Fnatic Take Their Third IEM Championship Title
The finals of Intel Extreme Masters XII – World Championship, which took place on March 4th at Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland, have concluded with an unexpected victory of Fnatic over FaZe Clan with the 3-2 score.
The $500,000 event started with a group stage, where 16 participating teams were placed into two GSL groups according to their ESL CS:GO World Rankings with initial matches being best-of-one and the rest of them being best-of-three. The winners of each group advanced directly to the semifinals, while the teams placed 2nd and 3rd qualified to the quarterfinals. The playoffs stage was held in a single-elimination format with best-of-three quarterfinals and semifinals and best-of-five grand finals.
From the start of the tournament Fnatic have been looking very strong, despite the fact that the last few years were not that successful for the roster. They started their way to the top by defeating Heroic (1-0), then outplayed G2 Esports (2-1) and FaZe Clan (2-0), which guaranteed them their slot in the semifinals.
In the group stage FaZe Clan, being one of the favourites of the tournament, managed to win against ORDER (1-0) and North (2-0), but failed to overcome Fnatic and thus qualified for the quarterfinals.
In the playoffs FaZe Clan defeated Cloud9 (2-1) and Astralis (2-0) to reach the Grand Finals, while Fnatic only had to win against Team Liquid - they managed to outplay the American team 2-0.
The final series was a treat for viewers – both teams showed an impressive level of skill with an intense competition on all five maps. The final map, Train, concluded in the overtime – in the end Fnatic managed to defeat their opponents from FaZe Clan 19-17 to secure their first place at the event. This is their first major victory for the last few years and the third IEM championship title.
Group Stage Results
|5th-6th||$18,000||Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|7th-8th||$9,000||SK Gaming, North|
|9th-12th||$5,000||Renegades, Gambit Esports, G2 Esports, Heroic|
|13th-16th||$2,500||AVANGAR, TyLoo, ORDER, Virtus.pro|