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Fnatic are Grand Finals bound at DreamLeague Season 9 Minor

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani


Photo courtesy of DreamHack

Fnatic's stunning performances paid off after upsetting both Newbee and then Team Liquid to land a place in the Grand Finals of DreamLeague Season 9 Minor. 

The SEA team showed up to DreamLeague Season 9 Minor in top form and aiming for their first 2017-2018 Pro Circuit Championship Title.

It was a long day — doubleheader elimination series on the table for Fnatic. The pressure was high and the emotions were intense. Their gritty approach to claiming wins was impressive and turned many heads during their journey so far. Fnatic will have one more hurdle to overcome as they will face against Team Secret as they try to seize the most DPC points possible to climb a step in the rankings and inch closer to that highly coveted TI8 direct invite. 

Lower Bracket Round 3 - Newbee 1:2 Fnatic

It took a full three-game series for Fnatic to overwhelm Newbee and knock them out of contention. With fantastic control and coordination throughout the series, Fnatic has been showing that their revamped lineup is starting to synergize and find their groove. Newbee did not show up to Sweden in their top form and most of their downfall seemed to be due to miscommunications or fragmented coordination. 

The first game started out passively, with a quiet start as both teams focused on their lanes. The SEA team was doing a perfect job at forcing rotations and movements from Newbee to keep them from being able to take their objectives and stall out the game in their favor. The second game was much more of a contrast —a very scrappy game which seemed to get a bit awkward at times. Newbee had a concise game plan and were able to implement it through a fast-paced early game. Their aggression overall seemed to catch Fnatic off guard as the SEA team seemed to struggle to hold on. Newbee's victory forced the deciding third game which was a very close game with Fnatic's signature steep swings and roller coaster thrills. Nothing less than entertaining, the teams were both playing their hearts out against a ticking clock and elimination. In the end, it was Fnatic that would prevail to take the game and series. 

Newbee end their run in fourth place with $30,000 and 15 DPC points. 

Lower Bracket finals - Team Liquid 0:2 Fnatic

No rest for the wicked or weary, as Fnatic had only moments to prepare for the next stage. Facing off against Team Liquid, the SEA team was the underdog but cruised in with unwavering confidence. In their last matchup during the semi-finals, Team Liquid had bested Fnatic 2:1 with two back to back 17-minute games in the reverse sweep. Fnatic were looking to exact their revenge.

Patience was the key for Fnatic to overtake the Europeans in the first game. It took almost one hour to close out the match, starting out relatively even for the first 30 minutes. When Team Liquid started to pull ahead, it was not much of a surprise to many fans. A bad team fight, followed by a team wipe moments later swung the game into Fnatic's favor and it didn't take long for them to then seize control and the advantage for the win. In the second game Team Liquid were quick to try and squash any hopes Fnatic had of an easy 2:0 sweep. Coming out of the gates swinging, Team Liquid exerted their dominance and set the pace immediately. While it looked like they had the lead, 23 minutes in, Fnatic came from behind, committing their hearts and souls into turning things and it paid off in the amount of a spot in the Grand Finals.

Team Liquid will go home with a third-place finish, $30,000 and 45 DPC points padding their pockets. 

Upper Bracket

Lower Bracket

Round 3 - Best of 3

Round 4 - Best of 3

Final

The action resumes tomorrow, March 25th at 16:30 CET with the best-of-five Grand Finals series between Team Secret and Fnatic.

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

Discussion

  • Aljon "arbotawan" Botawan ,
    Why always EE picture when the stars are really Abed/DJ and they're the ones who always carry games?
    • steven "stellearceli" deqq ,
      maybe EE carry them... haha
    • David "dabdabi" Boniao ,
      Exactly! Dj is clutch while Abed is reliable. Meanwhile, EE and diediedie feed like archons.
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      Don't disagree with you at all, but we use photos from the actual event and they only had EE and PLD posted xD .... maybe Abed and DJ are camera shy!
      • James "Yared" A ,
        Indeed they are the professional type who does the work but hates the spotlight.
  • Professor "changeling" Chaos ,
    Very interesting perspective you have here! For me its more like - i was very suprised that liquid got into the upper bracket final with a standin and Kuro switching to carry. I also didnt find it to be an upset that fanatic beats newbee, given how good fanatic looked the last tournaments and how out of shape newbee currently is. Now if they win vs. secret, THAT would be an upset in many many ways. Witch is why it wont happen! ;)
    • James "Yared" A ,
      Yeah safe bet on the favorites for this very hyped final. The underdog winning will mean a substantial result for them. Amazing how there is a backstory that builds up the drama regardless.
      • Professor "changeling" Chaos ,
        Unfortunatly, fanatic underperformed heavily in the finals. They seem to crumble a lot under pressure, i hope this will change in the future. They should have at least taken a game of secret.

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