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Unable to lead team to victory
August 22, 2017
gob b posted a 26/42 KD in Tuesday's 0-2 loss to Fnatic in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
When you compare the performances of gob b and Golden, the two in-game leaders of this series, gob b looks extremely weak. Outside of a string of wins in the second half of both games, BIG never seemed to find a groove. It was so bad that they only managed four plants in the entirety of the first half on Train. gob b only managed a 3/14 KD in that half, and his strategies never saw a change to get his team in a groove. Even the wins that BIG found in the second half were from clutches rather than sound strategies. The season is still young, though, so they've got time to change.
Game 2 clutches not enough
August 22, 2017
LEGIJA posted a 22/43 KD in BIG's 0-2 loss to Fnatic on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
LEGIJA had a pretty odd series of games here against Fnatic on Tuesday. He opened with a really poor showing on Train in Game 1, only managing a 7/20 KD in the game. He was a bit better in the second game, but most of his strong performances came from clutches. They were strong clutches, mind you. As a whole, however, BIG simply looked dazed and confused in these games. They made a strong in the second half of Game 2, but LEGIJA fell off in the final few rounds that Fnatic used to easily pick up the win.
Big plays all throughout despite loss
August 22, 2017
tabseN did his best to power his team ahead with a 46/43 KD, but BIG was still taken down 2-0 by Fnatic on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
tabseN was the only reason that BIG even threatened to pick up a win in this series. He went off during certain stretches of both games, and almost single-handedly put the team on his back to fuel comebacks attempts. He was especially strong late in Game 1 with nine kills between Rounds 18 and 19, but that simply wasn't enough. The same can be said for Game 2 where he again was the only player on his team with a positive KD. BIG certainly has some adjustments to make to get back to their PGL Major form we saw last month.
Does what he can in loss
August 22, 2017
nex went 35/41 in BIG's 0-2 loss to Fnatic on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
nex started strong enough in this series, but just couldn't manage to keep up the pace once the game moved to Cobblestone in Game 2. He opened with a 4k in Game 1 and had some nice entry frags to get a few early wins, but BIG simply looked lost under the might of Fnatic's CT-side. Still, he ended with one of the only positive KDs on his team in the game. Game 2 is where it all fell apart for him, though. While he and keev had been setting the pace for BIG in Game 1, that was nowhere to be seen in the second frame. They simply had nothing to give in the later rounds, and dropped the map for the sweep.
Fails to impress on AWP
August 22, 2017
keev tallied a 24/38 KD in BIG's sweep at the hands of Fnatic on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
keev never quite managed to get himself into the swing of things in this series on Tuesday. He was on the AWP for most of the game, but he was nowhere near consistent enough to move his team along. Sure, he had a few nice rounds in the second half of Game 1 where he peeked from the high ground on the B-site, but that only netted his team two rounds. In every other round, they were simply unable to stand up to Fnatic. His performance didn't alter much in Game 2 of the series, as he opened with no kills until Round 5 of the game. Even once he got on the board, he managed just 12 kills in the entire game as they were swept to open their Pro League campaign.
Locks down BIG with the AWP
August 22, 2017
JW was solid with a 49/30 KD in Fnatic's 2-0 win over BIG on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
JW was doing a lot for his team all throughout this series to open the ESL Pro League. He not only flanked well with a rifle to thin the herd and give his team number advantages in many rounds, but he shut things down with the AWP. It seemed like he could do no wrong on the powerful rifle at any point during the sweep. Sure, they lost a few rounds towards the end of both games, but it wasn't enough to completely knock off their rhythm. Fnatic simply looked rejuvenated under the leadership of Golden with this new roster. They very well could be a force to be reckoned with in this region here in Season 6.
Consistent play leads to sweep
August 22, 2017
flusha put up a 35/31 KD in Fnatic's sweep over BIG on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
flusha never really put himself at the forefront of this series, but what he did was play incredibly consistent to keep Fnatic marching right towards the finish line. By far his best round in the opening game of the series was his beautiful defuse fake in Round 14 to pick up the final two kills in the round. While that was probably his only memorable round across both games, he was still adding in kills here and there to help his team. They simply looked very strong and will certainly be a strong contender this season.
Multi-kills abound in series victory
August 22, 2017
KRiMZ put together a strong 46/27 KD in his team's 2-0 win over BIG in the ESL Pro League on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
While Fnatic as a whole looked very strong in this series to open their Pro League campaign, KRiMZ was simply playing on a different plane of existence at times. He seemed to put up a multi-kill in just about every round he found a kill in, which was a huge boon to Fnatic in this big (pun intended) showing. He may have waited a few rounds in the second game to find a kill, he exploded onto the scoreboard with a 4k in that round. He continued this strong play all throughout the game to pick up the sweep. With Golden at the helm, Fnatic looks like a rejuvenated squad that will surely do damage here in the Pro League.
Calls a great opening series for Fnatic
August 22, 2017
Golden finished Fnatic's win over BIG on Tuesday in the ESL Pro League with a 34/35 KD.
ANALYSIS
From the outset of this series, Fnatic simply looked like a different team. Whereas they have seemed to lack a certain level of cohesion over the last few months, they had it in droves here in this series. His strategies on the CT-side to open the series were something of a marvel, as they only allowed four plants by BIG for the entire first half. Things continued like this in the second half as Fnatic picked up the easy win. Going into the second map of Cobblestone, Golden didn't let up with the picture perfect set pieces and executes. They continued to basically do whatever they wanted in the first half of the game. BIG found their footing a bit in the second half with a few wins, but Golden still kept Fnatic on course and on the way to a 2-0 series victory. This was Golden's first showing as the leader of this squad, and he passed with flying colors.
Comes up big in Game 2 to secure sweep
August 22, 2017
Lekr0 tallied a 43/32 KD in his team's win over BIG in the ESL Pro League on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Lekr0 may have taken a bit to get into a strong groove in this series, but once he did, he was electric. He was fairly consistent in the first half of the opening game, which allowed Fnatic to keep continuing right along to the easy win. Still, he didn't do anything overly impressive in the win. That changed once things switched over to Cobblestone in Game 2 of the series. While Fnatic started to lose control of things in the game due to giving up far too many clutches to BIG, Lekr0 had a monster second half to push Fnatic ahead. He was picking up kills seemingly left and right to stop BIG and put them back on the track towards victory.
Officially acquired by North
August 21, 2017
valde is officially a member of North, the organization announced on Monday.
ANALYSIS
While it was reported almost a month ago that valde would be joining North, the team finally made it official this week. His acquisition comes after Magisk left the team to join OpTic Gaming's new all-European roster. valde has shown in the past that he is a fairly strong player, and should help the team gain some prominence in the last portion of this year.
Bumped down to substitute role
August 21, 2017
pronax will no longer be a part of the starting lineup, and will be moved to a substitution role, GODSENT announced on Monday.
ANALYSIS
GODSENT appears to be making sweeping changes, with pronax's substitution role announced alongside the trade for dennis. One of the co-founders of GODSENT when it was initially created in 2016, pronax has bounced between his current organization and Fnatic at times, but will now take a backseat role after multiple poor finishes in recent events have forced the organization to reassess their place in the CS:GO fold. pyth will take over as a stand-in pronax.
Traded to Fnatic
August 21, 2017
Lekr0 has been traded from GODSENT to Fnatic, the organization announced on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Lekr0 played for a brief time with Fnatic in late 2016, but is most known for his time with GODSENT, as he joined the organization when it was established in April 2016. It's part of wholesale changes for both clubs, as Fnatic have recently begun to purge their top-tier talent such as olofmeister for younger players while GODSENT is undergoing an extreme makeover themselves. Lekr0 and the new Fnatic lineup is expected to compete at DreamHack Masters Malmo in September.
Free Agent
Expected to join GODSENT
August 20, 2017
The former Fnatic member is set to join the active roster of GODSENT in the coming days, reports Jarek "DeKay" Lewis of Slingshot Esports.
ANALYSIS
It is reported that the former Fnatic member will be joining Pronax and company on the active roster. Just after six months when the Fnatic roster reassembled, dennis and olofmeister decided to part ways after numerous upsets and early exits from recent offline tournaments. GODSENT will now have a complete lineup, where dennis will likely make his debut on Tuesday to begin Season 6 of ESL Pro League. No official comment has been made by player or organization.
Promoted from Academy roster
August 20, 2017
Golden has been bumped up to the main Fnatic roster, the team announced on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
With olofmeister transferring to FaZe Clan, a hole had been created in Fnatic's roster. It was a pretty large hole, as well, since olof was the in-game leader for the team. They've decided to give one of their Academy members a shot at the big time with the promotion of Golden to the main roster. This will be a perfect time for the young player to prove himself, as Fnatic is looking to breakthrough after some tough results of late.