In the second game of the set, Fnatic decided to channel their inner CIS and fight fire with fire. MidOne, DJ and 343 set up in top lane and immediately rained fire on MVP. The support duo quickly got into a rhythm of perfectly spaced initiations onto MVP’s carries. In mid lane, Mushi’s famous Medusa constantly pushed deep into QO’s space, denying him a large amount of his farm, immediately throwing the Koreans on the backfoot. 343 quietly kept the team propped up with consistent warding and dewarding, giving Fnatic a clear edge in the vision game. As the game drew on, MVP put up a strong fight, taking several important teamfights and even gaining an XP lead at times. However, Fnatic kept a cool head and persevered, taking multiple teamfights, ultimately eliminating MVP’s buybacks and going for a final death push to take home the series 2-0.
Now, Fnatic will have just a few hours to prepare before playing Digital Chaos. The multinational squad is one of the most individually skilled at The International this year and present a fearsome challenge. The young team took 2nd place in their group and were able to eliminate Chinese favorites LGD from the Lower Bracket. However, DC are still a team that’s rough around the edges. Despite their impressive individual play, the current roster has only played together for four months, leading to some deficiencies in teamwork. DC rely on large scale rotations to engage onto single heroes, blow them up and then capitalize with a tower kill. For Fnatic, the key will be keeping their heads clear and not underestimate the potential of their opponents. Drafting a strong teamfight lineup will be key to denying DC their rotations and turning the aggression right back onto the international squad.