Spirit take down FaZe in DreamHack Masters Winter opener
Spirit beat FaZe in a close two-map series to kick off their campaign at DreamHack Masters Winter - Europe successfully, moving on in Group A's upper bracket. FaZe have dropped to the group's lower bracket, where they will lock horns with c0ntact for their tournament life.
The loss sees Marcelo "coldzera" David & co. continue to struggle with consistency ever since they brought back Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer to replace Nikola "NiKo" Kovač. The European mixture previously fell in last place of BLAST Premier Fall Showdown after a loss to MIBR in the opening round.
Spirit won the opening series of the tournament on two maps, Dust2 and Mirage. Dust2 saw the two teams trade blows early on before Spirit pulled away with a dominant run to pick up the first map 16-11.
On Mirage, FaZe looked poised to force the decider once they got off to a flying start on the offense without an answer from the CIS side, but Spirit went on to tighten up the defense to come back into contention for the second map. In the end, despite another slow start on the T side, they came back from a 9-12 deficit to close the series at 16-13.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|38 - 40||-2||79.6||1.03|
|31 - 33||-2||62.8||0.93|
|32 - 36||-4||61.0||0.91|
|30 - 38||-8||66.8||0.87|
|24 - 38||-14||45.2||0.71|