FaZe edge out GODSENT in DreamHack Masters Spring
The world No.7 passed their first test since benching Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer but still showed some signs of rustiness against a team ranked 11 places below them and also fielding a brand new lineup after replacing Mikail "Maikelele" Bill with Asger "Farlig" Jensen.
Both debutants had their moments in the series, especially the Danish AWPer, who led GODSENT's comeback on Inferno from 5-10 down after the team had lost their Nuke pick. The series came to a close on Dust2, where FaZe were far too hot for their opponents to handle thanks to solid displays from Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Håvard "rain" Nygaard. With the three points in the bag, FaZe will now turn their attention to Tuesday's match against the red-hot Spirit, who began the tournament with a 2-0 beating of fnatic.
The opening stages of Nuke, GODSENT's map pick, were highly-contested as neither side managed to get much of an advantage. After that initial period, FaZe enjoyed a clear spell of dominance, with GODSENT picking up a solitary round, courtesy of a quad-kill by Pavle "Maden" Bošković , as NiKo and Marcelo "coldzera" David powered their team to an 11-4 lead.
FaZe were in no mood to take pity on their opponents and added to their lead after overturning a 2v3 situation in the pistol round with great teamwork by NiKo and Helvijs "broky" Saukants. But all of a sudden, the game was turned on its head after GODSENT responded with nothing but pistols to find a much-needed lifeline.
That round sparked a dream run by GODSENT, who began to eat away at FaZe's lead, prompting Janko "YNk" Paunović to finally call a tactical pause when the two teams were separated by just one round. The team came alive after that, with key triple-kills from coldzera and Bymas helping FaZe to lock down a hard-fought map.
Inferno began with a flying start from FaZe, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead after running over GODSENT, who averaged little over a frag per round during this initial period of the game. After calling a tactical pause, Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend's troops tightened up and gradually took the upper hand, but they were still limited to five rounds after wasting two advantageous situations late in the half.
FaZe's players looked disjointed after switching over to the CT side, especially over on B, where they were often picked off by Maden. GODSENT shut down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together or finding their footing in the game, with Farlig posting a 1.78 T rating as he helped his team to a narrow victory to tie the series.
The final map, Dust2, was the most lopsided of the three. After losing the initial two rounds, FaZe took control of proceedings, ruthlessly ripping the GODSENT defense apart to head into the break with a solid 10-5 lead. The trend continued after the break as NiKo's charges quickly hit series point, putting the match to bed shortly afterward in what was essentially an eco round thanks to a trio of kills from the Bosnian with a saved AWP.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||71 - 45||+26||86.0||1.36|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||64 - 51||+13||90.7||1.29|
|Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky||56 - 40||+16||73.0||1.17|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||56 - 53||+3||80.3||1.15|
|Aurimas 'Bymas' PipirasBymas||46 - 45||+1||59.0||1.00|