow-ups went cleanly as BIG prepared for this gun round. Despite stalling Fnatic’s B push with two kills, the remaining Fnatic members clutched out the round thanks to bad positioning from BIG.
The round counter ticked to 5-0 as BIG got their next chance. Their forward Bathrooms setup did not pay off as Fnatic won another crucial round, breaking BIG again. Round eight saw BIG throw another 5v3 advantage, this time on the A site. Fnatic went up 10-0 as BIG were WINNING in opening duels. The last five rounds of the half were traded between the teams, but Fnatic were dominant with a 12-3 lead at the half.