FACEIT League Stage Two coverage
One more CS:GO tournament will be held on 16-18 July, namely, the grand final of FACEIT LEAGUE STAGE TWO, conducted within the framework of DreamHack Open Valencia. Unlike ESWC 2015, all the main leaders of the world's pro-scene will participate in the event: fnatic, Team SoloMid and Virtus.pro. Natus Vincere is among them.
18th of July
- 23:20 - Thank you for following the coverage, which has been provided by noxilicious for the past three days. Feel free to leave some feedback or comments, if you want to!
- 23:15 - That concludes our report from the sunny Valencia in Spain. Thanks to all those who were cheering for Natus Vincere and supported them. We hope to see our guys winning another tournament and bringing home another trophy. See you soon!
- 23:10 - Congratulations to the champions, Team SoloMid!
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- 23:05 - Cloud9 didn't stand a single chance. TSM finished them without mercy on the second half. They win de_mirage with 16:2 - the overall map score is 2:0. Therefore Team SoloMid is the DH Open Valencia champion, congratulations!
- 23:00 - The Danes did a very good job on the CT side! Cloud9 must play with the same confidence and same skill to have a shot for a comeback.
- 22:45 - TSM has built up a quick 6:0 lead. Cloud9 decides to take a short timeout.
- 22:38 - The second - potentially last - map of the match has just started, the teams are ready to go!
- 22:17 - 16:14 is the result for de_cache! Both teams show their best skill, with TSM having the upper hand - they win both halfs with 8:7. The next map is de_mirage.
- 21:55 - With one round advantage, TSM wins the first half.
- 21:35 - The Danish squad takes the pistol round!
- 21:30 - Finals just started!
- 21:05 - The teams won't fight just for the glory. A trophy and prize money awaits the winner:
- 20:55 - The match of the matches will start in ten minutes! Both teams will play on de_cache, de_mirage and de_dust2.
- 20:40 - Who will win the grand finals? Will TSM come out on top and become the back-to-back champions or will Cloud9 claim their first championship in their third attempt? Let us know what you think!
- 20:05 - Cloud9 did it! They fought their way into the grand final. In the extra rounds they have shown great defense which allowed the Americans to beat the Swedes! This is the third final in a row for the five guys from America. The last match series of the tournament will start at 21:05 CEST - in one hour.
- 19:45 - They have done it! With some incredible actions fnatic manages to get the draw on de_train.
- 19:38 - Now the Swedes from fnatic need a short break. Another timeout. They are close to losing the game!
- 19:32 - The Americans decide to take a short timeout.
- 19:20 - The first half was won by Cloud9. Six more wins and they will advance to the grand finals!
- 18:59 - de_train has just started! fnatic manages to win the pistol round.
- 18:37 - The Americans don't waste much time and finish off fnatic quickly! 16:7 is the final score for de_mirage. The next map will be de_train.
- 18:26 - So far Cloud9 didn't have many problems. They score a pretty convincing 11:4 in the first half.
- 18:07 - Finally the problems have been solved! Game continues.
- 17:50 - The game has been paused as the players can hear the commentators. They can't hear each other though but hopefully it will be fixed soon.
- 17:39 - Cloud9 starts off with a B-rush and wins the pistol round!
- 17:25 - The maps for the match between the Swedish and American players have been determined. de_mirage, de_train and de_dust2 will be played! Have we seen those maps in that order before?
- 16:50 - Statistics for the match between Natus Vincere and TSM:
- 16:40 - The next semi-final between Cloud9 and fnatic will start in 50 minutes. Will the Americans beat the famous Swedish squad or will their journey at this tournament end in the semi-finals? We will find out in a bit.
- 16:33 - Unfortunately Natus Vincere was not able to come back and win enough rounds. TSM wins de_dust2 with 16:5 and 2:1 in terms of overall map score. Our boys finish 3rd/4th place at the FACEIT League Stage Two Finals.
- 16:25 - The timeout couldn't help. Our boys lost the first half with a score of 4:11. They have to step up now or they will lose this game.
- 16:12 - Na'Vi decides to take a timeout as the score was 3:7. It seemed to be the right time because if they don't start now, when should they start winning rounds? Let's see if the timeout will pay off.
- 15:58 - Natus Vincere manages to secure the pistol round with some amazing headshots on the terrorist side.
- 15:35 - The Danes win de_train with 16:5. Therefore the overall map score is tied up 1:1. Anyone thought TSM would go down 0:2? The last and deciding map de_dust2 will start very soon!
- 15:05 - First pistol round on de_train goes to TSM.
- 14:42 - With a score of 16:6 our boys win the first map. It was a convincing performance! If they manage to beat TSM on one more map they will advance to the finals.
- 14:26 - Very convincing first half for Natus Vincere. They are playing confident, which paid off, as the score is 12:3 right now.
- 14:20 - Our boys are off to a good start! They are currently up 10:1 against their opponents.
- 14:05 - The first map of the match has started! Na'Vi wins the first pistol round. The maps will be de_mirage, de_train and, if needed, de_dust2.
- 14:00 - The last day of the FACEIT League Stage Two Finals is starting! Team SoloMid and Natus Vincere are warming up right now. We believe in you, guys!
17th of July
- 23:30 - NiP is out of the tournament! They lose on de_mirage with 14:16, same score as on de_train. Therefore they lose their match series with 0:2. The second day of the finals is finished! The matches of tomorrow will be Team SoloMid versus Natus Vincere and Cloud9 versus fnatic. Games will start at 14 CEST.
- 23:08 - First half ends in favour of NiP with a score of 8:7. Let'see how the second half will end.
- 22:47 - The second map de_mirage has just started! Will NiP put up a good fight here or will fnatic crush them and win the series 2:0?
- 22:24 - The derby between the Swedes is very intense as both teams want to deliver their absolute best! Although NiP had some inconclusive results recently and quickly lost eight rounds, fnatic was barely able to win the first map in the last minute with 16:14. And this is only the beginning of the match series!
- 22:03 - The first half was won by fnatic with the score being 10:5. The match has, so far, delivered what it promised to be: exciting and intense!
- 21:55 - fnatic starts off strong with an 8:0 score, but NiP is slowly fighting their way back into the game, winning four rounds in a row.
- 21:37 - The last match of the day - the Swedish derby - has started! fnatic wins the first pistol round.
- 21:20 - The statistics for all three maps of the match between Natus Vincere and Team Kinguin:
- 21:15 - The maps for the match between the Swedish top teams will be de_train, de_mirage and de_dust2.
- 21:10 - flamie is happy about the victory and thanks seized:
- 21:05 - The Swedish derby between fnatic and NiP will be up next! One of the teams will be eliminated from the tournament today. Will JW rehabilitate for yesterday's performance or will NiP, who delivered some very good games today, have some more incredibly good games? We will find out soon!
- 21:00 - Not a single round was lost on the CT side! Na'Vi finishes off Team Kinguin with 16:6 on de_overpass and win 2:1 in map score. Our boys advanced to the semi finals where they will face Team SoloMid tomorrow.
- 20:45 - Three rounds advantage for Natus Vincere! 9:6 win in the first half. If they manage to win the pistol round on the second half, winning will be easier - a lot.
- 20:30 - What a fantastic start for our boys! They start with a 5:0 score on the Terrorist side on de_overpass!
- 20:20 - How will Na'Vi deal with the loss on de_inferno? Will they get their aim, tactics and mentality back on track?
- 20:00 - Second map goes to Team Kinguin with a score of 16:11, map score is tied up 1:1. They sure know how to surprise! Third and deciding map de_overpass will start soon.
- 19:42 - Not the best score for the CT side of de_inferno, but at least Na'Vi wins the first half with a score of 8:7. Let's see what the next half will look like!
- 19:35 - The timeout paid off. Score is tied - 5:5. Our boys are back on track and fought their way back into the game!
- 19:22 - Natus Vincere decides to take a timeout, as the score is already 0:4. Maybe that timeout was taken too soon, as the map is just beginning. On the other hand acting early might bring our boys back into the game.
- 19:17 - Getting ready for the next map de_inferno. By winning this map Na'Vi could secure their spot in the playoffs.
- 19:00 - 16:9 - that is the final score for de_dust2! Natus Vincere had some problems to win the map, but in the end they were successful.
- 18:42 - Na'Vi seems to be ready and confident! First half just ended with 12:3 on de_dust2. This is a good advantage and could help to secure the first map. de_inferno and de_overpass are the two other maps.
- 18:25 - The game hast just started. We are in the lead with 4:0. A good start!
- 18:16 - Both teams are warming up now. Cheer for our boys!
- 17:35 - In 40 minutes (18:15 CEST) the match between Natus Vincere and Team Kinguin will start. The winner will, as the runner-up of group A, advance to the playoffs, the loser will be out of the tournament.
- 17:15 - NiP beats Team Liquid with 16:10 on de_cache and 2:0 in maps. Most people expected that. fnatic is waiting for NiP next in a few hours.
- 16:44 - The second map de_cache has started. This could be an easy game for NiP.
- 16:29 - NiP wins the first map with a score of 16:6. This could be the warm-up for the Swedes for their next possible opponent fnatic.
- 16:25 - dennis from Team Kinguin somehow got on the server where Team Liquid and NiP are playing their match at the moment. friberg wasn't mad and said: "I know that we are good, but 6 5 - this is too much." There was a small pause because of that incident.
- 16:00 - Team Liquid and NiP determine the opponent for fnatic, which the winner of the currently ongoing match will face later today!
- 15:23 - 16:0!!! Virtus.pro has lost to a team that has been created just four months ago. Team Kinguin will face Natus Vincere later today. Incredible match series and crazy match on de_cache!
- 15:20 - What is happening with VP? The score is 14:0 at the moment in such an important match! We have not been able to see such a match in a long time. Team Kinguin dominates VP all around ...
- 15:00 - de_cache. Virtus.pro against Team Kinguin. Who will be the opponent for Natus Vincere? We will find out soon!
- 14:37 - Who would have thought that? Team Kinguin manages to win a map against Virtus.pro, the score is 16:12 and it's 1:1 in the best of 3 right now. The winner of the match series will be determined on de_cache.
- 14:10 - One round advantage for Virtus.pro as they win the first half 8:7.
- 13:45 - The second map of the match, de_dust2, has just started! According to betting statistics, most people believe in Virtus.pro. Very few people believe Team Kinguin will win ...
- 13:30 - Virtus.pro crushes their opponents in the overtime and win the first map with a score of 21:17.
- 13:14 - Incredible! rain was able to win a 1 on 4 situation, which lead to a 15:15 score - overtime!
- 12:45 - It seems to be a match between equal teams. The first half ended in 9:6 in favour of the Polish bears.
- 12:40 - Our boys still have some time before their match starts, so they can go to the beach for example:
Beach Time ^_^ pic.twitter.com/U3af4wLlht— Denis Kostin (@seizedwf) 17 июля 2015
- 12:35 - Remember that all matches will be played in the BO3 mode today. The maps for the match between Team Kinguin and Virtus.pro will be de_train, de_dust2 and de_cache, if necessary.
- 12:30 - Good afternoon, friends! The first game of the second day in the FACEIT League Stage TWO has already started. By the end of the day we will know the teams that will fight for the top placements and the prize pool. Team Kinguin and Virtus.pro are playing at the moment to determine who will face Natus Vincere later today. The winner of this match will be the second place in the group and advance to the playoffs.
16th of July
- 19:55 - The first day of the LAN finals is over. Tomorrow there will be more matches to determine who will advance to the playoffs as runner-ups in their respective groups. Cloud9 and TSM will be spectators tomororow waiting for their opponents to be determined for the playoffs. The matches will start at the same time as today - at 12:15 CEST. Natus Vincere will face the winner of the match between Team Kinguin and Virtus.pro at 18:15 CEST. See you soon!
- 19:49 - The Danes did it! TSM wins against the Swedes and take the first place in group B.
- 19:27 - The first half of the match was won by TSM.
- 19:03 - The match has started! The Danes managed to win the first pistol round.
- 18:45 - fnatic and TSM will play their match on de_overpass.
- 18:32 - TSM beats NiP on de_mirage and will face fnatic in a few minutes. If the Danes win, they advance to the playoffs and fnatic would have to play another match to have a chance of advancing.
- 18:11 - The Danes won the first half.
- 17:50 - The game started! The Swedes won the first pistol round.
- 17:45 - NiP and TSM will play on de_mirage. The match will be starting very soon!
- 17:35 - flamie sums up what is next for Na'Vi
- 17:29 - Team Liquid did their best but in the end fnatic had no problems winning the match. The next match - NiP vs TSM - will start soon!
- 16:50 - The match between fnatic and Team Liquid has just started. The map is de_dust2.
- 16:40 - Match statistics from the game Natus Vincere vs Cloud9
- 16:30 - The matches in group A are over. Tomorrow our guys will play again to fight their way into the playoffs against the winner of the match between Team Kinguin and Virtus.pro. The format of the match will be BO3. The matches from group B are about to start. First match will be fnatic vs Team Liquid.
- 16:23 - Too many mistakes cost our boys the win - or draw in this case. They managed to get back into the game but unfortunately it was not enough to win.
- 16:05 - Things are not going well for Natus Vincere. The players decided to use their pause.
- 15:59 - The game continues! Na'Vi loses the pistol round.
- 15:53 - First half was going back and forth. Score is 8:7 in favour of Cloud9.
- 15:31 - The match just started! Natus Vincere lost the first pistol round.
- 15:15 - Check out the match statistics from Na'Vi versus Virtus.pro:
- 15:10 - The map of the match has been determined. Both teams will face off on de_cobblestone.
- 14:55 - Within the next few minutes Natus Vincere will play against Cloud9 for first place in the group, which will provide a spot in the playoffs.
- 14:49 - Pause has paid off. Na'Vi takes four rounds in a row and wins their first match in the tournament!
- 14:42 - After a series of unsuccessful rounds for the protecting side our boys have taken a timeout.
- 14:29 - ... Na'Vi wins the pistol round!
- 14:25 - The first half ends in our favour! Time to change the sides now.
- 14:02 - The match has started! The Polish squad has won the pistol round.
- 13:40 - The start of the game has been delayed, because Guardian just arrived at the tournament a few minutes ago. As we know, the five players representing Na'Vi in the CS:GO tournament have arrived without luggage.
- 13:25 - The map for the match has been determined. It will be de_overpass.
1. Natus Vincere removed Cache
2. Virtus.pro removed Inferno
3. Natus Vincere removed Train
4. Virtus.pro removed Dust2
5. Natus Vincere removed Cobblestone
6. Virtus.pro removed Mirage
- 13:02 - Cloud9 didn't waste any time and won the first match quite fast! The match between Natus Vincere and Virtus.Pro should start soon.
- 13:00 - Good afternoon, dear friends! We start the coverage for the first day of the LAN-finals FACEIT LEAGUE STAGE TWO. In about half an hour our boys start their battle to win the tournament. And while we're waiting, we are watching the first match of the day between Cloud9 and Team Kinguin.
15th of July
- 21:40 - View from the hotel room, where our players stay:
- IMPORTANT: Team EnVyUs were to participate in Group A. They refused from participating in Grand Final. As a result they were replaced with Team Kinguin.
- 12:15 CEST: Cloud9 [16:7] Team Kinguin
- 13:30 CEST: Natus Vincere [16:12] Virtus.pro
- 14:45 CEST: Cloud9 [16:14] Natus Vincere
- 16:00 CEST: fnatic [16:9] Team Liquid
- 17:15 CEST: NiP [13:16] TSM
- 18:30 CEST: fnatic [10:16] TSM
- 12:15 CEST: Team Kinguin [2:1] Virtus.pro
- 15:15 CEST: Team Liquid [0:2] NiP
- 18:15 CEST: Natus Vincere [2:1] Team Kinguin
- 21:15 CEST: fnatic [2:0] NiP
- 14:00 CEST: TSM [2:1] Natus Vincere
- 17:30 CEST: Cloud9 [2:0] fnatic
- 21:05 CEST: TSM [2:0] Cloud9
2 Team SoloMid
2 Team SoloMid
1 Natus Vincere
- Group stage — each team against each team bo1. Two best teams of each group will get to play off.
- Play off — first team of group A plays against second team of group B. First team of group B plays against second team of group A.
- Grand final is played in bo 3 format.
- Valencia is the third largest city of Spain (following Madrid and Barcelona). This is one of the most beautiful cities of Mediterranean coast.
The winner of the first championship
- TSM is reigning champion of FACEIT League Finals. They defeated NiP two months ago in the finals of the first tournament.
place — $40 000
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place — $10 000
place — $6 000
place — $4 000
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Jacob "FugLy" Medina
Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
Kyle "flowsicK" Mendez
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Richard "Xizt” Landström
Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
Adam "friberg" Friberg
Aleksi "allu" Jalli