FaZe beat G2 in two maps; to New Champions Stage
A triple by Håvard "rain" Nygaard in the pistol round kicked off Mirage, FaZe’s map pick, going his team’s way. An A execute after winning both anti-ecos then kept the European combine in the lead as Alexandre "bodyy" Pianaro, G2’s last player alive, saved an AWP. Quickly, FaZe started to run away with the map as they won round after round. With 8-0 on the board Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer added insult to injury by winning a 2vs4 to keep the streak going. Finally, it was in the eleventh round that G2 were able to get on the board off of the back of a quick kill in a push by Richard "shox" Papillon and a triple by Kenny "kennyS" Schrub with the AWP. olofmeister then won a 1vs1 against bodyy on A after planting the bomb before G2 got another round thanks to a three kill round by shox. That would be the last round for G2 as FaZe would go out to close the half 13-2.
The second half started with a B play by the French-Belgian team, but Nikola "NiKo" Kovač stopped them in their tracks with a triple as olofmeister picked two up. FaZe then stopped a B push in apartments to get on map point before closing it out 16-2 in dominant fashion after winning the last round against a pistol buy.
G2 started their map pick ahead, stopping a B push from FaZe in the pistol round to get ahead early. After losing the two following rounds, FaZe were able to get on their feet winning the first pistol round. After following it up, FaZe found themselves within one of tying the match up but Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux and kennyS with the double AWP setup were able to keep their team ahead, 4-2. G2 then stopped another B push to shut FaZe down. The French-Belgian team then took the reins of the match, going on a roll for an 8-2 lead after ten rounds. It was then after a play on A that FaZe were able to get back on the board to try and stay in the game. FaZe were then able to win two out of the last three rounds to put a cushion on the scoreboard, 10-5.
G2 rushed B and after planting, were able to close the round out as shox found two late headshots to get closer to the third map. Down 5-13 FaZe pulled out the double AWP, but to no avail as G2 overtook the A site players to increase their lead to nine rounds. The European combine then won a clean round by stopping pushes on Short and Middle and were able to follow it up, but were then put against the ropes as G2 got on map point. FaZe then gained control of the half, winning round after round including against a two-man fake by kennyS and shox who went to different bomb sites that almost gave them the map. Like a rolling stone, FaZe made it all the way to 15-15 after winning eight rounds in a row to kick it into overtime.
G2 got a two-for-one trade on A, but a triple by rain on site and a double by olofmeister stopped the French-Belgian side on their tracks. G2 then found themselves in a 2vs3 afterplant on A, which kennyS and shox were able to close out to keep it tied. G2 then followed it up, hitting A with a strong presence from Short to make it 17-16. FaZe then replied, winning the first round on the Terrorist side to tie it back up, 17-17, but a clean round by Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans & co. got them back on map point. FaZe then rushed B and planted in a 4vs4, pushing it to a second overtime after defending the site.
The two teams then traded rounds to kick next round of OT, making it 19-19, before FaZe took the lead into the CT side. G2 then tied it up with an A strike, and took the lead after taking B and winning a 3vs3 afterplant. G2 then had the perfect opportunity in a 4vs3 afterplant, but a great retake by karrigan and rain sent it to a third overtime.
G2 took the lead on the Terrorist side, but FaZe were able to strike back to make it 22-22 and then a double-kill by rain in a 2vs2 retake got FaZe ahead at the half. An aggressive play by G2 then failed, giving FaZe a 24-22 lead and map point which NiKo & co. would go on to convert to make it into the playoffs.
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS||51 - 45||+6||77.9||1.10|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||43 - 49||-6||74.7||0.86|
|Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy||36 - 49||-13||68.1||0.81|
|Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz||34 - 44||-10||55.8||0.81|
|Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ||30 - 50||-20||63.3||0.72|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||64 - 37||+27||91.9||1.47|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||57 - 39||+18||96.1||1.45|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||40 - 41||-1||70.6||1.03|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||40 - 37||+3||69.7||1.02|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||36 - 40||-4||61.0||0.94|
With only one match left in the group stage, these are the current standings: