FaZe take down Cloud9 to book Katowice playoff spot

FaZe have secured the final spot in IEM Katowice's Champions Stage following a convincing 2-0 victory over Cloud9.

The final match of the New Legends Stage began on Cache, Cloud9's map pick, with FaZe jumping out to a 4-0 lead on the CT side. The North American side pulled two back after getting their economy back in order, but FaZe regained control of proceedings on a very weak buy and went on another dominant run, finishing the half with 12 rounds.

After switching to the Terrorist side, FaZe piled even more pressure on their opponents after taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-eco. Cloud9 responded with a third-round buy, but then they gifted FaZe a 15th round as Robin "flusha" Rönnquist showed an uncharacteristic lack of composure, which allowed Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev to clutch a 1v2 situation.

It looked like FaZe had the game in the bag, but all of a sudden then ran out of steam. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's side struggled to make mid-round calls and lost their grip on the game, and many viewers certainly started to have flashbacks of the ELEAGUE Major Boston final between these two teams.

The North American side managed to take the game the full distance, but just when overtime seemed to be inevitable they managed to put the game to bed after successfully selling a B fake - a bold strategy for which the players appeared to credit coach Janko "YNk" Paunović.

FaZe march on to the playoffs

Things looked very shaky for Cloud9, considering the North American side had not played Dust2 in the last three months. Unsurprisingly, they were outclassed by FaZe for the majority of the first half and could not handle the pace or power of the European team, who raced to an 11-2 lead. Still, the North American side refused to throw in the towel and picked up the final two rounds of the half to keep themselves in the game.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, Cloud9 took the pistol round with an A split and the next two rounds, bringing the deficit to 7-11. Timothy "autimatic" Ta then boosted Cloud9's hopes of survival in the tournament with a stunning 1v4 clutch, but FaZe held on, winning five rounds in a row en route to a 16-9 finish.

Matchpage
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Dust2
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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 50 - 32 +18 98.5 1.48
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 42 - 33 +9 88.1 1.30
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 37 - 28 +9 76.5 1.19
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 40 - 31 +9 73.5 1.16
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 31 - 37 -6 59.3 0.83
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 33 - 40 -7 82.3 0.96
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 40 - 40 0 74.0 0.96
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 34 - 38 -4 62.4 0.91
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 32 - 41 -9 67.2 0.84
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 22 - 41 -19 55.9 0.69
The New Legends stage
3W - 0L
3W - 2L
0W - 3L
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1138
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1441
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
987
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1508
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Olofmeister the GOAT of CSGO made it to legends EVERY SINGLE MAJOR. RESPECT THE GOAT
2019-02-24 22:03
FAZE TOP 1 S1MPLE TOP 1 NIKO TOP 2 NAVI VS. FAZE FINAL MIBR SO BAD!
2019-02-24 22:04
#15
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Germany DrachenRainer 
why so toxic eksdee
2019-02-24 22:04
#29
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Spain JustNo 
olof goat guardian goat
2019-02-24 22:04
Your mum GOAT too
2019-02-24 22:05
PICKEMS ARE ALIVE
2019-02-24 22:05
#48
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Europe EnceOverrated 
NiKo wtf
2019-02-24 22:06
#97
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Easy
2019-02-24 23:13
#20
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Norway ludvik33 
ezaf
2019-02-24 22:04
#22
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Portugal shark17 
wow ur mad
2019-02-24 22:04
NaVi vs FaZe is the next match
2019-02-24 22:07
#55
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Portugal palito334 
Mibr 3-1 Faze 3-2 (lost to avangar and renegades) OMEGALUL
2019-02-24 22:07
#58
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Canada Encry_pted 
MIBR LOST TO C9 16-3 OMEGALULLL
2019-02-24 22:08
+1 LOL
2019-02-24 22:09
#75
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Portugal palito334 
Swiss CS omgealul just support one team sad
2019-02-24 22:18
#123
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Romania decis1ve 
aa so if mibr losses its swiss system's fault, if faze loses in the same fashion, but closer matches, its faze's fault omegalul
2019-02-25 19:11
#66
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Portugal palito334 
Mibr 3-1 Cloud9 2-3 OMEGALUUUL
2019-02-24 22:13
#69
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Canada Encry_pted 
MIBR PLAYED C9, COL, G2 and NIP LMFAOOOO C9 PLAYED MIBR, ASTRALIS, VITALITY, HR, FAZE LMAOOOO
2019-02-24 22:15
#84
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Bulgaria omaiguudness 
You know that renegades took off a map out of Astralis right? RNG>M16R LUL
2019-02-24 22:36
#86
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Portugal palito334 
You know mibr almost won 1 times astralis in grand final stupid you so dumb
2019-02-24 22:51
#87
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Bulgaria omaiguudness 
Yeah when you had GodTarik and GodStewie, the best of NA, Now you have some dude thats gonna get baited and a Tier 3 player
2019-02-24 22:53
#88
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Portugal palito334 
Coldzera Fallen Taco Fer 2 major Niko Guardian <<error>> no major for this two retards even loss to Coldzera in 2016 ahaha cry
2019-02-24 22:58
#92
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Bulgaria omaiguudness 
Recurring back to his past like every brainless monkey hahahaha, good that you made it clear that i won this debate, Gl
2019-02-24 23:03
#124
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Romania decis1ve 
Renegods 2-1 Mibr
2019-02-25 19:23
#119
Xyp9x | 
Denmark b0rgen 
Almost is NOT enough... Like vin diesel in fast&furious - winning is winning! Loosing is loosing!
2019-02-25 12:53
More like quarter-final.
2019-02-25 01:34
EZ FAZE
2019-02-24 22:04
#60
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-02-24 22:08
faze is the 4th best team here but the gap between them and navi is huge
2019-02-24 22:16
hahahaha
2019-02-24 23:03
ur final came up early
2019-02-24 23:01
Very lucky
2019-02-24 23:02
#104
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Indonesia Exodd 
He beat all of his ex fnatic teammates for this achievement
2019-02-25 02:25
#2
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Poland Gervush 
second blyat
2019-02-24 22:03
#27
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Europe xvideos69 
nt try ^.^
2019-02-24 22:04
#3
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Finland AdolfH 
Irrelevant game. ENCE will win the major anyway
2019-02-24 22:05
#126
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Denmark EyesWallow 
ye, its gonna be EZ for them
2019-02-28 09:46
#4
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Finland Smoonah 
I like "Weird Al" YNKovich's xSmall jersey, looks good man keep it up lirikLIT
2019-02-24 22:03
gg
2019-02-24 22:03
#7
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Norway ludvik33 
ez
2019-02-24 22:03
#8
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Finland Tanelisaatana 
olofmeister GOAT
2019-02-24 22:03
Nice
2019-02-24 22:03
#10
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Russia GramDEL 
GOD AdreN made this happen :D
2019-02-24 22:04
#11
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Europe xvideos69 
^.^ #FAZEUP
2019-02-24 22:03
WP FaZe AdreN saving olof's streak RIP flusha's mother
2019-02-24 22:05
eee boy
2019-02-24 22:04
#14
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Poland Astoner55 
FAZEUP
2019-02-24 22:03
#16
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Austria EC4ENZE 
esketiddy
2019-02-24 22:03
Expected
2019-02-24 22:03
Ok
2019-02-24 22:04
#19
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Europe porrasm 
ezpected
2019-02-24 22:04
#21
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Poland Crai9Xen 
Gg wp
2019-02-24 22:04
ggwp
2019-02-24 22:04
#25
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Turkey AeonMuffinz 
Niko is actually csgod he can play every gun ez #top1 in 2019 lul
2019-02-24 22:04
Can he play with auto sniper?
2019-02-24 22:07
#64
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Ukraine McSwell 
Not as good as Taco at Columbus 2016
2019-02-24 22:10
up his own ass weak player
2019-02-24 23:04
PICKEMS SAVED, LETS GO BOYS! .. ASTRALIS WILL WIN THE MAJOR!
2019-02-24 22:04
#98
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North America MeeM6336 
Nope EZ4ENCE
2019-02-24 23:26
Isnt that impossible after being eliminated by NiP? Do they get second chances in the playoff?
2019-02-25 07:21
#28
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Ukraine w1nth 
GG! If you didn't get 5 points after this.................................................
2019-02-24 22:04
Oh god nice #FazeUp
2019-02-24 22:04
Thanks AdreN for huge frags!
2019-02-24 22:04
Olofs playoff streak continues
2019-02-24 22:04
#33
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
OLOFMEISTEEEEEER,GOODMEISTER!
2019-02-24 22:04
#34
SPUNJ | 
Netherlands Wazaguy 
Hell yeah! GG Cloud9
2019-02-24 22:05
#35
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
EZ 5 points
2019-02-24 22:05
OLOF LEGEND
2019-02-24 22:05
#37
Kriegs | 
Asia rehzy 
ez for my boi NiKO
2019-02-24 22:05
#38
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
FaZe saved my pick'em
2019-02-24 22:05
#40
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Romania cyber8 
Nice
2019-02-24 22:05
#41
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India astaelian 
gg c9 congrats to olof on retaining his legends spot
2019-02-24 22:05
close call
2019-02-24 23:04
pick ems saved sad for c9, gg's.
2019-02-24 22:05
#44
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Kazakhstan 001RusKZ 
Let's GO AdreN!
2019-02-24 22:06
The pressure got into zellsis Hope he’ll do better next time
2019-02-24 22:06
#46
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Chile nachooww 
that was scare
2019-02-24 22:06
Flusha op
2019-02-24 22:06
Zellsis out tarik in
2019-02-24 22:06
Zellsis bot
2019-02-24 22:07
Nikoo<3
2019-02-24 22:07
#54
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Zer0w0 
#FaZeUp
2019-02-24 22:07
Faze with this game wont go far
2019-02-24 22:07
bot zellsis
2019-02-24 22:08
#59
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Romania BOT_Zer0 
#FaZeUp
2019-02-24 22:08
#61
s1mple | 
Netherlands KayoNar 
Pick'em = Saved. Ez4ence and faze *wipes sweat*
2019-02-24 22:09
NiKo GOD
2019-02-24 22:09
#65
D0cC | 
Netherlands mgT_CSGO 
Guardian MISSED every important shot and had so many silver plays. This guy is done after this major.
2019-02-24 22:11
:D I love people like you. This was the first match at the major when he was playing much worse than his teammates and he is already done. It was the same with rain and olof when people bashed them when they were playing badly and now they're praised when finally showed up. :D
2019-02-24 22:23
+1, the other guy sounds retarded af
2019-02-24 22:31
+1, he is retarded, although i agree Ladislav needs to step up- big time
2019-02-25 09:49
#67
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Iceland caverat 
nice faze Saved my pick'em, clown9 expected
2019-02-24 22:13
#68
f0rest | 
Albania SayS 
flusha 3 major Niko 0
2019-02-24 22:13
Awww don't cry
2019-02-25 05:24
#70
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Denmark Zorrondo 
Guardian carried AF
2019-02-24 22:16
yes, he carried faze every match except this one
2019-02-24 22:18
YES YES THANK YOU PICKEMS ARE SAVED HAHAHA
2019-02-24 22:16
EZZZZZ
2019-02-24 22:18
#74
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Poland kRAMERO 
Imo FaZe should replace AdreN with TaZ. Make FaZe top1 finally
2019-02-24 22:18
with unitaz. ur victor at the bottom of the bottle as well as the entire old team of vp. nobody needs expired goods
2019-02-25 03:11
"Convincing" Hm
2019-02-24 22:20
Complexity could have beaten both these mediocre teams, but lets wait eh? Bring it on.
2019-02-24 22:29
#80
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
olof <3
2019-02-24 22:30
Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro 22 - 41 -19 55.9 0.69 GODSIS
2019-02-24 22:33
#83
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Bulgaria Crazy_Gamer 
FaZe can't beat NaVi with this form. NaVi win 100%, only Guardian and Adren play good now on FaZe Clan
2019-02-24 22:34
kek. this will be game 1 v 9 against s1mple. navi is trash with 2-3 bots without shape
2019-02-25 03:09
#85
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African Union mikecool 
Thought C9 might upset but Faze finally got their revenge xD
2019-02-24 22:39
#118
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Bulgaria Crazy_Gamer 
This is not a real revenge Cloud9 play with different roster. Stewie2K, Skadoodle and Tarik left from the team C9 is not same!
2019-02-25 12:50
I'm sad, really sad. Specially on Dust2 Zellsis was probably the reason they lost - he often died unnecessarily by peeking against Faze players who are all exceptional aimers. Automatic played out of his mind. On Cache they could have won but again some stupid decisions like both Flusha and Automatic refusing to defuse and instead trying to face the opposing players. Those two rounds could have let them win effortlessly. Damn! Faze sucked. Really. They didn't win because of great tactics - everything was due to outdueling and outaiming the opposition. They have little chance of winning this major.
2019-02-24 23:06
They should take Tarik back. Zellsis lacks experience.
2019-02-24 23:07
Bringing back a guy who left u for a better team is not going to work bro. The players will not welcome him even if he is the best player
2019-02-25 01:05
#100
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Peru AgentLF 
Golden will return for sure I see Zellsis as a potential coach tbh
2019-02-25 01:26
#106
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India MihirX27 
Zellsis is gonna be a really great player in whichever team he goes next; he was just a Stand-in until Golden will be fit.
2019-02-25 02:43
dont give a fack about ur kid opinion
2019-02-25 03:07
I have no idea how come RUSH be this bad now
2019-02-25 01:41
#113
flusha | 
Belgium LaaB09 
And why het took off his shirt instantly after the game
2019-02-25 07:10
Niko solo carry god player I know lot of guys hare him but the guy is proving himself he wanna fight up to the top Ggwp guys
2019-02-25 02:00
#107
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India MihirX27 
Yes, he wanna fight to the top, but, it ain't easy for him now. First is NaVi, then Winner of Renegades/MiBR, then Winner of (Astralis/NiP, v/s Liquid/ENCE).
2019-02-25 02:46
Yep i know they gonna lose at some point but Niko is one hell of a player Unless Rain guardian olof step up in some matches to come they r definitely not winning. Niko can't do it all the time ppl say choke but no one in this world is perfect to perform everytime
2019-02-25 06:14
What are you talking about? Everyone's doing their part. Niko is supposed to be the star player and him to have thode stats is expected. What Faze really need are good tactics which Niko is shit with
2019-02-25 09:55
Lul nt pogchamp
2019-02-25 13:00
??? Reply needs to have actual content
2019-02-25 15:19
Kick zellsis n rush then we can talk about being a t1 team Mr.clown9
2019-02-25 02:29
GODREN TOP Player in this shit team Only HE know how to win a major!
2019-02-25 09:29
Well played, Faze.
2019-02-25 13:15
Zellsis is dead weight. Bring back tarik
2019-02-26 04:12
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