FaZe beat TyLoo; to EPICENTER group stage
FaZe picked up a 2-0 win over TyLoo (16-9 Inferno, 16-9 Cache) in the EPICENTER 2017 Wild Card Qualifier, earning a spot in the group stage that starts tomorrow.
The series started with FaZe securing the first five rounds on the Terrorist side of their map pick, Inferno. TYLOO then managed to reply with two of their own, as a combination of banana aggression and good A holds paid off, and then won an anti-eco cleanly to make the score 5-3.
FaZe continued their run after that, with Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand's triple kill on arch in round 11 earning TYLOO their fourth and final CT round. The second pistol looked promising for Ke "captainMo" Liu's team, but they let a 2v2 afterplant slip out their grasp as Finn "karrigan" Andersen pulled off a smoke-defuse.
Despite being 13-4 down on the Terrorist side of Inferno, TYLOO managed to pull back the game back a bit, with HaoWen "somebody" Xu's hat trick getting them a key round in that run. Towards the end of the game, FaZe kicked into a higher gear—Håvard "rain" Nygaard and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács especially—, and shut down the enemies' approaches to make the final score 16-9.
TYLOO won their first pistol of the series on Cache, pushing the A site and holding off the retake, but lost to FaZe's pistol-armor buy in the following round and started the map 3-1 down. In the first buy round, the Chinese side went for an A execute that worked out in the end, despite losing the first two entries to FaZe. After fumbling a 4v2 advantage in the next round, TYLOO managed to stabilize and take the lead, going up to 8-5.
Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer stepped up with a big 1v2 clutch on A towards the end of the first half and his team ended it with just a single round deficit. After switching to the Terrorist side, FaZe went for B-site pistol round rush that worked out for them, starting their comeback. The European side then went on a run of seven straight rounds, with TYLOO not having an answer for their pick-style. Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk was able to clutch out a 1v1 against Nikola "NiKo" Kovač to make the score 14-9, but only delayed the inevitable defeat as FaZe closed out the game in the next two rounds.
K - D
Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain
47 - 33
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
46 - 24
Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo
39 - 31
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
30 - 32
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
28 - 33
With this result, the EPICENTER 2017 group A has been finalized: