FnaticRaidCall Summary: July
Posted 2012-08-02 Bleys
FnaticRaidCall Summary: July
July has drawn to a close and we, here at Fnatic, are looking back at an awesome month. We hereby present you the FnaticRaidCall Summary for July.
Former Counter Strike Captain Patrick "cArn" Sättermon published his 9th episode in the Theory of Counter Strike series, this time taking an in-depth look at the Terrorist side at de_inferno. You can watch the episode right here. In addition to the Theory of Counter Strike episode, the last episode of Life of cArn was also published featuring footage from Sättermon's last tournament as a professional gamer, namely the Intel Extreme Masters 6.
In July also saw Play with the Pros return to Counter Strike. The event gave fans the chance to play and interact with FnaticRC captain Richard "xizt" Landström and fellow Swede Andreas "MODDII" Frid. As said, fans from all over the globe had the chance to interact with the two players in question and one lucky fan could win a SteelSeries QCK+ Fnatic Edition mousepad.
Former FnaticRC member Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl, who had stepped down from professional gaming right after his win at Dreamhack Summer 2012, was named MVP thus adding extra glory to the final chapter of Ståhl's career.
The Spanish eSports event GameGune took place in the end of July. FnaticRC was placed in group A together WebOne, k1ck and DELTA, with the latter advancing to the playoffs on second place while FnaticRC finished first. Finishing first in the group meant that FnaticRC received a walkover in the first playoff round. FnaticRC made a clean sweep through the entire bracket beating the likes of k23 and Virtus.pro in the second and third playoff round before battling it out versus ESC in the Winners Bracket final in a match which FnaticRC managed to win 2-1 thus granting access to the Grand Final.
FnaticRC claimed gold after beating Na`Vi 3-1 in a truly exciting grand final. The victory added another trophy for the cabinet and was the fourth title in 2012 for Richard "xizt" Landström's team. The full GameGune coverage can be found here. Shortly after the grand final had concluded, HLTV.org's Marc "nix0n" Winther spoke to Fnatic's two gold medalists MODDII and trace about winning GameGune, the addition of trace and much more.
July was an intense month for the Fnatic Starcraft 2 squad. The month started with the addition of Kevin "Harstem" de Koning to the Academy. We are excited to see Harstem in the Fnatic uniform and expect great things from our young player. The beginning of the month was also the EG Master's Cup Series Playoffs, where FnaticRC took second place after winning against mouz and SlayerS, before falling in two incredibly tight series to compLexity. You can also check out our season-long recap with video highlights.
July also marks the first Starcraft 2 OSL tournament. The OnGameNet StarLeague was the premier Brood War league on Korean national television and the SC2 qualifiers were held on July 2. From an enormous field, Oz was able to qualify by winning his bracket and his teammates aLive and DeParture were only one game away from joining him. Later in the month, Oz would continue his excellent play by taking down Mvp and Min to advance past Stage 1.
NightEnD and ToD went to Germany for the HomeStory Cup V, but neither had the great day necessary to advance deep into the tournament. On July 10, the pilot episode of Hwanni's Command Center aired, which was well received by the community. Both Moon and NightEnD were invited to the GigaByte Invitational #2, where Moon waits for Puzzle in the semifinals. The tournament will finish in August.
On July 15, it was announced that Fnatic and French player Yoan "ToD" Merlo would part ways. The split was amicable and both sides wish each other success in the future. Two days after that, we were ecstatic to welcome Santeri "Naama" Lahtinen to the team! You can read our interview with the newest Fnatic member here, but he wasted no time in the Orange and Black, before winning the WCS Finland Final to represent his home country in the upcoming 2012 Battle.net European Championships.
As MLG Anaheim was the Spring Championships, the new MLG season began in July with the Summer Arena. Oz, Rain, and aLive flew to New York and competed against an incredible spread of players. Oz took a spectacular third place, but all three of our players made the top 16 and thus earned themselves spots in the Summer Championship Pools and paid trips to Raleigh for the competition.
July is also Season 3 for the GSL, and for aLive and Oz that means pushing deep enough into Code A that they qualify for the Up & Down Matches, a shot at next season's Code S within reach. In other Korean news, recent pick up Luvsic won the IEM Season VII KR Qualifier #4, advancing from the first stage to the second.
The player list for the Summer Assembly has been finalized, with the roster coming from both invites and qualifying tournaments. Three Fnatic players will be attending - NightEnd and Moon who were invited, and Naama who won the Vectorama and qualified himself. The tournament will take place August 2-4 so be sure to watch.
We would not be doing our job if we forgot to mention that our Starcraft 2 manager, Elroy "Noname" Pinto, was a guest on the show Climbing the Ladder, and we encourage you to watch the VODs.
July was a month of preparation for the League of Legends team. We are now in August where the team will have their most important offline event to date, GamesCom. In July the guys spent their time preparing as best they can, and making sure they are at their best when it matters most.
However, July was a fairly busy month nonetheless. Most importantly, FnaticRC lost their well respected Support player Mellisan. Peter decided to hang his mouse up and has put his full focus onto studies. After this, Pheilox became the main support for FnaticRC and he was seen all throughout July.
We saw Fnatic participate in plenty of online tournaments. First up was the Elite of Europe Cup where FnaticRC lost to mousesports in the semi-final's. Curse.eu went on to win the tournament, the team that FnaticRC seem to have been struggling against recently. They met Curse in the MLG Summer Arena Qualifier semi-final, where they lost 2:0. The boys then got themselves to the MMO Champions final where they met Russian powerhouse, Moscow Five. The boys put up a good match but were unable to come out on top.
FnaticRC then got another chance against mousesports when they met in the aAa Trophy. Unfortunately the boys couldn't take them out this time and lost 2:0. However, xPeke gained some love on Reddit from the match against GameHoppers. The guys are also in the C Discount Final which will be played this week and is once against, against Curse.eu. There was a few other online events the guys played, as you can see there was plenty of matches for them.
We also released some highlights of the team via our YouTube, there will be more coming and you can enjoy the previous releases here. It's going to be an important month now, stay tuned for some big coverage!
July was really successful for our Dota 2 team. FnaticRaidCall have participated in many open tournaments, and even though we dropped out of The Defense, we won the SLTV Pro Series by beating Copenhagen Wolves in the finals with 2:0. The important thing about this win is that FnaticRaidCall won the slot for SLTV Star Series Season 2, as well as a additional prize of 700 euro. Another success came in shortly, as our guys took down team Infused in the finals of AL Invitational, right after they won in the finals of Loser's bracket against Copenhagen Wolves, again. This time though they had to win three maps, as they had a one game disadvantage because of coming from the loser's bracket. Although our guys were beaten by team Infused in the Winner's bracket with 0:2, they took three consecutive wins and won the finals with 3:1. They haven't had luck though in the open tournaments such as 4PL open, joinDOTA open and PLAY RaidCall Cup, as they didn't manage to get past the semi-finals in none of these cups. They still didn't announce their fifth and final player, but Trixi seems to be natural choice for their games.
Along with the success in Dota 2, our team has continued to dominate the HoN scene. DreamHon groups are announced, and our team qualified and got a spot in Group 4 where they already won their first match. They beat every team convincingly so far and we hope they will continue their winning streak. CSN HoNor cup finals were finaly held after some delay, and once again they were on top of the task with beating their long-time rivals TT eSports with 2:0, which earned them $3000 in cash.
SLTV Star Series Season 2 will start on August 3rd, and we will provide you with more updates regarding our team and their matches as soon as we know more. You can also expect them to still be present in the open tournaments, but SLTV Season 2 and DreamHon will probably be the biggest challenge for our team in August.
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