Fourth day of ESL One Cologne 2016 may be done and dusted, but the second day on the big stage at a sold out LANXESS arena was set to bring us two big series, deciding which two teams get the chance to continue their journey towards the grand final in front of the ecstatic crowd. Check out how the semi finals went down!
Virtus.pro vs. SK Gaming
Starting off the day were the champions from Katowice 2014 and the reigning ones from Columbus 2016. While Virtus.pro had the better start on Cbble, SK was able to take over the lead. It was Neo, forcing the game into overtime where the Poles took the upper hand. On Nuke, VP’s choice, SK Gaming came back strong and took the map by force.
It all came down to Mirage, with another close match. Virtus.pro had a strong opening, but SK Gaming knew how to come back and leveled the match once more. In the end, the Brazilians showed their full strength once more, overpowering VP and advancing to the grand final.
Cbble: Virtus.Pro 19-17 SK Gaming
Nuke: Virtus.Pro 05-16 SK Gaming
Mirage: Virtus.Pro 12-16 SK Gaming
Overall: Virtus.Pro 1-2 SK Gaming
Team Liquid vs. Fnatic
On Cbble, Team Liquid were able to get the better start and were in lead after a strong first half as CT. Fnatic came back from in the second half, taking over the lead and looking rock solid. However, the momentum shifted over to Liquid once more, taking the upper hand and winning the first map in an impressive fashion and leaving the crowd going wild.
Starting on Cache it was once more Team Liquid setting the pace. With their strong defense, the US Team was able to score eleven rounds to put a lot of pressure on the three times major winners Fnatic. The Swedes came back from this with a strong defense on their own, taking over the lead before TL was able to score their first T round. However, Team Liquid once more went on a spree, advancing to the grand final as the very first team from North America!
Cbble: Team Liquid 16-13 Fnatic
Cache: Team Liquid 16-13 Fnatic
Overall: Team Liquid 2-0 Fnatic
The grand final is set
SK Gaming and Team Liquid will take the stage one last time to fight for the title including the lion’s share of the US$1.000.000 prize pool. Find all results so far as well as streams and more on ESL One live page.
The final day:
15:00 CEST: Showmatch
~17:00 CEST: SK Gaming vs. Team Liquid