The Aussies led by Etienne “MAGNET” Rousseau who plays under Team Fnatic’s banner overcome Xavier Esports and have booked a spot at the ESL Six Siege Invitational 2020 which is scheduled to kick off in February from the 7th.
At the start of the APAC Qualifier, we saw Cloud9 and Fnatic lock horns in the race to Montreal. With Cloud9 picking up Bank as their first pick, they were able to get a flying start with a healthy 2-1 lead before Fnatic’s Jake “VIR7UE” Grannan with his 1v3 in the Tellers/Archives defense helped his team to get back in the drivers seat. Cloud9’s SweetBlack invited more misery on their defense for his team as he TK’ed Nova enabling Fnatic to take a 1-0 Lead on C9’s pick hence converting their match point.
Coming back from break on the Second map Kafe Dostoyevsky, Cloud9 came out on top with yet another comeback by sqauring out the scoreline 3-3 on their defense thanks to Yugeun “H3DY” Kwon’s brilliant quad kill to stop the attackers. On switch, Fnatic were demonic as they were able to defend the Bar/Cocktail and Reading/Dining sectors with success and only dropping the Service/Cooking sector to C9’s attackers thus winning the series 2-0.
Match: Xavier Esports vs CYCLOPS athlete gaming
On Xavier Esports’s pick Kafe Dostoyevsky, the Thai guys came out to be on top with a 4-2 lead on their Attack as the duo of Thiti “REDSUN” Chairoek and Peeranut “WARBRAK” Thiraboot left no flaws in their strategies to attack the Reading/Dining sector with a 100% win rate on the same. On switch, WARBRAK was halted by the Japanese men as their collective contributions saw them going 1-0 up in the 3 match series over Xavier.
Onto CYCLOPS athlete gaming’s pick Bank, both the side went head to head but not overshadowing a 1v2 clutch by Narabodee “Kirisaku” Plailaharn which saw the Xavier Esports grab the second round on their defence at the Lockers/CCTV sector. On switch, Xavier Esports did easily cruise to a 7-4 scoreline victory over the Thai men thanks to REDSUN’s heroics.
With the series tied 1-1, both the teams were pumped up to face each other on Clubhouse the map which would decide either’s grand final fate but later it was revealed to be Xavier Esports who was so exceptional on both of their Attack and Defense sides which saw them overcome the Intellectual Korean men by conceding just 2 attack rounds to set up a fixture against Fnatic for the Montreal showdown.
The APAC Qualifier Grand Final
Coming onto the Grand final, on Club House being Xavier Esports’pick. We Saw Fnatic take a 4-2 on switch with some brilliant attack rounds led by Jason “Lusty” Chen the Aussie who crippled Xavier’s defence. Sumate “PEW” Srimabut’s efforts went in vain as he clutched the 9th round to win Master/Gym sector to help his team climb up back but Fnatic saw them crumbling to a defeat after witnessing some potential fightbacks from the Thai men.
On Consulate being Fnatic’s pick, the Aussies once again had a healthy lead with a 4-2 scoreline on switch but Xavier’s Warbrak setup a tough fight for his team as both of the sides marched in Overtime yet in the race for the Spot in Montreal. But Fantic left no flaws in their attack to win the Garage/Cafeteria sector thus earning themselves the match point which would be then converted into a sweaty victory while defending the same spot after the switch.
With this series victory over Xavier Esports, we would now see Team Fnatic competing at the ESL’s Six Siege Invitational 2020 at Montreal from 7th to 16th February.