Fnatic v Dignitas – ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe

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Fnatic is set to face Dignitas in the group stage of the ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe. The match will take place on 28th April and will be played in a bed-of-three format. In the article, we will give a comprehensive preview between two highly talented teams.


Fnatic showed pretty decent performance in late 2019, which was a blessing since they had a pretty terrible year. But after making smart roster changes, the team has produced decent results. Ex-Cloud9 stars Golden and Flusha seemed to have formulated a solid chemistry with Brollan, JW, and KRIMZ. Overall the Fnatic roster seems to be in pretty good shape in all roles.

Fnatic’s gameplay doesn’t revolve around a star-player since the side doesn’t have any. All five players are well rounded and are quite capable of getting kills on the board. Typically, Brollan and KRIMZ have been playing brilliantly and seem to be the most consistent duo at the time. Others are also improving and continue to perform for the side.

Fnatic recently reigned supreme in the ESL Pro League S11 EU, which exhibits the dominance of the side. The team was simply phenomenal from start to finish, as they beat the likes of Astralis, FaZe and NiP, and don’t forget the remarkable comeback of the in the grand final against Mousesports.

At the time of this writing, Fnatic is officially ranked as the third-best team in the world. But many analysts still doubt that the team will deliver in the bigger tournaments like the CS: GO Major Championships. ESL One Road to Rio is a great platform for the side to prove the critics wrong and show that they are a great mixture of experience and young blood in the competitive landscape of CSGO.


Dignitas is another great name in CSGO. The new members on the team have a ton of fragging potential, experience, talent, and exceptional game sense. This mixture of Norwegian and Swedish stars has the potential to wreak havoc but one of the biggest drawbacks is that it lacks experience since it was formed on January 21st. So it might take time for the players to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

Dignitas was expected to perform brilliantly in the inaugural season of Flashpoint. However, the team disappointed as it was eliminated in the group stage after getting beaten twice by Gen.G and the new Cloud9 roster. However, when the likes of Friberg, Xizt, GeT_RiGhT, and f0rest start performing again we won’t be surprised to see Dignitas displaying exciting results.

The side really needs to work on its consistency and chemistry. They need to understand the strategies of the big names in the business to be a strong name in Europe. They will take time in the group stage, which means that they will drop games. But they will surely make it to the playoffs.

Prediction: Fnatic 2-1 Dignitas

Fnatic arrives into this game in good form with a team that recently beat some of the best names in the business meanwhile Dignitas have struggled to beat Tier-2 sides. This will be an entertaining series with Fnatic coming out on top.

Umer Nadeem
Umer Nadeem is an esports and gaming journalist who has been covering MOBA games and their competitive scene since 2013. He has had a passion for gaming and esports for years and hopes to use his skills and experience to convey why gaming is so great.