FaZe ease past Cloud9 to clinch third place in Group A
FaZe have advanced to the IEM Sydney quarter-finals after clinching third place in Group A over Cloud9 (2-0; Mirage 16-9, Cache 16-6).
Group A's lower bracket final began on Mirage, where FaZe started their defense with a 5-1 lead. They wouldn't hold it for long, however, as Cloud9 strung four rounds together to equalize the score, with William "RUSH" Wierzba spearheading the attack, picking up a triple-kill along the way.
The two teams went back and forth from there on, as FaZe grabbed three of the remaining five rounds for a one-round lead going into the second half. There, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač narrowly lost a 1v3 clutch, but the European squad quickly made up for it with a forcebuy win, which helped them rack up a 12-8 lead.
The European side controlled the rest of the half apart from one round, in which Pujan "FNS" Mehta clutched a 1v2, and switched over to Counter-Terrorists at a commanding 11-4 lead.
With rain and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács combining for five kills during a retake scenario on A in the second pistol round, things started to look dire for Cloud9. FaZe survived the next three forcebuys to clinch match point at 15-4 and soon emerged victorious at 16-6, 2-0.
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||33 - 37||-4||87.6||0.98|
|Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS||35 - 36||-1||78.8||0.98|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||28 - 38||-10||68.7||0.81|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||25 - 36||-11||73.3||0.81|
|Tyler 'Skadoodle' LathamSkadoodle||20 - 35||-15||41.3||0.62|