FaZe edge past Liquid in Atlanta
FaZe have picked up their first victory at the ELEAGUE Major Main Qualifier after beating Liquid 16-14 on Overpass.
FaZe started off on the right foot, winning their Terrorist pistol thanks to a triple and a double-kill from Håvard "rain" Nygaard and Nikola "NiKo" Kovač, respectively. After following that up with two successful anti-ecos, the European mixture pulled off a successful B execute in the first gun round, paving the way to increase their lead to 5-0.
With Liquid fielding Wilton "zews" Prado due to the tournament's roster lock rules, the Brazilian coach was crucial in his team's first round win, in which he found two enemies in a 2v3 post-plant situation.
Both squads then traded round for round for a while, but the tenth round marked the beginning of a great run from the North Americans, who would level up the score before losing the last round of the half.
FaZe began the second half vigorously, winning five rounds without response from the Terrorists. In the next round, however, Nick "nitr0" Cannella found three kills in a 3v3 situation, two of them in a 1v2, to help his team grab their eighth round of the game.
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken followed that up with a 1v2 clutch of his own, and as Josh "jdm64" Marzano denied Finn "karrigan" Andersen from clutching a 1v3 in the subsequent round, Liquid broke FaZe's economy. After that, Liquid won the next two rounds to restore parity at 13-13.
The following two rounds were back-and-forth affairs, with both teams picking up one round, but FaZe's economy was in shambles. Still, after winning the 29th round on a shoddy buy, karrigan's men locked down the map, 16-14, to secure their first victory in Atlanta.
K - D
Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain
27 - 21
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN
21 - 18
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister
23 - 19
Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo
20 - 23
Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan
18 - 21