Virtus.pro outmaneuver FaZe
Virtus.pro win their Group D opening match against FaZe with a score of 16-8 on Train at DreamHack Masters Malmö.
With both sides having last met offline in a group decider best-of-one match at IEM Katowice that went the way of the Poles (16-13 on Mirage), the showdown in Malmö instead took place on Train. The game was also Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey's debut for FaZe after being signed to the team earlier this week.
It was Virtus.pro who got the ball rolling with an aggressive A-site take on their T pistolround that worked, which moved the team ahead to a 3-0 scoreline. The first gunround meanwhile went the way of FaZe who used conventional and proven defensive tactics to stop VP's aggression.
VP continue to revenge upon the FaZe core following last year's infamous defeats when the latter were G2
Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski jumped ahead early in the game as the impact player and, led by his fragging, Virtus.pro stopped FaZe's momentum and moved ahead to a 6-1 lead. Strong positional play by Ricardo "fox" Pacheco meanwhile put FaZe back on the board in the next round as he won a crucial one versus one against Paweł "byali" Bieliński.
Buoyed by this clutch, and by the defensive plays of Philip "aizy" Aistrup (including a one versus two win), FaZe managed to garner a few more rounds in the first half although reckless pushes by Håvard "rain" Nygaard later in the half allowed VP to get their foot through the door again and in the end the Poles finished the half up 10-5.
An extreme push by Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and Filip "NEO" Kubski dismantled FaZe outside of the B-site on the second pistolround, with the former player being boosted behind the European team and allowing him to pincer them and shut down their T-side execute.
This loss created a domino effect for FaZe as they lost the subsequent eco rounds and the first second-half gunround; with the score at 15-5, FaZe finally executed successfully onto the A-site which gave Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and team some breathing room.
This breathing room came too little, too late and a defensive on B-site by TaZ and crew ultimately shut down FaZe and gave the Polish team the map 16-8.
K - D
Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax
27 - 13
Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali
23 - 17
Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO
18 - 15
Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ
16 - 18
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps
10 - 21
The final match of the day is Group D's second game which will be a duel between Tempo Storm and Envy, with the Brazilian team having last won against Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt & co. 16-7 on Mirage at IEM Katowice.
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