FaZe are through to the semi-final stage at the ECS Season 4 Finals after defeating Cloud9 2-0 in Group B's decider match.
The battle for the last spot in the playoffs began on Mirage, where Cloud9 continued to show their dominant form in pistol rounds as they stormed their way through the B site thanks to three entry frags from William "RUSH" Wierzba.
It was only when the North Americans were down 2-8 that they finally managed to string two rounds together, but FaZe kept their defence very tight and took 11 rounds into the second half.
Cloud9 kept their hopes alive by taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos, bringing the scoreline to 7-11. But then they were put into double eco territory as FaZe picked up the first full gun round of the half off of three kills from Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer. After getting their economy back on track, Cloud9 still picked up a round, but back-to-back triple kills from olofmeister inspired FaZe to secure the map.
FaZe picked up where they had left off and got out to a quick 3-0 lead on Overpass, a map on which they are traditionally very strong. After winning the first full gun round, Cloud9 saw themselves on the verge of an economic reset, but RUSH saved the day with a fantastic 1v4 clutch, picking off his opponents one by one.
Cloud9 went on to win the following round, restoring parity at 3-3, but then the game turned into a one-sided affair as FaZe's defence simply left nothing through, with the half ending with an 11-4 advantage for the Europeans.
Tarik "tarik" Celik came up huge in the following pistol round and picked up four kills during a B retake to keep his team in the game. After being held off in a third-round buy, FaZe were able to pick up their first round of the half on a shoddy buy. A hectic period of play ensued as the teams traded round for round, but, eventually, the European side locked down the map thanks to a 1v2 clutch from Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, sealing passage to the semi-finals.
K - D
Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo
49 - 30
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
47 - 23
Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain
45 - 33
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
30 - 31
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
26 - 25