FaZe move on to ELEAGUE group final
FaZe have secured a spot in ELEAGUE's Group D final, against fnatic, after defeating dignitas on three maps (16-10 on Cache, 14-16 on Overpass and 16-14 on Mirage).
The series began on Cache, where FaZe got off to a great start by picking up the pistol round with a fast B execute, with Philip "aizy" Aistrup handling a 1vs2 situation really well. FaZe eventually carried their momentum going into the gun rounds as they stormed to a 5-0 lead.
dignitas finally responded thanks to two crucial keys from Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen to stop an A push, but their economy was reset in the following round as FaZe rallied back. Every time that a round went dignitas' way, FaZe would hit back right after, with the European mixture taking a comfortable 12-3 half-time lead.
In the second half, dignitas won the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos to reduce the deficit to five rounds. After buying up, FaZe got a couple of rounds on the board, and just when it seemed that they would close it out, Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann rescued dignitas with a 1vs2 clutch on a force buy.
aizy was on fire on Cache
dignitas continued pressing on and eventually hit double digits, but then FaZe tightened up their defense and picked up back-to-back rounds to secure a 16-10 finish.
Map two was Overpass, where FaZe got out to a quick 2-0 lead following a B retake in the pistol round. A successful third-round buy powered dignitas to reverse the deficit, but then FaZe's firepower came into play as aizy and Håvard "rain" Nygaard pulled off insane individual actions to keep the score even. The European mixture continued in the driving seat until the end of the first half as they took a commanding 11-4 lead.
dignitas came out of the break looking very strong and won eight of the first nine rounds to level the score at 12-12. With some crucial AWP entry frags, Ricardo "fox" Pacheco put FaZe on the verge of victory, but dignitas picked up the final four rounds to lock down the map 16-14.
dignitas fell at the final hurdle
Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey opened the game up on Mirage with a quad kill, with dignitas hitting back on a force buy thanks to two stunning Deagle entry frags. FaZe replied in the following round, however, and eventually took a 4-1 lead. The rest of the half was highly-contested as neither side were able to stamp their authority on the game, with dignitas taking a narrow 8-7 lead into the second half.
rain came flying out of the gate and picked up a quad kill in the pistol round as Terrorists to restore parity at 8-8. That win sparked a massive round from FaZe, who brought the scoreline to 14-10. dignitas tightened up their defense in the final rounds in an effort to take the game to overtime, but FaZe held on and picked up a 16-14 win that takes them through to Friday's final, live on TBS.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||73 - 56||+17||89.3||1.31|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||72 - 52||+20||82.8||1.25|
|Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa||65 - 60||+5||82.8||1.18|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||54 - 61||-7||72.5||0.98|
|Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox||45 - 51||-6||62.1||0.97|