SK to ESL One Cologne final over FaZe
SK have secured their place in the ESL One Cologne grand final after defeating FaZe 2-0 (16-4 on Overpass and 19-16 on Cache).
Starting out as Counter-Terrorists on their map pick, Overpass, SK picked up four rounds before FaZe managed to grab their first with a nearly-flawless A execution. However, for the next seven rounds, the Brazilians continuously denied their opponents.
Down 10-1, the European squad finally managed to break through SK's defence once more, but Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's men would not let FaZe string any rounds together as they picked up a dominant 13-2 half-time lead.
Despite FaZe winning the pistol round, thanks to Nikola "NiKo" Kovač finding two clean kills, the European team were shut down in an anti-eco as SK aggressively pushed A with Tec9s. From that point, the Brazilian squad were in control, and they easily locked down the map with a 16-4 scoreline.
After losing the subsequent two rounds, the European mixture got to a 3-3 stalemate with rain finding an important quad-kill in the sixth round. Both teams then traded rounds back-to-back before SK broke FaZe's economy with a crucial split second 2v2 clutch to reach a 7-5 lead.
rain then almost pulled off a last second defuse, but FaZe would only respond in a semi-buy that saw NiKo finding three kills and rain other two in yet another 2v2 clutch situation. However, SK won the last round of the first half and grabbed a three round half-time lead.
With a flawless CT pistol round, the Brazilian men eventually picked up a comfortable 12-6 score. FaZe did not want to throw in the towel and picked up the gun round, but could not follow it up.
A back and forth round was followed with FaZe coming out as victors, breaking SK's economy to reduce the deficit at 13-14. From that moment onward, despite FalleN's men reaching match point, it were the European men who won three rounds in a row to take the map to overtime.
Although FaZe picked up the first round of extra-time, SK were the ones who got the lead before switching sides. As Terrorists, the Brazilians were flawless and closed out the map, 19-16, to book a spot in the ESL One Cologne grand final.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||44 - 38||+6||80.0||1.12|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||32 - 39||-7||63.1||0.83|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||29 - 40||-11||56.2||0.82|
|Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa||22 - 43||-21||67.4||0.68|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||20 - 46||-26||50.8||0.58|