ENCE upset FaZe, Spirit come back against FURIA
We were treated to two exciting upsets in the third set of games of the Legends Stage.
The PGL Major Antwerp continued to deliver with ENCE securing their first win after a very convincing performance against tournament favorites FaZe, defeating them 16-8 on Mirage. Shortly after, it was the turn for Spirit to bring home an upset of their own, taking down FURIA after coming back from a 5-11 deficit to secure a 1-0 record in the Swiss stage.
A great T side on Mirage allowed Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer and company to gain the early advantage against FaZe, taking the pistol and cruising to an early 5-0 lead. Paweł "dycha" Dycha played a fantastic game, but it was Lotan "Spinx" Giladi to shine the brightest as he finished at the top of the scoreboard with a 20-8 K-D. Finn "karrigan" Andersen's men failed to get going on the CT side and struggled to maintain a healthy economy during the 5-10 half.
Moving to the T side would not change FaZe's fortunes, only stealing the second pistol and two more rounds before conceding the map 8-16 following an uninspiring offensive half. Håvard "rain" Nygaard crucially played a poor game relative to his potential and his absence was felt by the European squad.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|17 - 18||-1||93.7||1.06|
|15 - 18||-3||79.7||0.96|
|16 - 19||-3||61.0||0.79|
|14 - 18||-4||63.3||0.75|
|8 - 22||-14||36.3||0.40|
|ENCE||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|26 - 12||+14||94.9||1.68|
|20 - 15||+5||97.8||1.41|
|17 - 11||+6||77.2||1.39|
|22 - 16||+6||79.4||1.30|
|10 - 16||-6||71.1||0.92|
Meanwhile on the B stream, Spirit faced off against FURIA on Nuke. The Russian squad took the early lead after a successful pistol, but once the CT rifles came out, the Brazilians took control of the game with Yuri "yuurih" Santos excelling in the 10-5 half.
Despite claiming the second pistol, Andrei "arT" Piovezan's men were unable to snowball their advantage as Spirit converted a second-round force buy. From there, it was the Russians' turn to have fun on the CT side, stringing six in a row before retaking the lead at 13-12. Pavel "s1ren" Ogloblin was the man to watch on the server as he recovered from a quiet T side to top the leaderboard for his team with a 23-15 K-D.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|23 - 17||+6||88.6||1.26|
|18 - 21||-3||79.4||1.07|
|13 - 15||-2||63.6||1.03|
|15 - 20||-5||57.4||0.77|
|14 - 18||-4||39.6||0.66|