ELEAGUE Quarter-Final: Preview
Posted 2016-07-20 Dare_Dev1L
Following the group stage victory last month, our team is off to challenge their former rival, EnVyUs, at the ELEAGUE quarter final this Thursday. Fnatic and the remaining seven teams will be continuing their battle for their share of the $1.4 million prize pool in a single elimination best-of-three series to get to the top four.
In the past, match-ups against EnVyUs were always competitive. The French team padded its roster with some of the best players in France and the roster shuffle was intended to not only dominate domestic rivalry, but to make EnVyUs the most talented team in the world. While their roster change struck fear in the hearts of their opponents at first, that quickly changed when other top tier teams found a way to counter their momentum-based playstyle.
While EnVyUs may not have achieved the results they were hoping for, they still have one of the highest potential skill ceilings in the scene. EnVyUs’ biggest concern is how well they’ve adapted to adding Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon. The team’s performance has dropped dramatically after losing Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey - a player who has improved since he joined team FaZe. Now that EnVyUs have lost their title as a dominating top team, they have become less of a threat than their domestic rival G2, which became the third best team in the world. The intimidation that initially resulted from EnVyUs’ roster change has long been lost. That said, Fnatic have also had an inconsistent last few months due to having to adapt to multiple stand-ins while Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer was on hiatus. Now that Olof is back, Fnatic are also trying to regain their intimidating image with other teams while still readjusting to the return of Olof.
With mental barriers no longer being a factor, what really separates the two teams is team chemistry. While Fnatic on paper have more experienced talented players, the team did not have that much time to practice after Olof’s return. On the other hand, Fnatic have been together for years, and a few months apart would not have hurt the team that much. The boys should still have this match in the bag, but it would not surprise me if it goes 2-1 depending on the veto process. Whoever wins the quarter final will have a whole week to prepare for the semifinal, so both teams will be giving it their all this weekend.
Player Match-Up: JW vs KennyS
EnVyUs’ Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub is one of the most talented players and AWPers in the world. He has always had the incredible ability to carry to victory whatever team he’s on. In Fnatic’s corner stands one of the highest impact players in the past few years: Our very own Jesper 'JW' Wecksell. As both players can be quite flashy, there has always been speculation (especially in fragmovies) about who’s the best AWPer in the world (with the other contender being Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács playing for Na’Vi). If one thing could be truly predicted about this best-of-three series, it is that if both players hit their shots, the AWP standoff will be one of the highlights of the quarter final.
The players have a significant history battling each other. If JW wins out the battles, then EnVyUs could be in real trouble to win the round,. especially since JW is not the only capable player to take that role in Fnatic. Olof is also a fantastic AWPer and Fnatic may use double AWP setups.
Fnatic will be playing on the first day of the quarter finals. The match will begin Thursday July 21 at 18:00 CEST. If we defeat EnVyUs, we will play in the semifinals on July 29.