FalleN shines as Liquid spoil karrigan's return to FaZe, Vitality send OG to IEM Katowice lower bracket

The Brazilian captain dismantled FaZe on Nuke with a series of impactful frags.

Liquid and Vitality advanced to Group B upper-bracket semifinals in IEM Katowice following victories over FaZe and OG, respectively. The North Americans, who are being led by Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo since the Play-In stage, managed to beat Marcelo "⁠coldzera⁠" David and co. for the first time in 2021, having lost to them twice in the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.

Liquid were off to a good start on Mirage and won the first seven rounds until FaZe broke their streak thanks to coldzera getting a triple kill in a 2v3 situation. The international powerhouse conceded only one more point after that and chained five together before the end of the half to salvage their CT side. The North Americans won the second pistol as well and survived against two dangerous anti-ecos because Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip secured back-to-back 1v1 clutches. FaZe won three rounds in a row once they got rifles before Liquid adjusted their CT side and closed the game easily, especially because Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's troops didn't have the economy to fight back.

FalleN played comfortably on Nuke for the first time since he arrived in Liquid

FaZe won three in a row to kick off Nuke, but Liquid proved to be the better team once they were able to buy rifles. The international team struggled to break their defense after that as FalleN cruised with the AWP and finished the half with 20 frags, helping his team to secure a 10-5 lead. The North Americans displayed a set of fast-paced plays and quickly wrapped up the series as FaZe didn't have the teamplay to counter-attack, having just added karrigan as their in-game leader, and due to FalleN's impact as he continued to wreck everyone and finished the map with a 2.11 rating.

In the meantime, Vitality fielded Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire for the first time after he took a short break, and the French put up a good performance on CT side of Dust2, moving to the second half with a 9-6 advantage. OG won five in a row to take the lead, but Vitality fixed their T side and chained seven together to take the map as Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon, and apEX combined for 69 frags.

Vitality won the first half of Nuke by a minimal margin and were leading comfortably by 14-10 on their CT side. But they were with their backs against the wall after OG manage to win five consecutive in a row. ZywOo stepped in with a collateral double in the 30th round, which fueled the French team to take the map to overtime. The brawl continued on the following rounds, but Vitality secured the series in the last round as Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy opened space with a double-kill and apEX followed up with a double of his own to leave Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså in no man's land.

Matchpage
0
2
18th February 2021
11
Mirage
16
6
Nuke
16
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
29 - 37 -8 65.5 0.82
32 - 42 -10 68.7 0.81
31 - 40 -9 70.5 0.76
20 - 39 -19 50.4 0.58
21 - 40 -19 49.4 0.56
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 20 +30 102.4 1.67
38 - 28 +10 81.2 1.33
36 - 27 +9 80.4 1.25
37 - 28 +9 85.1 1.25
36 - 30 +6 77.1 1.24
Matchpage
2
0
18th February 2021
Europe
16
Dust2
11
19
Nuke
17
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 41 +20 97.2 1.41
49 - 32 +17 73.3 1.26
38 - 37 +1 76.4 1.13
36 - 39 -3 69.9 1.02
20 - 20 0 59.4 0.98
15 - 18 -3 68.6 0.95
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 42 0 76.3 1.07
47 - 42 +5 71.1 1.06
40 - 43 -3 69.6 0.99
33 - 45 -12 66.8 0.90
25 - 47 -22 47.6 0.71
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.61
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1480
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
780
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1097
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1362
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1801
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1764
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1785
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1344
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Liquid lucky)
2021-02-18 21:53
4 replies
#21
JW | 
Brazil moorf
nerf fallen
2021-02-18 21:56
HAHAHAHA NT EZ4LIQUID
2021-02-18 22:24
Everything checks out
2021-02-18 23:33
1 reply
+1
2021-02-19 17:27
Fallen showing his potencial!! But NAF went crazy!! 6 clutches !!
2021-02-18 21:55
Kek Liquid era inc.
2021-02-18 21:54
3 replies
#22
JW | 
Brazil moorf
second era
2021-02-18 21:56
1 reply
Liquid never had an era
2021-02-19 01:46
+1
2021-02-18 22:08
noo
2021-02-18 21:54
BAD FALLEN
2021-02-18 21:54
GOD FALLEN
2021-02-18 21:54
#9
 | 
Netherlands NahT_
OH FALLEN STOP BLOWING MY MIND
2021-02-18 21:54
#11
 | 
Brazil AleMasox
Fallen top 1 2021
2021-02-18 21:54
5 replies
+1
2021-02-18 22:15
+ 2
2021-02-18 23:02
#76
 | 
Brazil LUKE777
nah
2021-02-18 23:24
1 reply
it's ironic bro, just chill
2021-02-18 23:30
+3
2021-02-18 23:32
FalleN monsterious leader.. Well played ♨️
2021-02-18 21:56
#19
 | 
Brazil nuke_
fallen destroyed faze
2021-02-18 21:56
dexter better than karrigan
2021-02-18 21:56
FaZe will return better than ever! We just have to believe them and wait for that ! #FaZeUp
2021-02-18 21:56
1 reply
cap
2021-02-18 22:08
F de Fallen - the teacher
2021-02-18 21:56
mantuu overrated?
2021-02-18 21:58
3 replies
imagine ppl saying he was robbed a place in the top20 last year..
2021-02-18 22:15
2 replies
I posted those exact words on other thread.
2021-02-18 22:49
1 reply
wise words then xD
2021-02-18 22:51
nice
2021-02-18 21:58
Godfather of CS.
2021-02-18 21:58
Expected more from Liquid, but tomorrow is a new day!! Hopefully with more practice under Karrigan, they recover and start showing the powerhouse they have the firepower and opportunity to become!!
2021-02-18 21:59
3 replies
*Faze
2021-02-18 22:10
1 reply
Oop I'm dense
2021-02-19 22:59
From Faze*
2021-02-18 22:19
that's what happens when you play with a new player who is the igl though, it is a much bigger difference than bringing in another player who is supposed to frag so i have no expectations at all this tournament. GGWP TL
2021-02-18 21:59
#32
RpK | 
India kholwal
They should have more days of practice with karrigan as he was anti stratting liquid for blast matches.
2021-02-18 21:59
1 reply
Karrigan should stayed with mousesports for IEM Katowice sounds better ♨️
2021-02-18 22:10
Fallen winning in liquid, how ironic
2021-02-18 22:01
Fallen is a monster like igl
2021-02-18 22:03
faze back to reality
2021-02-18 22:05
guys we need to give karrigan more time kkkkkkkk
2021-02-18 22:09
2 replies
Yeah obviously...
2021-02-18 22:15
#98
 | 
Brazil |witcher|
-karrigan +Fallen
2021-02-19 01:11
Sad!
2021-02-18 22:15
aaaa amazing fallen love!
2021-02-18 22:26
Good to see fallen on this shape! Great shown
2021-02-18 22:31
LETS GO FALLEN!
2021-02-18 22:33
#61
 | 
United States TopBaiter
ez for shoxinho and falleninho
2021-02-18 22:46
Fallen IGL and strats for self to frag :D
2021-02-18 22:51
3 replies
I dont mind as long as he performs and team knows what to do as well
2021-02-18 23:09
bro you realize that the moment fallen joined liquid even stew got positive K/D every match so where is your god now
2021-02-18 23:41
1 reply
#144
 | 
Brazil yalamix
+1 kkkkkkk
2021-02-20 02:56
#65
 | 
Europe t.o.p
fallen!
2021-02-18 22:51
Fallen when not IGLing 0.9 Fallen when IGLing 1.67 PogChamp
2021-02-18 22:57
1 reply
Stonks.
2021-02-19 00:04
I'm super happy for Fallen, I've been saying for days that this Liquid is playing much better than before and here is the result. Now where are all those idiots making threads about Fallen and how He is a washed up player? that's right fools, that's why you don't know shit about CSGO
2021-02-18 23:03
4 replies
#78
 | 
Brazil wetdark
+1 Finally someone lucid.
2021-02-18 23:25
#115
 | 
Brazil InViktor
+1
2021-02-19 03:20
+1000
2021-02-19 14:40
+1
2021-02-19 18:25
#79
jks | 
New Zealand ^Roo^
Shox and fallen are monsters? Just like old times
2021-02-18 23:26
2 replies
got me nostalgic
2021-02-18 23:32
That 2016 feeling, bro...
2021-02-19 03:48
ez for Poglen
2021-02-18 23:37
#85
 | 
Poland SebL
FalleN is insane, he is still a TOP tier player to this day, it's incredible. There is still work to be done in Liquid after he took the IGLing, but it's going in the right direction. Honestly even though it's the first match of FaZe I think changes are going to come really soon, this roster is overhyped and even overrated already. Vitality is one of the best teams in the world, they are proving it time and time again. OG is struggling a little bit, but they might fix their issues without changes in roster.
2021-02-18 23:38
1 reply
#145
 | 
Brazil yalamix
+1
2021-02-20 03:07
Karrigan is the problem
2021-02-18 23:43
GOD FALLEN
2021-02-18 23:45
i know just new roster but menzz 0.56 the worst debut ever.
2021-02-18 23:56
#92
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
Let’s be fair with karrigan, it was his first game IGLing with a new roster, that’s not easy. Give them some time
2021-02-19 00:11
Well, that's prove how FalleN is amazing doing her main role.
2021-02-19 00:17
Fallen plays well when he’s leading. I don’t think he can play well when someone else is telling him what to do. He was born to be a strat caller
2021-02-19 00:23
3 replies
#95
 | 
Canada ain|wes
+1
2021-02-19 00:37
+1
2021-02-19 03:25
+1
2021-02-19 16:04
god fallen!
2021-02-19 00:59
Fallen is weird af, he can’t frag when he is not IGL lmao
2021-02-19 01:13
1 reply
Yeah lul, even on fpl he tries to igl, hes too much used to it.
2021-02-19 03:56
FalleN stop blowing my mind
2021-02-19 01:23
Shoxie GOAT
2021-02-19 01:53
I already miss Olof...
2021-02-19 01:57
1 reply
hope he joins fnatic
2021-02-19 02:00
Teh hell is wrong with mantu?
2021-02-19 02:00
Man, if coldzera will join Fallen in the near future, this team would be unstoppable again.
2021-02-19 02:10
FALLEN GOD
2021-02-19 06:21
indescribably easy for Stew and Fallen, Fallen unlock stew, top 20 for sure this year. Liquid era incoming(will make Astralis Era look like joke)
2021-02-19 08:50
This is why I keep saying broky is dog shit. Anytime there's a not terrible awper on the other team, faze just get ass f**ked because broky is god awful. He stat pads a lot getting kills trying to save the awp and in ecos
2021-02-19 10:12
3 replies
He got them started on Mirage, he played great and got them 3-4 rounds until everyone started to contribute. I didn't watch Nuke though so I don't know about this map but saying he just statpads is not doing him justice
2021-02-19 10:21
2 replies
Him missing many important shots is the reason faze were 7-0 down or sth. It was cold who got them started tbh who went from. 0-6 to 16-8 kd. But yeah hopefully once karrigan gels in broky does better. The kid definitely has potential, but people talk about him like he's carrying faze which couldn't be further from the truth
2021-02-19 10:24
1 reply
The first match they played against Liquid with Twistzz Broky did have 1.44 impact and close to 1.5 rating, which was against Fallen also. Other than that I agree though.
2021-02-19 10:30
vintage shox & vintage FalleN ? Lets go!
2021-02-19 10:19
3 replies
+1 great to see
2021-02-19 17:28
2 replies
Both are amazing to watch at their peek, shox is smooooth and FalleN is moving around flicking and taking aggressive angles, a pleasure to watch!
2021-02-19 21:47
1 reply
+99
2021-02-19 22:30
time to inject more 5 millions on faze and buyout liquid players
2021-02-19 10:24
Happy Fallen is back to what he has been
2021-02-19 21:07
dupreeh: fallen best than zywoo and s1mple
2021-02-20 20:57
1 reply
yes :)
2021-02-20 21:18
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.