FaZe discuss LAN play, Gambit game: "I think we handle the pressure a lot better than other teams"

Members of FaZe shared their thoughts on getting out of their slump, playing on LAN, and the quarter-final match against Gambit in a press conference ahead of the playoffs.

Despite their massive name value, FaZe were outsiders coming into IEM Cologne, not even certain to make it through the Play-In. Things looked grim for the international team, who were ranked 36th in the world and had a meagre 25% match win rate since the addition of Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen to the lineup.

But on LAN, FaZe have managed to turn things around.

Beating Evil Geniuses and Complexity in the Play-In gave the team much-needed confidence, which they brought over to main event to make a surprise playoff run following victories over Spirit, Vitality, and Heroic.

"We didn't have the goal to win the tournament, but now that we are here, we think we have pretty good chances to make a deep run," karrigan commented at the start of the press conference. "But it is a tough bracket ahead of us."

FaZe are hoping years of LAN experience will help them upset Gambit

A lot of answers during the conference revolved around a single theme - pressure.

"Teams with a lot of experience should benefit from being on LAN. Our team has numerous veterans, we have a Major winner here, I'm a Grand Slam winner," Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken said when asked about why FaZe have done better than many expected. "I think we handle the pressure a lot better than other teams and I think it helps us a lot".

The theme was repeated when karrigan talked about the upcoming game against Gambit. The Dane mentioned that he had not played the Russian side in an official yet and that he isn't familiar with what they want to do in vetos, but stressed that his team is the clear underdog.

"I think that no matter how you put it, the pressure is on Gambit," the Danish tactician said. "They are No. 1 in the world, before this tournament we were ranked 36th, it would be a huge disaster for them not to win this match.

"Even if we beat Gambit, we are underdogs in the next game. Every game we play from now on, we are in the underdog role, and I'm happy to take that, it will relieve a lot of pressure from this team after we've made it this far. If people play freely, the pressure is on Gambit's side, I think that is where we have our opening."

Talking about the playstyle matchup, karrigan admitted he has practice matches to go off of, "but when the game is live it is always different, the pressure is higher."

Touching on Gambit's individual quality, karrigan hailed Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's impact but still named Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov and Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov as the biggest threats. "They are the young electronic and s1mple, right? Those two are in my opinion really strong players."

"A team of five superstars" is how FaZe were referred to for such a long time, and although this iteration of the team certainly doesn't fit that description, it was still interesting to hear karrigan put Gambit ahead of his team in terms of individual talent.

"The way we have to beat them is as a team - individually they are really good," he said. "We can obviously play them on that [individual] level as well, but we need to have a good gameplan coming into the game, try to see where their weaknesses are. I don't think they have many, but when it comes to LAN, it is a little bit different. [...] It is about finding out where we can pressure them the most, that is where we get a good chance to beat the No. 1 in the world."

FaZe have a glaring issue to solve heading into the playoffs: their lacklustre offensive side. With just 39.3% Terrorist rounds won, they are the second-worst T side team at the event, but karrigan isn't worried.

"Obviously, the T sides haven't been working but I think I've been a key part of why they haven't been working", the in-game leader, who has taken the majority of the opening duels for the team (33.1%), admitted. "I felt there were little nerves, jitters in the team, so I overcompensated way too much, going for the aggressive info plays, kind of putting my teammates in a 4v5 all the time.

"That is something I talked to RobbaN about while rewatching the games. I felt that was way more controlled on the last day against Vitality and Heroic and I felt more control of the game on the T side as well. I just have to have my head in the right place when the game starts and I think we can show a really good T side."

FaZe will try to leverage their experience in a clash against the young No. 1 team Gambit on Friday at 19:15 . karrigan and co. are hoping to continue their underdog run at IEM Cologne with a win in the quarter-finals, although a top-six placement should be enough for them to go into the summer break satisfied.

Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
793
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
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Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
730
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1210
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Faze top 1 LAN team
2021-07-15 13:15
16 replies
+1 lan clan
2021-07-15 13:18
7 replies
Cuz there was no pressure on you LOL
2021-07-15 13:19
5 replies
Why would anyone pressure DELUSIONAL_CHRISJ_FAN?
2021-07-15 13:51
4 replies
Cuz he is Delusional
2021-07-15 13:58
3 replies
have you bumped enough old threads recently? i think you seriously need to step up, every old-thread-owner is expecting you to show up
2021-07-15 19:45
2 replies
Bumped your latest thread
2021-07-15 19:47
1 reply
aww noo, i dont even like making threads because i suck at it
2021-07-15 19:49
FaZe cLAN
2021-07-15 18:51
+1 We should be expecting a very interesting and competitive game! #FaZeUp
2021-07-15 15:41
3 replies
Ezzz for LAN CLAN FazeUP
2021-07-15 15:49
1 reply
#89
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Pakistan hawrU
+1 EZ
2021-07-15 16:43
I'm betting big monies on 2-1 gambit win So thanks for jinxing in favour of them heh
2021-07-15 23:36
faze will win this.
2021-07-15 17:17
#102
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India aR__
DEAG CLAN 8/8
2021-07-15 19:08
they are great to watch yeah
2021-07-15 23:19
#126
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United States MemeCrea
so ez for FaZe
2021-07-16 00:42
nice
2021-07-15 13:16
22 replies
FaZe get lucky 3 times during groupstage and already talking shit about Gambit lmaoo
2021-07-15 13:20
21 replies
#19
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Denmark KhT
show me where he is talking shit about gambit
2021-07-15 13:24
10 replies
"The way we have to beat them is as a team - individually they are really good," obvious shit talk
2021-07-15 14:41
9 replies
That's not shit talk, he's practically admitting their team has a deeper pool of talent.
2021-07-15 16:33
8 replies
my exact point
2021-07-15 16:33
7 replies
It's not shit talk when you're directly praising the other team's skill. He's saying the only way to offset that is to play better team fundamentals, which is 100% true.
2021-07-15 20:11
6 replies
These people are fucking speds, what's karrigan supposed to say? "They're the better team, and individually I think they got us beat too, gonna be a tough one for sure, but if we have enough luck we can win!" Get fucking real
2021-07-15 21:41
1 reply
Well yeah, I agree. He knows his team doesn't really stack up in 2021.
2021-07-15 21:49
youre not realizing that I am on your side xd
2021-07-16 08:00
3 replies
Oh. Dur you were being sarcastic. I'm retarded.
2021-07-16 16:05
Seems like I'm the sped :D
2021-07-17 22:09
1 reply
xd
2021-07-18 11:51
Ruskii logic
2021-07-15 13:27
1 reply
german_cheaters logic*
2021-07-15 13:57
If u ccamt read properly, then dont read... karrigan prised gambit
2021-07-15 13:32
quote when they were talking shit
2021-07-15 13:33
They never even talked bad about gambit?
2021-07-15 13:33
i believe in FaZe FaZeUP
2021-07-15 13:35
#35
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Belarus slpng
daun?
2021-07-15 13:44
1 reply
probs
2021-07-15 14:32
#57
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South America Melegatti
Maybe you need to read
2021-07-15 14:14
Glasses aint expensive go get some, clearly you can't read.
2021-07-15 14:40
faze allu confirmed
2021-07-15 13:16
5 replies
POGGERS
2021-07-15 15:01
the mental game would be strong with +allu
2021-07-15 19:46
3 replies
shut up
2021-07-16 09:28
1 reply
bernAA!
2021-07-16 13:27
allu and olofmeister in same team, the two rivals in 2015
2021-07-16 10:19
What pressure LMAO. They are NOT playing infront of 10000 fans LMAO
2021-07-15 13:17
14 replies
yes, but they will play on stage
2021-07-15 13:19
7 replies
Infront of an empty crowd. Are they even playing at the same location. Or is it like the groupstage
2021-07-15 13:56
4 replies
they will play in same stage
2021-07-15 14:07
3 replies
Alright atleast a bit more of the real LAN experience
2021-07-15 14:35
2 replies
tbh I haven't seen anything that can confirm them playing on stage during play-offs
2021-07-15 21:53
1 reply
me neither.
2021-07-15 21:53
source?
2021-07-15 21:52
1 reply
esl posted it before group stage, check maybe in twitter
2021-07-15 22:51
#13
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Denmark KhT
because they are the big favourites(#36 vs #1 men(()
2021-07-15 13:19
Is that what you define as pressure?
2021-07-15 13:53
3 replies
No I define pressure as force per area. However In this context playing infront of a full crowd = when the pressure increases
2021-07-15 14:03
2 replies
Both usages of pressure are definitely relative, but I see your point
2021-07-15 17:17
1 reply
Indeed
2021-07-15 19:31
They have the most LAN experience out of any other teams in the play-offs except Astralis. Doesn't matter, fans or not.
2021-07-15 14:43
Faze 32-0 gambot
2021-07-15 13:17
1 reply
+1
2021-07-15 14:32
#6
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Austria Ostmark
faze delusional 16-0 16-2 incoming
2021-07-15 13:17
5 replies
+1
2021-07-15 13:52
A bit optimistic on those 2 rounds there.
2021-07-15 13:58
gambit on the receiving end , ofc.
2021-07-15 14:43
+1, before Cologne they had last places everywhere, only here managed to scrape into playoffs
2021-07-15 14:57
#141
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Austria Ostmark
was so wrong lmao
2021-07-18 15:00
#7
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United States Based_Akhi
karrigan admits his mistakes and wants to improve them, great duo between him and robban
2021-07-15 13:17
1 reply
Something he was lacking when on Astralis, good to see that his changing in that matter.
2021-07-15 13:24
#8
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Denmark KhT
wishing you luck boys Try your best #FaZeUp
2021-07-15 13:18
#9
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Netherlands melajr112
#FaZeUp
2021-07-15 13:18
#11
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Brazil trembloter
They can handle LAN pressure but the won't handle nafany pressure xD
2021-07-15 13:19
Faze + Olof playing = Me watching
2021-07-15 13:19
2 replies
Same whenever olof plays haha
2021-07-15 14:41
#131
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United States Hindy
he will never stop playing
2021-07-16 08:41
faze to win next major POG
2021-07-15 13:20
1 reply
they make playoffs 100%
2021-07-15 13:23
#20
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India _Jazz_
#FaZeUp
2021-07-15 13:24
GL
2021-07-15 13:25
fazeup
2021-07-15 13:25
#24
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Brunei Venicious
2-0 gambit karrigan can go home
2021-07-15 13:25
can see to much mentioning they are top1 we are nobodys with 36 rank blablabla, everyone know's Faze is better on LAN and pretty much you have good chance, if everyone is shooting, yes damn everyone, than Faze can win easy, but in your place if you take map1 definently try to take map2 no matter what, because if you play more with Gambit, they gonna find a way to win you.
2021-07-15 13:27
Even if Gambit wins, i think Faze fans need to be proud of themselves. Faze did well
2021-07-15 13:32
2 replies
hopefully Faze can put up a fight to Gambit which are still looking strong, hopefully 3 mapper with close games :D gl! idk if 3 maps if I wont get heart attack as a Faze fan :D
2021-07-15 13:34
1 reply
why? if its close shouldn't you be worried?
2021-07-15 23:21
#33
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Russia perkejz
where i can watch press conference ?
2021-07-15 13:41
1 reply
prob not cuz its for press, blast had those live interviews, those are great))
2021-07-15 23:21
#FaZeUp!!!
2021-07-15 13:44
Okk nice way to cheer up but gambit will still win
2021-07-15 13:45
Kekrrigan
2021-07-15 13:51
Nice motivation, looks like they gonna put up good fight, could be a close game
2021-07-15 13:57
As a Faze fan there is no way Faze wins against Gambit rn
2021-07-15 13:58
Ok boomer
2021-07-15 13:59
"No matter how you put it, the pressure is on Gambit; it would be a huge disaster for them not to win this match" Karrigan/ I don't know if he has noticed, but Faze's entire year has been a disaster. Actually last couple of years. Gambit maybe have more pressure, but they have already achieved some things that they never could. For example HLTV nr1 ranking. I bet faze would have loved that.
2021-07-15 14:05
6 replies
Considering faze's lackluster performance before cologne play-in, they've nothing to lose coming into gambit matchup as an underdog. While gambit has something to lose if they lose against faze, not because they lose against a no 36 team, but because they'd lose the event, for which gambit is one of the favourites to win.
2021-07-15 14:15
4 replies
The point is that - Karrigan of faze isn't the one to talk about someone being a 'huge disaster', when faze themselves have been just that the whole year.
2021-07-15 14:49
1 reply
Yeah, faze wasn't being consistent enough before karrigan joined, but faze did reach an all time low while karrigan was IGLing until iek cologne play-in (don't blame player replacements entirely for low rank). So karrigan is right in criticising himself & faze regarding performances prior to cologne.
2021-07-15 17:55
Gambit will most likely lose to Navi. Navi is in very good shape. A defeat from the Faze team is out of the question.
2021-07-15 15:47
1 reply
Can't rule out gambit's chances against navi yet, considering having some time to prep. I still root for faze defeating gambit, despite being pessimistic about faze's chances against gambit
2021-07-15 17:57
Thats his entire point? You are lost in translation.
2021-07-15 16:25
Ez for Faze gonna take out Gamb0ts and team s2mple
2021-07-15 14:06
#52
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Korea Stephenkek
Faze Vs Rank 1 , 2 and possible 3 if they want to win sadKek
2021-07-15 14:08
1 reply
And beaten numer 4 before this haha, what a run it would of been if they make this work.
2021-07-15 14:43
nice mindgames
2021-07-15 14:10
If faze get the right map and acctualy wins some pistols and convert them i Think they should get a map and make it close. Still favour gambit but broky rain and twizzt can go head to head with axile shiro Hobbit. Feeling either 3 closer Maps or gambit quick 2-0.
2021-07-15 14:11
2 replies
I think there will be a quick 2-0 for Gambit. Faze's mappool is awful.
2021-07-15 15:49
1 reply
If you look at this tournament and stats faze is doing good at Most maps. They need to ban d2 tho
2021-07-16 07:47
0-2 vs Gambit no chances
2021-07-15 14:11
>handles pressure well >chokes in the worst way possible every game
2021-07-15 14:13
1 reply
#61
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Liberia rationale
+100000000000
2021-07-15 14:25
If nafany shut the f*ck up, gambit maybe play the 3th map
2021-07-15 14:21
2 replies
Try better bro
2021-07-15 19:03
1 reply
It seems that next time you should pay more attention to me
2021-07-16 22:25
#60
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Liberia rationale
Chokeclan? Are you really not joking?
2021-07-15 14:25
loooool faze are biggest bottlers of all time
2021-07-15 14:40
2 replies
- missed three pens in a row
2021-07-15 14:44
1 reply
we don't talk about that
2021-07-15 23:15
eZ4FaZe
2021-07-15 14:44
Faze win 16-1 and 16-10
2021-07-15 15:10
Good luck!
2021-07-15 15:56
gambit still beat faze 2-0 on LAN
2021-07-15 15:56
2 replies
fakeflagger
2021-07-15 16:10
1 reply
Ukrainian family but I live in UK ok....
2021-07-15 16:12
w
2021-07-15 17:13
hobbit
2021-07-15 17:13
#94
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Other simon_
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-07-15 17:20
#95
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Other simon_
basicly we gonna lose 0-2 but we gonna keep it chill cuz I want to keep my job as a mediocre IGL XD
2021-07-15 17:22
#96
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Argentina Saazu
Good luck faze! And good karrigan staying humble. This troubled times for faze could actually pay off for the better in the long run!
2021-07-15 17:31
I think if they win gambit they will win the whole tournament.
2021-07-15 18:42
1 reply
navi is the real challenge
2021-07-15 21:40
WHEN DID THE PRESS CONFERENCE HAPPEN????
2021-07-15 19:23
3 replies
probably today since tomorrow are games
2021-07-15 23:20
2 replies
Press conference not streamed or recorded?
2021-07-16 08:35
1 reply
Not for public
2021-07-16 16:22
Good luck faze! I love karrigan
2021-07-15 19:40
1 reply
+1
2021-07-16 09:50
33%isn't a majority. You probably mean the highest percentage of opening duels attempted within his team. Can't you get someone to proofread your articles please
2021-07-15 23:34
FaZe Up! 1# always no matter what. #bigfan
2021-07-15 23:55
#127
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Argentina TheFran17
faze is finnished
2021-07-16 01:31
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