FaZe take down Liquid to win BLAST Pro Series Miami
As the grand final began at the Watsco Center, there was one pertinent question on everyone's lips. With Astralis out of contention, would Liquid finally break their curse and win their first-ever Big Event?
After going through the round-robin stage unbeaten, Liquid went into the title decider brimming with confidence. The best-of-one game between the two teams had ended with a one-sided 16-5 scoreline, but this time around the North Americans had no response to a vintage FaZe performance. The European team were in control from the get-go and showed throughout the series just how high their ceiling is, picking up their first Big Event trophy since EPICENTER 2018, almost six months ago.
As for Liquid, the manner in which they were outplayed by FaZe will force the team to go through another period of soul searching, but they wil havel little time to lick their wounds as they are scheduled to play in ESL Pro League's Group B in just a few days.
FaZe came out of the gate looking scary and surged to an 8-0 lead on the Terrorist side to leave Liquid's players shell-shocked. After a timeout, the North Americans finally managed to end that streak, winning two rounds in a row to reset FaZe's economy.
The European side responded immediately with nothing but CZs and Desert Eagles, but they could not break Liquid's spirits as the home side kept their defense tight and compact to bring the scoreline to 5-10.
A quad kill by Nikola "NiKo" Kovač in the second half pistol kicked FaZe further into the lead and piled more pressure on Liquid. After getting their economy back on track, the North American team got a round on the board, but FaZe kept their composure and took the map without losing any more rounds.
Dust2 followed the same pattern as Mirage, with FaZe off to another flying start. Liquid were put on the backfoot in the early stages and simply could not find a way to breach through the defense, with Håvard "rain" Nygaard showing flashes of his old self as he went 20-0 and picked up two aces.
Three rounds - one of them thanks to a clutch by Nick "nitr0" Cannella with a Desert Eagle - were all that Liquid could muster in the half, but they came out of the break looking much livelier, winning the pistol a much-needed pistol round to keep themselves in the game.
Liquid gradually grew in the game, and any round won by FaZe was immediately countered with a round by the North Americans, to the delight of the crowd. FaZe were starting to feel the pressure, but a fast banana push in the 24th round exposed the Liquid defence and ultimately left the North Americans without money in the bank to contest the game.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||34 - 36||-2||70.2||0.93|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||30 - 42||-12||79.4||0.83|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||28 - 37||-9||62.8||0.82|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||24 - 38||-14||60.8||0.69|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||17 - 38||-21||51.4||0.64|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||47 - 25||+22||92.6||1.53|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||47 - 32||+15||99.9||1.50|
|Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN||35 - 26||+9||73.6||1.13|
|Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN||34 - 27||+7||73.1||1.10|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||28 - 24||+4||64.2||1.06|
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