Was FaZe's Katowice victory the best fairy-tale run in CS:GO?

In honour of FaZe's thrilling victory in Katowice, we explore how it compares to some of the other fairy-tale runs in CS:GO history.

FaZe's run at IEM Katowice was quite simply one of the best we have ever seen in CS:GO. It had a little bit of everything, from drama striking the squad both before and during the event, to the plethora of tough opponents that FaZe had to overcome, to the simple fact that nigh-everyone had written them off as serious contenders (just see the HLTV Katowice playoff power ranking). They were even pushed in dramatic fashion in the grand final, as even though we didn't get the full five games, every single map played went the distance, either to the full 30 or into overtime.

There were even compelling stories separate from the nature of the run itself. One was the tale of a promise made by Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen upon returning to FaZe that he managed to fulfil a year later, having reunited with a star ex-teammate to get it done. Another was that of the first big event ever won by an Australian, Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage bringing a winner's medal back home down under — as a stand-in, no less.

jks wrote himself into the CS history books in Katowice

It seems fair then to characterise FaZe at IEM Katowice 2022 as a fairy-tale run, the likes of which make Counter-Strike simply the best esport to follow. This does beg the question however; is it the best fairy-tale run we have ever seen in our great game?

The Brazilians burst onto the scene

One of the earliest prime examples of a fairy-tale run in CS:GO was that of Luminosity at the FACEIT League Stage 3 Finals 2015. The Brazilians had already built something of a name for themselves off the back of performances such as their showing at the previous Major, making the playoffs of Cluj-Napoca, but they had struggled to push beyond merely promising tournament outings. By the time the finals of the FACEIT League Finals came around, the team had ditched Lucas "⁠steel⁠" Lopes and Ricardo "⁠boltz⁠" Prass in favour of Lincoln "⁠fnx⁠" Lau and Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo, and thus what would become a legendary lineup was born.

However, they were by no means a legendary team at the time of this tournament. They were seen as promising upstarts from an underdeveloped and underrepresented region at the top level, blazing a path by uprooting their lives and moving to North America in pursuit of Counter-Strike glory. The tale of the team itself was so very compelling, and one of the reasons that their shock run to the final of this event sticks in the memory. It was the breakout event for a team that epitomised hard work and sacrifice, a team that acted as a shining example for young teams everywhere, no matter what region they may hail from. In this sense, Luminosity's 2015 run has an edge over FaZe, as the tale behind the team itself could be lifted straight out of a Hollywood movie script.

FalleN and co. truly announced themselves on the world stage in Sweden

Not only was the tale behind the team arguably more captivating, but there were also a couple of aspects to the run itself that may very well trump FaZe. First, Luminosity were far lower ranked and less fancied than FaZe in Katowice, and at a time where the scene was overall more top-heavy. The Brazilians also had to overcome the mental setback of a 0-16 drubbing in their first game, a defeat the likes of which karrigan and co. never had to endure in Poland. There are also facets of the run that match that of FaZe, such as the fact the Brazilians also had to face quality opposition throughout.

Ultimately, Luminosity probably have to concede the title of 'best fairy-tale run' due to the fact that they didn't actually manage to win the event; even if there are some aspects that seem to trump FaZe, failing to come home with a trophy undoubtedly takes a large degree of the lustre of the run away. They also did it with their main five-man roster, and had to battle through a far less robust format; let us not forget the sheer amount of games FaZe had to win to claim the Katowice title, from the play-in all the way to the grand final. So, whilst it is definitely a strong claim, it is close but no cigar for the Brazilians.

The battle of the stand-ins

A brief mention must be made of a remarkably similar campaign, one that was also accomplished by a roster operating under the FaZe banner and led by karrigan (a master of managing stand-ins, perhaps?).

ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018, much like Katowice, featured a team in turmoil with Olof "⁠olofmeister⁠" Kajbjer having just extended his break from the competitive scene, thus requiring FaZe to play with a stand-in. The stand-in, Jorgen "⁠cromen⁠" Robertsen, came from obscurity and has faded back into it since, suggesting that it is even more impressive that FaZe managed to get anything done at the event with him in the lineup. The team also had to endure an even more gruelling and challenging grand final, going all five maps with a Chris "⁠chrisJ⁠" de Jong led MOUZ, one that featured a stand-in of their own in the form of Jordan "⁠n0thing⁠" Gilbert.

cromen's time in tier-one was brief

Ultimately this run falls short for several obvious reasons, the first being that the team FaZe beat in the grand-final was also not at full strength. Other factors working against the Belo Horizonte performance are the weaker field (FaZe beat two teams outside the top 20 to make it to the playoffs), the less robust format, and the simple fact that this tournament did not have the prestige of a Major or an IEM Katowice. Still well worth a mention, though.

North America finally wins the biggest prize

FaZe fans might want to skip this section. Sorry, but it has to be mentioned!

Fans of North-American Counter-Strike have had to endure years of hardship and ridicule. A region that at times has featured some of the best players in the world has drastically underperformed throughout CS:GO history. Of course there have been flashes of brilliance, such as Cloud9's brief stint as a true contender in summer 2015, Liquid's two Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev-powered shock Major runs in 2016, and going even further back one could mention Complexity in 2014. It seemed for a long time, however, despite these aberrations, that North America was never going to have a team that could truly represent the region in the way that it maybe deserved, and more importantly that the biggest prize in CS:GO would never be brought home to NA.

Cloud9 came into the ELEAGUE Major 2018 in Boston in a decent spot, but they were miles away from anyone's thoughts when discussing potential winners of the tournament. They had some modest event wins in the recent memory, including DreamHack Open Denver and iBUYPOWER Masters, but ended the previous year in underwhelming fashion having exited ECS Season 4 Finals prior to the playoffs; so unfancied were the American squad that there wasn't a single mention of them in HLTV's preview highlighting the important storylines coming into the event. It wasn't, however, too much of a surprise to see the team storm through the Challengers Stage of the ELEAGUE Major with a 3-0 record considering they came into that stage as the second highest ranked team, and NA fans could hope that it was a positive sign of things to come.

Skadoodle's performance in Boston will live long in the memory

The miracle that followed was a sight to behold, particularly considering just how it went down. You would be forgiven for forgetting that Cloud9 actually started the Legends Stage 0-2, having fallen to G2 and Space Soldiers in their opening games. They not only recovered, showing immense mental strength, but did so in emphatic fashion, winning their next three games with a combined 48-17 score to secure their playoff berth. When playoffs arrived, Cloud9 managed to beat three of the top five ranked teams in the world at the time, including #1 SK and #2 FaZe. I'm sure few have forgotten the epic manner in which they snatched the title away from FaZe in the grand final, coming back from an 11-15 deficit on CT-side Inferno to take the trophy in overtime.

To many, this will be the greatest fairy-tale run of all time, and it's not hard to see why; years of heartbreak for an entire region finally ended, in monumentally impressive fashion, in front of a home crowd and against all the odds. There were several little cherries on the cake too, such as the unlikely over-performance of waning AWPer and fan-favourite Tyler "⁠Skadoodle⁠" Latham, who stood out in the final in particular. Of course the fact that it was a Major also gives it a boon over the FaZe performance in Poland, perhaps the most compelling reason of all to put this performance ahead of the exploits of karrigan and company. In fact, this run might very well be the strongest challenger to FaZe in Katowice for the best fairy-tale run of all-time.

The understated Finns make a big statement

The Finns of ENCE found themselves tugging on the heartstrings in much the same way that the Brazilians of Luminosity did in 2015; they hailed from a country that had not experienced much in the way of success in CS:GO, and had ground their way to relevance in the good old-fashioned way; with hard work. Coming together in 2018 the team quietly worked their way up the ladder with consistently improving tournament performances, and by the time IEM Katowice 2019 came around they had some modest event wins under their belt, like the DreamHack Open Winter 2018 title, and had risen to #9 in the HLTV world rankings.

Despite building a solid resume and becoming a respected tier-one team, no-one could have predicted the magical run that ENCE would go on at IEM Katowice 2019 in their first Major as a lineup, and the first Major at all for many of the players. Making it all the way to the grand-final of a Major at a time where the scene was so competitive was no mean feat, and the manner in which they did it deserves immense credit. It is even more impressive considering the fact they began the Swiss stage 0-2, needing to display a mental fortitude to comeback that is becoming something of a theme in the fairy-tale runs explored in this article; they also had to face the three top ranked teams in the world during their run, beating two of them in the form of Liquid and Natus Vincere.

There was also something special about the team itself, a group of young and hungry up-comers rallying around veteran AWPer Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli who had experienced success in the game already, seeking to put their country on the map without even having the help of their homeland's best player at the time, Miikka "⁠suNny⁠" Kemppi.

allu was the veteran around which this iteration of ENCE was built

As with some of the other runs on this list, the fact that Astralis proved a step too far in the final for the Finns means they can't quite claim the title of best fairy-tale run, as there aren't any other extraneous factors that might swing this debate in their favour. FaZe trump them as they won Katowice and faced more adversity along the way, Luminosity sport a stronger underdog story, and Cloud9's fabled Major run was more romantic. ENCE's 2019 Katowice run still deserves credit not only for the achievement itself, but for the way that it captured the imaginations of the Counter-Strike world, something that every single team and tournament performance on this list have managed to do.

In conclusion

There are a plethora of other standout tournament performances that could fall into the category of fairy-tale runs, however the amount of words needed to discuss them all would far exceed the attention span of pretty much everyone; see the end of this article for a list of honourable mentions that were considered but did not make the cut in the end. Even that list is far from exhaustive, so let us know any you think we have missed in the comments below.

Ultimately, the tournament run that any one person might consider the best fairy-tale run of all time comes down to preference. Some will value the adversity that FaZe had to face above all else, with not one but two players being struck down by COVID. Others will point to the historical significance of Cloud9's Major victory, finally bringing the most prestigious title in CS:GO to NA. Others still would prefer ENCE in Katowice, or Gambit in Krakow, or Ninjas in Pyjamas in Oakland, or any other majestic performance for a thousand different reasons, or combination of reasons.

What is beyond argument or critique is the fact that CS:GO has blessed us with some of the most dramatic, heart-wrenching and thrilling fairy-tale runs in all of esports. Our game seems to lend itself to Hollywood-style storylines, allow for tournament-long over-performances, and bring out the very best and most combative moments from the people that play it. There are so many reasons why we all love this game, and those reasons come together in many of these beautiful fairy-tale runs. Long live the fairy-tale run, and long live CS:GO.

Honourable mentions:

NIP at IEM Oakland 2016
NIP at IEM Oakland 2017
Gambit at PGL Major Krakow 2017
MOUZ at ESL One New York 2018
North at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018
fnatic at IEM Katowice 2018
Gambit at IEM Katowice 2021

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1183
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1426
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Norway Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Jorgen 'cromen' Robertsen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1727
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
610
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1943
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1560
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1607
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1510
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.64
Pgl gambit run
2022-03-06 21:19
12 replies
c9
2022-03-06 21:20
4 replies
#24
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Ukraine I_say_Ok
Short answer: No
2022-03-06 21:37
3 replies
no it definitely wasn't, optic eleague season 2 was
2022-03-06 22:31
2 replies
#67
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Hungary TheBudi34
+1
2022-03-06 22:52
#88
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United States Shmikeb0b
no it was mouz not getting first-rounded at Katowice 2022
2022-03-07 00:18
#14
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Netherlands daboiii
+1 also rush is short af wtf
2022-03-06 21:30
2 replies
+1 lol
2022-03-06 21:43
you can clearly see hes kneeling lol
2022-03-07 10:10
#23
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Yugoslavia Acceb
No. Are you High hltv?
2022-03-06 21:37
#50
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Brazil Necro_Spa
C9 Major title wins it, honourable mention to North at DH Stockholm with MSL awping and getting the MVP tho
2022-03-06 22:27
C9 2018 BOSTON MAJOR RUN, DOES ANYTHIGN ELSE HAVE TO BE SAID
2022-03-13 06:45
#152
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Finland KarPPa
Also they shouldve mentioned FaZe (xizt stand in) 3-0 PRIME astralis IEM Sydney
2022-04-01 18:53
#2
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United States JustBitsy
<3 Karrigan!
2022-03-06 21:19
Nah
2022-03-06 21:19
yes lol
2022-03-06 21:20
#5
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United States post_poster
Life game for karrigan
2022-03-06 21:20
1 reply
Stay mad
2022-03-06 21:43
#6
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United Kingdom Theodoooore
One of the best, but as a Gambit fan I'm biased towards Krakow, and as a amazing CS fan I'm biased towards C9 Boston.
2022-03-06 21:20
no
2022-03-06 21:23
it was pretty good
2022-03-06 21:24
Cloud9 and its undisputed
2022-03-06 21:24
9 replies
+1
2022-03-06 21:24
HLTV is reaching with this one. Both gambit and navi were majorly affected by what happened. I know comming from play-in and the stand-in thing but still, it's a reach to call this the best fairy tale run in csgo.
2022-03-06 21:36
5 replies
+11111111111 I don't know how they're saying this could be better than C9 and Gambit major runs. This run was great and all, but the major runs are easily better
2022-03-06 22:04
2 replies
#65
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France possup
their jobs are to write articles they got an article idea and wrote it lmao simple as that
2022-03-06 22:48
It is valid to make a comparison but yeah, C9 is very hard to surpass. First major for the region, in home soil, beating all the best teams and, to make it even more absurd, a comeback on the last map of the final. Insane
2022-03-06 22:54
-1 copium post
2022-03-06 23:21
1 reply
C9 and gambit runs are better no matter how you look at it.
2022-03-06 23:54
+1
2022-03-07 00:18
#109
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Brazil Anarchybr
+1 it’s not even close
2022-03-07 05:58
C9 boston major is the best underdog history.
2022-03-06 21:25
1 reply
+1 They trying to undermine NA again. Faze winning Katowice is an awesome story but he isn’t the best fairy tale we have had so far.
2022-03-07 04:07
Yes, by far.
2022-03-06 21:30
1 reply
#55
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Europe Ex0dus_
Not even close imo
2022-03-06 22:38
Gambit.
2022-03-06 21:31
#16
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France KhT
Wh- What???? What is this propaganda HLTV? FaZe won the Boston Major 16-14 in last map.Everyonw knows it. But FaZe were favourites there so Katowice one was better underdog story.
2022-03-06 21:33
2 replies
#20
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France KhT
I wonder how much muricans paid to you guys really Even event page shows Cloud9 as a winner,disgusting tbh
2022-03-06 21:40
I wish 🥲
2022-03-07 05:53
IEM Katowice 2022 makes me remember IEM Sydney 2018. FaZe also won that tournament with stand-in, Xizt.
2022-03-06 21:34
5 replies
Sydney one was more surprising because the analysts expected a 3-0 stomp for Astralis. In Katowice the analysts knew there was a fair chance for faze to win.
2022-03-06 22:10
4 replies
and considering faze almost went out to grayhound and did get beat by renegades that event.
2022-03-06 23:03
3 replies
Yup. Even the fans didn't expect it. Everyone's expectation was thrown out the window. It was something else alright. Faze without pressure is dangerous.
2022-03-07 02:01
Jokes aside, renegades seemed to be faze's kryptonite at that time, not only they best then at Sydney but they beat them at the Katowice 2019 major aswell
2022-03-07 11:02
1 reply
Think it’d be inaccurate to include Katowice 2019 in there since by then they had AdreN in the lineup n Renegades didn’t have Ustilo or Nifty anymore
2022-03-08 01:53
#18
SpawN | 
Norway hemy
Its just a game HLTV.
2022-03-06 21:34
no.
2022-03-06 21:35
not a real run im my books
2022-03-06 21:37
2 replies
Flair checks, opinion rejected
2022-03-07 11:03
1 reply
-swag fan
2022-03-07 20:22
#25
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Croatia nAmeless69
Belo Horizonte wasn't 2015 LOL
2022-03-06 21:39
C9 > Faze
2022-03-06 21:39
#27
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United States TARIK_GOAT
cloud9 exists
2022-03-06 21:40
1 reply
Nah it does not exist anymore, at least in csgo. Lol.
2022-03-07 07:14
Let’s be real Navi and Gambit players had other things on their mind so i don’t think the outcome would have been the same if it wasn’t for the war
2022-03-06 21:41
10 replies
+1 I think navi and gambit would have won their respective matches
2022-03-06 22:06
8 replies
The gambit one is a bit of a reach imo.
2022-03-06 22:23
7 replies
Yeah maybe they could've taken a map off but it still would've been much closer without the war imo
2022-03-06 22:23
No it‘s not Gambit literally gained steam every match. They were the favorites. No way they would‘ve lost vs a stand-in, if their minds were clear.
2022-03-06 22:45
5 replies
gambit lost to faze with olof more times than they beat them so its easy to conclude that faze with ropz would destroy gambit
2022-03-07 00:00
1 reply
Gambit and faze are 1-1 in lan before katowice so wtf are you talking about
2022-03-07 13:44
Heroic didn't have their minds on war but still lost to faze in the same fashion, I am not saying gambit would have been swept if there wasn't war but gambit are more onliners so they would have still lost probably in a 2-1. If there wasn't a war the finals would have probably been between faze and navi
2022-03-07 11:05
2 replies
Gambit has done more than shitroic on LAN LMAO. Imagine calling them less onliners than Gambit LOL
2022-03-07 13:45
1 reply
Heroic has more Lan proven players than gambit, however you make it. Even if gambit may be a better team heroic has more experience and it's not even close
2022-03-07 13:51
#107
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Denmark 12inchNRG
Gambit shit the bed on stage at the major as well, they don't have enough experience yet so I think faze beats them anyway. Navi likely wasn't at their best, but they didn't play that great at blast either. Faze win is legit imho.
2022-03-07 05:44
#29
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Europe pmon
No.
2022-03-06 21:42
#30
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Cambodia CyBeRv!
hltv.org/events/4553/dreamhack-masters-m.. sorry but this is for me the cinderella story of cs go
2022-03-06 21:42
1 reply
#71
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Serbia e_loK
but fnatic was good for a little while before the winter break. Also that was the best tournament in 2019
2022-03-06 23:03
what? how was it even a fairytale run? 0/8
2022-03-06 21:50
#34
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Hungary szia
how is this even a discussion when eleague boston existed?
2022-03-06 21:51
2 replies
Yep
2022-03-06 21:52
cuz c9 were #4 in the world, so they were a dark horse
2022-03-07 01:29
Nope. Qbf quarters, Avangar final better. Navi winning the major best.
2022-03-06 21:52
>the best fairy-tale run in CS:GO really?
2022-03-06 21:56
#38
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Puerto Rico pain^
Didn't read. Just a fluke tournament
2022-03-06 21:58
C9 Boston will always be in my heart but probably because im an american
2022-03-06 22:00
3 replies
#44
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Germany KimpaVita
That is still the best IMO
2022-03-06 22:11
2 replies
Yeah its hard to judge as an american if it is because of course my own country winning is gonna make me think its best but I think it is such an underdog story and it had so many twists and turns
2022-03-06 22:49
+1
2022-03-18 18:44
Avangar did the same thing as ENCE but wasn't even in the mentions, funny
2022-03-06 22:02
2 replies
liquid and navi > renegades and vitality
2022-03-07 09:59
1 reply
Big teams underperforming in the group stage and fucking up the bracket wasn't the fault of Avangar
2022-03-07 10:31
#45
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Europe Tsukisaki
Quantum Bellator Fire ?
2022-03-06 22:12
Of course not.
2022-03-06 22:19
what's so impressive about it? lmao calm down bro
2022-03-06 22:24
that was one of the best tournaments I've ever seen perhaps, so fun to watch.
2022-03-06 22:30
#52
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Turkey _TT
TL;DR: yes.
2022-03-06 22:30
HLTV shilling for FaZe... they win a single tourney and all blasted all over the site. Probably received some big bux from the FaZe org for this shit.
2022-03-06 22:33
2 replies
#56
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Sweden dogtown
cry is free
2022-03-06 22:40
Faze have too many kids fans who think in binary opinions, so ez target to farm kids.
2022-03-06 22:43
#57
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Afghanistan s1mesy
I don't see why ence is mentioned so many times but not avangar who were a much bigger surprise
2022-03-06 22:40
1 reply
And that core is still kicking unlike ence aug abusers.
2022-03-06 22:44
We saying fairy tale like this isn’t a super team Twistzz - Star player, best aimer in CS history Ropz - arguably the 2nd best rifle in the world, definitely top 5 Karrigan - S Tier IGL Broky - Top tier support/awper. Some of the best clutch stats since 2020 Rain and JKS are also both great players in their production own right. This ain’t a fairytale. This is a legit team.
2022-03-06 22:44
the reach with this one holy fuck...na'vi would've won that event and you know why they weren't able to. celebrate within the realms of reason and logic, please.
2022-03-06 22:46
#63
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Denmark Baxebondi
Gambit 2017 were more of a fairytale story IMO
2022-03-06 22:47
#64
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
faze is easily my favourite team atm. (maybe g2 idk) but no, ofc not. its not even top 4. winning with a sub is crazy but when 2 of the best teams in the world are playing like shit because of out of game reasons its gonna have a * on it.
2022-03-06 22:48
Gambits major win is way ahead of everything, nothing else even comes close.
2022-03-06 22:54
No it's very obviously C9. Like C9 was weaker 1-5 then 2018 Faze. They were also weaker 1-5 then SK. Maybe not G2 but G2 was clearly better at that point in time. At the time it was called a French super team even. This Faze clan is literally a super team in it's own right. I know flag checks out and all that but be real. This isn't even a major. There's no real argument here. It also has the cherry on top of being in front of a home crowd. For the first major win in that regions history.
2022-03-06 23:01
#72
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Brazil MrLucas
not even top 10, did they forget to say it is a sponsered post?
2022-03-06 23:03
1 reply
+1
2022-03-06 23:06
I would say it competes with the 2018 major, but idk
2022-03-06 23:04
there is a typo Belo Horizonte was not in 2015 but in 2018
2022-03-06 23:09
#77
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El Salvador Bredalow
i really like Luminosity's major win story of MLG Columbus 2016 as in terms of fairy tale story. The c9 major win holds a bit more prestige overall but in terms of fairy tale stories luminosity is more like 1 since it was the beginning of the SA scene and the team went on from there to become a top team. C9 basically fell apart after that major
2022-03-06 23:09
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Luminosity if you take the history since 2015 as a whole i would call a better fairy tale story. But on a only event thing, C9 run is the best undisputed.
2022-03-07 05:23
Ence > all
2022-03-06 23:15
MLG Columbus where Luminosity did win was by far the best one. They were the underdogs, far behind any team, they didn't have enough money, everyone on the team slept together in some not that big of a room, some others players even donated for them to be able to be at the major, I think that flusha was one of the players that did help them there. But they won against any team, and against Liquid on the semis they came from two 15x9 or 15x10 to overtime, this was the game where cold did the 4K jump kill, there is no play more "fairy tale" than that shit. On the final they beat NAVI that everyone thought was stronger and came on top, the first map on final was 19x17, only the second one was a easy one with 16x2.
2022-03-06 23:26
#81
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Korea Lyoa
Absolutely not. They would've met NaVi and have gotten their ass kicked, if it wasn't for Putlers war in NaVi's home country, making their players not having their head in the game, understandably.
2022-03-06 23:28
i dont know if it was the best but it was HAWWWTT karrigan definitely deserved big win in CS:GO!
2022-03-06 23:43
#83
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Finland Kashmiir
It was like Harry Potta.
2022-03-06 23:45
#84
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Turkey orionski
Fnatic IEM Katowice 2018
2022-03-06 23:51
#87
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Sweden Akoulad
YES
2022-03-07 00:09
#90
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United States caliprep
They won a huge tournament title...Its a big deal
2022-03-07 00:33
#91
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Sweden XenoRex
I would 100% say fnatic in malmö 2019 dreamhack masters
2022-03-07 00:36
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#134
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb
kato 2018 was far better. gone out 0-3 in the previous tournament then won katowice after starting from online qualifiers
2022-03-07 16:46
No it wasn't due the extruciating circumstances. Something like Ence 2019 is clearly ahead. I would even put Gambit Katowice last ahead of this Faze Katowice and that wouldn't be anywhere close to top.
2022-03-07 00:43
#93
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Germany RIP_MY_NIP
HLTV writers running out of ideas lmao. go interview some tier 3 team about their future so you jinx them for all of eternity
2022-03-07 00:47
As a FaZe fan, I must give it to Ence, impressive run going 0-2 in the group and 0:1 by maps losing the map 1-7 and managing to win it 16-14 and then win the next.
2022-03-07 00:52
Watching C9 Boston major-run live was the best series I've ever watch. Faze Kato was the second.
2022-03-07 01:07
I mean, for an entire invasion to occur during an event to weaken some of the top contending teams and allow faze to win (even with stand in)... seems pretty fairy tale esque to me
2022-03-07 01:11
#97
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Latvia laiziolas
i think no, this is just beginning.. #FazeUp
2022-03-07 01:18
No it was expected :)
2022-03-07 03:11
plz fire the person who wrote this garbage
2022-03-07 04:42
3 replies
+1 its a joke to csgo history.
2022-03-07 05:26
+1 clickbait + not even proofread. Belo Horizonte event link shows 2015 but goes to 2018. It is also 2018 btw where FaZe had cromen as a stand-in. this is bruh moment
2022-03-07 06:03
1 reply
HLTV hire me as proofreader please i actually read your articles probably more than the writer
2022-03-07 06:05
NA won major bro, most fairy tail story ever
2022-03-07 05:27
No, main title contender was out because of ongoing war.
2022-03-07 06:41
Faze at Belo Horizonte over Gambit at Krakow and Ence at London over AVANGAR at Berlin are retarde.
2022-03-07 07:27
lol please stop i love faze so much but this post is so cringe
2022-03-07 08:04
#116
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France d0py
yes
2022-03-07 08:36
#117
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Hong Kong sti11fac
I would like to remind that Optics odds for winning eleague season 2 was 1:3000 (gambits major 1:75)
2022-03-07 09:22
long live skadoodle
2022-03-07 09:24
Belo horizonte 2015 pog
2022-03-07 09:32
not even top-10, far from Gambit 2017
2022-03-07 10:26
1 reply
0/8
2022-03-07 10:27
hltv.org/matches/2292409/ibuypower-vs-ne.. Best cinderella story in my opinion
2022-03-07 11:07
No. Everyone says C9 and it was crazy, but Gambit with Zeus was just shocking, given whole background story.
2022-03-07 15:51
Nothing can top C9 Boston. Though it's possibly my worst day as a Faze and GuardiaN fan but C9's run is the best fairy tale run with the best ending
2022-03-07 16:40
#135
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Serbia bra1np
Yes
2022-03-07 17:09
pgl krakow gambit doe olofmeister i love you!
2022-03-07 17:14
once again the same dude ignoring the elephant in the room. this doesn't make you seem professional or objective. it makes you seem incompetent which i guess is a requirement to get a job at hltv. after this im not sure why anyone would ever bother reading any of your articles provided you are averse to "uncomfortable" facts. in other words i expect you to have a successful partnership with hltv. they need more people like you.
2022-03-07 17:47
#138
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Norway Katyanne
Nobody has yet beat ENCE in Katowice 2019. From zero to hero. They were the first ones to really show anybody has a chance.
2022-03-07 19:02
Navi were majorlty affacted by the war.... they would have won tbh.
2022-03-07 19:15
#142
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Hungary kushh_
Avangar or ENCE all day. I'd prefer ENCE
2022-03-08 14:42
I just want a Netflix docu-series episode about this run SO BADLY
2022-03-11 00:10
how they gonna forget OpTic at eleague smh
2022-03-13 10:50
#146
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Chile Nemesix9
Lets Go Faze Clan
2022-03-14 14:08
#147
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Norway hemy
ENCE would approve. Best fairy tail
2022-03-16 19:43
#148
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Denmark Kon10R
Hard to tell what is the "best of" anything. I just think that all the "-Karrigan" threads look a bit funny and stupid by now. 😁😁 WHICH other IGL would be able to pull THIS off with Lord knows who stand-ins?
2022-03-17 11:34
Most fairy-tale — victory of noobs cloud9
2022-03-17 15:55
It's only CSGO when a world top 4 wins a tournament and people calling it a fairy tale.
2022-03-29 13:30
of course not luminosity gaming > all
2022-04-03 19:53
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