Swedish CS:GO team Fnatic won DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 in front of their home crowd after defeating two of the world’s best teams in Astralis and Vitality.
The Fnatic roster has seen multiple changes, but their recent addition of Golden and Flusha helped the Swedish team find the missing pieces. Their journey to the Grand Final of the DreamHack Masters Malmö was full of obstacles. They had to face off against some of the best teams in the world. However, new-found enthusiasm and a desire to win it more saw Fnatic reverse-sweep Vitality in the Grand Finals.
Fnatic reverse-sweep Team Vitality in The Grand Finals
The Swedish team was the underdogs in the Grand Finals despite being at home advantage. They were going up against an established Top 5 team with the world’s best player on their roster. Vitality had proven themselves in the past few months and Shox’s addition to the roster only served as an upgrade to their firepower.
Fnatic vs Vitality: Dust 2
The first map started with Vitality taking the early lead on Dust 2. The French team’s ‘A site executes’ have baffled the best teams in the world and were critical in their playstyle on the map.
Despite an early start, the Swedish team managed a comeback in the first half. They put up a strong defense, often countering the famed Vitality A-execute with ease. The first half ended with a 9-6 scoreline advantage for Fnatic.
Vitality won the second pistol, which provided them with enough buffer rounds to get back into the game. While Jw and co. took a late lead in the game at 14-12, their economy was in tatters. Taking advantage of the lack of utility, Vitality made some unconventional plays to counter the Fnatic T-side.
The French team won Dust 2 with a close scoreline of 16-14.
Fnatic vs Vitality: Inferno
The second Map was Fnatic’s pick in Inferno; however, Vitality has shown us they can compete against the best teams on this map.
A strong start from the Swedish roster saw them establish an early lead of 6-1. However, the French team could claw back later in the half, mostly due to aggressive positioning at Banana. Their early Banana control split the map for the French team and provided them with ample information about the opponent’s movement.
A few lucky clutch situations going in favor of Vitality also contributed to their success. The Fnatic side continued their dominant performance in the second half and quickly established themselves poised to take the map. At 15-9, it looked straightforward for the Swedish team; however, Vitality had different plans of their own. With Zyw0o often leading the French attack and getting multiple opening frags on the B-Bombsite, Vitality could come back and take the game into Overtime.
In Overtime, however, Fnatic went 3-0 in the first half and needed just one more round to win the map. It was a matter of when rather than if and Fnatic tied the series 1-1.
Fnatic vs Vitality: Mirage
The Decider map of Mirage saw both teams move toe to toe in the first half. However, Vitality did not have a reply to Fnatic’s dominant CT side. In true Fnatic fashion, the Swedes won the map after a force-buy and with just pistols.
Is Fnatic Back?
The current Fnatic roster looks poised to rise to the top teams in the scene, especially with the addition of Flusha and Golden to their roster. Golden had achieved a lot with the Fnatic roster back in 2017 when he was the In-Game Leader. However Internal politics meant that the Swedish team replaced him with Xizt and that added another period of slump for the Swedish team.
Fnatic enters the race for the Intel Grand Slam Season 3 with this victory. However, they will need to consistently produce results to be considered a rival to the top teams in the scene.
Fnatic won $100,000 at DreamHack Masters Malmö and secured a spot at IEM Katowice 2020 with this victory.