FaZe eliminate Heroic to secure IEM Cologne playoff berth, NAVI through to semi-finals over Astralis

The international squad made it from the play-in to the playoffs, taking out Heroic in the Group B lower bracket final.

FaZe clashed against Heroic in the IEM Cologne Group B lower bracket final, a series that went the distance on Mirage (16-10), Nuke (11-16) and Ancient (16-10), with the international squad coming out on top to eliminate the world’s No.4 team out ahead of the playoffs in Germany.

In the upper bracket, Natus Vincere topped the group to secure a spot straight into the tournament’s semifinals as they took out Astralis in a three-map affair on Ancient (16-7), Dust2 (19-22) and Inferno (16-5).

Robert "⁠RobbaN⁠" Dahlström’s men will have a big match in the quarter-finals, as they will go up against Gambit for a chance to face Natus Vincere, while Astralis will start their playoff run against Virtus.pro on the other side of the bracket, where G2 sit in the semifinals.

broky topped the board for FaZe with a 1.32 rating in the series

Heroic didn’t waste any time on FaZe’s map pick, Mirage, imposing their will and dominating the early rounds on the defense before going on to hit double digits before the switch. FaZe then flipped the map on its head as they went on a rampage with Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer and Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants taking point to seal a flawless defense, bagging the map 16-10.

FaZe kept up their CT momentum on Nuke, with broky firing on all cylinders from the very beginning, but a much more reactive Heroic kept things close early on to get into striking distance in the second half, where they put forth a strong showing as CTs to tie things up with a 16-11 scoreline.

The series came down to the line on Ancient, a map Heroic have proven to be hard to beat with a 3-0 record. Although FaZe weren’t able to keep up early on, the international squad turned things around with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen putting on a show to get his team ahead before turning up the heat on the attack, not allowing the Danes to build up an economy on the way to a 16-10 victory.

s1mple played lights out in the series against Astralis

Natus Vincere took the pistol round on the CT side of Ancient, Astralis’ pick, by stopping a B play, after which the CIS squad then went on to control the first ten rounds, giving up just two in a very dominant side that put Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev and company in a great place to take the map. Astralis fought back, coming out on top in the second pistol round, but were too far behind to stop NAVI from taking the lead in the series, 16-7.

Astralis started the all-important Dust2 defending, and brought back a pistol round loss by winning a forcebuy to gain momentum early on, and although Natus Vincere put on a lot of pressure the Danes held their own with a four round streak to bag the first half 8-7. The CIS squad buckled down on the CT side and hit match point first, 15-13, but were taken to the brink by Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and company, who stole the map in overtime to force a decider.

Natus Vincere didn’t skip a beat attacking on Inferno despite the hard loss on their map pick, imposing their will and keeping Astralis’ economy in check throughout, hitting double digits with s1mple leading the way. The CIS squad won an unlikely retake on B in the second pistol round to keep charging ahead unmatched, closing the map out cleanly 16-5 to secure a spot in the semifinals.

Matchpage
2
1
11th July 2021
16
Mirage
10
11
Nuke
16
16
Ancient
10
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 39 +29 82.6 1.32
53 - 49 +4 73.4 1.12
48 - 51 -3 74.1 1.03
48 - 53 -5 70.8 1.02
48 - 43 +5 60.7 1.00
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 48 +10 82.4 1.17
50 - 56 -6 79.7 1.01
48 - 54 -6 68.4 0.97
40 - 53 -13 60.1 0.82
39 - 57 -18 51.7 0.74
Matchpage
2
1
11th July 2021
16
Ancient
7
19
Dust2
22
16
Inferno
5
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
89 - 48 +41 104.4 1.65
68 - 42 +26 75.6 1.26
62 - 56 +6 82.0 1.18
50 - 54 -4 65.9 1.05
41 - 56 -15 67.4 0.88
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 63 -4 71.6 0.93
56 - 59 -3 68.9 0.93
53 - 63 -10 71.8 0.93
48 - 66 -18 71.1 0.83
38 - 61 -23 59.2 0.76
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
530
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1273
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1846
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
EZ FOR FAZE
2021-07-12 01:07
11 replies
S1mple top1 lan player no doubt
2021-07-12 01:09
9 replies
there was never any doubt, everyone knew he would destroy on LAN
2021-07-12 01:10
8 replies
+1
2021-07-12 01:12
+1 goat
2021-07-12 03:00
+1
2021-07-12 04:39
+1 s1mple is LAN monster
2021-07-12 08:28
+1
2021-07-12 08:33
+1
2021-07-12 10:11
Everyone except CadiaN xD
2021-07-12 18:27
+1
2021-07-12 19:41
+1 #FaZeUp
2021-07-12 10:13
today is a happy day
2021-07-12 01:07
#3
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Finland jakem0n
Faze wtf
2021-07-12 01:07
1 reply
Online era ended
2021-07-12 09:11
simple the goat
2021-07-12 01:08
Nerf s1mple
2021-07-12 01:08
ez win
2021-07-12 01:09
+41 in a bo3 lol
2021-07-12 01:09
2 replies
2021-07-12 01:21
1 reply
He's playing like he's pissed he didn't get #1 last year
2021-07-12 01:24
S1mple what a fcking god. He was smurfing against Astralis today... If only he won a major, there would be no GOAT/not GOAT argument about this guy at all.
2021-07-12 01:09
4 replies
He can't win a major by himself. At some point, he's going to lose. Fortunately for Na'Vi, they finally replaced flamie to get that third star that they've been lacking. Perfecto and boombl4 have been doing their jobs. It's crazy to see b1t rise up this far.
2021-07-12 03:29
He is a GOAT...No arguments
2021-07-12 08:46
2 replies
True. How stupid and a blind follower you have to be to argue s1mple isn't the best player rn
2021-07-12 09:13
1 reply
#77
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Albania WokeUp
Best player rn =/= goat GOAT = Greatest of All Time
2021-07-12 16:13
sad day for danes
2021-07-12 01:10
insane tournament run. unfortunately they have to face #1 (and if they win) #2 teams in the world in their current form. happy and scared at the same time lol
2021-07-12 01:10
2 replies
#40
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United States cuckopuffs
i too would be worried if i had to face #1 aka FATTEST_BIG_FAN_RETURNS
2021-07-12 02:39
In its own way it takes off the pressure. They've been under a microscope the past 3-6 months with being in such bad form. They had a proper great run here showing that they still have what it takes at least once in a while. And now with them headed into games that no one really can fault them for losing because no one expects them to beat them it feels like job done for faze and this is icing on the cake. They needed to prove they were better than #36. They very much did that. Probably showed that they were a fringe top 10 team again which is decent. Expecting any team with less than top 5 talent to beat rank 1 and 2 teams back to back is silly.
2021-07-12 08:26
s1mple is god
2021-07-12 01:10
+41 LAN Astralis Match for Semi-Final ... fucking good man
2021-07-12 01:12
#17
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Argentina Saazu
faze looking so strong!
2021-07-12 01:12
ez
2021-07-12 01:12
FaZeup baby
2021-07-12 01:14
#20
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India iamindian
Navi vs Gambit CIS Derby again.
2021-07-12 01:15
way better on lan POG
2021-07-12 01:18
s1mple is just built different. it's unbelievable how good this man is.
2021-07-12 01:23
No Online, no heroic
2021-07-12 01:24
#26
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China HEIDASHUAi
Goat s1mple
2021-07-12 01:25
S1mple is REAL GOAT BEST EVER +40 frags K/D against ANYONE..... last 3-4 games in a row!!!!!
2021-07-12 01:25
#28
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Sweden ShageN
S1mple again +41.............................. TOP1 LAN player ever... top1 ONLINE player ever. ah just TOP1 player ever.... i cannot believe how good he is.
2021-07-12 01:34
Good
2021-07-12 01:34
EZ NAVI and FaZe will sky rocket in rankings
2021-07-12 01:38
#31
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Russia ToughGuy
heroic onliners noone gonna remember that u won online cologne
2021-07-12 01:39
#32
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Norway 2kayn
FAZE!! simple on crack please check him!?like it isnt normal, he takes drugs.
2021-07-12 01:41
Seems like zywoo won't get 3x top 1 back to back
2021-07-12 01:49
1 reply
i think hes already out of contention at this point but not because s1mple plays out of his mind but coz he cant keep his level in big games + vitality bombing out early every tournament (which is strongly connected obv)
2021-07-12 04:47
eZaF for FaZe
2021-07-12 02:02
fazeup
2021-07-12 02:08
I kinda wanna see FaZe vs Na'Vi in semis, but Gambit vs Na'Vi will be insane too <3 hype is real, today was a good day.
2021-07-12 02:14
#FaZeUp
2021-07-12 02:21
#38
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Brazil Karlogaria
S1mple is the GOAT.
2021-07-12 02:25
Faze Clan or Faze Lan? Congratz Faze
2021-07-12 02:27
Heroic proving to be the biggest onliners in the pandemic
2021-07-12 02:55
5 replies
Finally Lan happens and all this onliners dissappear
2021-07-12 07:02
Still better than Liquid tho
2021-07-12 08:12
3 replies
liquid wasn't even good at online, what do you mean
2021-07-12 09:06
1 reply
Not good online and also on LAN Double loss
2021-07-12 09:20
#74
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Canada dennek
liquid is actually really good on lan
2021-07-12 12:32
Incoming Navi era? Let me get my hopes up, I've been waiting 7 damn years
2021-07-12 03:30
Feel happy for FaZe. Their hard work deserves the result.
2021-07-12 03:44
OK, it seems that this time blocking G2 won is NAVI :o
2021-07-12 04:07
Only Mouz (bcoz of acOr) disappointed in this series amongst my fav teams Let's go FaZe and NaVi <3
2021-07-12 05:33
Dude someone stop s1mple from smurfing in these tier 1 tournaments.
2021-07-12 07:10
And people be talking that zywoo>>s1mple LULW
2021-07-12 07:10
Heroic lulz.....No Online No Wins
2021-07-12 07:34
1 reply
True. Heroic and Gambit look one step ahead online, now - one step behind.
2021-07-12 09:48
Believe that Faze will upset Gambit first then Navi
2021-07-12 08:03
EZ4NAVI s1mple GOAT
2021-07-12 08:34
1 reply
#61
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Europe robo1234
A 2-1 win should not be considered easy in my opinion.
2021-07-12 09:01
LETS GOOO GODKYYYYYY I LOVE YOUUU
2021-07-12 09:02
S1mple was almost cheating holy shit.. his reaction time was instant
2021-07-12 09:29
NaVi vs FaZe POG
2021-07-12 10:12
#72
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Philippines p0k1em0n
#justs1mplethings
2021-07-12 11:07
unexpected
2021-07-12 13:45
EZ FOR Faze , Faze will destroy team S2mple and Gamb0ts. Olof came back to show s2mple who is the daddy.
2021-07-12 16:08
2 replies
U saw s1 kd son? Now sit your youngsterrass down 🤣🤣🔥🔥🔥
2021-07-13 09:59
1 reply
We will talk after Faze wipes out gamb0ts and P1mples
2021-07-13 14:04
Go Faze Up!
2021-07-13 13:05
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