FaZe see off Vitality to set up rematch with Na`Vi

FaZe came back from a map down to eliminate Vitality and seal passage to Group A's lower bracket final at IEM Katowice.

FaZe move on in the lower bracket after putting in a solid team performance that nullified Vitality and their biggest star in this clash of styles. At first, it looked like it would be one of those series where Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut would hard-carry his team to victory. He came to the team's rescue after an inauspicious start on Mirage and amassed 32 kills to help secure a narrow victory after FaZe had looked so promising at the start of the map.

But Vitality's dependance on ZywOo haunted them as the French prodigy's impact was minimal on Nuke, where Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants led FaZe to a convincing victory. It was the team's fourth map pick loss in 2020, a sign that Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin is still trying to figure out what his squad's strengths are.

ZywOo posed all sorts of problems to FaZe on Inferno and led Vitality's comeback efforts in the second half, but the European mixture put in yet another clinical performance to wrap up the series. Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's men will jump back into the frying pan on Thursday as they will battle for survival against Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and the rest of the Na`Vi gang in a rematch of Monday's three-map thriller.

After a dour start from Vitality, Mirage became the ZywOo show. The French team recovered from a 2-7 deficit on the T side of the map, FaZe's pick, and ended the half down by just one round as the European mixture seemed to have run out of steam.

FaZe will get a shot at revenge against Na`Vi on Thursday

The French team carried that momentum into the second half and won six rounds without response to grab a 13-8 lead. It was only then that FaZe woke up as NiKo's troops strung four rounds together to cut the gap to 12-13. ZywOo wouldn't let a comeback happen, though, pulling off a massive quad-kill on the B site, and, after a highly-contested period, the best player of 2019 laid the game to rest with two key frags in a 2v3 situation as overtime loomed.

Nuke began with FaZe winning the pistol round but instantly losing their grip on the game as Vitality began to rack up rounds. After getting their economy stabilized, the European mixture took control of proceedings before a late comeback from the Frenchmen kept the gap to three rounds.

FaZe further added to their lead after a strong start to their T side, which Vitality responded with their own string of four rounds. For a while, it looked like this would be yet another game that would get away from FaZe, but a 1v2 clutch from broky eased the team's fears and set it up for a convincing victory.

NiKo's troops were on the front foot on Inferno from the offset as they enjoyed a comfortable half on the T side. Despite a great performance from ZywOo, who racked up 18 kills on the CT side, Vitality were limited to just five rounds after struggling to contain the pace set by their opponents.

ZywOo rescued Vitality with a massive quad-kill in the following pistol, with the French side then winning the next three rounds to bring the gap to a solitary round. FaZe kept their cool - and their guns as well - and tightened up their defense, with Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer and Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David both stepping up with multi-kills to seal victory for the team and bid adieu to Vitality.

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 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 72 - 47 +25 97.2 1.44
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 58 - 60 -2 71.7 0.95
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 43 - 59 -16 70.1 0.88
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 41 - 55 -14 54.4 0.84
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 40 - 63 -23 57.0 0.72
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 66 - 46 +20 78.3 1.25
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 55 - 46 +9 77.6 1.20
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 58 - 52 +6 74.1 1.12
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 51 - 59 -8 76.3 1.06
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 53 - 51 +2 71.6 1.03
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1284
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1444
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
450
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.11
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
979
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
EZ for the best team to ever touch CSGO. Picking up broky was the best thing that could happen to Faze!
2020-02-26 21:05
16 replies
+1
2020-02-26 21:04
5 replies
brokky pog
2020-02-26 21:06
2 replies
Ez for Coldzera, Broky and NIKO
2020-02-26 21:07
#64
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Europe chespiZ
broky top5
2020-02-26 22:06
BIG TOP 1 2021
2020-02-26 21:06
1 reply
Everything checks out
2020-02-27 04:01
hope they kick baitzera and get zywoo soon !
2020-02-26 21:10
2 replies
You are giving too little credit to coldzera, they have something that works right now, this roster should be locked for a good while.
2020-02-26 21:25
#105
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United States 1nsaneMe
Cold>>olof btw
2020-02-27 05:21
#54
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Ukraine |s1mple
0x major winners
2020-02-26 21:55
5 replies
Nik0 majors
2020-02-26 21:59
#78
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Ukraine Astrali5
s1mple 2 major chokes in final xD
2020-02-26 23:16
1 reply
s2mple u mean...
2020-02-27 00:32
coldzera?
2020-02-27 09:33
1 reply
#126
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Ukraine |s1mple
faze
2020-02-27 12:36
+1
2020-02-27 04:01
ez faze
2020-02-26 21:04
Ezpz
2020-02-26 21:04
FazeUp
2020-02-26 21:04
6 replies
#11
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Canada Herodionus
Faze down ass up
2020-02-26 21:06
5 replies
FaZe up ass down dick straight to your mouth clown
2020-02-26 21:07
4 replies
XD
2020-02-26 21:35
de_stroyed
2020-02-26 21:38
#56
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Canada Herodionus
Kinda gay ngl
2020-02-26 21:58
#106
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United States 1nsaneMe
Lmao
2020-02-27 05:22
#fazeup
2020-02-26 21:04
#7
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Ukraine McSwell
Sad... I wanted s1mple to destroy zywho and vitality one more time, but lets look at the bright side - tomorrow we'll see a close bo3 game rather than ez 2-0 humiliation.
2020-02-26 21:05
19 replies
zywoo destroyed simple the whole last year, maybe navi won 1 or 2 times vs vitality but navi right now look like a better team
2020-02-26 21:07
17 replies
When Na'Vi were a dead team with Zeus
2020-02-26 21:17
13 replies
no they beat na'vi three times the last 5 months when zeus retired
2020-02-26 21:50
9 replies
It's not like they were any better with GuardiaN
2020-02-26 21:54
8 replies
yea because apex and shox were good
2020-02-26 21:54
7 replies
What does that have to do with anything? 2019 was the worst year for Na'Vi and s1mple in like 3 years, Vitality had their best ever
2020-02-26 21:58
3 replies
it was the first real year for vitality no shit
2020-02-26 21:59
1 reply
Doesn't make it any less valid
2020-02-26 22:41
2017 much more worse actually
2020-02-26 23:24
#109
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United States 1nsaneMe
Dont forget s1mple was rifling last year with a bot awper in his team who couldnt hold a candle against zywoo. Now when s1mple became primary awper again, vitality got demolished
2020-02-27 05:27
2 replies
i mean it is 1-1 atm
2020-02-27 15:36
1 reply
#140
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United States 1nsaneMe
U r right
2020-02-28 03:42
they are still a dead team like vitality , never they will be a stable top 3 team
2020-02-26 21:54
2 replies
Pretty early to say considering they've just signed Perfecto and are playing the best CS they've played in 1,5 years already
2020-02-26 21:55
1 reply
#110
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1
2020-02-27 05:28
#108
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United States 1nsaneMe
S1mple was rifling with a bot awper in his team last year. Once s1mple came back to awping, vitality got destroyed.
2020-02-27 05:25
2 replies
nope just one day before vitality raped navi dude.. these teams can do the best or the worst depending the days
2020-02-27 15:32
1 reply
#141
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United States 1nsaneMe
Thats true.
2020-02-28 03:43
#107
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United States 1nsaneMe
+11 lmao so true... s1mple already destroyed zywoo in blast series. One more time would've been a total humiliation. Good for zywoo, he lost to NikoZera and saved himself from facing God1mple.
2020-02-27 05:24
#8
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Russia Hidd3N_
Ez
2020-02-26 21:05
Lmao check scoreboard 1v9
2020-02-26 21:05
3 replies
Casual vitality game
2020-02-26 21:08
2 replies
+1
2020-02-26 21:22
True
2020-02-26 22:49
Broky monstah
2020-02-26 21:05
kick apex
2020-02-26 21:06
1 reply
+1 and shox too
2020-02-27 04:03
FaZeUp! Real good performance by Broky today on all maps and good performance by everyone on inferno. Incredible, can't wait for NaVi rematch
2020-02-26 21:06
#FaZeUp gg wp by both of the teams.
2020-02-26 21:06
Even if zywoo show up, he canot do the Work alone...
2020-02-26 21:08
1 reply
At least he showed his #1 form again....i was happy to see that Zywoo woth that confidence in every game is gonna win them a few titles this year i guess... At least if shoxie and the other guys finally step up in more than one game a week
2020-02-27 00:34
Broky > Coldzera > Rain > NiKo > Olof > Vitality players!! #FazeUP
2020-02-26 21:09
2 replies
#31
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Pakistan hawrU
But wait... NiKo>Rain
2020-02-26 21:17
1 reply
#111
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United States 1nsaneMe
Debatable
2020-02-27 05:29
Broky in form of his life...G2 Mous and Astralis top 3 in the World
2020-02-26 21:14
1 reply
Lets wait a few more games before we get g2 up there...
2020-02-27 00:35
#26
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United States WilsonDS
Idk who to replace them with but apex and shox really gotta go. They play like bots 95% of the time.
2020-02-26 21:15
1 reply
apex top 1
2020-02-27 09:20
Zygod playing alone again? LUL
2020-02-26 21:16
#28
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India Women
Zywoo 1v9 ahaha
2020-02-26 21:16
"the best player of 2019 laid the game to rest with two key frags in a 2v3 situation as overtime loomed." I wish casters and this site would stop calling maps "matches" and "games" - the series or the game = the whole bo3. If they win a map they win a map, not "the game" as casters tend to say. People say "when does the game start?" I.e. the whole game/ series. Not "when does map 1" start.
2020-02-26 21:17
2 replies
#32
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Guatemala Nicaraqua
this is why mom tells you to take your pills
2020-02-26 21:20
#112
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United States 1nsaneMe
"Matches" and "games" mean same as "maps." In different regions of the world, people use different words to refer to same things.
2020-02-27 05:31
Shox was so unbelievably shit on inferno
2020-02-26 21:23
2 replies
#113
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United States 1nsaneMe
Flair doesnt check out.
2020-02-27 05:32
1 reply
it makes me sad men :(
2020-02-27 19:02
I thought broky was in epsilon wtf now in faze?
2020-02-26 21:27
3 replies
nickname checks out
2020-02-26 21:27
Internet Explorer?
2020-02-26 21:47
too IE
2020-02-26 22:20
#39
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Finland N1ggers
Zywoo cant carry
2020-02-26 21:30
1 reply
rofl fucking noob
2020-02-27 21:38
They aren't Team Vitality.. They're ZywOo and Friends
2020-02-26 21:36
#43
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Peru devbot
zywoo vs 9
2020-02-26 21:36
- apeX + ScreaM
2020-02-26 21:44
2 replies
#114
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United States 1nsaneMe
Yes +11 to that
2020-02-27 05:32
Fuck no
2020-02-27 08:40
deserved for faze, great team play and broky truly found his role
2020-02-26 21:45
classic 1v5 game
2020-02-26 21:47
#60
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Brazil Toxic_BR
Ragnar Lothbroky
2020-02-26 21:59
#61
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African Union mikecool
Zywoo vs 9
2020-02-26 22:01
1 reply
Vs 5* ffs
2020-02-26 23:50
It’s just one game, why all angry about Vitality? Vitality good team, just today they lose, don’t be so toxic!
2020-02-26 22:04
2 replies
#115
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United States 1nsaneMe
+11 people start hating whenever the best player loses even a single game whether it's zywoo or simple
2020-02-27 05:33
1 reply
Nice to see adequate people on hltv)
2020-02-27 13:44
Typical Vita. ZywOo +25k/d 1.44 rating , still lose ps : apEX needs to go, he's been awful for long enough now !
2020-02-26 22:10
7 replies
#87
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Argentina nymeros
I've been saying that long time ago and it makes me happy that people starting to realize the situation of dan. We need that change ASAP
2020-02-26 23:56
Problem is to find a french entry fragger
2020-02-27 00:37
5 replies
Already found it, just put fckn jeyN there, he has the aim and the brain.
2020-02-27 08:41
1 reply
Ok good then...bye apex
2020-02-27 09:52
he is no more pure entry... jackz is maybe the last pure entry of french cs and cs in general at top level. apex is the guy who make low iq move and spam smoke to get killed basically
2020-02-27 15:38
he's not even an entry anymore, zywoo does entry, lurking a lot better than him already...
2020-02-27 21:39
1 reply
Well ofc zywoo does things better than him^^ But still apex is going in first most of the time though....i agree on the 0iq moves though
2020-02-28 01:41
s1 safe ZyWoo plz
2020-02-26 22:20
#69
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Norway beastin
ZywOo is spmo fucking good how
2020-02-26 22:27
Thats sad to see zywoo 1v5ing
2020-02-26 22:40
Although i was rooting for FaZe, i gotta admit, i feel kinda bad for ZywOo, 72 kills and still didnt win
2020-02-26 22:40
someone save zywoo
2020-02-26 22:47
well, rip my fantasy
2020-02-26 22:48
-apex incoming
2020-02-26 22:52
1 reply
#83
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Argentina nymeros
that'll be the best move of all time
2020-02-26 23:45
zywoo 1.44 everyone else in vita below 1 nothing to add
2020-02-26 23:01
7 replies
+1 ZywOo is Stuck and lost in that team. No players from G2 available, NBK gone, No possibility of going international because of language barrier... Pretty sad to see
2020-02-26 23:55
2 replies
they speak english...
2020-02-27 00:30
I believe jeyN can be the next big thing. I would keep my eyes on him.
2020-02-27 01:35
it hase been like that the whole 2019 year.. they still did decent.. just zywoo need to step up lmao
2020-02-27 15:39
it happened a lot in 2019 when they went to finals or won tourneys, nobody noticed though that most of the time he had insane stats while none of his teammates were even positive in kd
2020-02-27 21:41
2 replies
positive in kd =/= positive in 2.0 rating
2020-02-27 23:26
1 reply
I meant 2.0 rating
2020-03-08 08:43
The ZywOo and friends show once again, feelsbad. Good for Faze, Navi vs Faze hopefully another banger.
2020-02-26 23:17
#81
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Japan chanse
- alex
2020-02-26 23:25
5 replies
#88
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Croatia KeZual96
I would rather kick apex
2020-02-27 00:28
Alex is a good igl and can deliver in games...too inconsistent though
2020-02-27 00:38
3 replies
> good IGL > team can't even win with #1 player +25 LUL
2020-02-27 01:49
2 replies
#116
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United States 1nsaneMe
Other 3 are dead weight.
2020-02-27 05:34
What does igling have to do with shox and apex playing like my silver friend with 700 hours?^^
2020-02-27 09:52
Hard carry
2020-02-26 23:50
Faze vs Na'Vi realy greatest derby.
2020-02-27 03:07
Cya apex.. GET REPLACED, aint nobody gona carry your lazy lip anymore
2020-02-27 03:39
#101
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Brazil hugoooo
Typical Vitality stats
2020-02-27 03:58
MAIS PTN APEX SALE FISH T'AS RIEN À FAIRE DANS UNE TEAM DE CE NIVEAU RETOURNE FAIRE L'AUTISTE EN FPL. -APEX +JEYN
2020-02-27 08:43
Zywhoo couldnt carry if shoxie choked
2020-02-27 09:16
ZywOo was best last year cause it was 20 1v9 but it doesn't work anymore.
2020-02-27 09:38
zywoo need to step up , it s 1.80 rating vs top teams or it s loose
2020-02-27 15:42
1 reply
he actually did that to win epicenter... Shox is terrible and apEX just isn't smart in his mechanics, he may understand the dynamics but his timings are always off
2020-02-27 21:42
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