Vitality deny FaZe comeback to clinch last playoffs spot at ESL One Cologne

The Frenchmen earned themselves a quarter-final matchup against Sprout after eliminating the Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye-infused side in a close and bloody affair.

FaZe leave the tournament after a shaky group stage in their debut with the Dane. Their first campaign with the new lineup saw the European team concede the opening round to a strong-looking Heroic and drop to the lower bracket, where they beat MIBR before eventually falling to Vitality in the deciding series.

It was an especially disappointing tournament for Kjaerbye himself, who clearly struggled with his new team and role throughout the group stage, putting up a 0.86 rating in his first event back after taking a break in May to deal with health issues.

Meanwhile, Vitality managed to recover from a tough loss to Astralis in the upper bracket semi-final with the triumph against FaZe and earned a place on the favorable-looking side of the playoffs, where the Frenchmen will clash with Sprout in the quarter-finals on Thursday at 18:30 .

Two massive multikills from RpK pushed Vitality to overtime on Dust2

A bloody affair on Dust2 set the tone for the deciding series. Vitality looked like the stronger team to kick things off once they were able to break FaZe's economy twice and climb to a 9-3 lead, but the European side did not roll over as triples from Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard and Kjaerbye in two A attacks put them within three at halftime.

Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's USP-S triple in a seemingly unwinnable 3v4 A retake then pushed FaZe to equalize things at 9-9, at which point the two sides started trading rounds back and forth. Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy shone for the French side while rain and Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David delivered a couple of big plays for their team, and it turned out that neither squad would be able to close things in regulation as Vitality's eldest member broke the 30-kill mark with four in the last round.

Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, who had up to that point been rather quiet on the server, took over from the 31-year-old veteran in overtime, where he put up a double and two huge quad-kills to secure the opening map for Vitality at 19-16 as they headed over to their own pick, Nuke.

FaZe looked to strike back there with a good start on the defense while NiKo picked up another pistol triple, but when it got to the gunrounds things started to go horribly wrong for the European side as they kept conceding advantageous scenarios. Vitality turned around two 2v5s as well as two 1v2s, courtesy of smart play from Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire, and despite losing to just Deagles in one round they built up a nice cushion of five rounds before switching to the favored side.

ZywOo's triple in the second pistol round made things look even more dire for FaZe, who quickly found themselves up against match point at 7-15. NiKo's squad still showcased great resilience, with the Bosnian consistently creating gaps in the defense as FaZe mounted a promising comeback attempt, but they ultimately fell at the last hurdle once they gave up an opening in yard, with Vitality breathing a sigh of relief as they closed the series 16-14, 2-0.

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Nuke
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 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 54 - 50 +4 97.4 1.22
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 43 - 41 +2 68.6 1.04
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 41 - 46 -5 68.5 0.94
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 37 - 43 -6 59.0 0.88
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 36 - 48 -12 72.9 0.85
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 57 - 42 +15 87.8 1.26
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 49 - 42 +7 84.1 1.22
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 48 - 41 +7 73.2 1.16
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 36 - 45 -9 77.2 0.98
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 38 - 43 -5 56.0 0.92
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
209
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
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
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1463
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1471
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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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
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1370
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1750
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
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
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
EZ4VITALITY
2020-08-26 21:16
20 replies
Very close Nuke though. FaZe doesn't really look improved with Kjaerbye, still doing silly mistakes.
2020-08-26 21:18
17 replies
#14
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Finland Cucumber))
Over time they should become better than they were with Bymas but who knows
2020-08-26 21:19
3 replies
Yeah im hoping it will work out eventually, not sure it will as long as NiKo is igl
2020-08-26 21:20
2 replies
I agree. They have fire power, but no one to utilize it. They need a leader, someone who can unlock every players potential. Not someone who uses mm tactics.
2020-08-27 09:03
1 reply
+1
2020-08-27 16:35
That's because they dont have a Igl, this negative IQ choker thinks his pug strats will take them to the top. FaZe should just stop listening Niko and bring a real IGL instead of letting him decide who's coming to the team, disgraceful
2020-08-26 21:29
9 replies
#39
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Finland Cucumber))
Imagine if they just do -rain +blameF or smth they'd become nuts
2020-08-26 21:38
7 replies
-kyerbye horrible player +BlameF
2020-08-26 21:46
4 replies
#53
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United States ShawnM
Col would never let that happen tho
2020-08-26 22:40
#54
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Slovakia EvErisT
good joke COL is 10x better team then trash faze
2020-08-26 22:41
+1 shakerbye
2020-08-27 06:11
They should have seized nexa and hunter when they approached NiKo to join last year. Not getting them was their biggest mistake ever. Either nexa or blameF and they would be unstoppable pretty quick
2020-08-27 12:10
#55
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Japan HHazuka
-rain? Are you insane?
2020-08-26 22:46
1 reply
#73
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United States 1nsaneMe
+1 he is stupid
2020-08-27 05:51
>stop listening to Niko >Niko doesn't want to be on the team anymore >Niko is free agent Faze ruined and has more difficult competition
2020-08-27 11:00
#72
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Pakistan XtraticX
Absolutely right
2020-08-27 05:47
kjaebye is still new. so coms may be a little off
2020-08-28 01:12
They had 5 days of pracc before this event according to Niko on twitter.
2020-08-28 08:34
19-16 and 16-14 and say ez. are all the vitality fans are retards?
2020-08-27 15:11
1 reply
#96
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Finland Cucumber))
men is joke chill)
2020-08-27 15:12
Atleast Faze was close ;)
2020-08-26 21:20
14 replies
a couple of months ago they were beating vitality consistently :/
2020-08-26 21:25
12 replies
#33
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Serbia Preteci
vittality improved, faze stayed the same
2020-08-26 21:27
Vitality were in a slump of their own a couple months back I think? They're looking a lot better now anyways
2020-08-26 21:46
10 replies
#45
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United States JoshDAA
Vitality looked way better back then, zywoo was always getting good stats and their team was always helping too, now their star player is getting outshined or not doing well.
2020-08-26 22:04
9 replies
#58
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United States Festive_
When is back then? 2018 when Vitality was getting wrecked in qualifiers with Happy? Vitality was better than FaZe all of 2019 and were only worse when they slumped after ALEX left in early 2020. They were not “way better” in early 2020.
2020-08-26 22:50
Yeah but hes just a normal player in the team now....for example on dust 2 there werent the situations to shine, he just got killed as every other normal support player does as well, sure he isnt the zywoo we know rn but vitality just play a style where the old guys can shine as well which is apperantly working out better than the old zywoo go kill strat
2020-08-26 23:30
6 replies
Agreed. RpK was going nuts earlier.
2020-08-27 00:48
"Just a normal player" Dafuq are you on about hltv.org/stats/players/11893/ZywOo?start..
2020-08-27 09:07
4 replies
Yeah brainless lmao. "He lost a few aim duels so he's average" KEKW
2020-08-27 10:58
U didnt read properly:) i never said hes a normal player....but his role is pretty normal...not as outstanding as for example s1mples where navi play, buy, die around and for him...
2020-08-27 11:16
1 reply
Ah okay, thought you said he was a normal player. But true, he hasn't been setup like he used to, even though I'd say he doesn't have a normal role like every other player. They know his skill and still puts him in better positions than some other
2020-08-28 08:27
Your normal 1.35 yearly rating average player xD
2020-08-27 12:12
The reason Zywoo got such good stats is because they would literally set him up for success, and while it does look good on the stat sheet, they can never pick up the important series wins. If anything I'm fine with this Vitality where everyone in the team can shine. Navi is a good example of relying on a star player to carry them to Trophies.
2020-08-27 00:17
#84
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Yes, FaZe was close. But they could win it. When you think about CT side, they could get at least 3 more rounds. But they were saving. When you think about Vitality, they was two times in 2v4 on T side, and they win it both times. BECAUSE THEY GO FOR IT, AND THEY WAS NOT SAVING LIKE FAZE. Then they win 2v5, FaZe would save in same situation, but Vitality go for it, and they win it. So when FaZe can’t win the those easy situations, it’s hard to win map. And there was also 2v3 situation for FaZe, bomb was down for Vitality, two members of Vitality were low on health, but save call for FaZe. If FaZe wouldn’t save almost every round on their CT side, and instead saving they tried to go for it, I think we would see wining them Nuke. So if they wouldn’t loose those situations, when they go men advantage, and also if they would save almost every round, they will win it. But this game was great, nearly great comeback from FaZe, they are playing great in these clutches, when they are loosing against 15.
2020-08-27 09:28
#4
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South Africa @FyreCS
Ez
2020-08-26 21:16
#5
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Latvia YungPan666
expected
2020-08-26 21:16
#6
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Denmark devnr1
gg faze
2020-08-26 21:16
nt
2020-08-26 21:16
#8
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India Wise_Indian
GG
2020-08-26 21:16
Expected from choko and choke clan omegakekw
2020-08-26 21:16
:( gg
2020-08-26 21:16
#12
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Europe k1otaN
Kjærbot ruined kick soon
2020-08-26 21:18
1 reply
well he is the worst aimer on the server... before the game even started. U can cleary see that thru whole tournament
2020-08-26 21:25
LETS GO!! RPK AND ZYWOO ARE BEASSSTS
2020-08-26 21:17
SHAKERBYE LUL
2020-08-26 21:19
its okay boys, we put up a good fight and it showed that we arent a fully dead team, faze just need some time to adjust with kjaerbye and then the world will see a total domination from FaZe! #FaZeUP
2020-08-26 21:19
2 replies
#74
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United States 1nsaneMe
+11
2020-08-27 05:53
People have said this same thing about every change they've made since removing karrigan, what exactly makes it true this time? Especially seeing as kjaerby himself looked awful this tournament.
2020-08-27 06:48
gg FaZe ! Keep going Vitality and a big gg to rpK :)
2020-08-26 21:19
That was the clownest game that I've seen in a long time. Much laugh wow, thanks both teams.
2020-08-26 21:19
Le tank best
2020-08-26 21:20
#21
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France Uexo
Close to choke but we're good #VforVictory
2020-08-26 21:20
LE TANK AT HIS WORST
2020-08-26 21:21
le TANK
2020-08-26 21:21
I'm crying. Hopefully FaZe will do some dirty shit at Pro League. I really want to see FaZe that Stomp every team. It's been a while...
2020-08-26 21:22
1 reply
#75
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United States 1nsaneMe
Same +1
2020-08-27 05:53
EZ 4 Le Tank
2020-08-26 21:24
#26
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Indonesia cleostar
le tank & zywoo duo 250kg beasts.
2020-08-26 21:23
3 replies
They are not even 90 each.
2020-08-26 21:30
2 replies
They have to be over 100kg.
2020-08-26 22:50
1 reply
It's about 85-87 each. Even boombla is less then 100 now. Also rpk is not fat, he has a lot of muscles.
2020-08-27 11:23
Faze woxic when
2020-08-26 21:24
4 replies
Thinking the same. Would be a good addition instead of Kjaerbye
2020-08-26 21:36
3 replies
I don't understand the teams that play without the main awp player
2020-08-26 21:42
2 replies
Bad work ethic/attitude regarding mouz claims so till he proves teams otherwise he propably wont find a top tier team
2020-08-26 23:32
1 reply
#69
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United States GGtho
I mean if Woxic has half a brain, he would get his shit together and behave. No team is gonna recruit you if you're toxic no matter how high you skill ceiling is.
2020-08-27 01:46
36-48, what a replacement.
2020-08-26 21:24
nt faze
2020-08-26 21:27
#37
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Greece Vedalken
Everyone shit talking about Kjaerbye who is on the team for less than a month when in the same time rain the first ever man faze clan sign as an organization playing like bot consistently... I mean come on mens!!
2020-08-26 21:36
#38
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Brazil goatzera
Kjaerbye sinking FaZe as expected
2020-08-26 21:37
-ynk
2020-08-26 22:00
vitality still beating any "top" eu team is honestly a complete embarrassment.
2020-08-26 22:02
3 replies
Vitality true tier 1 team
2020-08-26 22:05
2 replies
tfw rpk dominates your superstar team
2020-08-26 22:05
1 reply
0/8 stay mad. Top 3 team in 2019 and you're surprised they're winning? Nice brain.
2020-08-27 11:01
#48
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Lithuania Nowne
And who now will be kicked out from Faze? :D
2020-08-26 22:17
1 reply
Kjaerbye lol
2020-08-26 22:52
faze have CS:GO ex-players..like ronaldinho gaucho.. plays with the name.. not for rating..
2020-08-26 22:22
Kyaerbye is so good
2020-08-26 22:29
well . bymas is not bad . just faze need igl who have brain .
2020-08-26 22:32
Niko wasting the years away. He will never be #1 in the world as long as he is IGLing and he is not winning anything either. He is wasting his career away.
2020-08-26 22:33
gg lol
2020-08-26 22:52
same shit different players. kids in threads hating on kjaerbye when anyone with a brain can actually see the main problem with this team
2020-08-26 22:54
1 reply
No Support players, too many star players ..no one really picking up the shitty roles
2020-08-26 23:33
Trash fans already saying - Kjaerbye LUL
2020-08-27 00:01
-coldzera +Alex
2020-08-27 03:20
1 reply
Alex had a problem with traveling and tournaments heavy schedule, the same will happen with any top team cuz they play a lot
2020-08-27 07:07
Le tank
2020-08-27 04:41
RPK Boomer God
2020-08-27 05:57
Le tank was too hot
2020-08-27 07:15
#83
RpK | 
France HippzZ
Tanked
2020-08-27 09:13
Tell me more about how RPK is a boomer and needs to retire lmfao
2020-08-27 10:55
When Faze have lead they let the other team comeback and whenever they try to comeback they get denied OMEGALUL
2020-08-27 11:07
Kjer was terrible, and by saying that faze got a small amount of time to practice with the new roster is very silly. Why? Well, why you have to change rosters, when ESL 1 Koln is by the doors. Like 3 days left to 1 of the biggest event, and FaZe thought that change rosters will be good idea. Wow, that's wow, the desicion making is absolutely disaster.
2020-08-27 14:35
gg
2020-08-27 19:32
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