SK 2-1 FaZe for a place in the semis

SK Gaming defeated FaZe 2-1 (Mirage 7-16, Train 16-3, Overpass 16-5) in the last quarter final of the ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017 Major and will be moving on to play Virtus.pro in the semi-finals.

FaZe got off to a cracking start on Mirage as Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey clutched a miraculous 1v2 on the B bomb site to get their first round in the series against SK. The Brazilian side got two round in a row to make the score 4-2, showing good signs early in the map, but were shortly shut down by FaZe who got on a roll on their Terrorist side.

With a 9-2 lead, FaZepulled off a fake that will probably go down in history. Håvard "rain" Nygaard made his way into the A site and then pushed connector and got a kill on Fernando "fer" Alvarenga who was spotting mid from window. After frags were traded on A, kioShiMa and Aleksi "allu" Jalli entered the B bombsite while SK was stuck trying to retake the wrong bombsite.

Nothing was going SK's way on the CT side of Mirage, after losing the fake round they couldn't clutch out any of the 1v1 or 2v2 situations and finished the half 12-3 down. Despite fer's attempt to start a comeback on the Terrorist side, FaZe closed out the first map with a comfortable 16-7 scoreline.


FaZe took Mirage with ease

SK's pick Train followed, and the Brazilian team showed why they were known as the best Train team right from the start. After picking up the pistol round with an A main and ivy split, SK outpicked FaZe double AWP setup in the first gun round and clutched a 3v4 on B to make it 6-0.

FaZe replied with an eco round win and secured the following round to make it 6-2, but SK replied with a few close rounds again to extend their lead to 9-2 on the Terrorist side. After losing a round due to the time running out, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and co. turned up the pace and rushed the A bombsite, taking it over with ease.

With a 12-3 advantage moving into the more favored CT side, SK had an easy job closing out the map 16-3 after winning the second pistol round.


TACO lead with K-D difference on Train 

Another great start for SK followed on Overpass where the Brazilian side got a 6-0 lead by shutting down FaZe with early aggression. The European team adapted by hitting B early two times in a row with extremely fast rushes, using utility to break SK's defenses, but weren't able to follow it up with a third round to break SK's economy.

7-2 down and in a 2v5 situation after fer and FalleN picked off three of their teammates, kioShiMa and Finn "karrigan" Andersen managed to pick off the defending CT players one by one and clutch the round in the end to start their comeback in the first half.

At 7-5 FalleN played a key part in SK retaking the A site by staying alive in the bathroom area to allow his team to retake the site and close out the half 10-5. The Brazilians took the momentum over into the second half, winning the Terrorist pistol round and following two to go 13-5 up.

The first gun round came down to a 2v3 after plant on B, but SK clutched it out to make it 14-5, allowing them to close out the map and the series shortly.

Matchpage
1
2
28th January 2017
Brazil
16
Mirage
7
3
Train
16
5
Overpass
16

Matchpage
1
2
28th January 2017
Brazil
16
Mirage
7
3
Train
16
5
Overpass
16

 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 68 - 44 +24 113.6 1.60
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 48 - 39 +9 84.0 1.30
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox 44 - 32 +12 77.6 1.28
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 46 - 31 +15 72.1 1.19
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 43 - 37 +6 74.8 1.18
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 40 - 47 -7 81.0 1.00
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 33 - 52 -19 61.6 0.83
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 36 - 47 -11 61.5 0.81
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 40 - 51 -11 65.4 0.75
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 32 - 53 -21 66.7 0.71

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Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
What a great match grats to SK for making it to semifinals once again. FaZe played their pick mirage absolutely good meanwhile for SK only fer and fox was there. When your standin performing better than your 3 players you can't blame him for losing map. Kio played insanely well on all maps and proved that he wasn't problem at all for french scene. What makes me wonder if rumours true will SK do better when felps joins instead of fox. I know felps is more versatile than fox but fox was playing role player and doing what they told him to do. Karrigan should banned train instead of cobblestone, if he did maybe FaZe would be in semifinals instead of SK now. Back and forth it was nice match and like TaZ said FaZe is always hard to play. Let's see will SK make it grand finals once again over Virtus.Pro.
2017-01-28 19:00
LOL
2017-01-28 19:00
SK's cheats are so obvious (facepalm)
2017-01-28 19:01
#107
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Brazil ibra_84 
P1mple agrees with you, crying is part of it.
2017-01-28 19:23
sh1tple is not a topic here.
2017-01-28 19:25
so many times in a row, well player
2017-01-28 19:00
WE SMART WE LOYAL WE TOP4 WITH STANDIN WE ARE BRAZIL XDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-28 19:00
name checks out
2017-01-28 19:01
#52
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Brazil potat 
whats up bro
2017-01-28 19:01
fox MAJOR CHAMPION INCOMING
2017-01-28 19:02
Yeahhh foxinho is playing very well. I hope he keep going like this
2017-01-28 19:33
may the force be with him
2017-01-28 22:15
I'd keep with fox and kick TACO
2017-01-28 19:24
sure keep the awper stand in (when you already got falleN and Coldzera) and kick one of the bests entry fraggers out there
2017-01-29 08:11
#2
jOELZ | 
Finland Baconguy3 
Faze is the best team i the major SK has aimbot cheats to help them. also fox is bad
2017-01-28 19:06
Agree with cheats statement
2017-01-28 19:05
#5
Bulgaria dz3n 
Good Mirage by FaZe!
2017-01-28 19:00
ez
2017-01-28 19:00
#9
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Brazil potat 
aw yeah
2017-01-28 19:00
#11
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
BOT rain
2017-01-28 19:00
#12
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Israel Netanyahu 
Nice
2017-01-28 19:01
#13
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Czech Republic exi77 
Astralis gonna win it anyway
2017-01-28 19:00
#14
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Greenland freqgod 
xD
2017-01-28 19:00
ez
2017-01-28 19:00
#17
World fns1 
good
2017-01-28 19:05
lol nope
2017-01-28 19:01
Vp vs Astralis final
2017-01-28 19:00
god WalleN is back !
2017-01-28 19:00
#20
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
Expected dude
2017-01-28 19:00
#23
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Brazil Atok 
Impressive stuff by sk w/ a stand-in
2017-01-28 19:00
How does it count as a stand in, they have played together for 2 months
2017-01-28 19:23
#117
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Brazil Atok 
How can I say. Everybody already knows he's not permanent in the team, even fallen said he was just completing the team. There's no way he will stay after the major, and the next player is already known. And they are together for only 22-23 days. He is a stand-in, bro.
2017-01-28 19:27
they haven't played for 2 months because they were at vacation on December and the only real the they got to practice was the bootcamp and maybe somedays before the major. they played for 3 weeks counting with ECS
2017-01-29 08:13
#24
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Sweden godname 
choke karrigan once again LUL
2017-01-28 19:00
#25
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Bulgaria VIKILITEXX 
Ez
2017-01-28 19:00
#26
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
ez
2017-01-28 19:00
#27
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Reunion Malala1488 
EASY :D
2017-01-28 19:00
#28
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Poland eksnajn 
ez4vp
2017-01-28 19:00
#29
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Brazil Filis 
Faze stayed strong on the first map, but soon as i saw Overpass and Train in this BO3, i knew sk would win. Even with fox i thought sk would play a very clean and good train as always, and overpass i think i have no doubt to say they masterpiece this map.
2017-01-28 19:00
#30
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
FaZe got off to a cracking start on No team
2017-01-28 19:00
is professeur revealing his animosity against SK???
2017-01-28 19:05
Bye SK, Virtus will win.
2017-01-28 19:00
#33
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Chile Cristoff 
SK <3
2017-01-28 19:00
BOT ALLU
2017-01-28 19:00
LUL very easy for top1 and top2 2016 players
2017-01-28 19:00
Fer was the mvp of the match
2017-01-28 21:13
#37
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Brazil rickz1996 
niceee good job sk <3
2017-01-28 19:02
BRASILLLLL <3 <3 <3 #GOSK!!!!!!!!!!!!
2017-01-28 19:00
ez for sk.fox
2017-01-28 19:00
Whatever, fox won't win a major anyway.
2017-01-28 19:01
=(
2017-01-28 19:01
#48
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United States nANDO111 
but SK era is over hahhah FerGOD too strong
2017-01-28 19:01
last 2 maps so disappointing from faze
2017-01-28 19:02
Rlx man. SK x VP will be a fucking good game. GL
2017-01-28 19:37
#50
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Brazil yxkz 
honestly who gave thorin this job? he probably called all sk games wrong
2017-01-28 19:01
gg
2017-01-28 19:01
#57
fnx | 
Norway Trypticon 
GG SK! Semis AGAIN, great job! FaZe is just not structured enough OR experienced enough to win a BO3 against a team of SK's caliber! What it boils down to, is experience (especially major-experience) endurance and ice in your veins. FaZe won their best map, but had NO chance on train and overpass, which just goes to show exactly HOW good SK-Gaming is atm, even after all their turbulence. FalleN is great at keeping his team's calm when they lose rounds. GG, WP!
2017-01-28 19:02
#58
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Denmark danishwarrior 
SK aka ez3majors?
2017-01-28 19:02
i will feel sad when fox is dropped for felps :( he is actually starting to play well
2017-01-28 19:18
So true. Hopefully he join a good team and keep improving on.
2017-01-28 21:03
#61
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Denmark FeNoM_XD 
idk how did this happen but I guess faze were just bad
2017-01-28 19:03
#63
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Brazil Charizaldo 
So ez... give us hardest bots to kill
2017-01-28 19:03
#64
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
"TACO topped the scoreboard on Train" no fer did
2017-01-28 19:03
and all the comments after 1st map oh kids
2017-01-28 19:04
EZ!!! VP is next!
2017-01-28 19:05
ezzzzz, rain and aizy the tier 3 players, getting carried by kiowastheproblem. Wp sk, winning 4v5, big achievement on a majir with 4 players!
2017-01-28 19:05
#73
Portugal jO7A 
This game is exactly the reason why karrigan got kicked from Astralis. When his teams starts to lose some rounds in a row/starts to lose the game, he doesn't come up with a solution. Idk why everyone overhypes him so much.
2017-01-28 19:06
#74
Finland Qksc 
The better team won. Gratz SK, gg
2017-01-28 19:06
#76
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Singapore Nephalith 
FaZe got off to a cracking start on No team as Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey clutched a miraculous 1v2 Huh?
2017-01-28 19:08
#77
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Sweden hudgun 
godzera? what about fergod well played cheaters kappa
2017-01-28 19:08
#86
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United States nANDO111 
cry is free
2017-01-28 19:11
#87
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Sweden hudgun 
we loyal we are from brazil #runskg
2017-01-28 19:11
#78
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
sk haters 4Head
2017-01-28 19:08
FerGod
2017-01-28 19:08
faze sucks
2017-01-28 19:08
What a game! Congrats FaZe! Now, the rest of you keep saying s**t about SK and cheering on us! #RunSK #TACO #GODzera #FallenZAO #FerGOD #Fox
2017-01-28 19:11
best team ever, already top4 in the major with stand in, cry more haters, cryy keep crying please! We apreciate thatz! xd sk best team ever. #RUNSKG
2017-01-28 19:10
FERGOD EZ <3
2017-01-28 19:12
#89
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Bahrain CRY_A_RIVER 
FERGOD vintage
2017-01-28 19:12
Too ez for VACO!
2017-01-28 19:13
#92
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Portugal Tuffboy 
guys how we pick a team in a pickem challenge ? i pick in quartes and never can pick to de semii
2017-01-28 19:14
bb FaZe ;DDD
2017-01-28 19:14
Good for fox, he exceeded all expectations and is actually playing great.
2017-01-28 19:15
#103
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Brazil vass28 
wp sk
2017-01-28 19:20
#105
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Ukraine De4dshot 
wp FaZe but SK was very good. What do you think about grand final? Astralis - Vp/SK
2017-01-28 19:21
#119
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Australia SUNSPY 
Pretty much 3 way tie on paper fine margins that decide rounds could be the difference ? super hard to split them, each has positives and negatives. Rock paper scissors ? :D Astralis has the stronger map pool but momentum especially on the T side makes more of a difference due to how fragile the CT economy is in this game. I'm cheering for SK but all 3 are deserving champions and I think Astralis is finally set to win If fnatic somewhow win this I'll laugh tho..
2017-01-28 19:27
#108
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Australia SUNSPY 
BOT fox ? i think not. ferGOD .. literally.. FalleN coming good with more games, sure he's been super busy integrating fox so makes sense for him to come into the group stage a bit down on form. Didn't disappoint in so many crucial battles in that match, Overpass still his playground
2017-01-28 19:23
The Karrigan tactic on Mirage wtf :D
2017-01-28 19:23
Really nice.
2017-01-28 19:28
Im really proud of this sk boys!
2017-01-28 19:24
In my opinion karrigan should have banned train, i see no reason for not banning train against sk.
2017-01-28 19:25
#127
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Australia SUNSPY 
Maybe a bit influenced by Astralis beating them on it at the end of the fnx era, but fnx was never a huge part of SK being so good, fox only had to hold his own and not play stupid to be a good standin. SK didnt have to lose many tournaments to show the hunger they have to excel.. they look rejuvenated and no surprise to see them do what they did in this series.
2017-01-28 19:36
#118
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Korea Damianlee 
Really disappointing performance from rain and aizy while fer stepped up his level a lot. Deserved results and ending for FaZe
2017-01-28 19:25
#122
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Brazil VAC0 
fox is very lucky... best team, most important league, no pressure.. everyone knows that he is just completing... he is doing well
2017-01-28 19:31
Fox rekting faze kids, this was so nice xD
2017-01-28 19:29
#124
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Slovakia robouzak 
I cant place sticker on SK... why ??? picks is locked... :(
2017-01-28 19:30
#130
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Australia SUNSPY 
Yeah but don't worry you can buy heaps tomorrow for 25c on sale :D I'll be getting 10 or 20 as usual :D and the 25c auto capsules
2017-01-28 19:38
#131
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL!
2017-01-28 19:43
#132
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Czech Republic MrM4sl0 
Semi /w stand-in hu3
2017-01-28 19:46
nice already silver medal) 15 points to gold
2017-01-28 19:58
Very EZ, FaZe sucks :X
2017-01-28 20:21
#136
NiKo | 
Brazil wnttl 
EZ FOX <3
2017-01-28 20:39
what the fuck was that series.
2017-01-28 21:16
#143
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Switzerland Yabbahh 
News report imortals moving to Portugal and kicking FNX (reason unknown but aparently some players been complaining about personal divergencies) Foxj will enlist imortals on their new EU debut replacing FNX Xd
2017-01-28 22:19
#RUNSKG out again :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD poor brazilian fans, so hard these days to cry in corners
2017-01-29 08:00
why the f**k they played train..
2017-01-29 10:47
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