It has been announced that Fnatic will defend their Fight Night title against Danish powerhouse, Astralis, on Thursday the 25th of February in a best-of-five spectacular.
Fnatic has already won the first two Fight Night matches and has looked extremely strong since the acquisition of Dennis “dennis” Edman, winning each of their first four LAN events that they have attended. This win streak includes a 2-0 victory over Astralis just last weekend on route to the ESL Barcelona invitational title.
Astralis has certainly looked less solid of late, experiencing a dip in form that dates back as far as the last major, DreamHack Cluj-Napoca. The Danes went into the tournament in Romania as one of the heavy favourites following an insane run of online results but fell short in their quarter-final matchup against NiP and have not looked the same since.
However, despite recent results, it is worth remembering that the former TSM roster proved to be a sort of kryptonite for Fnatic in the middle part of the 2015 season and is one of only a handful of teams that can compare to the Swedes in terms of raw individual talent. The second place at ESL Barcelona for Astralis represents a glimmer of hope and a light at the end of the tunnel of disappointments and their first win over the current EnVyUs roster at LAN will have given them a massive boost in confidence.
Despite failing to take a map from Fnatic in Barcelona, Astralis made both maps close and were looking better than they have for a number of months throughout the tournament. The main difference in this €5000 show-match could well be that Astralis simply wants the win more than their super successful opponents. Of course Fnatic will head into the match as heavy favourites but this could well be an occasion where the underdogs are more hungry and eager to prove themselves. If the odds are good, a low bet on Astralis could garner some excellent rewards.