FaZe to ESL One Belo Horizonte grand final over Liquid

FaZe defeated Liquid 2-1 in the semi-final of ESL One Belo Horizonte (16-3 Nuke, 14-16 Dust2, 16-7 Mirage), securing a place in the grand final.

Nuke started off with a CT pistol lockdown from FaZe, who picked up the following anti-ecos and scraped by in the first rifle round thanks to Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's 1v3 to go on to a 5-0 lead.

With Nikola "NiKo" Kovač showing up with a quad kill in round 7 and the Slovakian sniper doing the same in the following round, FaZe advanced their lead to 8-0. The North American side was struggling to break through the defenses and finally managed their first round as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken grabbed a 4K with the AWP (11-1).

Liquid followed that up with their second, but some back-and-forth action ended up going FaZe's way and saw them finish the half 13-2 up. By adding the second pistol to their name, the European side was already on the brink of closing out the map, but Liquid mustered a force-buy win as Epitacio "TACO" de Melo got two openings with a saved Mac-10. However, it was too little, too late, Finn "karrigan" Andersen got three Scout kills in the next round and closed out Nuke, 16-3.

GuardiaN was outstanding on Nuke, finishing with 111.0 ADR

On Dust2, Liquid started by getting the win on the Terrorist round pistol by breaking into the B site, and winning the anti-ecos saw them equal their round score from Nuke. FaZe struck back with rifles, tieing three together to equalize the score at 3-3 before Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski got his team back into the lead with a fast double-entry.

For a couple of rounds, Nick "nitr0" Cannella's squad opted for fast-paced rounds that were working out perfectly, getting them to a 6-3 lead. FaZe picked up sporadic rounds as CT, but Twistzz once again stood out for his team, pushing Liquid towards a 10-5 T-side finish, who picked up the last round of the half despite a fantastic Deagle double entry by NiKo.

FaZe got back into the game by winning the T pistol and the anti-eco, but fumbled in the third as Keith "NAF" Markovic opened up the round with two USP-S kills. Rounds were traded back and forth after that, with both teams opting for mixed-buys and finding success. NiKo was instrumental on the AWP in round 21, grabbing a 3K, only for Liquid to strike back for a sixth consecutive round traded (13-9).

The Europeans managed to recover once again and tie three rounds together to come to the brink of equalizing the score. FaZe then pulled off a fast B-split and took the lead, but only shortly. Liquid recovered, TACO's 3K with the AWP on B gave Liquid map point and the Brazilian stepped up on the B site defense in the last round as well, helping his team win the map 16-14.

TACO had big rounds on Dust2, helping Liquid to force the decider

An impressive display with the USP-S from Håvard "rain" Nygaard yielded the Norwegian four kills and the pistol round win to FaZe, who went on to secure a 5-1 lead. Liquid added their second with a flawless A execute and went on to string three together. karrigan's 3K on A stopped that streak, but Liquid were soon back to winning ways, making the score 6-6.

With eco rounds out of the way, FaZe stood strong with the rifles and finished the half 9-6 up, adding onto that with a pistol round win. Liquid had a man advantage going into the B site retake in the first rifle round, but the Europeans fought off the CT's and secured 14 rounds shortly.

The North Americans struck back with their first CT-side round, however, Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen's four frags in the last two rounds were enough for FaZe to close out the game 16-7, and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
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1
16th June 2018
16
Nuke
3
14
Dust2
16
16
Mirage
7
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 68 - 45 +23 99.9 1.43
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 57 - 38 +19 88.2 1.33
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsencromen 50 - 41 +9 82.9 1.23
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 40 - 45 -5 60.6 0.94
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 41 - 41 0 60.7 0.91
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 57 - 51 +6 75.9 1.07
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 39 - 49 -10 64.9 0.89
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 43 - 51 -8 65.3 0.87
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 35 - 52 -17 58.8 0.83
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 36 - 53 -17 62.5 0.80
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1139
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
912
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
393
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#FazeUP #eZaF
2018-06-16 18:56
#9
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Slovakia Jakubko345 
Ez
2018-06-16 18:57
lol
2018-06-16 18:58
+1
2018-06-16 18:59
#37
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
-rain +cromen permanently
2018-06-16 19:00
#62
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United States br1sK_ 
Coke, marijuana, or acid? Or did u take all 3?
2018-06-16 20:05
#66
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
I took truth serum
2018-06-16 20:35
#FaZeDoWn #hArDaF Fadrah Clan tier 500 even in Saudi scene, hah.
2018-06-16 21:06
Elige was afk the whole series EZ for the best team in the world.
2018-06-16 18:57
hax
2018-06-16 18:58
ready to loose in final Chokers
2018-06-16 18:59
FaZe 3-2 mouz
2018-06-16 19:00
Sk 3-2 faze
2018-06-16 19:04
Grandpa n0thing will wreck SK EZ Clap
2018-06-16 19:09
grandpa n0thing 274941 years old
2018-06-16 19:11
Yung ropz > Stew Sunny > Cold ChrisJ > Fallen n0thing = fer STYKO < Boltz
2018-06-16 19:12
i think sunny<cold styko>boltz imo
2018-06-16 19:22
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH EZ FOR DADDY JORDAN N0THING GILBERT
2018-06-16 21:42
Elige hasn't been playing that well recently I've noticed. Wonder what's up with him
2018-06-16 19:00
#80
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Indonesia Volt_OW 
Was thinking the same thing, if the eLiGe from cologne 2016 was playing at this event, they might just beat FaZe
2018-06-17 04:11
#3
smooya | 
United Kingdom c1ties 
VACO go bye bye expected
2018-06-16 18:58
EZ for god cromen
2018-06-16 18:56
#5
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Belgium willa234 
Ez
2018-06-16 18:57
#7
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
:( axaxaxaxa
2018-06-16 18:57
D:
2018-06-16 18:57
#10
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Europe b7ack0ut 
gg
2018-06-16 18:57
Audience helped liquid so much lol
2018-06-16 18:57
BOTACO reason why Liquid Lost He deadweight Have a NA day! -VeryNAGuy
2018-06-16 18:57
+1
2018-06-16 18:59
#44
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Europe BreezyEU 
Unfortunate for Liquid chokers. Maybe next time! gg
2018-06-16 19:03
#14
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Europe KrepaN 
Final mouz 1-3 faze
2018-06-16 18:57
Expected
2018-06-16 18:57
+1
2018-06-16 18:58
#16
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
mouz or SK pls beat those noobs
2018-06-16 18:57
#43
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
How much?
2018-06-16 19:02
#70
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Turkey headshotk1ng 
Betting is haram for Muslims so no i dont bet
2018-06-16 21:19
#72
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Lmfao n1
2018-06-16 21:28
#19
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Denmark clutchkongen 
expected, liquid is overrated.
2018-06-16 18:58
ez katka
2018-06-16 18:58
#23
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Spain Rekto_Plasm 
Cromen was fucking insane on mirage
2018-06-16 18:58
#38
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Denmark EMZIZ 
He’s been showing off some real neat skills. Not bad for a stand in!
2018-06-16 19:00
#81
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Philippines Z3R0meister 
+1
2018-06-17 07:12
+23 .
2018-06-16 18:58
EZ FOR FAZE CRY BRAZILIANS
2018-06-16 18:59
The D2 map was sick. TACO was a beast instead of food.
2018-06-16 18:59
beast? rofl
2018-06-16 18:59
#64
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United States G0LDEAR 
I guess you didn’t watch the game. Taco won d2 for liquid.
2018-06-16 20:30
The crowd won D2 for Liquid*
2018-06-16 20:32
#78
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United States G0LDEAR 
What you don’t understand is that crowd effect goes both ways. Both players on either side of the smoke can hear the crowd so both can use that information to their advantage. Just because liquid got the kill doesn’t mean that it only helped liquid.
2018-06-17 03:22
The guy on the other side often doesn't rly know why the crowd is going wild at that point. Especially if it's like 5v4, he's maybe not aiming on the other guy through the smoke, he may think that its something else going on. Seriously the crowd always favors the team which is hyped by the crowd
2018-06-17 03:35
#87
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United States G0LDEAR 
What I’m talking about is the time when taco and some faze player (I can’t remember who it was) were on either side of a smoke on cat on d2. Both of them were looking into the smoke. Undoubtedly they both heard the crowd cheering. Both of the players could’ve used that cheering as a hint that there was a player on the other side of the smoke. Just because taco got the kill doesn’t mean that the faze player didn’t have the same chance.
2018-06-18 16:22
#34
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
Rain is underperforming for a quite while now..we need him to step up in d finals
2018-06-16 18:59
#36
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Portugal xxxRUI75xxx 
Expected
2018-06-16 19:00
guardian monster niko eco fragger expected final at this tier3 lan
2018-06-16 19:01
#71
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Lithuania Sealll 
LOL stopped reading at niko eco fragger
2018-06-16 21:21
Tier 3? ROFL How much did you lose boy?
2018-06-17 01:31
#42
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Germany cartii 
ez mouz
2018-06-16 19:01
Expected
2018-06-16 19:09
#CRYISFREE FaZe & TyLoo still top1 :)
2018-06-16 19:12
congrats
2018-06-16 19:37
BOTACO
2018-06-16 19:37
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2018-06-16 19:37
#57
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Sweden Unluko 
Doesn't matter, they will choke in final anyway. #FaZeDown
2018-06-16 19:39
#84
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Philippines Z3R0meister 
Cry Is Free
2018-06-17 12:12
#85
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Sweden Unluko 
Flair Checks Out
2018-06-17 12:13
#58
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Finland Smoonah 
haha nt
2018-06-16 19:42
#59
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
LADISLAV :OOO
2018-06-16 19:44
Well played GuardiaN
2018-06-16 19:49
#61
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Europe Vallon 
Jesus, Liquid. Kick that brazilian bot, haven't you learned that there's like 2 good BR players atm, and neither of them is named TACO? Get a stable 5th and you'll be consistent top 5. If not, you'll never beat teams like FaZe and Astralis.
2018-06-16 19:57
#82
Happy | 
Brazil Kurtt 
+1 taco is so fucking overrated
2018-06-17 07:25
GODDIAN
2018-06-16 20:41
#73
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Slovakia VerySloVACGuy 
ladik D:
2018-06-16 21:29
why do liquid keep drawing faze and astralis all the time at lan, are organizers racist to liqiud?
2018-06-17 01:15
#77
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Denmark Fonder 
Jesus, GODian on round 4, that was one of the weirdest rounds i have seen lately,,,, I was stunned, guardian still got the magic. i bow for that guy. and he stepped up like we wanna see him. GL in finals, gonna be a tough one, mouz is rolling atm.
2018-06-17 01:35
congrats
2018-06-17 11:21
lol
2018-06-17 17:21
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