FaZe eliminate Renegades; fnatic to playoffs over Na`Vi
FaZe eliminated Renegades in the first lower bracket round and will face Vitality in their following match while fnatic will play Astralis for a berth in the semi-finals after defeating Natus Vincere 2-1.
FaZe and Renegades kicked off their Group A upper bracket series on Inferno, the Australian team’s map pick, but it was the Europeans who smashed their opposition early on in the match. After seven rounds Renegades only had six frags split amongst three players and all of their offensives were being instantly crushed.
Down 0-8 Renegades were finally able to tally a round, and it was then that the momentum started to shift. Christopher "dexter" Nong, one of the slower players to get into the match, won a crucial 1v2 against Marcelo "coldzera" David and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer to keep going as they halved the deficit, 4-8. Joshua "INS" Potter then won a 1vs2 afterplant on B against Håvard "rain" Nygaard and olofmeister as Renegades saved the half and brought it to 7-8.
FaZe were able to calm things down after switching sides, winning the first pistol round and going on a five round streak as Renegades struggled to get a good economy running, but adjustments were made and the Oceanian team and they were able to bring it back to 10-13. A fast play down mid by rain to open up the 24th round put FaZe in control as they quickly took A site to get one away from match point. Renegades were able to give it a last go winning two more rounds, but it was Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and company who closed it out, 16-12, to go 1-0 into their map pick.
FaZe got off to a flying start on the attacking side of Mirage, taking another large lead early on, 7-0, with rain heading the charge on the scoreboard as NiKo and coldzera’s firepower wasn’t needed. Renegades won a round to make it 1-7, but Helvijs "broky" Saukants and NiKo won a 2vs2 to keep their momentum going. The European squad’s superiority remained, although they gave up two more rounds to end the half 12-3.
Renegades won the second pistol round and kept the dream alive making it 6-12 before taking the first gun round. They brought it as close as 8-12 before FaZe were able to win their first round of the half, and didn’t stop there as a successful A take with two quick kills by Jordan "Hatz" Bajic kept Renegades on the comeback path. Ultimately, however, the gap was just too large as FaZe won three rounds in a row with a 13-10 lead to secure their appearance in the next round of matches.
|Renegades||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter||40 - 41||-1||88.9||1.06|
|Joshua 'INS' PotterINS||36 - 38||-2||75.0||1.05|
|Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico||31 - 40||-9||57.8||0.84|
|Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz||24 - 38||-14||52.9||0.73|
|Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta||26 - 41||-15||57.5||0.72|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||43 - 35||+8||89.7||1.32|
|Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky||43 - 28||+15||82.5||1.31|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||39 - 27||+12||77.4||1.20|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||39 - 36||+3||75.8||1.14|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||34 - 31||+3||59.7||1.02|
Natus Vincere took the lead on the attacking side of Dust2, but three kills from Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson in the second round tied it up immediately. The Swedes kept a steady pace giving up just one round out of the following six to go up 6-2 as Natus Vincere struggled to build their economy up. KRIMZ’s spectacular start, with 21 kills in nine rounds, proved to not be enough for fnatic to run away as Natus Vincere started to creep back and close the distance. A crucial 2vs4 by Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin and Jesper "JW" Wecksell stopped that and the Swedish team stayed ahead, 7-5, before going on to win the half out 10-5.
KRIMZ and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist won a 2vs4 in the second pistol round to extend their lead to six rounds and fnatic’s varied playbook proved hard to read for Natus Vincere as they controlled the pace on the attack to a 16-7 win. KRIMZ, the star of the map, hit a staggering 31 frags in the 33 rounds played, which granted him a 2.16 rating on the map.
A fast B play on Inferno put fnatic in the driver’s seat as they went on to take a 4-0 lead following the pistol round, but four AWP kills by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev in the fifth round put a halt to the snowball. Both teams then traded rounds and fnatic came out on top with a 6-2 lead thanks to a double entry by JW, but Natus Vincere struck back as they still had enough of an economy for a buy and didn’t let the Swedes run away as the half ended with fnatic ahead by the shortest of margins, 8-7.
fnatic were unable to stop Natus Vincere from tying it up, but two flash assists by flusha and two desert eagle kills put fnatic right back in the lead. Winning against the forcebuy they hit double digits, 10-8, and extended their lead to 12-8 before Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov and Ilya "Perfecto" Zalutskiy won a 2vs3 afterplant on B. Natus Vincere came back little by little and tied it up 13-13.
The Swedes were finally able to win a round thanks to a successful A retake, but the match stayed even as s1mple took four players down to make it 14-14 before Na`Vi went on to hit match point. It looked like the map was going to go into overtime as Natus Vincere looked done for, but a triple by Perfecto in a 3vs5 turned it around to push the series to a decider.
fnatic established an early 3-0 lead on Mirage before Natus Vincere had an economy to buy rifles. The CIS side started by evening the match out before winning five rounds in a row to establish dominance as fnatic scrambled. A successful 4vs3 afterplant situation the Swedish side a fourth round, but Natus Vincere kept a tight defense and went on to win the half 10-5.
Doubles by KRIMZ and flusha in the second pistol round helped fnatic keep the decider close as they quickly brought it back to 9-10. Brollan and KRIMZ got doubles to tie it up before they retook the lead against a forcebuy. Brollan then had another multi-kill round on an A defense, with three, to further increase their lead, 12-10. Natus Vincere denied fnatic a perfect half going from 10-15 to 12-15, but it wouldn't be enough as their effort was brought to an end, 16-12.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||70 - 53||+17||89.6||1.29|
|Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4||51 - 56||-5||70.9||0.99|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||48 - 61||-13||68.6||0.87|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||41 - 52||-11||58.7||0.83|
|Ilya 'Perfecto' ZalutskiyPerfecto||37 - 52||-15||57.6||0.81|