Fnatic have won the DreamHack Masters Malmö after an impressive come-back victory against Team Vitality in yesterday’s grand final. Team Vitality struck first winning the first map of the CS:GO event’s final game; however, Fnatic were not to be denied winning maps 2 and 3 in quick succession to take down the title of Masters of Malmö, being crowned champions and taking home the top prize of $100,000 USD.
Fnatic have defeated Team Vitality with a 2 – 1 scoreline in the Bo3 DreamHack Masters Malmö grand finale. The match which took place yesterday saw a frantic Fnatic team turn the tables on Team Vitality who struck first winning their opening map of the grand final (Dust II) 16 – 14. Inferno saw Fnatic battle back against a strong Vitality, Fnatic holding out for the victory, winning with an eventual 19 – 16 scoreline. Map three was Mirage, winner-takes-all, in the Bo3 final match-up. Fnatic won the round 16 – 13, disappointing Team Vitality who came so close.
Freddy ‘KRIMZ‘ Johansson was named player of the match after a 68-60 kill/death ratio (+8). With an 82% ADR and a 72% KAST, KRIMZ finished the game with a 1.15 rating only bested by Vitality’s Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut who finished with an impressing 82-60 K/DR (+22), and ADR of 89% and a KAST of 78%, giving him a ratio of 1.38.
After their home-turf victory, Fnatic main awper Jesper “JW” Wecksell had the following to say: “It feels amazing. Especially, as you said, being in front of our own fans. It was a bit rough in the beginning, playing against NiP, because NiP is the biggest Swedish brand and all that. But yeah, I think we won the crowd over on our side after we beat Astralis, so it felt great to have this amazing atmosphere in the final and to even close it out for them, as well. We have been kind of jinxed during the Masters tournaments, we have failed so hard at them every time, especially in Sweden, and we didn’t really have these kinds of events in Sweden when we were dominant, so it feels amazing and it feels kind of like that they get this for our earlier domination they missed out on”
To get to the grand final Fnatic had to take on NIP in the quarterfinals who they beat 2 – 1. After that it was Astralis in the semifinals who qualified directly by winning Group A. Fnatic were able to beat their Swedish counterparts by winning 2 – 0 sending them straight into Sunday’s grand final against Team Vitality.
Team Vitality also made it to the grand finale via the quarterfinals. They first faced off against mousesports in the first playoff round, winning the game 2 – 1. Next up it was Group B winners Na’Vi who they beat 2 – 1 also respectively.
As well as winning the DreamHack Masters Malmö trophy and the top prize of $100,000, by winning this major CS:GO event, Fnatic have automatically qualified and been seeded for the IEM Katowice 2020. The next major CS:GO competition will be the Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV – Beijing taking place in November.