FaZe defeat Liquid; to EPICENTER grand final

FaZe are through to the EPICENTER 2018 grand final after beating Liquid on two maps (16-9 on Mirage, 16-12 on Inferno).

The second semi-final of the tournament kicked off on Mirage, FaZe's map pick, with Liquid securing a swift 2-0 lead after winning their CT pistol in convincing fashion. The European team responded with back-to-back B executions, breaking their opponents' economy before eventually going up 3-2.

The Americans found the equalizer before FaZe went on another three-round winning streak. Liquid got back on the board with a perfect defence, which they followed up with a great 3v4 retake to bring the deficit to a single round. With nothing but pistols and a saved AWP, however, FaZe picked up their seventh round, and then lost just one more to make it 9-6 by half-time.

In the second half, Liquid won their T-side pistol with doubles from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Keith "NAF" Markovic in a 3v5 situation, and the subsequent anti-eco. Still, the Europeans kept a very tight defence after buying up, eventually closing out the map at 16-9.

NiKo's FaZe will take on Na`Vi in the grand final

Finn "karrigan" Andersen opened up the action on Inferno with a double-kill, but it was Liquid who got off to a great start. After winning their third pistol of the series, the Americans made it 3-0 with an anti-eco and the first gun round.

After that, FaZe went on a massive run, which included a heroic quad-kill from Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács in the process, losing a single round before picking up a 7-4 lead. Liquid remained calm and collected, however, and strung four rounds together to turn the score around by half-time.

FaZe responded with their first pistol of the series and the following two rounds to go up 10-8. Liquid then had money to work with and found an entry-kill, but it was thanks to EliGE that they won the round as the 21-year-old denied Nikola "NiKo" Kovač from pulling off an impressive ace. However, FaZe responded with their eleventh round to reset their opponents' economy.

Down 9-13, Liquid kept themselves in it after losing only one of the next four rounds, but that was not enough to stop FaZe, who won two rounds in a row to seal the deal, 16-12, and book their spot in the tournament's grand final.

Matchpage
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28th October 2018
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Mirage
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Inferno
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 35 - 38 -3 73.5 1.05
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 37 - 35 +2 79.2 1.04
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 33 - 39 -6 71.5 0.94
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 33 - 35 -2 64.9 0.93
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 22 - 41 -19 52.9 0.76
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 43 - 33 +10 88.4 1.32
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 39 - 28 +11 71.7 1.26
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 43 - 35 +8 83.3 1.12
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 35 - 34 +1 69.5 1.07
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 28 - 30 -2 61.4 0.98
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
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
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1498
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
IM FIRST MUM
2018-10-28 15:24
Liquid is not even a t2 team they are t3
2018-10-28 15:24
#17
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
+1 so overrated
2018-10-28 15:24
Nt prodka
2018-10-28 15:27
uk is no scene. expected from a guy who loves ur mom
2018-10-28 18:59
Nt prodka
2018-10-28 19:02
its a fact, my little pony
2018-10-28 19:08
Nt prodka
2018-10-28 19:13
#42
L.K.S | 
Europe Flexi3 
+1
2018-10-28 15:28
#81
s1mple | 
Germany Loxatan 
Russia and Czech need to talk lol
2018-10-28 16:12
German fan of Russia Expectdd
2018-10-28 16:19
he's ukranian, man. know your geography
2018-10-29 08:10
#16
Xizt | 
Czech Republic davskal 
ez for faze
2018-10-28 15:24
CHOKUQUID
2018-10-28 15:24
+1000 best chokers in the game
2018-10-28 15:27
eZaF
2018-10-28 15:26
GOD #1 on a thread with karrigan carrying.
2018-10-28 16:18
#2
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Ukraine McSwell 
Liquid chocked as always. Avangar > Liquid.
2018-10-28 15:24
choke? they were just worse the entire series, no chance to win a map at any moment of the game
2018-10-28 16:08
Faze back to TOP 1???? Best NA team lose to 5th best EU team??????? Best BR player lose to 18th best danish player??????? will mibr ever beat BIG????? (no) So many questions.... GG WP EZ
2018-10-28 15:24
Who is the 18th best danish player ?
2018-10-28 15:28
karrigan
2018-10-28 15:28
Ok , thank you.
2018-10-28 15:29
#70
bardi | 
Denmark b-mejsel 
Skillwise, he is probably a lot lower..
2018-10-28 15:53
#74
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China WinnerZ 
haha
2018-10-28 16:00
And who is the 23th best danish player?
2018-10-28 16:00
#73
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Russia Yodjin 
yep
2018-10-28 16:02
best danish player ranking?
2018-10-28 16:34
#110
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Brazil SecondKS 
>best player BR >Taco Pick/choice one
2018-10-28 22:34
#4
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China Rynaki 
wtf liquid
2018-10-28 15:24
#57
draken | 
Russia McNik 
NA CS
2018-10-28 15:38
CHOKE
2018-10-28 15:24
EZ4FAZE
2018-10-28 15:24
gg
2018-10-28 15:24
ez
2018-10-28 15:24
clean af
2018-10-28 15:24
Not only did faze get an important win, but there were a lot of problems with the team that just didn't show up Karrigan had a great game with a lot of impact, their T sides were really good, and in the mid round scenarios they didn't run around like headless chickens Its actually funny because usually they bang out opening kills and fuck up the rest of the round, but looking at the stats for this game it was the opposite Their team play was good and this could signal a bit of a resurgence for the team If I were navi I'd be second guessing my odds going into the final
2018-10-28 15:24
#35
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France FanchD 
Did NiKo was the IGL for this semi final or it was Karrigan ?
2018-10-28 15:27
niko
2018-10-28 15:36
I'm pretty sure Niko is igl for awhile now, and will be for awhile too
2018-10-28 15:38
It's all speculation, but seems like Karrigan called Mirage while inferno was niko's
2018-10-28 15:40
I'm pretty sure Karrigan was calling in Mirage and NiKo was calling in Inferno. I feel Karrigan is better in Mirage in term of calling. Either way, I feel they have a bit more structure now which is something they really needed. Can't play a loose style and individual-heavey forever. Still need a bit more work in term of executing into a bomb site when some players are boosted. They don't handle players from above well.
2018-10-28 15:42
Yeah I'm worried thought because even looking online and at the group stage their play wasn't too impressive What we saw today was a different team
2018-10-28 16:20
#71
draken | 
United States zSnuxy 
NiKo said he was igling for now on
2018-10-28 15:55
Hell yeah let's have FaZe stomp on Na'Vi (yeah I can dream)
2018-10-28 16:48
#111
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Bulgaria DiusVult 
Your dream became true my friend, (Even tho its kind of late and i dont know why im revisiting this post)
2018-10-28 22:38
Me neither mate, and yay FaZe aren't dead
2018-10-29 09:33
eZaF
2018-10-28 15:24
#15
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Slovakia zephh1337 
ez faze
2018-10-28 15:24
#19
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
NitrOMEGALUL
2018-10-28 15:25
expected
2018-10-28 15:25
#21
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Ukraine kek1 
Finally faze realised that they need to win tournaments
2018-10-28 15:25
#43
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India Jan7Y 
+1
2018-10-28 15:28
#45
Aleksib | 
Norway aDnCS 
Easier said than done m8
2018-10-28 15:28
Finally niko cheat sub renewed
2018-10-28 16:21
lmao yeah
2018-10-28 16:41
#97
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Singapore Wadufuk 
+1 their rotation are all on point during inferno map
2018-10-28 16:44
Nt
2018-10-28 15:25
#58
draken | 
Russia McNik 
Liquid won summit
2018-10-28 15:38
Yeah with shit teams at it
2018-10-28 16:13
Summit doesn't count for shit
2018-10-28 16:21
#23
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Moldova B3A5Ty 
Now is the biggest step is to beat NaVi and the superduo electronic and s1mple
2018-10-28 15:25
#114
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India grinchxd 
superdu♿️
2018-10-29 09:07
#24
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
ezz money
2018-10-28 15:25
#25
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
dasd
2018-10-28 15:25
CHOKO is coming for you s1mple LUL
2018-10-28 15:26
Expected, since last Twistzz problems.
2018-10-28 15:26
#30
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India SupratimO8 
omfg karrigan top fragging
2018-10-28 15:26
godkarrigan
2018-10-28 15:35
#66
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India SupratimO8 
#gokarrigan
2018-10-28 15:44
#31
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Indonesia kenztar12 
Expected
2018-10-28 15:26
wtf niko and karrigan traded powers
2018-10-28 15:26
#33
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Switzerland codplayer 
carrygan
2018-10-28 15:26
#34
s1mple | 
CIS avens1s 
chokequid
2018-10-28 15:27
Carrygan nice
2018-10-28 15:27
#39
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Spain 7VultuR 
Karrigan MVP ffs
2018-10-28 15:27
another 2-0 feelsbadman
2018-10-28 15:28
The final would be another 2-0
2018-10-28 16:01
#113
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Bosnia and Herzegovina mantisbp 
+1
2018-10-29 08:59
LETS GO FAZE
2018-10-28 15:29
Ez
2018-10-28 15:30
#49
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
2018-10-28 15:32
#93
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Israel asafborger 
lmao
2018-10-28 16:29
Another trophy for Navi incoming
2018-10-28 15:32
#115
 | 
India grinchxd 
this aged well
2018-10-29 09:08
Carrygan <3
2018-10-28 15:33
hahaha
2018-10-28 16:35
#52
 | 
Latvia Tibro 
na choke
2018-10-28 15:34
Classic Liquid Choke
2018-10-28 15:36
#56
s1mple | 
Norway mikke_ 
CARRYGAN !
2018-10-28 15:36
says enough if ur bot igl has to carry u, get the lube ready faze bois for cis attack xD fast 16/0 plox
2018-10-28 15:38
Karrigan isn't leading anymore and he's turned back time to 2011
2018-10-28 16:22
#61
draken | 
Russia McNik 
NA CS
2018-10-28 15:38
Must feel nice for Karrigan GGWP
2018-10-28 15:39
Lmao at thorin saying twistzzz is the best player on the server before the match
2018-10-28 15:42
Yeah he's got a big boner thinking about faze dying idk why He'll probably argue that as a purist he wants to see every player at their very best, but honestly that's a load of crap he should just enjoy seeing teams do well for once He can call this win a fluke if he likes but there were certainly some bright spots in this performance
2018-10-28 16:24
Wow... They really are back :o nice. I want to see this final owo
2018-10-28 15:45
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ez4faze
2018-10-28 15:46
#69
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United Kingdom DreadN0ught 
They call him Carrygan for a reason lads
2018-10-28 15:51
Karrigan has hard carried :D
2018-10-28 15:56
Fluke
2018-10-28 16:03
Meh knew it anyway. FaZe was always dominating Liquid, no matter the form.
2018-10-28 16:05
Finally NaVi - FaZe finals.
2018-10-28 16:06
a big middle finger in the air to all the karrigan haters out there - topfragging and that mirage play he called was of the charts!
2018-10-28 16:12
#89
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Czech Republic GeorgyD 
hhahahaahahhaahha
2018-10-28 16:22
#90
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Portugal JPCSGod 
Choquid back at it again
2018-10-28 16:22
As a FaZe fan: NOT EXPECTED
2018-10-28 16:45
#99
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Europe xvideos69 
expected from most cute player of the world NiKo <3
2018-10-28 16:48
#100
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Poland Marcines 
liquin will never win t1 tournament xD
2018-10-28 16:48
#102
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Finland Sandels 
liquid roster change inc
2018-10-28 17:06
nice!
2018-10-28 17:47
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2018-10-28 18:37
#106
Zeus | 
Ukraine Lomz 
Liquid tier 2 team, not a single final won
2018-10-28 19:02
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