Semifinals Approach at IEM Katowice
The IEM Katowice quarterfinals have concluded. Surrounded by an empty Spodek Arena, four teams competed for their tournament lives. The 100 Thieves train was unfortunately halted as Fnatic took them down in the closest 2-0 possible.
Fnatic 2 – 0 100 Thieves
The first map of Inferno was chosen by 100 Thieves as they looked to continue their success. The pistol round went in their favor, but Fnatic stopped 100 Thieves in their tracks with an Arches to B force buy defense. In the first gun round with both economies on the line, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist got an ace retaking the B bombsite to propel Fnatic into the lead. The Swedes went up 7-2 before 100T finally made pushes work on the A site. The remaining rounds were split, the half ending 10-5 for Fnatic.
The lead would stay with Fnatic as their T side earned man advantages frequently. All of Fnatic’s players were performing as they earned match point. All of the sudden, Justin “jks” Savage and Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad came alive on the Banana defense. 100T won crucial gun rounds and held strong against Fnatic’s force buys. At 15-13, the Thieves shut down two Fnatic A pushes to force overtime.
The first round went Fnatic’s way on a B bombsite take, then 100T shut down Banana again to take the second. Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson hit 30 frags as Fnatic took the lead before swapping sides. The Swedish defense held strong on the B bombsite as flusha and Maikil “Golden” Selim used a bait setup to deny a plant and win the map 19-16.
Now on Mirage, Fnatic took their T side pistol round. This time it was 100T’s turn to win the force buy. The Thieves took a 3-1 lead, but Fnatic quickly tied it with two A site hits. The score remained close until 100 Thieves hit their stride at the end of the half, taking a 9-6 lead. Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai looked comfortable playing aggressively with the AWP.
100T’s momentum rolled on as they took the first two rounds. The Thieves were looking to run away with the game until Fnatic won a full eco round defending the A bombsite. The score gap closed as the teams tied at 12 rounds apiece. 100 Thieves won three rounds in a row to earn match point. Needing to win out, Fnatic defended the B site split with mediocre weapons to get to 14. A dominant round 30 saw the second map hit overtime as well.
Two consecutive A site executes split the first two rounds before Fnatic earned the lead going into their T half. Once again, Fnatic took two rounds in a row as KRIMZ completed the map two robbery (19-16) with a 1v3 clutch to send 100 Thieves home.