Despite a valiant effort to secure a much-needed victory, Fnatic fell into defeat at the hands of Team SMG in the best of one series in the group stage of the GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series HatYai Thailand 2022. Team SMG wanted to beat Fnatic as it ended a tiebreaker between the remaining teams of curse, RSG and Team SMG. However, despite winning Fnatic after a poor early game, Team SMG will not advance to the Playoffs stage as Gamer Galaxy used a time judgment method to decide which teams will advance to the Playoffs stage of the tournament.
Fnatic In Shambles as Team SMG secure victory.
Going into the match, Fnatic was considered the favorite to win the match despite playing with Natthaphon”Masaros“Ouanphakdee as a stand-in as his star bearer, Marc”RavenFausto has been sidelined due to illness as Fnatic pitted against former comrades within Team SMG’s recently revamped roster, with the addition of Darylice cream“Ko and Wilson”polosonKoh to his roster. For Fnatic, it has nothing to lose, because after losing to RSG and Execration in the group stage. As for Team SMG, they could qualify for the Play-offs stage if they win their series against Fnatic, as the organization would be tied with RSG and Execration trailing 2-1.
Fnatic went for a triple core lineup of Faceless Void, Queen of Pain (QOP) and Dawnbreaker supported by the duo Chen and Djardel”DJ“Mapusti’s Signature Clockwerk While SMG Goes With Yeik”MidOne“Nai Zheng’s Lone Druid and Comb”MoonBoon Seng’s Keeper of the Light (KOTL) with the mix of Razor, Earthshaker and Bane for the rest of the players.
Fnatic started the game well, with DJ managing to kill several SMG heroes in the early game and helping his teammates with his Hookshot and Power Cogs skill combination while Armel”ArmelTabios’ QOP and Masaros’ Dawnbreaker skills helped Fnatic earn a massive kill lead into the 30-minute mark. However, SMG was able to maintain the game level in terms of net worth as Midone’s Lone Druid steadily increased. was burping while the combination of Moon’s KOTL and Daryl”ice cream“Koh’s Razor Managed to Pick Anucha”jabzJirawong’s Faceless Void, allowing them to secure Roshan at the same time.
Things went downhill for Fnatic after that, as Midone’s Lone Druid bear secured Tier 3 towers and two rows of barracks from Fnatic’s base, while losing a few more team fights near their base, before SMG dealt Fnatic the decisive blow as the decisive team fight saw both teams fight in the top lane as Jabz buys back into the fight to be locked in place by Wilson”polosonKoh’s Bane before dying again, with no buybacks from him and Armel, Fnatic had no choice but to end the match after 37 minutes as they are eliminated from the tournament with a 0-3 score.
However, the match was a lose-lose situation for both teams as despite the win, SMG will join Fnatic, Army Geniuses and Talon Esports to be eliminated from the tournament as the tournament organizers revealed that they used a time rating method to determine which two teams are allowed to advance to the playoffs under the rules, meaning .
Team SMG finished in the Top 6 of the tournament and is likely to travel back to its team home in Malaysia to prepare for the upcoming TI11 SEA Regional Qualifiers, while Fnatic will try to reset their minds after the disappointing result in the group stage if the team will also travel to Malaysia for the upcoming ESL One Malaysia 2022, which starts on August 23.