FaZe defeat Astralis 2-0; to IEM Katowice grand finals

FaZe took a 2-0 victory over Astralis in the semi-final of IEM Katowice 2018 (16-10 Cache, 16-10 Overpass) to secure a place in tomorrow's grand final match.

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's hat-trick on the B site defense of Cache started FaZe's semi-final on the right foot, as they went on to grab a 3-0 lead against Astralis. The Danish team didn't falter, though, and started establishing themselves from the first buy round onwards. Firstly, they dealt with FaZe's double AWP setup, which put the European mixture in a tough economic situation, and then Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and co. rolled on to a 6-3 lead.

Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz was getting key AWP picks during that six round run and FaZe only managed to stop the bleeding when they went aggressive with pistols. Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard got three kills pushing mid and started a series of rounds going FaZe's way. After some early struggles, Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač rose to the occasion towards the end of the half, setting his team up for a 9-6 CT half with a triple from the A site boost position.

Faking the A site proved to be a good call for FaZe on the pistol, allowing them to walk into B for free and eventually win the post-plant. They were set to close out their map pick easily after that, but a blunder against an armorless pistol buy allowed Astralis a way back into the game. The score got to 13-9, but Ladislav "⁠GuardiaN⁠" Kovács secured key kills with the AWP in the last couple of rounds to edge out the map 16-10 for FaZe.

karrigan led FaZe to another victory over his former team

FaZe added another pistol round win after kicking off Overpass, Astralis' map pick, and started 3-0 up. The first buy featured early trade kills on A long, with the round finishing favorably for Astralis. A similar start repeated in the following round too, but this time karrigan's quad kill in bathrooms swayed things the way of FaZe and broke the Danish team's bank.

Astralis struggled to crack the defenses for a while after that, as FaZe was catching them off guard with flanks, round after round. rain secured a key 3k that made the score 7-1, and they extended the lead to 9-1 before Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif opened up B with a double to get his side their second on the board. gla1ve's squad started rolling after that, with device topping the board for his side as he fragged with both the AWP and the AK-47.

The Danish team managed to recover the half with five consecutive rounds at the end, finishing it 9-6 down, and soon tied it at 9-9 thanks to winning the first pistol round and the followups. Both teams were on limited buys for the next few rounds and wins were traded back and forth, every round coming down to the wire. However, rain's play in an after plant situation on A broke Astralis and was key in FaZe getting a 13-10 lead.

In a key round, Magisk got the entry and gla1ve got two kills on the A site defense, but rain and NiKo still managed to recover the round that got them touching distance from victory on Overpass. In the final round of the game, GuardiaN walked into the B site and entried with the AWP, with the rest of the team following up to secure the round and the game, 16-10.

Matchpage
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3rd March 2018
10
Cache
16
10
Overpass
16

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 36 - 34 +2 72.1 1.01
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 37 - 42 -5 66.6 0.97
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 29 - 42 -13 73.2 0.87
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 26 - 40 -14 61.3 0.72
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 26 - 43 -17 59.3 0.68
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 46 - 28 +18 92.9 1.44
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 41 - 27 +14 76.6 1.33
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 40 - 35 +5 90.4 1.29
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 40 - 33 +7 80.5 1.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 34 - 31 +3 75.3 1.13

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1484
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1526
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1288
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1709
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Faze clan to win only trash teams remain:(
2018-03-03 17:34
yes
2018-03-03 17:33
ty
2018-03-03 17:34
+1 ez for the best team in the world Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-03-03 17:35
#74
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Sweden Zaser5
Nah man
2018-03-03 17:58
Nah man
2018-03-03 18:16
#109
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Sweden Zaser5
Nah man?
2018-03-04 00:23
Yea man
2018-03-03 19:09
#121
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Sweden Lucky_
jinx
2018-03-05 09:32
I think fnatic can hold them
2018-03-03 17:35
Nice anti-strats by astralis LUL
2018-03-03 17:37
fnatic and liquid TRASH TEAMS? They said the same in the major final xdd
2018-03-03 17:35
Liquid & fnatic still much better than NiP though
2018-03-03 17:36
Fnatic may be but liquid sure not
2018-03-03 17:39
Liquid lucky win overpass to dodge 0-2 and you told liquid much better nip ??
2018-03-03 17:44
let's call it luck because you wanted NiP to win, sure
2018-03-03 17:45
#88
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Ukraine Vladik1337
I think NiP is pretty good since they had 1 week practice with new IGL.
2018-03-03 19:10
it was a good showing from them yeah
2018-03-03 19:16
Liquid much better than NIP but why lose fnatic 2 0 too ez. lol
2018-03-04 01:17
#113
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Brazil de_lite
NIP much better than Liquid but why lose Liquid 2 1 too ez. lol
2018-03-04 04:04
liquid just slightly better
2018-03-04 04:18
Liquid beat them in CS Summit too. Liquid is clearly the better team right now.
2018-03-03 20:54
clearly better but not much better. Fnatic take down 2 -0 too ez
2018-03-04 01:17
Liquid and fnatic have both beaten faze before so you never know
2018-03-03 17:40
indeed other one was a 3rd place decider and the other was quarter/semi decider so you gotta take that into consideration too especially since Liquid have gotten raped in every other game they've played against FaZe, same goes for fnatic
2018-03-03 17:44
Liquid new lineup. Faze "superteam" lul
2018-03-03 20:57
ez4fnatic
2018-03-03 20:57
Ez4restartclan
2018-03-03 21:01
indeed, ez 3-1 tomorrow
2018-03-03 21:01
Fnatic will win no problem. No titles for restartclan in 2018
2018-03-03 21:06
Fnatic and liquid both won their last game against faze cqfd
2018-03-03 18:10
Haha you can't even define the word "trash" Ntnt, b8 as always
2018-03-03 19:35
gg wp
2018-03-03 17:33
GG
2018-03-03 17:33
ez for faze. wp bois
2018-03-03 17:34
#6
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Albania legolasssq
1st
2018-03-03 17:34
not even close
2018-03-03 17:34
What?? O.o
2018-03-03 17:35
Lol
2018-03-03 17:34
#8
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Peru cookiesA
Unfair.
2018-03-03 17:34
#63
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Portugal Crazyfm
Why?
2018-03-03 17:46
Unfair cuz no NA CROWD
2018-03-04 09:07
#11
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Sweden Akoulad
FaZe relying on a cheater to win Pathetic
2018-03-03 17:34
Which one??
2018-03-03 17:35
I assume he might mean Olof because of the boostmeister incident rather than anyone actually cheating with hacks.
2018-03-03 17:40
He is fnatic fan, I dont think he Saw that incorrect. More like he is retarded cuz if u blame anyone for cheating it's fnatic flusha, but anyway
2018-03-03 17:52
Seen you now in multiple threads and I just have to say it. You are mentally ill, get some help.
2018-03-03 17:42
+1
2018-03-03 17:51
Stop it ,get some Help.
2018-03-03 18:19
Stop it ,get some Help.
2018-03-03 18:19
Stop it ,get some Help.
2018-03-03 18:19
Restart Clan
2018-03-03 17:34
Let me guess: -gla1ve? Why not? To change the IGL is what teams should do after getting defeated, according to those intelligent HLTV grown-ups xD I'm glad FaZe have shut you up for at least a day. P.S. Who tf shouts "Na`Vi"?
2018-03-03 17:34
didn't you say that astralis going to win over faze yesterday?
2018-03-03 17:38
I did. CS:GO is hard to predict nowadays, no one predicted Gambit or Cloud9 winning the majors, but they still won. Now my prediction is FaZe will lose the final.
2018-03-03 17:40
-karrigan-NiKo +godhunden +DEVIL. If they would have made this roster change earlier, they could have won against Astralis. Anyway, im happy that RobbaN confirmed this switch Twitter
2018-03-03 17:44
+++ current FaZe is such a failure
2018-03-03 17:53
They were shouting astralis, but it sounded like Na'Vi at first time. But I did recognition, and it was like Stra-Lis. The "A" was silent.
2018-03-03 18:00
ez af
2018-03-03 17:34
Restart clan
2018-03-03 20:58
LUL mad because liquid lost? axaxax ez fnatic
2018-03-03 22:01
Fnatic played well. Not mad over that. I just hate Faze and now hope Fnatic will demolish Faze. Nice try tho.
2018-03-03 22:11
Well I hope the same
2018-03-03 22:33
gg
2018-03-03 17:34
#18
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Israel ranco101
ez
2018-03-03 17:34
rip astralis
2018-03-03 17:34
gg
2018-03-03 17:35
undeserved spot for astralis invite mouz next time
2018-03-03 17:35
#29
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Turkey lulpump1
HOW MUCH?
2018-03-03 17:36
how much did I win when mouz won the greatest tourney of 2018 (starladder)? 5 billion dollar
2018-03-03 17:39
ggwp to both teams great seeing Rain playing well too karrigan fragging as well faze up boiz
2018-03-03 17:35
ripperoni
2018-03-03 17:36
ez
2018-03-03 17:36
#31
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Turkey lulpump1
Deserved
2018-03-03 17:36
#33
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Chile nachooww
lets gooooo
2018-03-03 17:36
GGWP FaZe and Astralis
2018-03-03 17:37
Legia clan
2018-03-03 17:37
Ez
2018-03-03 17:38
Faze just had so many first kills this series and it feels like astralis had no answer and played so many 3 and 4 v 5 situations
2018-03-03 17:38
#71
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Denmark MeToxi
True. I dont know if we still can blame the little time they've had together but something definitely seemed off. But nonetheless, a 3/4th place is still a good placement considering this turbulent period they've had with device sick then their first tournament with a full lineup since october in the form of the major shutdown and then kjaerbye backstabbing right after the major and the hasty hunt for a replacement, so hopefully we'll see their return to a consistent top 5 team.
2018-03-03 17:53
Yeah and with teams like liquid, mousesports, fnatic, and even navi on the rise, it might take some time for them to really solidify themselves as a playoff contender Changing one player shouldn't be a huge difference even in team play, but it seems like they are having trouble even just getting individuals to work together Their plays seem a bit disjointed, almost like fazes recently, which they attribute to poor communication That used to really be the key to Astralis' success so if that is not working for them, theu are going to have problems
2018-03-03 21:40
#39
NiKo | 
India Sishir
Ezz for my boiiizzz. FaZe uppppp
2018-03-03 17:38
Restart clan
2018-03-03 20:59
Guardian was really crashed mate. It wasn't alt+tab. Wasn't their fault
2018-03-04 04:23
#40
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Finland Alko^
haha karrigan was the problem LUL
2018-03-03 17:38
Sure. Just the rest of FAZE better than astralis
2018-03-03 17:43
YE UZ AFTER CARRIGAN ASTRALIS WON A MAJOR AND FAZE WITH CARRIGAN NO.ATLEAST FOR 1.5 YEAR KRAKOW ELEAGUE FACET?
2018-03-03 17:48
u lost all ur skins?
2018-03-03 18:03
NUP IM NOT MAD ...I HOLD MY MONEY FOR REAL LIFE CSGO: PLAY FOR ENJOY AND I HAVE SKILLLLL ACTUALLY I WAS PLAYING SO I DIDNT WATCH A DEAD GAME WHICH HAS ALWAYS SAME TEAMS SAME PLAYERS AND SAME TACTIC GO WATCH DOTA!!! THERE ARE 15! TACTIC BETWEEN EVERY 2 TEAMS!
2018-03-03 18:12
im a huge dotA fan too, so im fine :)
2018-03-03 22:14
#41
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Europe n0kay
tournament for faze for sure this time.
2018-03-03 17:38
"Playing against Astralis is much easier than playing any other team" - Guardian
2018-03-03 17:38
legia warsaw EZ
2018-03-03 17:38
gg
2018-03-03 17:39
Its so much fun to see faze game in this tournament. Karrigan really have step up in term of fragging and also so many good mid round calls.
2018-03-03 17:39
+1
2018-03-03 17:49
#85
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Singapore Wadufuk
Usually for igl,their frag are lower than expected...karrigan used to be good,but after he became a igl in faze,his skills drop quite alot,idk y,but that happen to most of the igl
2018-03-03 18:20
#54
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Europe tweekzter
Astralis forcing in every round like MM clan. :D
2018-03-03 17:41
1 bad game for rain yesterday and people already were like "kick rain" while he has been ill pretty much the whole event and still doing good. Yet he was back to beast mode today. Typical HLTV silvers, smh
2018-03-03 17:42
GODRAIN
2018-03-03 17:44
+1
2018-03-03 18:12
+1 the cockmuncher LegacyMLG tilted so hard that in the C9 match he made about 10 rain sucks/kick rain comment and many other followed, no matter he was sick or not. Been absence in this thread tho...
2018-03-03 21:06
#64
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United States carenbee2
flu ? who cares
2018-03-03 17:47
#ToTheBottom
2018-03-03 17:49
what just happened to dupreeh in 25th round?0_o
2018-03-03 17:55
#117
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Argentina Fa7e07
unluko alt+tab, windows key or some shit like that
2018-03-04 04:57
Everyone on Faze tournet up so they won it
2018-03-03 18:13
#86
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Canada 2ez4NiKo
As I said faze will r*pe astralis. Oh well Faze IEM champs can't wait. Pizza party if they lost
2018-03-03 18:31
Pizza PARTEE -EE PLEASE
2018-03-03 21:42
don't worry faze down team always finish 2nd ;D 0% chance they can win with fnatic
2018-03-03 21:14
-rain +simple
2018-03-04 01:19
#120
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Italy DRickraft
wow, an Italian is watching a pro csgo tournament
2018-03-04 16:46
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