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CSGO | Legends Once More

Twelve Majors, twelve different players, twelve times legends.

There is only one team to be always legend.

For the first major of 2018, the boys prepared in Avesta, Sweden at JW Gaming in a bootcamp supported by our friends at Ballistix Gaming. The tournament is our in-game leader Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim’s first major and Jonas ‘lekr0’ Olofsson’s first in the Black and Orange after his first shot with GODSENT back in early 2017.

Our weekend in Atlanta began with a tough 16-8 loss to Faze Clan in Round 1 of the New Legends stage, where Fnatic oldboy Olof ‘Olofmeister’ Kajbjer put in a formidable performance on Cache. Despite Faze Clan’s current high ranking, they would be the only team we face that had never made it to a Major final.

Having started 0-1, we went onto crush Virtus Pro, whose five players had been legends with the Russian organisation in the past ten majors, 16-6 to go 1-1. An incredible first half T-side on Inferno put us into a 10-2 lead and VP had no way back. Despite VP winning three rounds before half time, Freddy ‘Krimz’ Johansson and Robin ‘Flusha’ Rönnquist’s 28 and 27 kills respectively swept up the game quickly.

With a 16-8 win on Mirage, in the Scandinavian derby against Astralis, we went into the last day of the stage 2-1. The game started out with a clutch 2v4 defence from Flusha and lekr0 to counter Astralis’ T-side push to the A bombsite. A first quadkill of three from Krimz quashed Astralis’ third round buy and his eventual 27 kills put the game beyond the Danes.

At the start of the all important last day to become Legend once more, we fell to Na’vi 16-7 on Inferno. Despite Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell and Krimz denying the retake with a 2v4 clutch in the third round, Na’vi went on to break our economy and rush to a 13-3 CT half.

At 2-2, it all came down to our game against reigning Major champions, Gambit on Mirage. And it all came down to that man again; 27 more kills and an incredible 152.3 ADR for Mr Krimz in a 16-2 stomp. After a triple kill in the pistol round, Krimz would lead us to a 13-2 T-side half. Gambit’s only respite from our onslaught came at 0-7, but after they won back-to-back rounds, it was all fun and games for the Legends.

On Saturday at 16:00 CET, the top-seeded SK Gaming await us in the quarterfinals. The Brazilian team made it through to the New Champions Stage with a 3-1 record, only losing against Faze Clan, and are playing with recently returning lurker, felps.

ETERNAL LEGEND

Over the weekend, JW and Flusha made it to a thousand maps played for Fnatic. Along our incredible journey in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Jesper and Robin have been an imperative part.

Their teammate, Krimz has been in breathtaking form over the Major so far, which is only fitting as one of only two players to have become legend in all twelve CS:GO major, along with longtime old teammate Olofmeister. Krimz has been with Fnatic for ten of those majors, only one less than Flusha and JW.

The achievement is nothing short of incredible - long may it last.

DreamHack Winter 2013, ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014, ESL One: Cologne 2014, DreamHack Winter 2014, ESL One: Katowice 2015, ESL One: Cologne 2015, DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015, MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016, ESL One: Cologne 2016, ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017, PGL Major Kraków 2017

And now, ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.

Fnatic: Legends again.

See you at the Agganis Arena this weekend!

Quarterfinal:

Fnatic v SK Gaming - 16:00 CET, 26/1/18