FaZe through to EPICENTER semi-finals over NiP

FaZe have defeated NiP 2-0 (Overpass 16-8, Mirage 16-11) to advance to the semi-finals at EPICENTER 2018, in which they'll go up against Liquid.

The second semi-final of EPICENTER started on NiP's pick, Overpass, where the Swedes grabbed the pistol round to kick things off on the offense. However, FaZe replied right back, and the beginning of the match continued to go back and forth with neither team able to establish stable economy.

When it was 5-4 in favor of NiP, Nikola "NiKo" Kovač stepped up with a triple to reset his opponents, which set off a five-round streak going FaZe's way, including one in which the Bosnian got another three kills.

NiKo and GuardiaN led the way for FaZe

Switching over to Counter-Terrorists at 6-9, NiP lowered the deficit when Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg showcased his seamless aiming style in the pistol round with a smooth quad-kill on the B bombsite. From that point on, though, it was all about FaZe, who went on a seven-round winning streak to close out the first map at 16-8, with NiKo ending the opener with 30 kills.

The European mixture kicked off Mirage with a 2-0 lead as Terrorists as NiKo continued to wreak havoc, clutching a 1v3 in a dangerous anti-eco after securing the pistol round with a double. NiP quickly equalized things with an added boost of the new post-pistol economy, but FaZe retook the lead again to go 5-2.

Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund helped the Swedish side climb back with a quad-kill in a 2v4 retake scenario on B, while Dennis "dennis" Edman clutched a 1v1 later on, allowing NiP get their first lead on the second map. The last four rounds were split between the teams, which set the halftime score to 8-7 in favor of Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson & co.

The match continued to go back and forth at the beginning of the second half, with the two sides going toe-to-toe until it was 10-10. At that point, FaZe began pulling away with three rounds in a row on the back of a B retake in a forcebuy. NiP made a Deagle buy work to clinch their 11th round, but FaZe were quickly back to winning ways and finished off the series at 16-11, 2-0.

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 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 43 - 41 +2 85.8 1.07
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 32 - 39 -7 70.4 0.91
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 26 - 42 -16 55.9 0.74
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 20 - 38 -18 63.3 0.73
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 32 - 42 -10 64.5 0.71
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 52 - 28 +24 114.4 1.68
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 57 - 25 +32 94.5 1.64
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 37 - 35 +2 84.2 1.10
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 28 - 33 -5 66.4 1.01
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 28 - 32 -4 61.2 0.96
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1607
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1014
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
815
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1575
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1094
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
NiKo the GOAT of csgo!!!! Faze 3rd best team in csgo history (after astralis and fnatic)
2018-10-27 17:44
yes
2018-10-27 17:45
Expected af
2018-10-27 17:45
*fnatic and astralis
2018-10-27 17:45
#46
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Turkey yasinavsar 
+1
2018-10-27 17:50
+1
2018-10-27 17:53
+1
2018-10-27 17:56
#60
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India Thepotat 
+10
2018-10-27 18:04
astralis era > fnatic era tbh
2018-10-27 18:08
#69
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Latvia Tibro 
lmao astralis era havent been yet lol
2018-10-27 18:13
+1
2018-10-27 18:34
#76
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United States AproximateCS 
If astralis win next major than yes, if they dont. Than no. No back to back majors no party
2018-10-27 18:39
#80
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Lithuania TraX_LTU 
+1, but still if they win every tournament they attend it will kinda count as their era
2018-10-27 19:19
#98
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United States AproximateCS 
If they can't match Fnatic it will mean less.
2018-10-27 22:21
then mibr>ast
2018-10-27 22:26
#103
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United States AproximateCS 
In legacy maybe but they have equal majors
2018-10-27 23:42
+11111
2018-10-27 20:31
#93
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Turkey veyron99 
+1111
2018-10-27 21:34
no
2018-10-27 17:46
finally an Algerian true csgo player xd
2018-10-27 17:47
#38
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Switzerland baitimusprime 
lol -10000/8
2018-10-27 17:48
#43
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Algeria Genatix 
> Best team in cs go > fnatic Pick one
2018-10-27 17:49
3 majors?
2018-10-27 17:49
Went to 27 lan events, only placed out the top 4 twice. Olof, flusha, JW, KRIMZ and Pronax are still the best 5 man to ever play CSGO.
2018-10-27 17:56
#90
ruuit | 
Serbia Wule123 
second best, right after get right, forest, friberg, xizt and fifflaren
2018-10-27 21:16
Winning a load of games when half of the teams were still playing cs and cs source does not make them better than the fnatic team that won tons in arguably one of the most competitive eras.
2018-10-27 21:27
#106
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Greece her-1g 
Even though im a nip fan i agree on this. The level fnatic reached was beyond godlike. Mibr shine in an era where the wasnt aby one good team. Olof and guardian were injured and mibr rose to fame
2018-10-28 00:49
#77
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United States Raptorial 
Astralis fansus
2018-10-27 18:55
terrible bait, but clearly u are a pathetic kid so I will give you the attention you want XD
2018-10-27 17:51
#50
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Brazil LGKoda 
4th, NaVi is the 3rd ;)
2018-10-27 17:51
#74
blameF | 
Finland Demight 
But now Faze tier 2 team (btw numbers 1 Astralis Navi ) sry but Nikoko need change some it that team , if they wanna be best it next major
2018-10-27 18:32
#81
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
LooooooL
2018-10-27 19:47
LooooooooooL you can see how much this individual understands about CSGO
2018-10-27 20:00
#86
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Denmark smizereens 
Na'Vi
2018-10-27 20:14
#100
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Brazil SecondKS 
Luuuuuuuuuul
2018-10-27 22:35
87-0? you know what i think
2018-10-27 22:41
#104
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Australia iPinK_Guy 
FAZE 0 MAJORS HSHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH
2018-10-28 00:11
Fnatic, SK, NiP,Astralis, FaZe
2018-10-28 00:13
#2
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Denmark loof 
So sad for NIP
2018-10-27 17:44
eZaF
2018-10-27 17:44
its honestly kind of fucked up that faze can suck so bad and still be top 4 They just ram out teams even playing with their eyes closed
2018-10-27 22:17
#4
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Bosnia and Herzegovina @NiKo 
GoD_RiGhT
2018-10-27 17:44
GeT_WrOnG
2018-10-27 18:23
Nice both teams
2018-10-27 17:44
eZaF for NiKo, Olof and Guardian
2018-10-27 17:45
#7
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
R.I.P.
2018-10-27 17:45
#8
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Indonesia Exodd 
Faze Up finally?
2018-10-27 17:45
Expected
2018-10-27 17:45
#12
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Denmark Fonder 
I like
2018-10-27 17:45
#15
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Chile nachooww 
ye
2018-10-27 17:45
#16
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
ezz
2018-10-27 17:45
Great job Faze! Now to beat Liquid!
2018-10-27 17:45
#18
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Korea LastUtopia 
eZaF with Godian and nikovac
2018-10-27 17:45
gg
2018-10-27 17:46
fast ass article. wtf
2018-10-27 17:46
#21
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez FaZe
2018-10-27 17:46
ez
2018-10-27 17:46
Clash of dead teams, lul.
2018-10-27 17:46
GG WP NiP can not do anything if NiKo and GuardiaN are droping 30 bombs. EDIT: Also REZ performance (in terms of kills) was so low...
2018-10-27 17:48
#24
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Europe b7ack0ut 
n1ce
2018-10-27 17:46
WP to FaZe! Sad to see NiP go out but it was an awesome game nonetheless!
2018-10-27 17:46
+1 Hope to see great Semi finals
2018-10-27 17:48
yeah liquid and faze will be really fun to watch
2018-10-27 18:08
karrigan > REZ lol
2018-10-27 17:46
#29
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Norway Trip^^ 
Expected.
2018-10-27 17:46
rez 20 kills 2 maps? he's drunk or what?
2018-10-27 17:47
Godian
2018-10-27 17:47
#32
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Ozimandias 
Disgusting play by Faze on second map. So many stupid mistakes, so many advantages lost....
2018-10-27 17:47
yeah, could be ez 16-5
2018-10-27 17:48
#33
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Lithuania Oparazmas 
Nice FaZe! #FaZeUp! Now destroy americanos!
2018-10-27 17:47
eZaFforFaZe
2018-10-27 17:47
NiKo MVP please, let's have a huge contrast to last year's Epicentre
2018-10-27 17:47
#36
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
114 ADR across two maps? WTF NiKo?
2018-10-27 17:47
eZaF for GODIAN AND NIKOKO
2018-10-27 17:48
#42
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gg wp
2018-10-27 17:48
NiKo and GuardiaN 2 vs 8 xDDD
2018-10-27 17:56
#47
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Russia wondex 
It's too easy for my boys
2018-10-27 17:50
#48
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Europe Vallon 
FeelsBadMan
2018-10-27 17:50
When will they replace karrigan?
2018-10-27 17:52
Come on man he has great utility usage and Calls. He just struggles for kills.
2018-10-27 17:58
They need him as a support player
2018-10-27 20:31
The question is: When will they replace rain? Like he is little bit above Karrigan... He used to be reat, but lately really bad.
2018-10-28 09:12
pathetic!
2018-10-27 17:53
#57
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Brazil ^7|1 
GuardiaNiKo 109 bomb ez
2018-10-27 17:58
#58
s1 | 
Ukraine mpletop1 
F♿REST
2018-10-27 17:59
#59
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Europe n0kay 
Seems like boys are back on track 🔥 hope they’ll keep it up.
2018-10-27 18:04
"They are back on track" vs T3 NIP XDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-10-27 22:06
#96
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Europe n0kay 
why would you underestimate NiP my narrow-minded friend?
2018-10-27 22:11
Dennis and rez bottom fragging That's why.
2018-10-28 07:57
#110
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Europe n0kay 
What you gonna say now? :)
2018-10-28 19:52
Yes, wp FaZe. But u can't say they're back just for winning NiP lmao Now it's obvious. They're back.
2018-10-28 21:12
#112
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Europe n0kay 
I said that not for winning against NiP, but exactly about individual performances which were always the main thing.
2018-10-28 21:50
Well, yes. But FaZe = NaVi Without their 2 fraggers they're nothing. Not saying FaZe is a bad team tho
2018-10-28 22:39
Does anybody know if anybody knows if karrigan is gonna be out soon? :)
2018-10-27 18:05
-karrigan +scream
2018-10-28 10:57
as expected
2018-10-27 18:06
#63
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Europe trey_ 
eZaF
2018-10-27 18:07
meh looked that nip started good but they lose some retarded rounds
2018-10-27 18:10
#67
Slovakia pgb1 
Nip has no chance they have the best player f0rest and 4 bots
2018-10-27 18:11
yeah its funny, even though he lost few rounds and wasnt perfect he still does better than others.
2018-10-27 18:12
#71
Slovakia pgb1 
He is still the best player in the world not that ecobots device and simple
2018-10-27 18:13
Welcome to your delusional world.
2018-10-27 21:32
#70
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Slovakia t4gg3d 
2018-10-27 18:13
#73
United Kingdom Oxna 
Liquid will crush them
2018-10-27 18:29
Who?
2018-10-27 19:56
So ez
2018-10-27 18:56
#79
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
Guardian is back? Pog
2018-10-27 19:01
CLOWN9, stop wasting Goldens fucking time in that shit region and let him bring NiP back to life FFS
2018-10-27 19:56
faze up
2018-10-27 20:01
Get_right should retire ..hate to admit though
2018-10-27 20:36
+1 Karrigan should too tho...
2018-10-27 23:16
#94
tarik | 
Hungary ERiKb09 
Na'Vi vs Liquid Grand final coming .. I hope Liquid can finally win something
2018-10-27 22:05
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