FaZe edge out Gambit in St. Petersburg as GuardiaN shines
FaZe have beaten Gambit 2-1 in the second Group A opening match at EPICENTER 2017 (16-19 on Train, 16-9 on Inferno, and 22-20 on Cache).
The best-of-three opening match started on Train where Gambit were on the CT-side in the first half. Rustem "mou" Telepov & Bektiyar "fitch" Bahytov kicked it off with double kills in the pistol round and the Kazakhstani team picked up the anti-eco rounds to have a 3-0 lead.
Finn "karrigan" Andersen secured the first weapon round with a quad kill but Gambit's defense remained strong as they went on to have a 12-3 lead at halftime. Everything was working out well for Gambit until they lost a 4vs2 a round after they won the second half pistol round.
FaZe got seven rounds in a row to trail 13-10 and managed to take the match to overtime despite giving Gambit one map point. Unfortunately for Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer's team, Gambit closed out the game in overtime to win the first map 19-16.
FaZe had a fiery start on Inferno where they started on the T-side as they won the first five rounds. Even though Gambit responded with two rounds of their own, FaZe were unstoppable and won the half 12-3.
Gambit got their hopes up at the start of the second half, winning the first four rounds, but Håvard "rain" Nygaard's 1vs2 clutch in the fifth round of the half ended that streak (13-7). FaZe won the map 16-9 and took the series to the third map despite Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov's best efforts including a 1vs3 clutch.
Gambit kicked off Cache with a T-side pistol round victory but FaZe won the following round with a force buy (1-1). After FaZe won four more rounds, Gambit answered with mou and Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's double kills (5-2).
karrigan & company reset Gambit's economy by picking up the following round (6-2). Hobbit's squad turned it around but still trailed 7-8 at halftime. FaZe won the second half pistol round despite a 3vs5 disadvantage as Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács got a triple kill (9-7). karrigan & co. extended their lead to 13-7 before Gambit could respond (13-8).
Even though mou clutched a 1vs3 in the following round to make it 13-9, FaZe replied to get their fourteenth round. FaZe got two match points with GuardiaN's triple kill (15-13). Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov denied the first match point with a quad kill to make it 15-14. Dosia got a triple kill in the thirtieth round to take the last map of the series to overtime.
The game went to a second overtime after each team got three rounds in the first one (18-18). FaZe finished it off with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's 1vs2 clutch, winning the map 22-20 and series 2-1. They will face SK in the Group A winners' match while Gambit play Virtus.pro for their tournament lives.
K - D
Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit
79 - 69
Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia
71 - 73
Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou
69 - 71
Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN
69 - 76
Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch
61 - 76