Golden's ace versus Vitality perfectly sums up Fnatic CSGO resurgence - Dexerto

Golden’s ace versus Vitality perfectly sums up Fnatic CSGO resurgence

Published: 24/Oct/2019 22:18 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 23:16

by Scott Robertson


The ace from Counter-Strike match at StarSeries Season 8 was a backbreaker for the French side, and an indicator of Fnatic’s recent return to form.

The rare ace in a CSGO match is a testament to individual skill and strategy. But one player wiping out an entire team in one round is an even rarer occurrence when it comes from a team’s master strategist, the in-game leader.

While in-game leaders in CSGO are no slouches when it comes to collecting kills and clutching rounds, a five kill performance from the team’s IGL is an indicator that the team is firing on all cylinders.

And in the eighth round of the Inferno map that pitted Fnatic against Team Vitality, Golden made quick work of the French team’s attempt to take the B bombsite.

None of Vitality’s smoke or flash grenades did anything to get Golden out of the corner, as he used his Krieg to notch all five kills with a mix of scoped and non-scoped frags. That ace tied the map at 4-4, and Vitality could barely do anything to gain any momentum for the rest of the map, falling 16-7 against a rolling Fnatic.

Since returning to the Fnatic lineup on loan from Cloud 9, while he sits on the inactive bench of the North American organization, Golden has experienced a return to form when it comes to leadership and fragging. His stats have improved over the course of Fnatic’s DreamHack Malmo and StarSeries 8 runs.

Even on maps when he’s not having the best statistical game, his leadership shines through the server, as Fnatic as a whole look crisp, while their individuals excel.

DreamHackflusha lifts the Malmo trophy in his first event back with Fnatic

Robin ‘flusha’ Rönnquist looks refreshed after returning to Fnatic after a half year’s break. The young Ludvig ‘Brollan’ Brolin is living up to his potential. Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson is as consistent as he’s always been. And Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell is playing some of his best CSGO in a while.

Once upon a time, in 2015, Fnatic were a ruthless Counter-Strike machine. The core of JW, KRIMZ, and flusha, alongside Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson and Markus ‘pronax’ Wallsten, won two majors that year along with a slew of other impressive victories and performances.

Since then, the successful results became more sparse and the roster changes became more frequent, until this past August when they failed to qualify for a major for the first time in their illustrious history. 

StarLadderFormer IGL Xizt during the EU Minor, where Fnatic failed to qualify for the major for the first time ever

But since the loan acquisition of Golden and the return of flusha, Fnatic have experienced a resurgence, with an impressive and gritty performance at DreamHack Malmo, where they had to play through lower brackets in group stage and playoffs on their way to an amazing three map series against Vitality to win the title in front of their home crowd.

With this recent victory over Vitality yet again, Fnatic have secured a semifinals spot in StarSeries 8, and look confident enough to make a second straight championship run.

Keep track of all the action at StarSeries Season 8 with our coverage hub.


Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo


The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz,, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.