FaZe defeat Liquid; qualify for BLAST Premier Spring Series Finals

FaZe have dominated the first two days of the BLAST Premier Spring Series with two-map victories over Ninjas in Pyjamas and Liquid to become the first team confirmed at the BLAST Premier Spring Series Finals in Moscow, Russia.

FaZe ended 2019 on a low going out in last place at the BLAST Pro Series Global Finals, but they have now opened the 2020 LAN season by becoming the first team to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Series Finals after defeating a lackluster Liquid in a two-map series. The match highlighted the North American side’s struggles, which were seen in their opening map against MIBR where several players had to go above and beyond individually to close it out in overtime. Despite easying past the Brazilians in the second map of the series, today didn’t fare the same way as FaZe ran a tight ship in the upper bracket final.

Liquid started off with a bang on the CT side of Dust2, but quickly started to resemble the team that frayed at the edges against MIBR on Friday, as this time around it was not they, but FaZe, who were winning the important clutches and big rounds in the opening map of the series, Dust2. Despite losing footing in the second half, the European squad managed to close out their pick with strong showings by Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač to secure a lead going into map two.

The second map, Liquid’s pick, went the way of FaZe from the beginning, and although they gave up a round to a forcebuy, the Europeans were quick to establish a commanding lead that ended up in an 11-4 half. Checked out, Liquid couldn't bring it back on the defense and capitulated on their map pick.

coldzera had a stellar showing in the series against Liquid

FaZe exploded onto the B site of Dust2 after they traded two players on mid against Liquid, but it was the North Americans who were able to retake the site and win the first round. Having lost the forcebuy, NiKo got his side on the board with two Desert Eagle headshots that allowed a 4vs3 afterplant situation to ensue. Despite the early blunder Liquid remained firm on the CT side, winning the first big buy by FaZe with lesser weapons, including Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip finding a knife kill on Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants. The youngster bounced right back, however, winning a clutch against Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella in a four-kill round to close distances, 3-5, turning the economic game around. NiKo then got a 1vs3 of his own in another four-kill round to tie it up, 5-5. The clutchfest continued as coldzera won a 1vs4 afterplant on B with an SG553 as FaZe went on to close out the half 10-5.

Liquid won a fast, clean hit on B to open their attacking side and quickly turned the game on its head with five straight rounds to bring the score to an even 10-10. FaZe finally stopped the spree winning a 2vs3 afterplant on B. Down 11-13, Liquid stole an eco round running down short to A and won after planting the bomb to keep it within one. Liquid tried to take a pause when down 12-14, but were deleted off the server as the European combine shut the North American team down to close map one out, 16-12.

Liquid will have to face off against NiP for a spot in the Spring Finals

Liquid barreled down secondary mid on the attacking side of Inferno, but were met by a steady defense by FaZe on A. Down 0-3, Liquid hit the A site once again, this time from apartments, and were able to take over the site on a forcebuy and steal the round. The early game became unstable as rounds were traded but it was the Europeans who took the reins on the defense. Liquid were unable to find footing until the end of the half, but it was too late to make much of an impact as they ended 4-11.

FaZe kept their amperage high and won the second pistol round on Inferno and started to roll towards the finish line, but on round three Liquid were able to win a pistol buy to keep the game alive. Not for long, however, as FaZe bounced right back in a round that saw NiKo take down three CTs, making it 14-5, before coldzera won a 1vs2 afterplant to get on match point. Visibly superior, FaZe closed the map and match out to secure a spot in the BLAST Premier Spring Series Finals.

Matchpage
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1st February 2020
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Dust2
12
16
Inferno
5
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 27 +22 93.0 1.51
40 - 25 +15 98.5 1.44
35 - 21 +14 62.3 1.19
35 - 34 +1 81.3 1.16
27 - 32 -5 64.1 0.96
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 37 -2 79.8 1.07
32 - 39 -7 80.3 0.93
30 - 37 -7 67.1 0.93
23 - 37 -14 59.4 0.69
19 - 36 -17 49.0 0.64
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1107
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
273
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.63
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
2020 and still total european domination. Brexit made us even stronger. So ez for GOAT NiKo!
2020-02-01 23:36
27 replies
#9
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Turkey i_eat_kebab
FAZEUP!!!
2020-02-01 23:37
#13
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United States Bonger
So easy for the best continet in the world
2020-02-01 23:38
16 replies
fakeflag?
2020-02-01 23:39
7 replies
maybe he is just a realist
2020-02-01 23:43
6 replies
that is zeolikk
2020-02-01 23:50
5 replies
who?
2020-02-01 23:50
1 reply
nt
2020-02-01 23:51
Who?
2020-02-02 00:44
who?
2020-02-02 01:57
who?
2020-02-02 01:58
+1
2020-02-01 23:42
#66
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Brazil Projectrv
nt black plague
2020-02-02 00:06
6 replies
#67
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United States Bonger
cry is free BRA71L MIBR last place axaxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2020-02-02 00:06
5 replies
Cold destroyed liquid tho
2020-02-02 02:36
4 replies
#126
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United States Bonger
So?
2020-02-02 10:51
3 replies
So technically BRA71L> USA
2020-02-02 15:00
2 replies
#134
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United States Bonger
ok so what? I'm not American
2020-02-02 15:08
1 reply
Neither am i
2020-02-02 15:30
what a GOAT !
2020-02-01 23:40
#FaZeUp !!! Whole team played awesome 💪💪
2020-02-01 23:40
1 reply
+1
2020-02-01 23:51
Ez brexit
2020-02-01 23:49
2 replies
Doubles as Brazil exit from tournament xdddd
2020-02-02 00:15
1 reply
#102
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Philippines trixiwnl
+1
2020-02-02 02:32
NikoZera best duo confirmed
2020-02-01 23:50
hahaha fck brexit
2020-02-01 23:52
coldzera so good
2020-02-02 02:53
nikozera > electr1mple Thinking more in the long run, a dress revolution requires precision and a definition of corporate paradigms. It is important to ask whether or how much the adoption of decentralized policies indicates the improvement of the procedures normally adopted. Above all, it is essential to emphasize that a consultation with the different militants allows a better global view of the forms of action. We realize, more and more, that the challenging global scenario is part of a process of managing the senseless control preferences.
2020-02-01 23:36
14 replies
#25
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Norway Zo0r
ok
2020-02-01 23:42
nt, they won one bo3. but. expected from br, watch them loosing next match
2020-02-02 00:18
7 replies
Name checks out
2020-02-02 01:22
1 reply
Your logic doesnt tho
2020-02-04 23:08
Tbh its pretty safe to assume nikozera Will be the top1-2 duo of ALL csgo history
2020-02-02 01:24
3 replies
0/8. They havent even been to a major top 4 together. Dupreeh device Olof krimz/flusha Kenny apex Fallen fer/cold Shox Scream Any duo from VP Nitr0 Elige Hell even Niko and Rain has better history. All have achieved more together
2020-02-04 20:06
2 replies
i still think they still WILL BE, thats a prediction, not a fact. Might not happen but its very possible and safe to assume.
2020-02-04 20:13
1 reply
Nah it's not safe to assume at all its complete speculation and a guess. They haven't even shown they can compete at an elite level for 3 straight months. Inconsistency doesnt get you to the top duo of all time. Also #142
2020-02-04 20:15
#89
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Panama FUN4ENCE
Loosing
2020-02-02 01:41
Lmao
2020-02-02 01:49
Wow one of the "trashiest" comments I have ever read on hltv
2020-02-02 05:08
3 replies
what about the nazi and racists comments that are usual in this place? are they "trashiest" also?
2020-02-02 12:32
2 replies
What are you talking about? Racism is not allowed on hltv and should be reported+deleted. Your comment is just a normal post that does not make sense and was written to sound rhetorically sophisticated
2020-02-02 13:49
1 reply
to say that my OBVIOUSLY NOT SERIOUS BY ANY METRIC comment is one of the "trashiest" you've seen shows how ingenuous you are. welcome to the internet, my friend
2020-02-02 14:25
#4
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Denmark slacking
de_molished
2020-02-01 23:37
#5
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Argentina zrmkr
Choke clan
2020-02-01 23:37
1 reply
cry is free
2020-02-01 23:54
#6
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Turkey i_eat_kebab
EZ4FAZE
2020-02-01 23:37
godzera
2020-02-01 23:37
EZ 4 FAZE #FaZeUp
2020-02-01 23:37
#11
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Guatemala IceyKL
NANI
2020-02-01 23:37
FAZE CLEN ERA COLDZERO 3RD MAJOR INCOMING, 3RD MAJOR MVP AND 3RD TOP 1 HLTV.ORG
2020-02-01 23:39
3 replies
Hoping 🙏#FaZeUp
2020-02-01 23:45
+1 from 21 to 1 2020! soez4goatzera
2020-02-01 23:48
+1 my man ezaf
2020-02-01 23:53
it was 16-12 not 16-14 lol stewie so tilted after getting destroyed on inferno LMAO
2020-02-01 23:39
#19
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United States ItsImpact
Error in article it says map 1 closed out 16-14
2020-02-01 23:40
STEWIE: COLD ITS AN EASY FRAG OMEGALUL
2020-02-01 23:40
9 replies
did he say that?
2020-02-01 23:43
8 replies
#38
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Bulgaria GodHeaven
yes at the start of the match
2020-02-01 23:48
#39
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Lithuania KingOfPing
yes, before game on stage he was asked who easiest frag from faze and he say cold :D
2020-02-01 23:49
4 replies
lmao corona virus affecting his brain already
2020-02-01 23:49
just said cuz they are intimate. if he had said olof it was gonna be weird. or he rly thinks cold is the easyest frag. anyway
2020-02-02 00:08
1 reply
no but still funny kkkkkk
2020-02-02 00:09
Lmfao trying to disrespect a 2x #1 and thinking he won’t destroy your ass after that, I know it’s just banter but cold definitely played like he was mad at this
2020-02-02 20:09
#43
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Lithuania KingOfPing
ofc he say that just 4 fun coz he had choose one, but he choose totally wrong :D
2020-02-01 23:50
Faze dead team.
2020-02-01 23:40
2 replies
Then who is lulquid?
2020-02-02 07:10
1 reply
Deadier team.
2020-02-05 17:03
Amazing showing by faze, but Liquid was really off their game tonight.
2020-02-01 23:41
2 replies
#36
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Argentina nymeros
D2 was pretty equal
2020-02-01 23:48
1 reply
Yes, but I was expecting inf to go to Liquid.
2020-02-01 23:55
#28
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Denmark Chokemark
2020-02-01 23:42
3 replies
hahahahaha
2020-02-01 23:46
that aged well
2020-02-01 23:56
1 reply
2:0 lmao
2020-02-02 02:04
#31
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Ukraine d3adLY
lololol
2020-02-01 23:43
When Stewie top frags thats concerning
2020-02-01 23:44
#34
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Brazil thsGO_
good :) FAZEUP
2020-02-01 23:45
nice
2020-02-01 23:50
if Stewie2k only guy with positive rating u know something wrong in your team
2020-02-01 23:51
Nothing new KEKW
2020-02-01 23:54
Damn FaZe dm'ing on Inferno
2020-02-01 23:55
#56
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India faze_kash
Hope faze will continue to dominate throughout the year and dethrone australis.
2020-02-01 23:55
#59
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United Kingdom trtr098
FaZe win Rio major at Coldzera's homeland
2020-02-01 23:58
4 replies
Would be a reason of happiness if MIBR 0-3, or don't even qualify for it.
2020-02-02 00:17
Coldzera hopped off MIBR cuz he wanted more... I guess he made a good decision and if Faze keeps up, sure they can win this major.
2020-02-02 01:02
1 reply
if some other team gets rid of astralis, i dont see why not. this faze lineup seems to be completely hopeless vs astralis but vs any other team, they look promising (including other tier 1 teams like eg, vita and now liquid)
2020-02-02 04:12
cold isn’t from rio
2020-02-02 20:18
#60
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United States big_brain
stewie top fragger i see whats wrong there
2020-02-01 23:59
#64
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Europe LoookATme
BLAST FAZE KKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-02-02 00:03
1 reply
We call it blast clan not blast faze men((
2020-02-02 09:39
Good showing today, but they have gone monster in 1 tournament before fading away previously so not getting my hopes up yet but for today #FaZeUp
2020-02-02 00:05
3 replies
#91
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Argentina nymeros
i've never seen faze playing like this before tbh. Hope they can keep this
2020-02-02 01:45
2 replies
Yes, I would love it if they could
2020-02-02 03:36
I've only seen them play like this in a bo1, kinda insane how they can do it across a series
2020-02-02 07:09
#70
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Portugal Drago845
Lets gooo Faze
2020-02-02 00:13
ez lulquid
2020-02-02 00:14
Ez 4 viking Olof
2020-02-02 00:24
coldzera is coming for that top 1 Pog
2020-02-02 01:14
3 replies
Cold won't even be top 10 this year
2020-02-02 01:27
2 replies
hahahahaha flag hahahahaha
2020-02-02 02:00
flag checks out.
2020-02-02 02:04
#90
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Brazil Karlogaria
Funny how the "Brazilian baiter" carries a whole European team
2020-02-02 01:42
#94
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
stewie top frag thonking
2020-02-02 01:58
GODZERA
2020-02-02 02:03
Actually really surprised, Faze is on fire man
2020-02-02 02:11
Already called it
2020-02-02 02:53
coldzera i'm sorry, i want to be your fan again lmao
2020-02-02 02:53
1 reply
I wouldn't call that "carrying" considering NiKo's and broky's performance in this match and coldzera's performance in the match against NiP. But still, yes, cold seems to adapt more and more
2020-02-02 05:10
Stew top frag means things were not working
2020-02-02 02:58
Expected considering both their yesterday matches
2020-02-02 03:02
GOATzera and NiKo finally seem to work out
2020-02-02 03:19
blast and faze are a good duo still i see
2020-02-02 03:50
#116
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Kazakhstan k4harman
they are back, finally!
2020-02-02 05:14
coldzera did nothing wrong leaving this heavy dead team called mibr
2020-02-02 05:28
already better than whole 2019 for faze
2020-02-02 08:32
1 reply
+1. Maybe they will finally be able to put up something
2020-02-02 11:35
2017 faze and cold is back
2020-02-02 08:44
Botlof still active??🤣🤣🤣
2020-02-02 10:35
stewie topfragged -_-
2020-02-02 13:19
Cold was right
2020-02-02 13:50
FazeUp
2020-02-02 17:12
#137
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Sweden Akoulad
LULQuid
2020-02-02 19:57
Same thing that happens when any skill-based no IGL roster gets in form. They have a few good runs, get studied, get countered and then dont have the ability to adapt. Dont get excited Fazers they won't be a top 5 team this year with NiCold IGL lolmao
2020-02-04 20:02
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