FaZe eliminate Immortals at IEM

FaZe defeat Immortals 2-0 (Inferno 16-9, Mirage 16-10) in the semi-final of IEM Katowice 2017 where they will play against the winner of Astralis - Heroic.

The first semi-final of IEM Katowice 2017 pitted FaZe against Immortals, with the latter team picking Inferno to start off the series. The European team got to start on the favored Counter-Terrorist side and were in the lead from the get-go thanks to a second round force-buy win as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač eliminated three with his trademark Deagle.

FaZe secured the first full buy round despite some shaky defenses on B that saw their 5v3 advantage turn into a 2v3 with a bomb down for ImmortalsFinn "karrigan" Andersen's team was 7-1 up when the newest addition to the squad NiKo was a little bit reckless and got picked off by Henrique "HEN1" Teles, opening up the 1v3 clutch for the Brazilian sniper.

The Bosnian made amends in the following round as he picked up a quad kill on B, locking down the site together with karrigan. FaZe tried to close out the following anti-eco with aggression down mid, but a sloppy execution and some great shots from HEN1 and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles resulted in the Brazilian side taking the round. After a few (force-buy) rounds were traded back-and-forth, the first half ended with FaZe having a 9-6 lead.


FaZe will move on to the grand finals after a strong showing vs. IMT

Both teams struggled to assert dominance in the second half, but it finally went the way of FaZe when they won consecutive rounds executing on the A site through apartments and short. In the second one, Immortals were on the brink of a successful retake, but Aleksi "allu" Jalli's molotov on the bomb secured it for the European side, making the score 13-9. With Lucas "steel" Lopes's side on weak buys for the end of the game, FaZe didn't have a hard time closing out Inferno—it was 16-9 in the end.

Mirage started similarly to Inferno as FaZe lost the pistol round, this time starting on the Terrorist side, but recovered with Deagles in the following one. Ricardo "boltz" Prass did a lot of work as Immortals retook B in a 3v4 to make the score 2-3, but after tieing the score the Brazilians went down to another Deagle buy from the European side. The score was close for the majority of the first half, but Immortals managed to gain some ground towards the end of the half, with a tactical timeout proving to be a good call.


NiKo continues in great form, now in a FaZe jersey

After switching to the defensive side, FaZe was quick to tie the score once again by winning the pistol and cleaning up the following anti-ecos. Immortals were looking good to take their 11th round on Mirage as they swarmed karrigan on B, but the Danish player managed to regain composure with the AWP and secure three key kills after missing some shots earlier in the play.

To afford a full buy, Immortals had to eco and let FaZe get to a 15-10 lead, but the Brazilian side was once again shut down by the firepower of Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey and co. as they closed the match 16-10 to secure their place in the grand final of IEM Katowice 2017.

Key moment: The score was tied 3-3 on Mirage when FaZe took over the A site while being 4v5 down on an eco. NiKo opened the site with a headshot on a player positioned near CT spawn and closed out the round with two more kills, allowing his team to bounce back early in the match.

PotM: Even though most of his team played well, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač was above and beyond the rest in terms of contributions, using the AK-47, AWP and Deagle to massive success—which can be seen in his 1.62 rating, over 100 ADR and a +25 K-D.

Matchpage
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0
4th March 2017
16
Inferno
9
16
Mirage
10

 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 53 - 28 +25 109.0 1.59
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 38 - 29 +9 76.3 1.15
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 39 - 30 +9 66.1 1.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 35 - 38 -3 81.8 1.08
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 26 - 37 -11 71.6 0.97
 Immortals K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx 38 - 39 -1 90.5 1.04
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 33 - 37 -4 74.6 1.02
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 30 - 36 -6 64.9 0.88
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 31 - 37 -6 69.1 0.87
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 30 - 42 -12 67.6 0.83

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Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Henrique 'HEN1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
778
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.12
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
800
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
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
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.17
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
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:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
#FaZeUP eZaF Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey Aleksi 'allu' Jalli Finn 'karrigan' Andersen Håvard 'rain' Nygaard eZaF #FaZeUP
2017-03-04 14:36
#33
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Russia dmitrydecoder 
GOD NIKO
2017-03-04 14:36
faze surprisingly good, they can become very dangerous! GG WP
2017-03-04 14:36
I am waiting for rain to be back in form again. They will wreak havoc!
2017-03-04 14:51
#3
Sweden pozke 
gg niko
2017-03-04 14:36
#4
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Myanmar tictactoe 
ezaf4faze
2017-03-04 14:35
#5
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Finland Despasiitto 
allu, NiKo and Kio going insane. Karrigan also had his moments. GG, deserved final for FaZe.
2017-03-04 14:36
#48
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Germany leinaD^^ 
if rain will show up tommorow as well it will be easy for them :3
2017-03-04 14:37
In bo5 against astralis it will definitely not be easy. And heroic have shown very strong overpass and nuke. So wouldn't be easy against them either.
2017-03-04 14:40
#148
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Sweden TutsiGOD 
astralis has very big map pool so faze is going to be underdog in bo5 but it will be close match if somebody from astralis underperforms
2017-03-04 16:56
LET'S GO NIKO!!! <3
2017-03-04 14:36
#FaZeUP!
2017-03-04 14:36
#192
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United States Forgiving 
honest thought faze would lose
2017-03-04 20:29
#14
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
EZaF
2017-03-04 14:35
Faze vs Astralis in the finals! 3-2 to faze
2017-03-04 14:36
You saw it wrong mate :P will be 3-1 for Astralis and the only map astralis will lose will be mirage
2017-03-04 16:44
FAZEUP
2017-03-04 14:35
#21
Sweden PPH 
gj
2017-03-04 14:36
niko
2017-03-04 14:35
#23
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Serbia SF94 
lel
2017-03-04 14:35
GO FAZE!!
2017-03-04 14:35
#28
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Australia yourwombat 
gg
2017-03-04 14:35
#30
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
NIKO GOD
2017-03-04 14:35
#32
s1mple | 
Finland 1jemi 
lul nko
2017-03-04 14:36
#34
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Albania legolasssq 
n1
2017-03-04 14:36
#38
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World Sins 
gg WP
2017-03-04 14:36
GJ nik0
2017-03-04 14:36
#40
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Finland (o_o) 
god niko
2017-03-04 14:36
#41
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
Nikolololo
2017-03-04 14:36
niko mvp iem katowice 2017
2017-03-04 14:36
lul you meant xyp9x
2017-03-04 14:44
If they keep playing like they did so far, I think it will just be up who takes trophy home, will take MVP also. But lets wait for Astralis to go into grand finals first :)
2017-03-04 15:40
go back to cage ez for FAZE :D
2017-03-04 14:36
#44
Finland teco 
not rain's day. :D but luckily it's niko's day!
2017-03-04 14:36
#FaZeUp
2017-03-04 14:37
Astralis FaZe final hype!!!!
2017-03-04 14:37
I'm not sure if NiKo can hold this brilliant form he is playing on. While in mouz he regularly asked denis how to improve his game, and when he a bad game/day denis taught him how to get over it and get back on top. Now without that input, NiKos' form will unquestionable deteriorate. As a star player he usually gets what he wants so its very likely that in the future denis will join FaZe to get NiKo back on track.
2017-03-04 14:37
We all know you are trolling
2017-03-04 14:40
You must have been the smartest kid in kindergarten. Expected from noflag retard.
2017-03-04 15:16
LMAO you must be a fucking immigrant in Germany. STFU
2017-03-04 15:48
That post doesn't make sense. kkkkkkkk
2017-03-04 15:50
+1. without such an amazing player like denis, niko cannot prosper for long. stuck with these noobs...
2017-03-04 14:48
That guy is so retarded
2017-03-04 15:59
Fifflaren left NiP... thats why they're so bad now.. Can't figure out how to improve their form..
2017-03-04 16:15
It looks so cool with all the different flags on the roster as they just dominate the game
2017-03-04 14:37
yea
2017-03-04 14:38
+1 world domination is achieved by putting the best of all nations together, setting aside the differences
2017-03-04 14:39
niko show
2017-03-04 14:38
#55
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Finland ginbay 
Gl!!
2017-03-04 14:38
#57
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Russia rainsjer 
rekt aizy rainMONSTA GODNiKO kioking carrygaN GODAllu
2017-03-04 14:38
niko #1 player in the world right now.
2017-03-04 14:40
#61
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Brazil evidence1 
gg hopefully they win iem, karrygan deserves it
2017-03-04 14:40
NIKOOOOOOOOOOO
2017-03-04 14:40
#68
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Chile nachooww 
yeaahhhh
2017-03-04 14:41
niKaZe
2017-03-04 14:42
ez for niko =DD
2017-03-04 14:42
faze achieved the final. oh cool after they had a bye in the PO and just winning 1 BO1 vs a today weak opponent. now niko has no excuse as he has a good team around him.
2017-03-04 14:43
kioshimas B holds are super fucking awesome
2017-03-04 14:43
+1 he is in the form that win him the major!
2017-03-04 14:55
TOO EZ FOR NIKO BELLIC AND WHITE DEMON (ALLU)
2017-03-04 14:45
good
2017-03-04 14:47
TOO EZ for Faze, we smart we loyal wae are from Europe!
2017-03-04 14:48
#89
device | 
China az514k 
lol
2017-03-04 14:50
#87
Finland FliE 
Damn, good job FaZe. I was not expecting them to win this convincingly, though to be fair, they made some mind bogglingly idiotic mistakes in both maps. Inferno should've been like 16-5. Niko the obvious MVP, but you have to give it up for Karrigan as well. He called well on both maps, and the strats worked great for the most part. Kio were both far off from their best forms despite the occasional flashes of brilliance, not to even mention rain who was just basically awful. If they can all bring it tomorrow, it should be an interesting final.
2017-03-04 14:48
Niko Clan striking again, his first titel incoming?
2017-03-04 14:50
EZ, allu > IMT
2017-03-04 14:54
Allu carried niko hahahaha hahahaha
2017-03-04 17:36
#FaZeUp So fucking happy!!!! Aside from the obvious k1o is back to his best which is so sick.. This team is so fun to watch!!!
2017-03-04 14:54
#98
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Denmark qwedsa 
gg
2017-03-04 14:56
#101
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
#FaZeUp #NiKoUp
2017-03-04 15:01
#102
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Brazil Marcola 
Niko to stonk this time, but its ok, already got in to the semis with no one expectations! GJ and GL next tourny IMT.
2017-03-04 15:05
thank god
2017-03-04 15:11
#104
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Finland D3dust 
WHERE U AT BRAZILIANS. *Remembering when Immortals beat Fnatic and all brazilians went to spam olofmeisters twitter with shit*
2017-03-04 15:15
LUL, they were spamming with "QUE OTA" which is just a joke you dumb, OMG expected from Europeans
2017-03-04 15:55
#174
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
what does que ota mean
2017-03-04 17:58
"YOU WANT ANOTHER BULLET" ?
2017-03-04 19:21
#190
BnTeT | 
Poland B4R73K 
thx
2017-03-04 19:42
LUL JUST PRANK BRO
2017-03-04 18:44
#206
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Finland D3dust 
I can't see how someone takes that as a joke if u don't understand it, you type it in caps and there are tens of ppl spamming it. I mean you don't spread a single joke to someone that just lost against your team. That ain't a joke
2017-03-05 13:13
500k PogChamp
2017-03-04 15:21
Good luck FaZe in final
2017-03-04 15:27
#109
NiKo | 
France Meduza 
GOD NIKO. Best Player in WORLD.
2017-03-04 15:27
#126
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Denmark potatomato 
Nice.
2017-03-04 16:09
faze > astralis
2017-03-04 16:10
Rain been getting his D sucked too much by Sonya or some shit, playing like a bot.
2017-03-04 16:11
#131
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Hungary lemusz 
hen1 deserves better team
2017-03-04 16:14
#133
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Germany SchaffeR37 
Nikosports .. oh i forgot ... niko clan!
2017-03-04 16:16
#134
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United States TruthEmbargo 
holy shit, niko is a god........ about time mousesports let him go, no German team ever deserves a good player like niko
2017-03-04 16:19
CRY IS FREE Thanks for the shekels faze.
2017-03-04 18:44
You know this tournament format sucks ass when you have faze, immortals, heroic, and astralis top 4.
2017-03-04 16:20
I wonder why that hate about BR, damn
2017-03-04 16:28
#139
HUNDEN | 
China ene1nz 
NiKo Clan
2017-03-04 16:30
felps was the problem
2017-03-04 16:31
#150
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Malaysia phyzell 
Great flaming grandstage, no hanky panky childish behaviour, only the ones dedicated to professionalism & maturity deserve the tickets to the Grand Final. GJ Katowice!
2017-03-04 16:58
#153
ton | 
Brazil FavelaJz 
gg but amazing immortals big respect sk omg ridiculous fer arghhhh female boy player akakaka noob
2017-03-04 17:10
+hen1 -falleN
2017-03-04 17:16
LUL split up IMT more. RIP IMT at some point then. FNX doing good job @ IMT, saw him either top or 2nd place always. (not watched everything though)
2017-03-04 18:39
#159
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Brazil Collee 
NiKo was th... mouz was the problem
2017-03-04 17:22
IMT great deserve respect, for passing in difficult group! Gg imt! Karrigan is horrible hahahaha #GOIMT
2017-03-04 17:35
Is Rain in a slump? I know looking at stats isnt the answer but lately ive seen rain so often on the lower/lowest place on the team with negative stats, were i used to see him as a carry. I know hes still a great clutch player but does he still have alot of impact kills or is he in a slump? Hoping someone whos been following faze lately can give me an answer :).
2017-03-04 18:13
#194
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
His lvl dropped. Even though in some crucial rounds he's delivering all that's needed to win the match, he's still far from his real potential. Hope he comebacks soon cuz if he does no one can stop FaZe
2017-03-04 21:13
Easy for NikoClan and Kioking
2017-03-04 19:00
I HAPPY FOR NIKO,. THEY NEED THIS.
2017-03-04 19:21
its actually hilarious how much mousesports was holding him back
2017-03-04 19:31
#195
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Brazil rickz1996 
faze played very well gg, gl in finals ;]
2017-03-04 22:02
NiKo Clan
2017-03-04 23:09
Niko isn't overrated at all. I swear on me mum
2017-03-05 18:15
That's all!
2017-03-08 19:47
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