Fnatic CSGO Qualify for StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season Three LAN

by Steven Cropley

Fnatic has secured a spot in the StarLadder StarSeries i-League season three LAN finals.

Since the third swap between No. 14 GODSENT and itself, Fnatic has failed to make any big statements with its return to the old veteran lineup that dominated for some time. Picking up only two wins at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, neither of which were over the most impressive of opponents. A struggling No. 9 Ninjas in Pyjamas alongside the crumbling green wall of No. 8 OpTic Gaming. Since then, Fnatic's most impressive results have come with split series against No. 2 Virtus.pro and No. 4 Natus Vincere in the ESL Pro League season five.

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(Photo: ESL)

Fnatic kicked it off with a win over its own academy team. After a break from the qualifier in which in faced Virtus.pro and Na'Vi, Fnatic returned to face regional opponent Epsilon. It would be a series of close maps at 16-11 and 16-12 in favor of Fnatic. The next and deciding opponent would be HellRaisers. HellRaisers would take the first map 16-13, putting Fnatic on its back foot thanks to a strong performance from Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk.

Things looked grim for Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and co. as HellRaisers got off to a 9-2 lead on the switch to Train. Fnatic would kick it into gear and close out the half strong, following it up with a 1v2 clutch in the second half pistol by KRIMZ to keep the momentum in its favor. Fnatic would run away with it, dropping only one more round before securing a 16-10 map two victory.

The third map was Inferno. After a highly contested started, Fnatic was able to run away without once again and take the series 2-1 with a 16-7 win to close it out.

The $300,000 event take place take place at the Palace "Ukraine" from April 4 to 9. The event will host sixteen top teams with eight of the world's best teams receiving a direct invitation to the finals while the other eight must earn their way via regional qualifiers.

Held at the same venue, season two saw the No. 9 team in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings, Ninjas in Pyjamas lift the trophy, taking down No. 15 G2 Esports in the finals after besting the North American team Cloud9 in the semifinals.