FaZe win EPICENTER over Natus Vincere
However, the European mixture started setting a quick pace to the match from the first gunround on, converting several quick A plays, leaving little for Na`Vi as they racked up an 8-2 lead on the back of that momentum. Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. finally replied with three out of the last five rounds, though they still gave up a 3v1 to Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács's fantastic AWP play in the B bombsite before sides switched.
FaZe extended their lead to 12-5 with the second pistol going their way, though this time, the first gunround went the other way and Na`Vi closed the gap to four. The home favorites attempted to come back, but some individual plays, including a triple and a 1v1 from Håvard "rain" Nygaard and a quad-kill from Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, helped FaZe reach 14 rounds.
After saving their guns a couple of times in a row, the European side closed things out with successful retakes on each bombsite, taking a lead in the series after a 16-12 win on the opener.
FaZe continued their momentum on Dust2, getting up to a 5-0 lead with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and olofmeister making key plays for the squad. Natus Vincere managed to grab a couple of rounds, but they could not string them together, as they got reset by 1v2 clutches from the aforementioned Bosnian and Swede after each win.
On the back of the heroics, FaZe extended their lead to 11-2 and soon finalized the half with a 12-3 scoreline. With a second pistol round in the bag as well, it was only a matter of time until Finn "karrigan" Andersen's squad emerged victorious at 16-3, 2-0.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 30||+5||75.1||1.12|
|21 - 39||-18||59.4||0.74|
|25 - 37||-12||62.6||0.73|
|21 - 37||-16||58.8||0.70|
|20 - 33||-13||50.4||0.68|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|43 - 26||+17||99.1||1.48|
|41 - 25||+16||92.3||1.37|
|33 - 26||+7||83.8||1.22|
|29 - 19||+10||62.1||1.11|
|28 - 26||+2||70.4||1.05|
EPICENTER final standings: