FaZe advance to PGL Major Antwerp grand final after edging out Spirit

FaZe become the first grand finalists following their triumphant 2-0 series over Spirit.

In the first semi-final matchup, it was FaZe who emerged victorious over their Russian opponents Spirit to grant them a spot in the grand finals of the PGL Major Antwerp, showcasing their brilliance across two maps by taking an extremely competitive Mirage 16-13, and a triple-overtime Dust2 25-23.

Despite having been eliminated from the Major at this stage, Spirit's run was nothing short of remarkable, proving that the competition's youngest squad, led by Leonid "⁠chopper⁠" Vishnyakov, can go toe-to-toe with some of the world's best and more experienced players.

The second semi-final matchup, between Natus Vincere and ENCE, will determine FaZe's opponent in the grand finals on Sunday.

Will FaZe be crowned the champions on Sunday?

Mirage was the map to kick the series off, which saw Spirit draw first blood by taking the pistol round after a solid B apartments hold from Robert "⁠Patsi⁠" Isyanov and Pavel "⁠s1ren⁠" Ogloblin. After trading a couple of rounds to keep things level at 3 apiece, FaZe were able to break away from their Russian opponents by methodically executing their site pushes, accompanied by multi-kills courtesy of Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard and Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, to find themselves leading 7-3. Spirit were able to stop their opponents' site push in the 11th to break their run, however FaZe quickly bounced back as they only dropped one more round in the first half, entering the switch up 10-5.

Spirit opened the second period with a superb quad-kill from Patsi in the pistol round while also winning the next two, taking advantage of their opponents' financial struggles as they narrowed down their deficit to 8-10. The two teams then went on three-round sprees as the scoreline read 13-11 in favor of FaZe.

The ensuing rounds were as tightly-contested as possible, with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen clutching a 1vs3 for his team and Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov denying FaZe map point through a 1vs2 clutch of his own. Both sides pushed each other to the very edge, with FaZe narrowly edging out Spirit, wrapping up Mirage in the 29th round as ropz denied s1ren what would have been a decisive ace for the Russian.

rain stepped up huge for his team, dropping a server-high 29 kills on Mirage

FaZe got off to a hot start on Dust2, attaining a 4-1 lead through impressive area control along with Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants and rain's nine and eight kills, respectively. As the pair of teams kept going back-and-forth, what looked like yet another round on the board for FaZe in the 12th turned into a successful 2vs4 and ace clutch for Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev, giving Spirit the morale boost they needed to try and catch up to karrigan's squad. Even though the Russians eventually brought the score to within one, FaZe rounded out the first half strong by taking the last three rounds, finding themselves up 9-6 after 15.

Coming out of the break, both Spirit and FaZe exchanged scoring runs, until the Russians took six in a row and were eventually able to tie the game, claiming their first lead of the map just a round later, as chopper's side were now the ones in the driver's seat, holding a 13-12 lead. After a successful Spirit retake on the A site, which gave the Russians map point with two rounds to go, FaZe knew it was all or nothing and switched on at the very last moment, denying their opponents the win in regulation, forcing overtime.

Three overtimes, numerous heart-wrenching moments and countless sensational clutches from both sides later, it's FaZe that ultimately seal Dust2 25-23, and the entire semi-final series to book their place in the grand finals of the Major.

Matchpage
2
0
21st May 2022
16
Mirage
13
25
Dust2
23
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 53 +12 94.7 1.33
48 - 48 0 78.6 1.12
59 - 49 +10 71.8 1.11
52 - 43 +9 63.1 1.00
47 - 51 -4 73.1 0.94
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 53 +5 88.6 1.19
50 - 47 +3 62.1 1.05
49 - 53 -4 67.5 0.94
42 - 62 -20 66.9 0.83
45 - 56 -11 65.4 0.82
Russia Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Leonid 'chopper' Vishnyakov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
667
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1101
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Russia Pavel 's1ren' Ogloblin
Pavel 's1ren' Ogloblin
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
179
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
624
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1983
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Russia Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Robert 'Patsi' Isyanov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
675
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.60
#1
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Turkey TheKaiser
eZaF4FaZe
2022-05-21 19:28
35 replies
#11
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Norway KhT
FAZEUP
2022-05-21 19:28
8 replies
deserved win after all. But holy shit did Faze got lucky in some rounds. If they need to rely that much on luck tomorrow aswell they wont win.
2022-05-21 19:31
7 replies
Yet another quick and easy win for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 champions aka FaZe Clan!!!! #FaZeEra
2022-05-21 19:34
5 replies
faze struggling vs a tier2 team ez major for whoever wins in ence vs navi
2022-05-21 20:26
4 replies
Spirit isn't exactly a tier 1 team, this isn't 2017 my g
2022-05-21 20:42
1 reply
You just agreed w/ him
2022-05-21 21:26
Spirit didn't even play like tier 2, they played they're best map as best as possible, with of course misplays. FaZe vs Spirit proved that Spirit could win, even with tier 1 teams
2022-05-22 07:28
spirit also got lucky cause faze lost a lot of rounds lol
2022-05-21 22:27
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:31
22 replies
#46
jabbi | 
Poland czan
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:33
14 replies
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:33
13 replies
#73
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Latvia Licha_
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:38
12 replies
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:52
8 replies
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:56
7 replies
respect spirit
2022-05-21 19:57
6 replies
#127
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Brazil claudiao
respect spirit
2022-05-21 20:00
respect spirit
2022-05-21 20:06
4 replies
#133
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Czech Republic PAVLiTKO
respect spirit
2022-05-21 20:07
3 replies
#141
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Romania Coxmin
respect spirit <3
2022-05-21 20:21
2 replies
respect spirit
2022-05-21 20:40
1 reply
respect spirit
2022-05-22 05:38
#130
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Ukraine Yuras
spirit washed up
2022-05-21 20:01
2 replies
#169
jabbi | 
Poland czan
respect spirit
2022-05-23 09:49
1 reply
#170
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Ukraine Yuras
2022-05-23 09:50
#53
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Turkey TheKaiser
I don't see any disrespect here, just a bit of praise for FaZe. Everybody should respect Spirit, no one thought they'd be here. Yet they played better than the most.
2022-05-21 19:34
5 replies
It was not an easy game by any stretch of imagination man :D
2022-05-21 19:40
3 replies
#100
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Turkey TheKaiser
Believe me, I know, I was shaking at the end lmao. The comment was more of a "EZ4ENCE" sort of thing; just hyping up. GG and WP to the both sides, we could've seen Spirit going to the grand final if things were just a bit different, congratz to them for their strong performance throughout the Major; and GL to FaZe in the grand final.
2022-05-21 19:47
2 replies
Yeah, it could have even gone to 3rd map if the spirit youngsters were playing like they did recently. But it was definitely a great game of CS to watch. GL in MM or faceit man, have a nice day ;)
2022-05-21 20:01
1 reply
#151
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Turkey TheKaiser
You too!
2022-05-21 20:48
+1
2022-05-21 21:16
#67
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Brazil beugen1o
Total respect! They're a really good team...
2022-05-21 19:36
would not say easy mate.. you gotta admit Spirit played very well and they deserve some respect...
2022-05-21 19:34
2 replies
#76
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Turkey TheKaiser
#53 it wasn't really meant to be disrespectful, it's like EZ4ENCE; full respect to Spirit nonetheless.
2022-05-21 19:39
1 reply
ok :) +1
2022-05-21 19:44
#2
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Canada JustLuke
LETS GO
2022-05-21 19:28
1 reply
EZ FOR KARRIGAN youtu.be/Ydz2bn9Oj7I
2022-05-21 19:42
FaZeUP
2022-05-21 19:28
GOODLUCK in the finals
2022-05-21 19:28
WP Spirit <3 this team will be dangerous for the rest of the year. This performance made me love CS again.
2022-05-21 19:28
2 replies
+1 GG
2022-05-21 19:33
It was such an incredible game, ggs.
2022-05-21 19:34
Feel sad for Spirit, good games though, respect
2022-05-21 19:28
#7
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Andorra CapDeSuro01
csgo not dead
2022-05-21 19:28
FazeUp
2022-05-21 19:28
#9
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Greece cristmon_cs
faze the fuck up
2022-05-21 19:28
good run from spirit. even played well against current top 1 team in the world
2022-05-21 19:28
1 reply
#115
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Hungary alpH4rd
They've been playing outstandingly! And they've run deep. Great performance!
2022-05-21 19:52
#12
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Russia DomRemi
GGWP, deserves the final and victory in it
2022-05-21 19:29
zero respect from now on for faze in OT, lucked themselves through it spirit delivered them the trade everytime they had an advantage its insane. eventually they would've won the series anyways but Dust2 should've gone the way of Spirit
2022-05-21 19:29
2 replies
#80
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United States kami917
Lol ok
2022-05-21 19:40
It's not luck idiot, it's Spirit giving them frags they shouldn't...
2022-05-21 19:50
Wp Spirit, up until now i thought that you had just easy road to semis, but that was a strong showing vs Faze. Mad respect for them.
2022-05-21 19:29
#15
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Asia lanlan
Let's say it together: FAZE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
2022-05-21 19:29
BANGER SERIES
2022-05-21 19:30
#17
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United States Phanji
if only patsi showed up, a third map wouldve been epic
2022-05-21 19:30
#FaZeUp! #FAZETHEFUCKUP!
2022-05-21 19:30
Bro the 2nd map was something special
2022-05-21 19:30
GG SPIRIT SO CLOSE :(
2022-05-21 19:30
#21
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Chile nachooww
LETS GOOOOO
2022-05-21 19:30
RAIN
2022-05-21 19:30
Spirit should be proud AF. Damn they put up a fight!
2022-05-21 19:30
#FaZeUp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2022-05-21 19:31
thank god Faze won
2022-05-21 19:31
Great Game, Great Players. WP Spirit respect
2022-05-21 19:31
botky carried again by god rain
2022-05-21 19:31
god rain
2022-05-21 19:31
Faze_Upppppppppppppppppppppppppp ♥
2022-05-21 19:31
Faze Navi final would be fireworks
2022-05-21 19:31
Wat a Game!
2022-05-21 19:31
Rain on his way for MVP
2022-05-21 19:32
This game made me fall in love with cs all over again. Thank you Karrigan
2022-05-21 19:32
#36
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Romania Coxmin
rain mvp of the major confirmed
2022-05-21 19:32
#37
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Russia VILBy
#FAZEUP
2022-05-21 19:32
NT spirit,from disband to going major playoff in a few months-that insane.Thats major for faze,next maybe for you?
2022-05-21 19:32
Spirit fluke finally over, Jesus took them a while
2022-05-21 19:32
Undeserved
2022-05-21 19:32
#42
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Romania SkipLD
Hope Spirit hang around tier1. Gl in the final Faze
2022-05-21 19:32
GG Spirit
2022-05-21 19:33
faze upp
2022-05-21 19:33
#48
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Nice faze
2022-05-21 19:33
#49
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Ukraine SwissRolls
gg nt spirit!
2022-05-21 19:33
#50
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Romania Zer0_hltv
Best game ever!!!
2022-05-21 19:33
What a game! Very well played. All the best in the finals! <3
2022-05-21 19:33
#57
 | 
Finland AliSabid
Damn gg bois! Only up from here Spirit and Godster!
2022-05-21 19:34
That was wonderful series to watch on Sunday, just like doctor ordered, Ence vs Navi is potential banger too. Big NT Spirit, should have closed dust 2, you had so many opportunities in your hands but they slipped though, i cant imagine the pressure that Spirit players were experiencing at that moment. Good luck in finals, Faze Clan. Also me before the major :) hltv.org/matches/2355800/spirit-vs-ence-..
2022-05-21 19:43
My fing heart holy smokes this match straight into history books!
2022-05-21 19:35
i'm so proud for Spirit, wp :)
2022-05-21 19:35
Dust 2 was one of the best maps of all time GGWP and NT Spirit
2022-05-21 19:35
#63
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United States cybonics
GG WP SPIRIT, SO CLOSE!! <333
2022-05-21 19:35
#64
ropz | 
Mexico Fire11
FAZE UP
2022-05-21 19:35
#65
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Russia mshkoda
GG wp, insane match
2022-05-21 19:36
nt spirit i liked their playstyle
2022-05-21 19:36
#68
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Other Quagmire_
Lucky bots. s1mple is going to demolish them in the finals. Faze going to choke another major final kekw
2022-05-21 19:36
#69
REZ | 
Romania noxoNN
Now they choke in final vs na'vi like they choke back in 2018
2022-05-21 19:37
#70
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El Salvador Bredalow
Faze uppp
2022-05-21 19:37
#72
Loh | 
CIS iFiKe
WP Spirit <3 GL FaZe in the Final
2022-05-21 19:38
great match GG!
2022-05-21 19:39
faze choke inc
2022-05-21 19:39
rain mvp
2022-05-21 19:40
#82
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Europe b7ack0ut
very nice
2022-05-21 19:40
Mad major from chopper, proving to be a top tier igl
2022-05-21 19:41
Classic 2nd map! Sadly for Spirit, faZe (ropz in particular) managed to punish their little mistakes and kinda "steal" the map away from them (Those smoke kills/openings... :/ ). Boomer had fun watching! Pleased to see chopper reach such a high level as well <3
2022-05-21 19:41
#87
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Russia mcs#
great show, gg Spirit
2022-05-21 19:42
Amazing run by Spirit. You should be proud of yourselves! In the end inexperienced costed them some rounds they should've won. It'll come with time. Good luck in the future.
2022-05-21 19:42
FAZE UP GG SPIRIT
2022-05-21 19:43
#90
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Turkey _Gamer
this is one of the best series I watched ngl
2022-05-21 19:43
lucky lol NAVI 2:0 these dudes
2022-05-21 19:43
2 replies
Navi not in final
2022-05-21 19:48
1 reply
!remindme 2 1/2 hours
2022-05-21 20:19
#92
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Europe tsken
I am so proud of the boys! No matter what happens in the end! FazeUp
2022-05-21 19:43
im sure that Patsi is deaf lmao
2022-05-21 19:44
Spirit are so good man, what a great showin for an inexperienced team in semis of the major gg was expected
2022-05-21 19:44
5/5 pickem
2022-05-21 19:45
GGWP
2022-05-21 19:47
Where Are All the rain doubters now?
2022-05-21 19:47
unreal, degster and dycha played together in sprout, and both players in semi-finals
2022-05-21 19:48
5 replies
Wait, when did degster play for Sprout? He is not shown there hltv.org/team/8637/sprout#tab-rosterBox
2022-05-21 19:52
4 replies
he was stand-in there, i'll try to find it
2022-05-21 19:52
2 replies
did not know, thanks
2022-05-21 19:55
1 reply
no problem
2022-05-21 19:55
#103
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Argentina nymeros
#ThisIsIt
2022-05-21 19:48
ez
2022-05-21 19:48
time to shine
2022-05-21 19:49
ropz found his team
2022-05-21 19:51
That was a hell of a game, so entertaining. And the most important thing, I don't hate Spirit anymore :D
2022-05-21 19:51
This game is absolute proof that 2-0's are not always blowouts. This was an absolutely insanely hard fought win by FaZe. And holy shit does Team Spirit deserve some respect now. They absolutely proved they can go toe to toe with anyone in CS. I'm definitely excited for their future.
2022-05-21 19:52
1 reply
#148
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Finland ZoqFotPik
Well said
2022-05-21 20:39
GG's Faze always make things nerve wrecking. Well played to Spirit!
2022-05-21 19:54
#121
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Portugal dracø
good showing from spirit, sad it didn't go to a third map. Gl in the final faze
2022-05-21 19:55
faze better win man I need to see rain and karrigan with a major
2022-05-21 19:56
Spirit you have my o7
2022-05-21 19:57
Rlly good match Spirit vs Faze !!
2022-05-21 19:58
#128
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Brazil davidzor
Lets go boys
2022-05-21 20:00
Rain mvp if faze win
2022-05-21 20:05
nt Spirit
2022-05-21 20:12
The best game of the entire major
2022-05-21 20:14
What a game! Huge respect to Spirit, they played lights out! I love that the arena respected them and they respect the audience back. Wholesome. No matter what now, this finals are going to be bangers!
2022-05-21 20:17
#137
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United Kingdom trtr098
EZ4NATO
2022-05-21 20:18
NiKo in shambles after Faze win major
2022-05-21 20:18
Sh1tty casters, rip highlights 💔
2022-05-21 20:20
2 replies
#146
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Romania Coxmin
pls tell me ur joking lmao
2022-05-21 20:35
1 reply
Not even close, real shit ☹️
2022-05-23 19:52
Great match, i missed anders in this game a lot despite casters did what they could.
2022-05-21 20:30
#147
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa
rain shutting the mouth of haters !
2022-05-21 20:35
S1ren and patsi were amazing ... but today .. not so
2022-05-21 20:49
1 reply
#153
ropz | 
India psn46
Patsi missed shot on ropz with that glock gun. Otherwise it could have gone to 3rd map
2022-05-21 20:58
"edging out spirit"... it was 2-0, not even close, regardless triple overtime on spirits own map pick. they didnt edge out that win, they dominated them.
2022-05-21 21:10
4 replies
#161
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Sweden tzdevill
FaZe almost lost that second map, what do you mean lmao
2022-05-22 01:07
3 replies
almost? it didnt matter if they did lose map 2, they still had a map under their belts and spirit wasn't going to win map 3 anyways. faze did not "EDGE" out spirit, they dominated them. faze was going to give them a map but decided to go ahead and take it also.
2022-05-22 02:38
2 replies
So Spirit also dominated Furia right? :)
2022-05-22 04:45
Oh btw the average rounds played in a bo3 is about 56 rounds, and Faze and Spirit played 77 rounds in this game, I would not call this a dominace by any kind. I can give you a phrase from art,"They are just getting lucky so they won the match."
2022-05-22 05:25
#FaZeUP
2022-05-21 21:21
Faze to win major and rain Major MVP let’s gooooo, DIAMOND COIN I AM COOOOOOMING.
2022-05-21 21:23
ez 4 god rain top 5 2022
2022-05-22 06:01
#168
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Brazil Gaucho_10
WP Spirit <3 this team will be dangerous for the rest of the year. This performance made me love CS again.
2022-05-22 12:57
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