Group A: Renegades outlast FaZe to clinch playoffs spot, ORDER eliminate Legacy

Renegades have guaranteed themselves a spot in the playoffs after outlasting FaZe 2-1 (Train 16-12, Overpass 13-16, Inferno 25-22) in Group A's upper bracket semi-final, while in the lower bracket, ORDER eliminated Legacy 2-0 (Train 16-9, Mirage 16-11).

FaZe and Renegades fought for a playoffs spot in the upper bracket semi-final of Group A, starting on the Australian team's pick, Train. Despite losing the pistol round to Karlo "USTILO" Pivac's quad-kill, most of the first half saw the European mixture dominate their opponents, as they racked up a 10-2 lead on the CT side.

However, Renegades started closing the gap with the last three rounds of the half. The second half was all about Justin "jks" Savage, who kicked things off with a triple in the second pistol round and a key double in the second gunround, saving a 2v5 attempt from Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Håvard "rain" Nygaard. With an AWP in his hands, the Australian star added a triple and three doubles on the inner bombsite to his name and proceeded to clutch a 1v2 on A to help his team secure map one at 16-12.

The Australian squad carried their momentum to Overpass, grabbing a clean pistol and a very close first gunround thanks to Aaron "AZR" Ward's 1v1 clutch for a 5-0 lead on the CT side. FaZe then woke up and quickly equalized the scoreline at 6-6, with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač clutching a fantastic 1v3 along the way. At that point, Renegades regained control on the back of a triple and a quad-kill from USTILO, as well as jks's massive 1v4 clutch, which closed out the half at 9-6 in their favor.

Renegades are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs

Topping it off with a pistol round win, Renegades were four rounds away from clinching the series. However, FaZe controlled the first gunrounds with ease, storming their way to their first lead in the match at 13-12. The local side managed to break the streak with a 2v4 win in the B bombsite, but their economy was in shreds when FaZe replied, which helped Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team force the third map at 16-13, with GuardiaN's triple-kill putting the final nail in the coffin.

Renegades secured their fifth pistol round in a row on the third map, Inferno, setting off a seven-round streak to start the decider with a comfortable 7-0 lead on the offense. FaZe were able to recover, however, and won six out of the remaining eight rounds of the half.

Richard "Xizt" Landström & co. followed it up with their first pistol round win in the series, which equalized the score at 9-9. Renegades responded in the gunrounds thanks to a key double from USTILO in the first and a dominant A defense in the second, but karrigan's squad caught a break by winning an eco round on B, with the following rounds going back and forth until it was 14-12. At that point FaZe strung three in a row but weren't able to close it out, as the map went to overtime.

There, Renegades took a 2-1 lead on the CT side thanks to key triples from Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and USTILO, but they couldn't finish things off in the first set despite turning around a 2v5 situation in the second half, as NiKo and GuardiaN each got a quad-kill to their name. The winner wasn't settled even after another set of overtime, as each team grabbed two rounds on the defense once more.

The third set saw Renegades grab two rounds on the CT side yet again, although that time around they added two in a row on the offense, as jks put the final nail in the coffin with a 1v2 clutch on the B bombsite.

Matchpage
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1
1st May 2018
16
Train
12
13
Overpass
16
25
Inferno
22
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 86 - 68 +18 84.5 1.15
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 75 - 66 +9 77.4 1.15
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 70 - 74 -4 78.3 1.11
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 62 - 71 -9 73.4 0.96
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 52 - 74 -22 53.1 0.80
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 92 - 66 +26 76.2 1.21
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 76 - 73 +3 79.8 1.14
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 70 - 71 -1 82.5 1.09
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 59 - 64 -5 64.1 0.97
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 56 - 71 -15 67.0 0.90

The first elimination match of IEM Sydney saw two local sides, Legacy and ORDER, fight for survival in the tournament. The series kicked off on Train, where the latter team got off to a good start with a 4-1 lead on the Terrorist side, but the tide quickly turned on the back of a 3v5 retake spearheaded by Egor "LONSDALE" Baranov and Peter "BL1TZ" Athanasatos.

The score was 6-4 in favor of Legacy when ORDER broke the streak and secured three of the last four rounds, and topped it off with a pistol round victory, courtesy of Jordan "Hatz" Bajic and Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas.

Hatz and Sico put up huge numbers against their local rivals

Even though they lost an anti-eco round in the process, Chris "emagine" Rowlands's team had little trouble closing things out on map one, as they powered to a 16-9 victory before it was time for Mirage, their opponents' pick.

On the second map, ORDER once again began well despite losing the pistol round, as they replied in the second-round forcebuy to go up 3-1 as CT. The following round saw them save four weapons as they lost the B bombsite, which led to a streak of rounds going Legacy's way.

Hatz & co. recovered towards the end of the half with four rounds in a row, which helped them secure another 8-7 lead in the first half. This time, ORDER lost the pistol round and found themselves at a two-round deficit, but the rest of the Terrorist half went smoothly for them as they clinched a 16-11, 2-0 win.

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2
1st May 2018
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Train
16
11
Mirage
16
 Legacy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Hugh 'stat' Andersonstat 37 - 30 +7 80.8 1.13
New Zealand Jay 'soju_j' Jeongsoju_j 37 - 37 0 74.4 1.06
Australia Peter 'BL1TZ' AthanasatosBL1TZ 29 - 35 -6 62.6 0.91
Serbia Stefan 'Lacore' PaunovicLacore 29 - 39 -10 60.6 0.81
New Zealand Egor 'LONSDALE' BaranovLONSDALE 22 - 40 -18 63.8 0.68
 ORDER K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz 52 - 30 +22 100.0 1.52
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico 42 - 24 +18 89.1 1.45
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 34 - 31 +3 73.7 1.07
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' JohnstonaliStair 29 - 34 -5 63.8 0.94
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlandsemagine 24 - 36 -12 52.3 0.78
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
New Zealand Egor 'LONSDALE' Baranov
Egor 'LONSDALE' Baranov
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
368
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
721
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Peter 'BL1TZ' Athanasatos
Peter 'BL1TZ' Athanasatos
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
499
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
851
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
678
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
691
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Australia dolebludgernoz 
YTB EDIT: YES AND MY FIRST #1 CONGRATS TO THE BOYS
2018-05-01 13:54
#7
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Netherlands Deji 
USTILO OVERRATED Congrats Aussie guys
2018-05-01 13:55
No xizt is brodda
2018-05-01 13:55
Ustilo is a lobster wtf you on about
2018-05-01 14:02
#62
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Australia MatthewJKS 
+1
2018-05-01 14:51
+1
2018-05-01 21:26
#64
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United States _ATaXiA_ 
Ustilo is very underrated but also sorta inconsistent, If he could show up more often he'd be in top 20 ez.
2018-05-01 14:52
Ustillo looks like schnitzel from Chowder
2018-05-01 16:19
#82
NAF | 
Canada Chizten 
AHHAHAHAHAHA HAHH AH HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH I HAVE NEVER ROFL'D SO HARDH AHAHAHHAH
2018-05-01 18:33
2018-05-01 20:56
#8
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Sweden Unluko 
YAY
2018-05-01 13:55
#28
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
YES
2018-05-01 13:58
#31
sesL | 
Germany Radion 
YEAH THE BOYS
2018-05-01 13:58
#92
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
#33
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Australia Turboblaze_  
#YTB
2018-05-01 13:59
#YTB
2018-05-01 14:13
#50
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Netherlands bringithome 
#YTB
2018-05-01 14:20
#67
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Australia MatthewJKS 
#YTB
2018-05-01 14:54
FAZE DOWN UNDER XD SK about to lose to Grayhound is even funnier tho
2018-05-01 14:33
#59
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Australia SaxOps1 
YTB!
2018-05-01 14:36
CONGRATS
2018-05-01 16:08
#80
Magisk | 
Hong Kong itste 
YTB
2018-05-01 16:45
#93
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
#2
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Germany Metezi 
Lul
2018-05-01 13:54
#3
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Denmark resolut 
#FazeDown
2018-05-01 13:54
#4
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Ukraine kruvchenko 
Ok
2018-05-01 13:54
#5
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Lithuania jegeris 
guardian monster
2018-05-01 13:54
92 kills my goodness
2018-05-01 14:12
#68
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India GET_REKT1337 
USTILO lobster
2018-05-01 14:56
#91
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
guardian is a monster and he drinks monster while playing monster
2018-05-01 16:08
#6
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Sweden Unluko 
YTB
2018-05-01 13:54
Xist kick
2018-05-01 13:55
#11
rain | 
Norway Kimmiix 
FaZe? :/ No chemistry
2018-05-01 13:55
EZ FOR AUSSIES
2018-05-01 13:56
#13
kNgV- | 
Poland Mleko1 
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
2018-05-01 13:56
#43
mertz | 
Australia Dremidus 
OI OI OI CUNT!! UP THE BOYSSS!!
2018-05-01 14:13
#14
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Slovakia Krafko 
Is FaZe Clan out?
2018-05-01 13:56
#21
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Australia Lachurs 
No they play order again
2018-05-01 13:56
#47
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Australia c0meatm3_Bro 
don't they play the winner of greyhound vs SK?
2018-05-01 14:17
#52
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Netherlands bringithome 
no they play grayhound/SK
2018-05-01 14:22
#15
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Australia Lachurs 
Aussie Aussie Aussie
2018-05-01 13:56
#81
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Kazakhstan RiNat1337 
Copied for Stewie2k's tweet!
2018-05-01 16:56
#16
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United States VRGcarsonqi 
CHOKE CLAN
2018-05-01 13:56
#17
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African Union mikecool 
THE BOYS YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA
2018-05-01 13:56
#90
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
#18
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Spain thebest5 
Coming up against Renegades we obviously feel really good. We never had issues in group stages, I expect us to win pretty convincingly as we won against them every single time we played them. -Niko
2018-05-01 13:56
Haha the jinx
2018-05-01 13:58
To be fair, in this game he was stuck in elo hell, he was insane on inferno for example but him and guardian couldn't save it themselves
2018-05-01 14:38
HAHa RAIN in 2018 kick this bot
2018-05-01 13:56
he always was nothing but a lucky bot
2018-05-01 13:58
He actually played ok. But karrigan is not only fragging but also calling so incredibly bad, it's unbelievable.
2018-05-01 14:26
#69
Vietnam SXxX 
This has always been the case imo. karrigan horrible strats, horrible mid round calls.
2018-05-01 15:07
Exactly, the best example was this round were they just ran completely out of time. WTF was this...
2018-05-01 15:11
FAZE AGAIN TIER2 GJ
2018-05-01 13:56
#FazeDown
2018-05-01 13:56
#23
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
YEAH THE BOYS
2018-05-01 13:57
#24
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African Union mikecool 
shiet guardian 92 kills tho :|
2018-05-01 13:57
#YTB
2018-05-01 13:58
Good job, well played.
2018-05-01 13:58
#89
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
The team don't believe in karrigan, they lost motivation, they don't try hard, lose duels to fucking Renegades, and the saddest part is that they have no options to improve FaZe. Those who suggest to make xizt call have issues with their memory, NiP actually improved after kicking xizt.
2018-05-01 13:58
#32
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Denmark clutchkongen 
NIKO: "I THINK WE WILL SHOW OUR REAL FACE WITH XIZT AT THIS EVENT"
2018-05-01 13:58
"I THINK WE WILL SHOW OUR REAL FACE WITH XIZT AT THIS EVENT"
2018-05-01 13:59
AU KRIMZ
2018-05-01 13:59
#36
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
LUL FAZE LUL
2018-05-01 13:59
NIKO: "I THINK WE WILL SHOW OUR REAL FACE WITH XIZT AT THIS EVENT"
2018-05-01 14:02
#46
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Korea ecsta_s1 
they are showing OMEGALUL
2018-05-01 14:15
#39
NEO | 
Turkey Rashta 
GO JKS
2018-05-01 14:03
#40
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
WP Renegades deserved. Exited to see them in arena!
2018-05-01 14:04
#73
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Australia CaZeR01 
I hope to god they can make semifinals so i can see them play
2018-05-01 15:57
#41
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France Evocat 
Home ground advantage is real
2018-05-01 14:05
GUARDIAN STOP BLOWING MY MIND
2018-05-01 14:14
Xizt was a bad move and tbh karrigan is not the igl they need wont work wont win anything
2018-05-01 14:17
#88
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:13
#49
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
GOD JKS YTB
2018-05-01 14:20
Faze soon tier SK.
2018-05-01 14:21
Expected
2018-05-01 14:23
#54
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Czech Republic Tobyyas 
Faze in 2018 lul
2018-05-01 14:26
#56
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
I gotta say i expected this to be a quick 2-0. Well played by renegades, they really impressed me.
2018-05-01 14:29
#65
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Australia MatthewJKS 
Thanks for the respect, much appreciated.
2018-05-01 14:52
#66
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
I show respect where it is due :) I didmt watch the grayhound game, only the last 10 rounds. SK is obviously kinda lost atm, but grayhound still played it well! :) Gj
2018-05-01 14:54
if faze rush every round, they would be better. but they choose to waste 60 seconds every round, gain no map control, and forgot their bomb in t spawn
2018-05-01 14:35
#61
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Germany Tunio 
L M F A O
2018-05-01 14:51
#63
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Australia MatthewJKS 
YTB And people say the Aussie core of Renegades are bad. LUL
2018-05-01 14:52
Guardian tried to carry so hard
2018-05-01 15:20
#72
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United States Dr1GeR 
CHOKE CLAN!
2018-05-01 15:48
Feelsbadman they need Olof back
2018-05-01 16:03
Ustilo is a MONSTER Tom Have an abused Day VeryabusedGuy
2018-05-01 16:23
FAZE DOWN CLOWN TEAM
2018-05-01 16:36
faze show real face :))))))
2018-05-01 19:38
noob team kick please
2018-05-01 21:04
#87
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Mexico Tbonto 
+1
2018-05-04 14:12
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