FaZe see off SK to reach semi-finals in Dallas
FaZe are through to the last-four stage at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals after beating SK Gaming in stunning fashion in the quarter-finals.
The series began on SK's map pick, Overpass, where the Brazilians got off to a very slow start, losing the pistol round in disappointing fashion to a 1v4 clutch from Finn "karrigan" Andersen. The European team rode that momentum to a 7-0 lead, with SK looking completely lost on the map and worryingly bereft of ideas.
The Brazilian team then finally got a round on the board following a B execution, with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga preventing an economic reset in the next round with a 1v2 clutch. It looked like SK had finally found a footing in the game, but then a trio of fast kills from Håvard "rain" Nygaard on a very weak buy put FaZe back in the driving seat and set the team up for a 10-5 lead.
FaZe further added to their lead by taking the pistol round and the corresponding anti-ecos. SK were able to respond in the first gun round, thanks to some great teamwork from Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and fer, with that round sparking a massive run from the Brazilian side, who shut down any chances of the Europeans stringing rounds together.
Little by little, SK carved a path back into the game, but their resistance was broken in the 29th round as FaZe's players were given far too much space and took control of the A site on the back of a stunning entry frag from Nikola "NiKo" Kovač.
The next map, Mirage, quickly turned into a massacre. A 1v3 clutch from Marcelo "coldzera" David in the first gun round put SK on the board after they had lost the opening three rounds, but then FaZe took control of proceedings and ran away with the lead.
FaZe ran all over the SK defence, a sensational 1v4 clutch from NiKo the proof of the state of complete and utter disarray the Brazilian players were in. SK would only be able to get one more round on the board before the break, so they knew they had a mountain to climb to turn this game around.
But things then went from bad to worse for the Brazilian side as FaZe took the following pistol round, with Richard "Xizt" Landström getting four kills to his name. A successful force-buy then let SK breathe a bit, but it would not take long for FaZe to regain control of the game and hammer the final nail into the Brazilians' coffin.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||46 - 26||+20||100.8||1.58|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||44 - 30||+14||96.7||1.46|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||38 - 32||+6||75.0||1.15|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||34 - 36||-2||77.0||1.04|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||32 - 32||0||62.0||1.01|
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||42 - 39||+3||90.3||1.12|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||34 - 38||-4||76.0||0.98|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||29 - 36||-7||67.5||0.89|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||29 - 44||-15||72.0||0.78|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||21 - 37||-16||53.7||0.68|