NiKo shines as FaZe overrun OpTic to book playoff spot

FaZe have assured themselves of a spot in the DreamHack Masters Stockholm playoffs after easing past OpTic in a quick two-map series.

The battle for the top spot in Group C began on FaZe's map pick, Dust2, where the European mixture hit back after losing the pistol round and took a 3-1 lead. After getting their economy back on track, OpTic picked themselves up and reclaimed the lead after putting together a small run of rounds, with star player Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and in-game leader Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer both raising eyebrows with quad-kills.

Down 3-5, FaZe were gifted a route back into the game as they won another eco - a round that ended up tipping the scales in their favour. After that, Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men kept a very tight defence, and they closed out the half without losing any more rounds.

A triple-kill from Nicklas "gade" Gade in the second half pistol helped OpTic to overturn a 3v5 situation and kept the Danish team in the game. However, once again there was no follow-up on their part as they were caught off-guard by FaZe's Desert Eagles. The European mixture took control of proceedings after that and won the next five rounds en route to a 16-6 finish, with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač ending the map on 31 kills.

NiKo led the charge for FaZe in a one-sided affair

Carrying their momentum into Train, FaZe cruised to a 13-2 lead on the Terrorist side after shutting down any chances of OpTic stringing rounds together or building up an economy.

After switching to the Terrorist side, the Danish side won the pistol round with an A execute, but their resistance came to an end in the third round, when NiKo picked up a triple kill. With their economy in shambles, OpTic were simply helpless to stop the onslaught.

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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 54 - 25 +29 132.7 2.05
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 41 - 19 +22 83.5 1.58
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 31 - 24 +7 85.5 1.24
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 26 - 19 +7 72.3 1.20
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 27 - 22 +5 68.6 1.10
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 23 - 31 -8 57.1 0.78
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 22 - 34 -12 53.5 0.73
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 24 - 35 -11 68.4 0.70
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 23 - 40 -17 72.0 0.66
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 17 - 39 -22 61.2 0.52
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
641
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
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
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
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
NiKo is the GOAT of csgo! He is so good i cant believe my eyes!!!
2018-08-30 18:44
Can't believe you beat me with 100 seconds
2018-08-30 18:46
beat in what?
2018-08-30 18:47
#32
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected :o(
2018-08-30 18:48
Comment post
2018-08-30 18:48
not important!!!
2018-08-30 18:48
Not important to reply then
2018-08-30 18:49
+1 just believe in yourself!!!
2018-08-30 18:49
#41
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United States ItsImpact 
This guy has a bot
2018-08-30 18:49
what if he is a bot? :thinking:
2018-08-30 19:06
🤔 What?
2018-08-30 20:40
#72
NiKo | 
Portugal kyzzj 
same thought, he's everywhere. time to ban
2018-08-30 19:56
Niko FTW!!
2018-08-30 19:09
#79
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World WestSideDude 
Choker of CS:GO *
2018-08-30 20:46
#85
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Albania albinnjashari 
yeah man Niko is something different from the others
2018-08-30 21:14
Cant believe you beat me with 40860 seconds
2018-08-31 08:06
Just no. If you're looking for the goat it's probably forest, he's been consistently good for 15 years
2018-08-31 11:14
Can't believe you beat me with 10 seconds
2018-08-30 18:45
cajun BOT
2018-08-30 18:52
#5
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Poland cGev 
Expected
2018-08-30 18:45
#6
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Bulgaria kr9ptonn 
groupstage warrior
2018-08-30 18:45
#35
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Portugal MR_CAL 
+11111 HAHAH so truth
2018-08-30 18:48
+1111111 Xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-08-30 18:59
#80
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World WestSideDude 
+1
2018-08-30 20:46
#84
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Brazil wittyusername 
+111
2018-08-30 20:55
+11111
2018-08-30 22:16
#90
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Brazil EnioWs 
+1111111
2018-08-30 23:07
oh really? who were mvp on ESL BH? ok thanks
2018-08-31 02:56
#109
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Sweden lurba 
Since when was BH a relevant tournament in terms of attending teams?
2018-08-31 15:16
#7
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Kazakhstan stanf1x 
firts
2018-08-30 18:44
#9
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Sweden HANNE$ 
Nice
2018-08-30 18:45
Noice
2018-08-30 18:45
jeff
2018-08-30 18:45
#14
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France t3r4byt3 
2.05 POGGERS
2018-08-30 18:45
#16
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Poland Kazahi 
NIKO the best player, GODian the best AWPer, FaZe the best team! <3 #FaZeUP and good daya my dear FaZe fans! <3
2018-08-30 18:45
I doubt NiKo being the best 2018 player since its a battle between s1mple, dev1ce and NiKo, but if he continues showing up he would be top 1 2018 without doubts
2018-08-30 18:48
battle between s1mple and NiKo*
2018-08-30 18:49
#46
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Dominican Republic yolinho 
+1
2018-08-30 18:51
Device is higher than niko btw More mvps and probably equal or more evps And equivalent rating
2018-08-30 18:56
Yeah but then you look at NiKo playing and getting 180° one-taps
2018-08-30 19:00
180 one taps doesnt give you any awards. consistency gives yo awards. expected from hltv tho
2018-08-31 02:57
device has 2 mvp's and 4 evp's i think Niko has 1 mvp and 6 evp's one being the major including higher rating. I think the order right now is: 1. s1mple 2. Niko 3. dev1ce
2018-08-30 19:32
5 evps btw
2018-08-30 19:34
ok thanks didn't know
2018-08-30 19:42
both niko and s1mple 1.33 past 3 months at big events niko actually is about to take over s1mple as the first player this year
2018-08-30 19:51
in terms of rating maybe, but s1mple also got 5 mvp's. I hope Niko gets 1 because hes one of my favorite players
2018-08-30 20:03
Well that a big statement, i think s1mple is at 1.32 full year and niko is 1.27, but hes getting closer
2018-08-30 20:06
#82
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World WestSideDude 
S1mple got 5 MVPs and the highest possible rating of 2018.
2018-08-30 20:50
he's not catching up on s1mple LOL s1mple has a 1.32 rating 2018, and niko has a 1.22 rating for 2018
2018-08-30 22:22
wrong so overall (with onlinematches which I dont like to include generally) he has 1.25 in 2018 and lan only hes on 1.27 currently
2018-08-31 00:22
Hope you realize that online matches, while not as big as lan, also count. No matter what, he's still considerably behind s1mple, and still has only 1 MVP at most this year (not sure how many)
2018-08-31 02:01
#64
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Poland Kazahi 
+1
2018-08-30 19:10
idk get right has been insane, get_right s1mple and niko in the running imo
2018-08-30 18:51
Please take off ur fanboy-glasses and look at it again
2018-08-31 09:32
#63
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Poland Kazahi 
+2, but device not even close to top 1 2018
2018-08-30 19:10
#81
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World WestSideDude 
S1mple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ChoKo
2018-08-30 20:47
#18
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Europe BreezyEU 
EZ
2018-08-30 18:46
FaZe = easy as f*ck
2018-08-30 18:46
eZNiko
2018-08-30 18:46
#22
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Brazil ^7|1 
danish faze haha
2018-08-30 18:46
#23
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Brazil verybaitguy1 
what a player! niko the best
2018-08-30 18:46
132 ADR?! That is fucking insane
2018-08-30 18:46
#28
JW | 
Sweden LuscH 
Skrt
2018-08-30 18:46
Group stage GOD!
2018-08-30 18:47
#31
kennyS | 
Romania RBK_GOD 
eZaF
2018-08-30 18:48
eZaF <333
2018-08-30 18:48
#42
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Finland Smoonah 
he should be shining as much as he gets paid.
2018-08-30 18:50
Karrigan looked up Zeus strats: "Okay NiKo, go kill"
2018-08-30 18:50
He has been doing this kind of stuff since he joined faze
2018-08-30 18:54
#50
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
Haha exactlY
2018-08-30 18:55
#44
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
OpTic garbage 10 rounds per 2 maps lul
2018-08-30 18:51
Nice, but let's wait for Niko's performance in play-offs. I hope he continue playing so good.
2018-08-30 18:51
#51
s1mple | 
Bulgaria th4ss0s 
NiKo is a beast, he wants that bonus award so baaad
2018-08-30 18:55
#52
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India akkshaikh 
Faze's last fragger has more kills than optic's top fragger. lul
2018-08-30 18:56
God Niko
2018-08-30 18:56
DE_STROYED
2018-08-30 19:03
Amazinggg
2018-08-30 19:03
Until he inevitably shits the bed in a KO match.
2018-08-30 19:04
lol
2018-08-30 19:09
bro save energy for playoffs or u gonna choke again
2018-08-30 19:12
#66
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
eZaF KATKA
2018-08-30 19:13
NiKo to serbian army = new Ratko Mladic, he kills very good, reminds me of him
2018-08-30 19:29
#75
ZywOo | 
Brazil rsouzadk 
Niko GOD!
2018-08-30 20:05
#83
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World WestSideDude 
group stage warrior xd
2018-08-30 20:51
#86
device | 
Norway spinz 
Niko number one
2018-08-30 21:36
I once joked to friends when NiKo was still in mouz and GuardiaN in naVi, olof in fnatic, amgine these 3 players together and add a guy like s1mple :d -karrigan this team would be unbeatable NiKo could ez lead that team
2018-08-30 22:55
Niko best player in 2018 Coldzera best player in CS:GO S1mple best awper??
2018-08-31 00:52
But Olof is GOAT :( I mean Coldzera is good cuz teamplay,Olof could on his individual skill destroy teams.
2018-08-31 02:30
Olof is GOAT until Cold get his 3rd major, God willing.
2018-08-31 20:16
#99
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Poland Hell2k 
coldzera best player xddddd niko best xddddd nt
2018-08-31 03:51
S1mple fan got triggered
2018-08-31 20:17
#112
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Poland Hell2k 
mibr fan btw omegakek
2018-08-31 22:12
Are you mad, bro? S1mple fan omegatriggered
2018-09-02 02:28
#114
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Poland Hell2k 
i am your mum fan
2018-09-05 13:36
Same here
2018-09-05 16:10
Bot Cajunb
2018-08-31 02:52
Cajunbot
2018-08-31 06:22
#98
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Poland Hell2k 
2.05 in BO3 not bad but s1mple still top 1
2018-08-31 03:50
#100
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United States Freakmode 
north > optic
2018-08-31 06:20
I don’t know why but NiKo seems getting fater after he lose weights
2018-08-31 06:22
NiKo #1 2018 confirmed
2018-08-31 06:23
#105
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Slovakia Georgy10 
eZaF
2018-08-31 08:10
Beast
2018-08-31 13:27
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