Astralis and Natus Vincere each swept their way through group play earlier this week to earn byes into the semifinals at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive DreamHack Masters Malmo 2019 in Sweden.
The playoffs were quite a different story.
Both teams fell in the semifinals on Saturday -- Astralis getting swept by Fnatic 2-0 and Natus falling 2-1 to Team Vitality. Now, Fnatic -- which lost in the first round of group play and was one game from elimination on Tuesday -- will face Vitality for the championship on Sunday.
Vitality made it to the playoffs by making the upper-bracket final of Group A, where it lost to Astralis.
On Saturday, Astralis fell behind Fnatic quickly in losing 16-9 on Overpass. Astralis made a game of it on Nuke, but fell 25-23 to get bounced.
Vitality lost 16-6 on Nuke as Natus took a quick 1-0 lead in their semifinal. But Vitality responded with a 16-4 win on Overpass and 16-11 victory on Dust II to win the match.
Fnatic and Vitality will now play for the $100,000 first-place prize and a berth in the $500,000 Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV World Championship, scheduled for Feb. 25-March 1 in Katowice, Poland.
Like all playoff matches, the championship will be best-of-three.
DreamHack Masters Malmo prize pool
3-4. $22,000 -- Astralis, Natus Vincere
5-6. $10,000 -- Ninjas in Pyjamas, mousesports
7-8. $6,000 -- FURIA Esports, Grayhound Gaming
9-12. $4,000 -- ENCE, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming
13-16. $3,000 -- Team Envy, TYLOO, North, Evil Geniuses
--Field Level Media