FaZe ease past IMT, AST defeat OpTic

FaZe secured their first win at IEM Katowice 2017 by defeating Immortals 16-6 on Overpass while Astralis edged out OpTic 16-12 on Train.

FaZe and Immortals took to Overpass for their first match of IEM Katowice 2017, with the European mixture starting on the Terrorist side and in brilliant form. After picking up the pistol round, FaZe lost the first buy round to a three-man A long stack from the Brazilians, but they bounced back in the following one with a successful B site execute.

That reset the economy of the CT's and FaZe used that to run away with the lead in the first half as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Håvard "rain" Nygaard topped the scoreboard to make the first half 11-4.


NiKo seems to be enjoying his new team

NiKo and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey picked off the first three players that approached the B site on the pistol round, setting their team up for a clean round win. Following the anti-eco's which FaZe closed out easily, the European team was quick to finish the match 16-6, with the final round coming from a low-buy mid push.

Matchpage
16
6
1st March 2017
16
Overpass
6

 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 21 - 13 +8 114.1 1.58
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 21 - 12 +9 97.5 1.50
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 18 - 10 +8 78.1 1.36
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 15 - 15 0 79.0 1.15
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 14 - 12 +2 59.8 1.01
 Immortals K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 13 - 18 -5 92.2 1.04
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 15 - 16 -1 62.0 0.84
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 16 - 20 -4 75.5 0.83
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 9 - 19 -10 54.4 0.53
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 8 - 16 -8 45.7 0.50

In the match that was played on the secondary stream Astralis picked up the CT pistol round on Train, but the Danish team was instantly reset as OpTic won the force buy and strung together the five following rounds. The North American side had their chances to run away with the first half, but Astralis' force-buys and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's clutch plays made the score 8-7 in favor of the Danes after the first half.

The pistol round went the round of OpTic, but after they picked up a couple of rounds the map was closed outout by Astralis as Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas and co. struggled to secure consecutive rounds or win clutches.

Matchpage
12
16
1st March 2017
12
Train
16

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 25 - 17 +8 88.5 1.39
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 18 - 20 -2 86.4 1.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 23 - 20 +3 67.0 1.07
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 12 - 21 -9 73.8 0.80
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 16 - 25 -9 77.4 0.76
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 27 - 20 +7 104.3 1.36
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 26 - 15 +11 79.1 1.24
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 18 - 20 -2 74.5 1.03
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 17 - 19 -2 65.3 0.98
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 15 - 20 -5 71.0 0.95

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Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
836
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1172
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1141
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1263
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#1
ZELIN | 
Portugal spmb 
good game
2017-03-01 13:38
BR CS LUL
2017-03-01 13:37
#25
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Finland ginbay 
Faze r up
2017-03-01 15:28
EZ
2017-03-01 13:37
#4
Norway pEyzo 
eZaF 4 FaZe
2017-03-01 13:37
#5
HUNDEN | 
France unnn 
nice
2017-03-01 13:37
#8
rain | 
Romania adsda 
eZaF 4 FaZe
2017-03-01 13:38
#9
NAF | 
Denmark Bekkr 
Niko hype is real
2017-03-01 13:38
#10
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Germany HLTVBach 
NiKo too good
2017-03-01 13:38
#11
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Slovakia TatKo 
mixwell with that 100+ adr tho
2017-03-01 13:39
ez 4 god niko
2017-03-01 13:39
god jalli
2017-03-01 13:39
TAHTS MY DAD
2017-03-01 13:40
Expected vs trash
2017-03-01 13:43
lol bot allu karrigan kio steel fnx boltz lucas hen1 were all amazing! allu bot
2017-03-01 13:43
ez niko
2017-03-01 13:44
EASE!
2017-03-01 13:46
Ez NiKo as expected
2017-03-01 13:47
#20
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Denmark potatomato 
Nice.
2017-03-01 13:52
#21
woxic | 
Turkey EydeX 
optic have much kills but still lose...
2017-03-01 14:08
LETS FUCKING GO BABY
2017-03-01 14:34
#24
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
Time: 2017-03-01 13:37 coincidence? i aren't think that
2017-03-01 15:27
#26
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
x ease past y... i'm tired of this headline
2017-03-01 15:37
#28
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
They have like 2 templates
2017-03-01 19:58
#27
World qndS 
Nice game
2017-03-01 16:22
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