EU vs EU never seems to disappoint in these circumstances. This match-up delivered the goods. Game 1 on Tomb of the Spider Queen lasted 31 and a half minutes. It was spectacular. Method dominated the entirety of the game. But Fnatic managed to find picks (mainly on Jaina) early in the fights and keep Method from putting them into checkmate. With Method attempting to turn-in for what would surely be a game ending Web Weaver, Fnatic got two kills and rushed through the bot lane:
I would expect nothing less out of an EU versus EU match-up...
Game 2, Fnatic drafted a Stitches comp on Volskaya Foundry. It didn’t work. Method controlled the map the entire game. With a Level 20 talent advantage and the Protector, Method landed a couple kills and finished the core. Game 3 was on Dragon Shire, and after Method captured a 3 minute Dragon Knight, it was not looking good for Fnatic. When Method captured another Dragon Knight a little past 6 minutes in, it looked real bad for Fnatic. That is, until things didn’t look so bad:
Then SmX did this:
And just like that, it was Fnatic claiming the first keep of the game in the bottom lane. Fnatic ended up staying a bit too long and Method nearly wiped them in the ensuing chase. Method claimed bottom keep. Tie game. With both teams sitting on win conditions in the bottom lane, it was Fnatic who got the kills and the final Dragon Knight to seal victory and save their tournament life.
In Game 4 on Towers of Doom, Fnatic drafted a solo-heal Abathur composition. It worked. Once Fnatic hit level 10 they dominated the map with incredible macro-play. They pushed advantages and patiently waited on cool-downs to find favorable engages. Once Fnatic hit level 20, Method was forced to engage without their storm talents during an altar phase. That ended about as well as one might expect. Fnatic forced a Game 5.
The scene for this equalizer match would be Battlefield of Eternity. This one got wild. Fnatic essentially won the game at the 15 minute mark by pushing with an Immortal and taking the core down to 7%. Except they didn’t win and Method proceeded to execute a perfect defense of their core by keeping Fantic on their own side of the map. Back to back team fights went in Method’s favor and at the 19 minute mark they had captured a full shield Immortal. In one of the most tense moments of the entire series, Method laid siege to Fnatic’s core for nearly two minutes with both teams trading out heroic abilities and bending back and forth until something snapped:
Fnatic completed the reverse sweep and took the series 3-2. Amazing set of games.
Method - Analysis and Takeaways
Method’s Mid-Season Brawl performance was admirable considering this squad will look a whole lot different in the next phase. Their early matches in the group phase were impressive but their performance waned as the tournament went on and competition stiffened. Still, a top 8 finish is nothing to sneer at. In Phase 2, only Cursen and Nic will remain with Atheroangel, BadBenny, and adrd joining forces. It’s hard to pin any expectations on this squad without seeing the new group in action. I will say that both Nic and Cursen played extremely well in the MSB; hopefully, the new team will gel quickly and give themselves a chance to make the Western Clash.