FaZe and fnatic stay alive at IEM Winter; Heroic and ENCE eliminated early

Although both series finished 2-0, it was closely fought across all four maps, with individual skill seemingly the difference in both matches.

It was do-or-die time at IEM Winter today as the group B lower bracket matches took place, with FaZe facing Heroic and fnatic facing off against ENCE. Both series were tough to call, and all maps played were relatively tight battles.

The A stream presented us with a matchup between FaZe and Heroic, and the audience were treated to a hard fought series.

Twistzz was the key man for FaZe today

On the opening map, FaZe's pick of Inferno, it was a back and forth affair in the first half, the teams trading rounds to an 8-7 half in favour of the Danes on their CT side. Heroic were winning the more convincing rounds, but FaZe were very strong in clutch situations to keep the half close.

The second half brought little joy for Heroic outside of the pistol round and conversion, as they simply couldn’t match the opening kills that FaZe were so successful in finding, the European squad finding nine of the last 11 rounds to win out the map 16-13. In the end it was, as per usual, the raw skill of FaZe that got them over the line, Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen putting in a surprisingly strong individual performance.

Nuke was a similar story, with Heroic generally looking like a better team tactically, but they struggled to hang with FaZe in duels. The key round in the second half that saw FaZe through to victory began as a 3v5 against them, before Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken came up with a 4K of headshots to turn the round on its head and break the Heroic economy, a microcosm of the series as a whole.

Heroic did make it competitive, but in the end karrigan and co. finished the game 16-14 to knock the Danes out of the tournament. FaZe stay alive and will take on the loser of Gambit vs Virtus.pro in the lower semi-final on Saturday at 13:30 .

Matchpage
2
0
3rd December 2021
16
Inferno
13
16
Nuke
14
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 32 +10 75.8 1.17
49 - 40 +9 73.6 1.11
42 - 33 +9 71.5 1.10
39 - 46 -7 85.4 0.99
21 - 42 -21 49.7 0.72
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
39 - 36 +3 65.5 1.12
37 - 40 -3 79.8 1.06
43 - 37 +6 71.6 1.06
35 - 38 -3 76.7 0.99
38 - 43 -5 66.9 0.90

Over on the B stream ENCE took on fnatic, and once again it was relatively close on each map.

First up was the fnatic pick of Overpass, and the Anglo-Swedish squad showed exactly why they chose the map. Starting on the T side they picked up the pistol and conversion, getting off to a 5-2 lead and looking like they might run away with the half, before ENCE picked up five on the bounce to keep things competitive, the half ending 8-7 in their favour.

smooya maintained his excellent form since joining fnatic

The second half was nowhere near as close, fnatic seeming incredibly comfortable on the CT side as they won nine rounds to ENCE's three to take the map 16-11. Rifle duo Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin and William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman were the standout players on the server, with AWPer Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield not far behind.

Nuke was tightly contested, with ENCE getting off to a perfect T side start by breaking fnatic after they won the pistol, getting off to a 5-2 lead. Brollan and company then stamped their authority on the half, looking imperious as they won seven on the bounce, before ENCE stole a round at the end of the half to give themselves a great chance to close out the map.

Winning the second half pistol and converting, it seemed ENCE would cruise to a win and force a third map, but fnatic were simply too effective at finding opening kills and they strung five rounds together to put them on 14. ENCE found a way back into the half, finding four more rounds of their own, before they threw away a round to a fnatic side rushing upper on a weak force buy, which lead to Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin and co. duly closing out the map 16-13 and thus the series. This time it was smooya who lead the way comfortably for his squad.

fnatic have earned a lower semi-final matchup on Saturday at 13:30 with either BIG or GODSENT.

Matchpage
2
0
3rd December 2021
16
Overpass
11
16
Nuke
13
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 31 +14 79.3 1.27
46 - 33 +13 77.2 1.21
43 - 34 +9 90.6 1.18
30 - 34 -4 71.3 1.01
32 - 35 -3 59.6 0.95
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 40 +1 82.4 1.04
35 - 33 +2 60.4 0.99
35 - 41 -6 78.3 0.99
31 - 45 -14 76.1 0.80
25 - 38 -13 47.8 0.66
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
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United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1913
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1277
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Mad
2021-12-03 16:31
yo rain wtf? -21???
2021-12-03 16:31
2 replies
karrigan obvious bottom frag, but olof and rain and very inconsistent. You see olof almost at the top and rain at the bottom of the scoreboard, very weird
2021-12-04 03:21
support player ;)) ;) ;);)
2021-12-04 05:16
#5
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
didnt see that coming
2021-12-03 16:32
GODolof 2015
2021-12-03 16:32
SMOOOOOOOYA
2021-12-03 16:32
Cheaters out for good, again. Suits them well. UK Era is upon us, God save the queen.
2021-12-03 16:32
3 replies
nothing checks out
2021-12-03 18:01
2 replies
your flair does
2021-12-03 19:32
1 reply
your flair kinda checks out
2021-12-03 23:30
#10
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Europe rakyushi
SMOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-12-03 16:33
3 replies
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAK MEEEEEEEEE
2021-12-03 18:42
Was destroyed by S1mple on twitch lol
2021-12-03 19:54
1 reply
and dont you realize its all banter?
2021-12-04 03:22
#11
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Europe LimGardz
POG Cheater finally exposed
2021-12-03 16:33
SMUUUUUUUUUUUUUYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-12-03 16:33
Not looking good for heroic
2021-12-03 16:34
Bye heroic
2021-12-03 16:35
YOoo lets go faze
2021-12-03 16:35
Smooya is so good. Poor performance by ENCE.
2021-12-03 16:35
2 replies
kinda shit conditions by Ence still with snappi having covid and only coming for today's match
2021-12-03 16:38
1 reply
#26
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Czech Republic BlastTM
+1
2021-12-03 16:42
#17
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Finland AliSabid
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-12-03 16:35
1 reply
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAA
2021-12-03 17:52
rain:(
2021-12-03 16:36
Heroic KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-12-03 16:36
"Twistzz was the key man for FaZe today" Should be: "olofmeister was the key man for FaZe today"
2021-12-03 16:38
7 replies
Olofmeister god, but Twistzz inhuman today
2021-12-03 16:43
6 replies
Twistzz in star role = inhuman Olof in shit role, with MORE frags than twistz = what does that make him? :O
2021-12-03 17:13
5 replies
Mens, i always love olof mens but Twistzz +10 KD
2021-12-03 17:37
3 replies
So inhuman = great survivor like Jame and sh1ro? 🙌😊
2021-12-03 17:56
2 replies
Yep, but i bet u don't see Twistzz on nuke lmfao he's inhuman
2021-12-03 18:13
1 reply
im just jokeing around :) didnt even see the game, I trust u on this one :)
2021-12-04 00:05
#52
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
That's the reason why Olof is probably one of the best players overall. He doesn't want to get the star roles or any roles in particular he just plays what the team needs him to, that's why he came back in the first place after his summer brake even though he wanted to retire, he can't leave his team on the sidelines not untill they find the right replacement
2021-12-03 18:34
SMOOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-12-03 16:38
-doto
2021-12-03 16:39
EZ4UKCS
2021-12-03 16:39
ez
2021-12-03 16:42
#28
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Ukraine McSwell
Heroic onliners :(
2021-12-03 16:45
#29
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China HEIDASHUAi
Nice job FaZe
2021-12-03 16:47
#30
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Italy Skye620
GGWP ence. Was a good game but the boys win as usual :)
2021-12-03 16:54
smoooooooooooya
2021-12-03 16:55
Fnatic should build the momentum and make it to the playoffs
2021-12-03 16:57
SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAAAA
2021-12-03 17:01
Not onliners btw xaxaxaxa
2021-12-03 17:01
heroic on lan
2021-12-03 17:17
ez 4 goat uk player smooooya
2021-12-03 17:28
Heroic omegalul No cheat no win
2021-12-03 17:28
#40
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Sweden flippig
NEXT
2021-12-03 17:29
#ALWAYSFNATIC
2021-12-03 17:31
#42
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Germany JonnyEGood
cringe no more, only Astramis and Votality left
2021-12-03 17:34
The magician doing wonders
2021-12-03 17:42
#50
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Norway hemy
ITS BECAUSE I WATCHED THE MATCHES. THANKS
2021-12-03 18:06
#55
JW | 
Sweden Mullden
Fnatic … the NEW collossus
2021-12-03 18:43
wp
2021-12-03 19:56
Olof legend, playing shit role, but dominante
2021-12-03 19:57
STAY ALIVE? WTF is this. FAZE dominate.
2021-12-03 20:01
Ence team doesn't make any sens anymore tbh
2021-12-04 01:33
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