Fnatic, a name synonymous with excellence in the esports world, has once again proven their mettle. In a gripping showdown, they’ve clinched their spot in the ESL Pro League Season 18 playoffs, but the journey was anything but smooth.
A Rocky Start on Vertigo
Starting on the back foot, Fnatic faced a crushing 5-16 defeat on Vertigo against Apeks. The initial performance raised eyebrows, with many questioning if the team had lost its touch. But as history has shown, counting Fnatic out is never a wise move.
The Inferno Comeback
Inferno, a map where Fnatic boasts a 60% win rate over the past three months, was where the tide began to turn. Despite a stellar performance from Apeks’ jkaem, Fnatic’s resilience shone through. They managed to overturn a one-round deficit, holding Apeks to just two rounds in the second half, and clinched the map 16-10.
Deciding Battle on Ancient
With momentum on their side, Fnatic dominated the early stages of Ancient, racing to an 8-1 lead. Apeks, however, refused to go down without a fight. Thanks to CacaNito’s outstanding performance, Apeks narrowed the gap. But in the end, Fnatic’s experience and strategy prevailed, securing them a 16-13 victory and a coveted spot in the Pro League playoffs.
Apeks’ Last Chance
The journey isn’t over for Apeks. They now head to the Last Chance Stage in Malta, where they’ll need back-to-back wins to join Fnatic in the playoffs. Their first challenge? Facing off against 9z.
Fnatic’s recent performance is a testament to their legacy and commitment. As for Apeks, their journey in the ESL Pro League Season 18 is still very much alive. Only time will tell if they can rise to the challenge and join the elites in the playoffs.