Gambit send FaZe packing in Malmö
Gambit came from behind to beat FaZe 2-1 and book their spot in the DreamHack Masters Malmö quarter-finals.
Mirage kicked off the series with Gambit on the Counter-Terrorist side. The Kazakh team secured the first two rounds of the half but then fell short against a third-round buy from FaZe, with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač getting three kills to his name in an A push.
FaZe kept on pushing and eventually took the lead at 4-3, but the rest of the half was all about Gambit's near-impenetrable defense. Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev team remained compact until the end of the half, taking a 9-6 lead into the break.
Now playing on the Counter-Terrorist side, FaZe came out strongly from the break and quickly took the lead. Gambit then had a great chance to restore parity at 11-11 but spurned a 5v2 situation as Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Finn "karrigan" Andersen cleaned up the B site. The European mixture remained in the driving seat and only lost one more round before locking down the map, 16-11.
The first half of Train, map two, was a complete blowout, with Gambit cruising to a 12-3 lead as FaZe struggled to break through the Kazakh team's defense. AdreN then piled more misery on FaZe with a quad kill, but the European mixture proved that there was still some fight in them and hit back on a force-buy.
Things were looking up for FaZe, who brought the scoreline to 6-13, but then they made a massive blunder and were caught off-guard by Gambit's ivy push on a force-buy, with Rustem "mou" Telepov getting three quick kills. Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov turned hero in the next round as he picked up three kills in a 2v4 situation to put Gambit on map point. A last-gasp effort from FaZe still earned them two rounds, but the Kazakh team eventually got their 16th round to take the match to Nuke.
The first half of Nuke was played at a frantic pace, with rounds going back and forth as neither side seemed able to stamp their authority on the game. That is, however, until the final stages of the half, when Gambit won five rounds in a row to take a 9-6 half-time lead.
FaZe came out of the break much livelier, winning seven of the first eight rounds to take a 13-10 lead. It looked like the European mixture had the game under control, but Gambit brought the CT's streak to an end in an eco round after finding three quick kills with CZ-75s. That proved to be the turning point of the game as the Kazakh team continued to win rounds, breaking FaZe's economy right until the very end.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||63 - 52||+11||76.7||1.20|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||62 - 55||+7||81.8||1.16|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||62 - 60||+2||88.0||1.12|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||56 - 57||-1||81.6||1.07|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||37 - 55||-18||55.8||0.80|