Fnatic secures SEA Slot for StarLadder i-League Season 2 after defeating Mineski 2-0 in the Qualifier Finals
The Malaysian-Filipino hybrid squad will be flying to North America this coming July to carry on the South East Asian Banner in the StarLadder i-League Season 2 Main Event.
After a back-to-back dominant win over team Mineski in the SEA Qualifier Finals, team Fnatic will be heading to the still un-announced North American Venue for the LAN finals of the StarLadder i-League Season 2 this coming July 21 to 24, 2016.
Game 1 was a fantastic display of multiple lane pressures and rotations from Fnatic, as they were able to secure the early Blink Dagger for Ohaiyo‘s Bat Rider at 11:35, with 343‘s Position #3/4 Slardar also getting his Blink Dagger at 18:46. While Mineski‘s lineup looked strong in theory with Cast‘s rotating Witch Doctor together with Julz‘s Doom complementing the global presence of Benhur‘s Invoker through finishing ganks with Sunstrike, the multiple DPS sources coming from Fnatic proved to be fatal during pick-offs, a spark of hope shone upon Mineski during the latter periods of the game as Fnatic‘s multiple failed attempts for an uphill push costed them a few objectives, this didn’t stop Fnatic however as a bottom lane chase costed the lives of raging.potato (Mirana) and Bokerino (Faceless Void) as well as the Bottom Lane Barracks. Mineski was still able to hold on for a little longer, the double blink resulted in them losing their mid lane, and 3 of their heroes before calling GG at 33:52 with 32-16 on the scoreboard.
Game 2 featured a classic midlane match up between a Shadow Fiend (midOne) and Invoker (raging.potato) with the action starting at the very first minute with both heroes dying to the rotating supports.
Mineski looked to be ready to take Game 2 and bring the fight to Fnatic with the Filipino squad starting to pile up on their advantage from minute 6 to 20, carefully utilizing the Moonlight Shadow from Benhur‘s Mirana as well as rotations from Julz‘s Disruptor and Cast‘s Doom. Things started to go downhill after Fnatic secured an easy Roshan at around 15:42 with the aegis on midOne and was followed up by a push at top 2 minutes after. Fnatic went on for their first uphill attempt at 22:23 with only raging.potato and Benhur left to defend for Mineski‘s Mid lane, and while they were able to at least delay Fnatic until the respawn of the rest of their teammates, Mineski was still severely outgunned as Mirana’s blink landed right in front of Mushi‘s Slardar with a follow-up from the Ice Shards by 343‘s Tuskar preventing any escape from the trapped priestess.
With the mid barracks now secured, Fnatic wasted no time as they headed right away to the bottom lane barracks, Mineski was still showing heart with their attempts to defend their homebase but they get constantly zoned out which ended up them losing not only their mid but their bottom barracks as well. The final stand occurred during a bottom lane chase which allowed Benhur to land a Sacred Arrow to the retreating midOne, but the attempt was easily halted by both 343‘s Tuskar and Mushi‘s Slardar prevented Fnatic from losing their midlaner. The final blow was dealt by Fnatic and right then and there Mineski concedes game #2, giving their Malaysian Adversaries the rite of passage for StarLadder I-League Season 2 LAN Finals.