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Fnatic vs Cloud9 Match Decided the First Team Eliminated from the ECS Season 5 Live Finals – Recap

Published: 9/Jun/2018 12:02 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Mike Kent

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The first matchup on day two of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals saw a heavyweight clash as Fnatic and Cloud9 fought to stay in the $660,000 tournament.

Taking place at the SSE Wembley Arena in the heart of London, the event is the culmination of an online season spanning from March.

Day one of the event saw NRG Esports and Astralis advance to the semi-finals on Sunday, with the remaining teams playing on Saturday for a chance at the playoffs.

Group A’s elimination match kicked off day two with Fnatic and Cloud9 duking it out for a shot at playing Team Liquid in the decider match later in the day.

With Fnatic debuting their new roster featuring Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström and Cloud9 playing their last tournament with Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta, it was a scrappy affair as individual performances shone above tactical team moves.

Cloud9 started the game well with a 16-14 win on Overpass, with both sides winning back and forth rounds, with Fnatic’s JW shining but not enough to win the map.

The Swedish side bounced back on Train with a convincing 16-9 result to win their map pick, taking it to Cache to decide who’d be the first team eliminated from the event.

Fnatic took a 5-1 lead but Cloud9 finished the half strong with a 9-6 scoreline with Tarik ‘tarik’ Celik topping the leaderboard.

It wasn’t enough for Cloud9 to hold on and an incredible 1v3 clutch by Xizt in round 26 resulted in Cloud9’s economy being decimated, with Fnatic capitalizing to end the map 16-13 and end the game 2-1.

Fnatic advance to play Team Liquid later in the day in a second best of five, while Cloud9 finish in 7th/8th position and take home $35,000.

Follow our coverage of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals via our dedicated coverage hub.

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Team Liquid right to ditch Twistzz | Richard Lewis reacts at BLAST Global Finals

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:54

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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2021 is showcasing incredible skill and talent within the Counter-Strike community for the BLAST Global Finals, and one team is swooping in with incredible moxie.

Richard Lewis​ reacts to Team Liquid’s crushing of NAVI on day 2 of BLAST Premier Global Finals, and says it’s all down to one man – Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo. The Brazilian sensation starred for Liquid as they knocked s1mple and co. down into the Lower Bracket.

Richard doubles down on his call to cut Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken from the starting lineup, and makes an early prediction for the team after they’ve found a new lease of life.

Coming right off of the bat with a 2-0 victory, Team Liquid is continuing to prove they’ve got much more to show than what we saw with their performance in 2020. Previously losing to NAVI at the Intel Extreme Masters Final, beating top-tier opposition was something that they struggled to grasp. Sinking low into the world rankings, getting deep runs was nigh on impossible for the team.

When discussing why this happened, Lewis notes that he’s previously indicated that Twistzz was dragging the team down, without a proper AWPer and in-game leader. He even suggested previously that FalleN would be a perfect match for the team, and seeing this pay off in real-time is great news.

Of course, the Team wasn’t pitch-perfect, with Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip still bottom in fragging, but a win of 2-0 is still an incredible landslide, showing fantastic tenacity against NAVI.


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