The first match of the day was the North American winners Optic Gaming
with their European mix team fighting Fnatic
for a chance to meet the super team Faze Clan
in the Semi-Finals.
The first map was Inferno, in which we saw a battle of players who have all been regarded amongst the best in the world in the past. Whilst everyone played their part, the main influences on the map were Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson
, Jesper "JW" Wecksell
, Emil "Magisk" Reif
and when it mattered most Adam "friberg" Friberg
Johansson appeared to be running the show himself early on, pulling clutch after clutch and showing the star we all know from the past. Despite a strong start on the Terrorist side for Fnatic, Reif and his team had a different outcome in mind. An inspired Terrorist side led to Reif ending the map 30-20 with 108ADR but it was Friberg who secured the win with two back to back rounds with three kills to gain their 15th and 16th round, with Optic coming out 16-14.
The second map was Optic's pick, Train, however a dominant Counter-Terrorist half from Fnatic saw them move into the second half with an 11-4 lead. Despite an impressive attempt to comeback in the second half, Optic eventually fell 16-10 with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
this time leading the way for the Swedish outfit.
This result means the match was to go the distance, with Mirage as the deciding map. The first half ended with a 9-6 lead for the mix team, but with yet another pistol lost in the second half, Fnatic began to run away with it. Optic worked their way back into it however, with Kevin "HS" Tarn
being the player this time to give his team hope.
Eventually Fnatic proved too strong as a unit over the final two maps and secure themselves a spot in the Semi-Final, 16-14.