FaZe through to IEM New York final to set up rematch with OG

The tournament's best-of-five title decider will be another showdown between the two international teams.

FaZe are through to Sunday's grand final of IEM New York's European division after seeing off Vitality in the semi-final stage. The international team carried their imperious form from Friday's group stage victory over BIG as they looked a real cut above Vitality, who were on the back foot for the majority of this two-map series. It was yet another dominant performance from Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač's side, who have looked dominant in every match they have played in this tournament, except the 0-2 loss to OG — the team they will face in a best-of-five series for the title.

This will be FaZe's first final since picking up Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye, who delivered another strong performance to take his tournament rating up to 1.13 and silence his critics after struggling to make an impact during his first months with the team.

"We are not playing like pussies anymore," NiKo said after the match when asked about FaZe's improvements. "We are going for the plays, we are no longer hesitating. We have switched some roles, which fits Kjaerbye better and is the reason why he's performing better."

FaZe came out all guns blazing, taking the game by the throat during the early stages as they raced to a 6-0 lead, with Kjaerbye raising eyebrows with a clean 1v2 clutch on the A site. Vitality then finally put their foot down to hold back their opponents, equalising the score at 6-6, but FaZe were unwilling to let things get out of control and ended the half with an 8-7 lead, with Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard nearly pulling off a miraculous clutch in the final round.

Kjaerbye will play his first final with FaZe on Sunday

Now playing on the T side, Vitality took the pistol round to restore parity at 8-8, only to collapse against FaZe's force-buy in the following round. The French team never recovered from the blow and struggled to make their presence felt in the half as any round they won was quickly countered by NiKo's troops, who rallied to a comfortable victory.

Inferno began with FaZe jumping out to a 3-0 lead before Vitality took control of proceedings. The French team enjoyed a period of dominance and went on a 5-1 run, but then FaZe tightened up and took the upper hand to finish the half on double digits following an impressive six-round streak.

A trio of kills from Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut in the pistol round marked the beginning of Vitality's recovery as the French team began to eat into FaZe's lead, even with some blunders along the way. With the score tied 14-14, NiKo punched a hole in Vitality's defense with a long-distance headshot onto ZywOo to put his team on match point, with the 19-year-old prodigy failing to keep his side in the game in the final round as the French defense was ruthlessly prised apart.

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 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 44 - 42 +2 84.7 1.19
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabiermisutaaa 35 - 38 -3 67.1 0.96
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 35 - 41 -6 75.9 0.93
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 31 - 33 -2 58.6 0.89
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 21 - 39 -18 54.3 0.71
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 46 - 31 +15 84.9 1.30
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 45 - 39 +6 84.0 1.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 37 - 32 +5 73.6 1.12
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 36 - 32 +4 73.1 1.12
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky 29 - 35 -6 61.3 0.96
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.29
Maps played:
713
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:
1345
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1446
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1314
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Denmark rEkZA
Kjaerbye back!
2020-10-10 20:39
#9
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China HEIDASHUAi
Great performance from him
2020-10-10 20:39
#13
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Germany NotJuan
What a fluke!
2020-10-10 20:40
#87
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India Smauxx
OK
2020-10-11 05:05
the only fluke here is u
2020-10-11 05:13
#97
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Europe legal2333
2020-10-11 08:24
nt he finally took meds for his parkinsons
2020-10-10 20:39
He took them to increase his Parkinson's for this match XD
2020-10-10 20:53
You're right, it's easier to increase it than remove it
2020-10-11 15:08
xaxaxa
2020-10-10 20:57
What a fantastic performance by FaZe Clan! If they show up to the final in similar form FaZe might even be able to win a map.
2020-10-10 20:44
no
2020-10-10 20:40
#35
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Europe AllowItFam
name checks out xaxaxax
2020-10-10 20:49
Lol the arrogance in this comment is ridiculous.
2020-10-11 00:29
lmaoo..OG didnt win a game vs faze until few days ago. 4-1 in heads up for faze. OG will get deleted
2020-10-11 10:20
I think so too. FaZe is basically 50/50 no show or steamroll And they already "no showed " against OG, I think this time everybody's aim will be on point and they will just steamroll them.
2020-10-11 13:04
Man they have NiKo and coldzera The other day they were playing Among Us in the middle of the match, the CS was too boring, they lost because of that
2020-10-11 15:09
Faze listened the hltv confirmed and are showing results
2020-10-10 20:39
#4
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Romania decis1ve
how are niko s stats so bad tho wtf
2020-10-10 20:39
#20
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Indonesia shiftyyy_
Is that bad still we got the dub
2020-10-10 20:42
#31
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Czech Republic Venckor
I was watching it and did not feel like anyone was playing bad, even broky with negative rating had some great moments and also rain was insane. The stats do not mean everything there
2020-10-10 20:48
+1
2020-10-10 20:51
+1
2020-10-10 23:47
+111
2020-10-11 00:30
#77
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Philippines j3tspill
+1
2020-10-11 01:20
#76
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United Kingdom novaseer
"igl"
2020-10-11 00:46
#5
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United Kingdom naica
eZaF
2020-10-10 20:39
#52
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China CNCSLUL
lmao
2020-10-10 21:21
Zywhere?
2020-10-10 20:39
HOME
2020-10-10 20:46
lmao 🤣
2020-10-10 20:48
kkkkkk
2020-10-10 21:54
Lmaooo
2020-10-11 00:30
lmao cleaning the fat that splashed in the PC
2020-10-11 15:11
#fazeup boys. We're ready to be disappointed again
2020-10-10 20:39
#63
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United Kingdom xen0zed
We're ready indeed. Im already used to it.
2020-10-10 22:10
:( hopefully this time it will be different!!
2020-10-11 00:31
#79
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Philippines j3tspill
Hopefully not this time because last 7time they win a position to grand finals olof was still there
2020-10-11 01:31
Fluke ngl
2020-10-10 20:39
Flair doesn't checks out
2020-10-10 20:46
Name does though
2020-10-10 20:47
Just wait and see man .. I really enjoyed their win today butmeh deep down i knwo its a fluke win
2020-10-10 20:53
Choke Clan will choke in grand final dont worry Choko fans
2020-10-10 20:39
Virtus.Throw talking gigalul
2020-10-10 20:46
2020-10-10 20:49
Jame with the proper "I'm done with this shit" look
2020-10-10 20:51
Nice win
2020-10-10 20:40
FAZE UP
2020-10-10 20:40
GOOD LUCK FAZE! LETS GOOOO
2020-10-10 20:40
not bad. will be interesting to watch
2020-10-10 20:40
#18
NEO | 
Brazil xofizz
HALLELUJAH
2020-10-10 20:40
Hopefully a sign of things to come for kjaerbye
2020-10-10 20:41
I mean, he's not been in competitive matches for a while, before he came into Faze. Only naturally it took him a little while to find his groove again. Still think the role changes and whatever the new direction the team is taking is the main reason they're looking in good shape. If NiKo is indeed no longer IGLing, it makes a lot of sense....
2020-10-10 20:52
Who is then? Haven't heard anything myself so I'm curious
2020-10-11 04:47
#89
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South Africa @FyreCS
I agree, I have not heard this news either
2020-10-11 06:02
Don't quote me, but I think cold may have taken over. I may be wrong though, but if it is true, it makes a lot of sense as they are playing a bit differently now
2020-10-11 07:51
#21
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Japan Amatsuk1
Nice faze
2020-10-10 20:42
#FaZeUp
2020-10-10 20:46
flukiest final ever lul.
2020-10-10 20:47
Cry is free
2020-10-10 20:50
prichem tut krai is free? ya ne boley ne za kogo, tak chto cry is free, ebanat maloletniy, prishik s ebla vidavi.
2020-10-10 21:01
Nt fakeflager
2020-10-10 21:37
prishik s ebla vidavi, zavtra v shkoly
2020-10-11 07:02
Fluke for who exactly?
2020-10-10 20:58
for both, like na scene btw.
2020-10-10 21:01
Malding cuz fnatic got rekt?
2020-10-10 21:05
im not se. btw, ur scene is most poor, what wrong? dont agree? gtfo cuz dgaf.
2020-10-10 21:07
fake flagging,talking about scene and flukes...Ur the guy who has anime on his profile picture.
2020-10-11 10:24
+1
2020-10-11 12:55
we are not playing like pussies - Niko
2020-10-10 20:48
#FaZeUp Edit: Have a good day!
2020-10-10 20:49
An actual top1
2020-10-10 20:49
GODBYE :)
2020-10-10 20:51
ez
2020-10-10 20:53
May AleksiGOD bless us all.
2020-10-10 20:58
Rain's aim makes me wet
2020-10-10 21:02
da hell it does..HAHAHA
2020-10-10 21:33
#53
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Romania SRKN
ZyWho? Zyhome
2020-10-10 21:32
#56
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Ukraine McSwell
Gj faze, played well as a team. Vitality would have a decent chance if zywoo stopped baiting and played not only for kills, but +k/d and stats are more important I guess.
2020-10-10 21:37
You confused him with Ba1tple
2020-10-11 13:15
Don't do that Faze...don't give me hope :(
2020-10-10 21:43
+1
2020-10-11 02:26
#58
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Egypt magicok
Mr. Bieber is back!
2020-10-10 21:49
embarrassment vs a team that was actually dead before this event. now they have a buffer, but stil this team won't go anywhere. RpK was missing :(
2020-10-10 21:51
lets go
2020-10-10 22:05
EZ 4 FAZE
2020-10-10 22:08
#64
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Turkey LantarEZ
Fakin Nikola cyka kovacs
2020-10-10 22:25
#65
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United States Gonginator
Damn lol, FaZe definitely surprised me with their great performance during this match up. Now, if only they were consistently this good.
2020-10-10 22:25
Still hope for niko going to g2 and faze taking an decent igl
2020-10-10 22:57
Zywho? ChoKo
2020-10-10 23:09
there is this fat frog fans ? cry is free with your zywhoo
2020-10-10 23:25
Damn Faze actually winning something that isnt fucking Blast PogU
2020-10-10 23:29
awesome series, 14 - 14 on the deider map.. i saw zywoo on 3 kills 10 deaths or something really bad like that but after a couple rounds i look to him again and suddenly he has 14 kills and topfrags somehow. but he playednso fucking selfish this series, going window to short on mirage without throwing out an ak to his teammate and just dying... and last round on inferno 15 - 14 shox buys an awp and a deagle and drops zywoo the awp so he can try and solocarry.
2020-10-10 23:50
I don't know if you noticed but they made him entry a lot (with deag/AK) on this serie, which is just a stupid way to use your best player by far. He was probably gotten to/triggered
2020-10-11 13:17
#78
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Egypt faseehk
Amazing fluke performance by fake clan
2020-10-11 01:21
Rpk 50 years old Starting to show
2020-10-11 02:15
I'm really hoping OG can take this one. That would be massive for their org. If Faze wins it's just what people expect of them. But if OG takes it, it's gonna elevate them a lot for us casual fans and the teams we regard as top tier contenders.
2020-10-11 03:22
+1 OG need this one so badly. Cause after this, they might be having a tough time getting out of groups on next event. #DreamOG
2020-10-11 06:41
#94
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India Smauxx
Lets be honest OG is tactically better team today, and have much better chance of winning this event then Faze. I am happy Faze looks good now and we are having some improvements. But I have a feeling that Faze might win today. Flair doesn't checks out coz I love all International CSGO team out there, OG Mouz Faze <3
2020-10-11 07:11
Real talk shoutout Niko and Ynk realizing they can’t just plop a new face onto Olof’s old roles. Faze look real good right now, cant wait for the final tomorrow. OG finally got all their players showing up too. Good luck to both teams.
2020-10-11 03:23
Who is the lurker now
2020-10-11 13:04
kjaerbye
2020-10-11 13:18
#84
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Netherlands dabadpad
strike first strike hard no mercy
2020-10-11 04:08
#86
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Syria LONE_8122
wax on wax off
2020-10-11 04:48
#CobraKai
2020-10-11 13:19
Vitality need to change their roster. And built around zywoo. You can't always rely on players like shox & rpk to show up every game and help zywoo. They're inconsistent. And we all know apex & misutaa are just garbages. Apex and JW now is neck a neck for being the biggest washed up player.
2020-10-11 06:43
#93
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India Smauxx
No D2 No RPK
2020-10-11 07:08
If FaZe win the Veto, cold and kjaerbye show up, they win the game.
2020-10-11 07:25
What do you mean win veto? They both play the same maps
2020-10-11 12:43
Like if maps FaZe are best on are picked/chosen/left
2020-10-11 14:12
I'd say they just need any combination of three of their players to "show up" to win. Most probable would be NiKo/broky/kjaerbye if we go by current form
2020-10-11 13:20
agree
2020-10-11 14:12
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