Fernando Alvarenga 
SK Gaming
Bodied Cloud9 3-0 in grand final
July 9, 2017
fer posted a solid 60/50 KD on Sunday in a 3-0 grand final win over Cloud9 at ESL Cologne.
fer had a slow start on Cobblestone and had a lower K/D than the rest of his team due to the quick thrashing on C9's defense on the B-bombsite. Leading 10-5 at the half, fer contributed to the win, but also took a dip in performance finishing with a team-low 15/15 KD in the 16-9 win. In Game 2, fer had a rather slow start on Train as he was unable to hold off the offense of Cloud9 until the end of the half to make it 10-5 at the half. The second half started strong for fer, who picked up an ace in the second pistol round and never looked back, winning 11 out of 13 rounds to take Train 16-12. In Game 3, fer picked up the pistol round, but Cloud9 kept punishing fer for the over aggression. He finally figured out the defense to close the half at just a 10-5 deficit. The second half was all flawless trade kills and opening duels to make a massive second half comeback to take Inferno 16-14.
Closing out the series in style
July 9, 2017
fer put together a solid 48/34 KD on Saturday in a 2-0 win over FaZe Clan in the semifinal at ESL Cologne.
fer had a strong defensive first half taking FaZe Clan by surprise winning the first four rounds, including his Round 2 triple kill on the anti-eco. He also contributed to the fourth round won with a quad kill to hold off on the A-execute. fer then dominated the remainder of the half to take the lead 13-2. The second half was all offensive power despite giving up two rounds as fer opened the bomb sites for the 16-4 win, posting a 17/10 KD and 96.1 ADR. In Game 2, fer helped SK get out to a 3-0 start picking frags along the way winning his duels and creating trades. A little hiccup cost him a few rounds, but once the economy was strong enough for a rifle in his hands, the rest was history taking the half 9-6. fer had a solid start on the defense holding off his opponents for three rounds before the streak ended. fer remained perfect on his duels, but FaZe managed to come back for the tie. fer never skipped a step in the extra rounds to take Cache 19-16, posting a team-leading 31/24 KD and 109.2 ADR.
Bad time to come up short
July 6, 2017
fer only managed a 15/21 KD in SK Gaming's loss against G2 Esports on Thursday at ESL Cologne.
While fer had been on a bit of a tear over the last couple weeks, he picked a bad time to have a slump. Up against one of the best in the world, fer had far too many moments when he disappeared from play. He started off well enough with a double in the pistol round and even a nasty flank in Round 8, but then fell into obscurity. After a respectable 11 kills in the first half, he only found four in the second. That was when he was sorely needed too, since G2 started to come alive to shut things down. SK will still have one last shot at the playoffs, and fer will need to step up to the plate.
Back to himself in second half
July 5, 2017
fer put together a 19/17 KD in SK Gaming's win over North on Wednesday at ESL Cologne.
Whereas fer has been at the top of his game over the last couple weeks, this week he's been a bit off. That was the case here against North in the first half, as well. He started with a double in the pistol round and then a big entry frag towards the ends of the half, but everything in between was a bit subdued. This led to SK struggling a bit during this half. Once the second half started, he started to get back into a groove, though. This was mainly due to all of SK finally waking up and starting to dominate the Danes of North. SK certainly seems to be humming right now, and that's never a pleasant thought for opposing teams.
Uncharacteristically off in loss
July 4, 2017
fer came up way short with a 11/23 KD in SK Gaming's loss to Space Soldiers on Tuesday at ESL Cologne.
The early rounds for SK belonged to fer and FalleN, but even then, they were in a huge hole from the start. Despite the best efforts from these two, SK started off down 1-7 after the first eight rounds. They seemed to be caught completely off guard by the aggressive play from the Turkish squad. As the game progressed, SK started to make a bit of a comeback, even pushing things all the way to a 30th round. But fer wasn't a part of that comeback. Despite leading his team in kills during the first half, he was at rock bottom by the end of the game. SK will certainly hope to put this one behind them as soon as possible.
Has the series of his life to give SK the win
June 26, 2017
fer dominated from start to finish in the grand final of the ECS Season 3 Finals, posting a 84/61 KD in SK Gaming's 2-1 win over FaZe Clan.
Simply put, this was fer's time to shine. While coldzera and FalleN usually enjoy their time in the spotlight, fer sometimes shrinks into the background. That wasn't the case one bit in this series on Sunday. Up against FaZe Clan, it took everything SK had to come away with the win. Whereas his teammates faltered in certain moments, fer was always there to drive his team to the win. Even in Game 1 when his team lost, he was on top of his game. In the first half of Game 2, he went 21/4 to propel his team towards the finish line. fer certainly seems to be hitting his stride in the best possible way. With ESL Cologne coming up next week and the PGL Major the following week, this is the perfect time for him to come alive.
Late kills give way to series sweep
June 1, 2017
fer finished SK Gaming's 2-0 win over mousesports in the quarterfinals of the ESL Pro League Finals with a 42/27 KD.
fer got started in this series with a 3k in Round 3 to give SK an early 2-1 lead. He quietly brought some more quiet consistency to get SK back on track after an early slip up to take a 9-6 lead into the second half. The second half was more of the same, with fer giving SK a slight edge in the 16-7 win. The second game on Cache was much rougher for him, though. He got a few early kills, but couldn't manage to get in a groove. He was at the bottom of his team in the first half that saw SK go into the half with a 8-7 deficit. Going into that second half, he opened with a 3k in the second pistol round to put SK back on the winning track. This was just what they needed, as they proceeded to then win nine straight to take the map 16-8 and move on to the semifinals.
Unable to give much to his team in loss
May 31, 2017
fer tallied a 10/16 KD in SK Gaming's defeat against G2 on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
fer started pretty slow in this game, not putting up a single kill in Round 6 of the game. That also happened to be his team's first round win in the lopsided first half. Despite the nice round, he disappeared again until Rounds 12 and 13, where he notched double kills to keep the comeback train fueled up and ready to go. Still, they went into the half down 10-5 before eventually losing the game 16-6.
Ferocious in SK win
May 31, 2017
fer finished SK's 16-5 win over Immortals at ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals on Tuesday with a KD of 19/15
fer played well in SK's win, but not well enough to top the huge performances from FalleN and felps. fer dealt a strong 90.6 ADR, higher than any IMT member, picking up whatever slack the rest of his team left behind. fer played a supportive-carry role with a KD of 19/15 as SK took a 16-5 win.
Dominates Fnatic from the start
May 30, 2017
fer put up a 24/8 KD in SK Gaming's lopsided win over Fnatic on Day 1 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
From the very start of this game, fer was doing it all for SK in the lopsided first half of the game. He started off with a 3k in the pistol round, which set the tone for what kind of game he ended up having. Once he got his hands on some guns, he mainly did work with the M4A-1 to keep Fnatic floundering. Between him shutting things down with the rifle and FalleN destroying lives with the AWP, Fnatic had no way to really get ahead here. He and his teammates continued to dominate all the way to a 16-3 win to keep a perfect 3-0 record at the close of the first day.
Does it all for SK in win
May 30, 2017
fer tallied a massive 28/12 KD in SK's win against Cloud9 on the opening day of the ESL Pro League Finals.
fer got the game started with bang, picking up matching triple kills in the pistol round and Round 3. He continued to play very consistent, even as Cloud9 went on a strong run in the middle rounds of the first half. He got his team back on track with a double in Round 14 to lock down the B-site and get his team a win. In the second half, he showed some nice map vision to get a double kill on a sneaky flank to open up Round 17. He followed that up with an ace in Round 18 to shut Cloud9 down completely.
Falters a bit in Game 1, but recovers in Game 2
May 29, 2017
fer finished SK Gaming's 1-1 split with Immortals in the ECS on Sunday with a 47/36 KD.
fer was consistently strong in this series against their fellow Brazilians. He started off with a 3k in the opening pistol round to get his team off to a nice start. He followed that up with a double in Round 3 before falling off a bit in the rest of the half as Immortals made a strong run. He woke back up with a 3k in Round 14, but they were still overwhelmed in the round. He grabbed a double in Round 19 to continue their second half run, but no one on SK were able to stop Immortals from pushing all the way to a 19-16 win in overtime. He opened up Game 2 with another 3k and then proceeded to pour in kills all throughout the half for the 12-3 lead. He started the second half with a bang, grabbing a double entry frag in the second pistol round. His late double kill in Round 24 put his team on map point in what ended as a 16-9 win.
Consistently strong in sweep
May 27, 2017
fer managed a 40/34 KD in SK Gaming's 2-0 win against Luminosity Gaming on Saturday in the ECS.
fer started off a bit measured in Game 1, with just two kills in the first three rounds of the game. He found a bit of a groove late in the half where he picked up a 3k in Round 9 to get his team the win. As the game progressed in the second half, he managed to find his way to the top of the scoreboard, but most of those kills came in round losses. He came on strong late in the half, though, as he finished up the 16-14 win with a quad kill in the final round. Moving into Game 2, he opened with a nice double kill to get his team on the board early. He then continued to put up some nice entry frags in the first half for the 12-3 lead at the half. That proved to be more than enough as SK was firing on all cylinders in this 16-4 win.
Dominates his way to victory
May 24, 2017
fer finished SK Gaming's 2-0 sweep of CLG on Tuesday in the ECS with a KD of 53/39.
fer was all over CLG from start to finish in this series, and was a big reason why his team picked up the sweep. While he didn't have the most kills in Game 1, he made timely contributions to push his team to victory. He didn't tally a multi-kill until his 3k in Round 12, but he did put up kills in most rounds before that. He then continued with great consistency in the rest of the half to finish off the 16-10 win. Moving to Game 2 on Cache, he was absolutely electric, finishing with a 32/23 KD. He opened with a double kill in a pistol round loss before SK proceeded to lose a few early rounds. His 3k in Round 5 kicked off a nice run of rounds that saw SK battle with CLG for control of the game. His quad kill put up SK up 6-4, but it was a lead they didn't hold onto for long. He then disappeared in a big way in the second half though, not picking up a kill for a stretch of almost 10 rounds. He did managed to save his team in Round 30 with a massive quad kill to force overtime. SK recovered with four straight in overtime to take the 19-15 win.
Supports his surging teammates well
May 7, 2017
fer recorded a 78/68 KD in SK Gaming's 3-1 win over FaZe Clan in the grand finals of IEM Sydney.
fer got himself out to a nice start in this game, securing Round 5 with a nice 3k on the defense. While he didn't really have many other highlight reel showings in the game, he managed to put up some fairly strong frags all throughout the game to put his team up 1-0. In Game 2 on Cache, his team was even more dominant than they had been in the first game. He had an early double kill, but it came in a Round 3 loss. From there, though, SK snapped back into it and started to get in a groove. fer added in consistent kills coupled with an entry frag here and there to help take the map 16-7 for the 2-0 lead. Game 3 was the first game where he went negative in KD, but it wasn't necessarily because he was doing anything wrong personally. All of SK were struggling in the early going, winning just two rounds in the first eight. One of these wins came due to a nice 3k from fer in Round 8. They tried their best to battle back, but FaZe was too strong and forced another game. SK got back on the horse in this final showdown on Overpass. With coldzera and felps playing at the top of their game, all fer needed to do was not mess up and provide consistency. He did just that and SK secure the IEM Sydney crown.