OG are irresistible as they eliminate home-region heroes Fnatic

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A clash of the titans took place in the lower bracket Semi Finals of ESL One Malaysia 2022 as OG took on Fnatic on August 27. The winner would have the chance to face Team Secret in the Lower Bracket Finals, and live from the Arena of Stars in Malaysia, these two teams clashed in a rematch from the Arlington Major group stage. 

In a battle between home-region favorites Fnatic and the youthful dominance of OG, it was the latter that were triumphant on the day, reverse sweeping the SEA squad 2-1. 

Fnatic took game one after drafting directly around Armel. And as OG had gambled on late game power, they were stuffed by Fnatic’s brutal Alchemist play. Fnatic went up 1-0 and there seemed to be one option: Ban Alchemist or perish. However, it was Fnatic who took the Alchemist away, and OG were left to pick comfort heroes for game two. And with comfort heroes came a comfortable win, evening up the score.

Ultimately, the final game was more of a stomp than expected. In the shortest game of the series, OG wrapped things up with 25 kills to just seven. And in that final game the MVP was clear: OG’s stand-in and coach Evgenii “Chuvash” Makarov. 

Chuvash’s Earthshaker went 2-2-15—Not bad for the person Ammar called “the worst player on the team.” If anything Chuvash has spent this tournament proving that OG has more depth and talent in it’s coaching core than most teams have in their main roster. We’re 90% sure that just OG’s coaches and owners could comfortably compete in WEU Division One.

With the win, OG will head to the lowerbracket finals to face a fearsome Team Secret. Fnatic are headed home, and taking with them $25,000 of the prize pool. Their next step? TI11, and a chance at the Aegis.

Michael Hassall  ESPORTS.GG  2022-08-27 10:52:00
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