FaZe sweep G2 to win IEM Katowice
22:11 FaZe win IEM Katowice!
Dust2 came all the way down to the thirtieth round with both teams tied in round 28 and FaZe taking match point with a solid B defense. Up against two AKs, three Desert Eagles, and scarce utilities, FaZe put the final nail in the coffin to sweep G2 3-0 and become IEM Katowice champions.
The final IEM Katowice standings are:
1. FaZe - $400,000
2. G2 - $180,000
3-4. Heroic - $80,000
3-4. Natus Vincere - $80,000
5-6. Gambit - $40,000
5-6. Virtus.pro - $40,000
7-8. Astralis - $24,000
7-8. NIP - $24,000
9-12. FURIA - $16,000
9-12. fnatic - $16,000
9-12. MOUZ - $16,000
9-12. Vitality - $16,000
13-16. ENCE - $10,000
13-16. Liquid - $10,000
13-16. Copenhagen Flames - $10,000
13-16. OG - $10,000
A strong five round streak put FaZe on the path to victory as they went up 13-10, but G2 came back to life on the attack in time to bring things back to a tie, 13-13, going into the late stages of Dust2.
21:50 G2 hit double digits on attack
Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač and Audric "JACKZ" Jug cleared the CTs in the second pistol round of Dust2, propelling G2 to take the lead in the early stages of the second half, hitting double digits before FaZe tallied their first round on the defense to make it 9-10.
21:40 FaZe take slight lead at half on Dust2
With Robin "ropz" Kool, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Helvijs "broky" Saukants leading the way with over 80 ADR each, FaZe managed to take a slight lead at the half, going into the CT side ahead by a single round.
21:34 G2 bring it back even after 12 rounds
G2 brought their slow start around with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač starting to show up bigger than in the previous maps, downing over a player per round in the first 12 with 108 ADR to get his team even with FaZe, 6-6.
21:26 FaZe remain ahead early on
G2 struck after going down 0-3 to get within one with rifles in play, but were denied the tie as FaZe, with Desert Eagles and a Scout, pushed back to stay ahead, increasing their lead to 6-2 before Finn "karrigan" Andersen called a timeout.
21:14 The third map, Dust2, is underway
20:54 FaZe take map two, Mirage, after 58 rounds of play
jks won a 1vs2 afterplant situation, killing Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov and Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen on the B site before defusing the bomb to get Mirage in the bag for FaZe, dealing another brutal blow to G2 after the comeback on Inferno. karrigan and company will now go into their second map pick, Dust2, to try and sweep G2.
20:17 Overtime continues on Mirage
Two rounds of overtime have not been enough as G2 and FaZe are mired in an exciting back-and-forth that has seen individual plays by the likes of jks, huNter- or Twistzz put fans on the edge of their seat at the Spodek.
19:48 Mirage goes to overtime!
G2 pulled off a comeback of their own on Mirage, going from a 10-15 deficit to bring it back even by the thirtieth round in a reverse situation of their defeat on Inferno. Topping the board for his squad in regulation was huNter-, with 29 kills and 119 ADR.
19:41 jks' heroics get FaZe on map point
NiKo missed two AWP shots while having ropz in his sights before jks got two crucial frags in a 2vs3 to turn the round around and get FaZe on match point, 15-10, prompting commentator Jason "moses" O'Toole to remind viewers that the Australian stand-in deserves to be bought out of Complexity after his showing in Katowice.
19:24 G2 win second pistol round on Mirage, Twistzz strikes back
Doubles by JACKZ and m0NESY in the second pistol round put G2 right back in the mix as they made it 6-11, but a 1vs2 clutch by Twistzz in the third round of the half broke the CTs' precarious economy, giving FaZe a chance at darting ahead on the scoreboard.
19:00 NiKo is struggling to find impact early on
FaZe are dominating the early stages of Mirage, taking a 7-1 lead and denying G2's Bosnian star NiKo a single frag in the process, with huNter- downing three CTs and m0NESY getting a double in their only round won.
18:50 FaZe strike first on Mirage
Starting G2's map pick on the defending side, FaZe have taken the lead first on Mirage with a three-kill pistol round by Twistzz to keep momentum going, following it up to 3-0 before the first full buy round.
18:25 FaZe converted the comeback in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the series
Everything pointed towards G2 winning Inferno out when they took a 15-7 lead early on the attacking side of Inferno, but FaZe mounted an incredible comeback by winning 12 straight rounds during regulation and added to it a 4-0 in overtime to secure their map pick of Inferno. Up next is G2's first pick, Mirage.
18:13 FaZe mount comeback to take Inferno to overtime
The CTs were put up against match-point early on in the half, falling 7-15 as G2 were bound for an early victory in the first map of the grand final, but Aleksib and company then choked on the attack, losing eight rounds in a row concluding in a stellar ace by ropz to push the map to overtime.
17:51 G2 start to run away with rifles in play
G2's healthy economy from early bomb plants ended up with the Berlin-based organization's team running towards victory, going up 13-7 after their first two rifle rounds.
17:45 FaZe win second pistol round to keep hope alive
A creative pistol round by FaZe, who won map control early in apartments, ultimately worked out in the favor of karrigan and his men as they were able to take out NiKo in a 3vs1 afterplant situation on B to win the round.
17:38 G2 are up 11-4 at the switch
17:29 G2 hit double digits before the half
17:20 G2 in control early on the CT side of Inferno
G2 solidified their lead and economy early on in the CT side, hitting right back with a three-man stack to stop a B hit before following it up twice, forcing FaZe to call the first timeout of the series.
17:13 FaZe tally first round
17:10 G2 win clean pistol round to kick things off
G2 took out all five attackers in the first round of Inferno to get the IEM Katowice grand final underway, following it twice against pistols to start 3-0 on the CT side.
16:55 The veto is out!
1. FaZe removed Vertigo
2. G2 removed Overpass
3. FaZe picked Inferno
4. G2 picked Mirage
5. FaZe picked Dust2
6. G2 picked Ancient
7. Nuke was left over
Two organizations that have made the IEM Katowice grand final in the past, G2 in 2020 and FaZe in 2018, albeit with very different rosters —current G2 star player NiKo played the 2018 final with FaZe—, will fight to emerge victorious at the Spodek Arena for the first time at 17:00 .
The last time these teams met was at the PGL Major, where the previous iteration of the rosters that will clash tonight played a best-of-one on Mirage that went the way of JACKZ and company. Most notably, however, is that anytime the cores of these teams met in 2021, it was G2 who came out on top, with an overall 9-3 map record in their favor.
G2 come into this grand final in their first full fledged tournament with a new roster, having only played the BLAST Premier Group Stage before, featuring Finnish in-game leader Aleksib and young AWPer m0NESY, who has been proving his worth from day one as he currently holds a 1.16 rating at the event in Poland.
Coach Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam, also a novelty from 2021, will have to watch from the sidelines as he is with a Covid-19 infection, and substitute François "AMANEK" Delaunay will stand behind the team on stage.
The prime MVP candidate on G2’s side is none other than NiKo, however, as the Bosnian star sits second in the overall leaderboard with a 1.33 rating, having come down in the past two matches from 1.50 before the playoffs began as huNter- and m0NESY took center stage in the quarter-final and semi-final victories over Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere.
In the FaZe camp it’s broky who has been a stalwart for the team, averaging a 1.36 rating in the team’s 15 maps played in Poland. The 21-year-old has stepped up at a crucial time as FaZe had to play the play-in and first group stage match without star signing ropz and then the playoffs without Håvard "rain" Nygaard, both due to Covid-19 infections, with jks stepping up to the plate for the international squad as a stand-in.
The teams’ lineups going into the grand final are:
François "AMANEK" Delaunay (stand-in coach)
Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (coach)