FaZe within reach of Intel Grand Slam after promising bracket draw

The world's best team is one event away from the coveted Intel Grand Slam title.

FaZe are within arm's reach of adding yet another historic achievement to their tally this year. After winning the PGL Antwerp Major, as well as both IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne, they have set their eyes on the Intel Grand Slam.

The international team can secure the $1,000,000 in prize money if they win their next four games and claim the ESL Pro League Season 16 title, which would make them the fourth team to win the IGS alongside Astralis, Liquid, and Natus Vincere.

FaZe can secure the Intel Grand Slam in Malta

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's side have won three of the last four IGS events that were held, their first two trophies coming back-to-back at IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League Season 15. They earned their third notch on the Grand Slam at IEM Cologne where they defeated rivals Natus Vincere in a five-map thriller ahead of the summer break.

If FaZe win the Intel Grand Slam, Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken will become the first player to ever achieve the feat twice in his career having won the second season with Liquid in 2019.

FaZe can accomplish the feat in the second-least amount of time possible should they triumph at EPL, only behind the 2019 Liquid roster that emerged victorious at four consecutive Intel Grand Slam events to win the second season.

For comparison, Astralis won four out of nine tournaments to claim the first season's title, clinching their victory at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals in 2018. Natus Vincere ended 2021 on a high note and claimed three events in the latter part of the year, in addition to their IEM Katowice 2020 victory, to win the third season.

Starting the new season, FaZe placed 4-6th in their first event, BLAST Fall Groups, and most recently finished second in Group A at ESL Pro League with a 4-1 record, not showing their peak performance quite yet. However, their playoff run at EPL begins with a favorable first-round matchup against Complexity, who have largely struggled on the international stage in 2022. Awaiting the winner of the first match is Cloud9, the only team to defeat FaZe at an Intel Grand Slam event this year which they did in the quarter-finals of IEM Dallas, with fnatic, MOUZ, and Liquid also on FaZe's side of the bracket.

Natus Vincere, who have constantly challenged FaZe throughout the year, are located in the opposite side of the bracket together with other Big Event mainstays such as G2, Heroic, Vitality, and FURIA. Given the format of the playoffs, karrigan's crew can only meet one of these teams, and that is at the tournament's BO5 grand final, where the international squad's experience with this 5-man lineup should give them the edge over anyone else in the field. If FaZe were to lose in the grand final, though, their opponent will earn an extra $100,000 "giant killer bonus".

Looking at the status of the IGS race, Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and company currently sit on one win which came from IEM Dallas 2022. Vitality also have a notch on the IGS from their IEM Winter 2021 victory when they were a fully-French lineup, but it doesn't count towards their current roster's tally as they made three player changes, losing their core after the addition of Lotan "⁠Spinx⁠" Giladi.

The events and winners of Intel Grand Slam Season 4 so far are:

IEM Winter 2021 - France Vitality (not counted for current team)
IEM Katowice 2022 - Europe FaZe
ESL Pro League Season 15 - Europe FaZe
IEM Dallas 2022 - Russia Cloud9
IEM Cologne 2022 - Europe FaZe

Israel Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Lotan 'Spinx' Giladi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
465
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2052
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1415
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
#1
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Canada bruhmeister
L if they lose
2022-09-26 16:06
12 replies
And W if they win
2022-09-26 16:07
1 reply
#84
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Finland Kashmiir
F if they fail
2022-09-27 00:12
#37
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United States Virgin Islands zj2
nice news, now they will lose 100% cursed
2022-09-26 16:44
controversial
2022-09-26 17:19
W They should win the IGS at Brazil major
2022-09-26 17:30
3 replies
Furia should win at Brazil Major, that would be awesome.
2022-09-26 18:23
2 replies
#82
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United States Cashen
As a Vitality fan, yes Furia should win at Rio
2022-09-26 22:56
#87
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New Zealand Melting
I should win st Brazil major that would be awesome
2022-09-27 01:12
would be more epic if they win it at rio tho
2022-09-26 18:34
3 replies
Yeah, I wanted them to win Dallas so they could’ve won the IGS with cologne, something more prestigious than EPL
2022-09-26 19:34
1 reply
cologne or rio would defo be 1000% better than EPL
2022-09-27 12:06
#91
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Canada MiLkBaGzz
+1 im secretly routing against faze & twistzz here because i want them to win it at rio
2022-09-27 06:48
gl
2022-09-26 16:07
#4
HooXi | 
United States harxDy
no
2022-09-26 16:07
#5
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England pumk1n1
Complexity vs Furia grand final btw
2022-09-26 16:07
3 replies
#8
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
And complexity bring their first t1 win after a 3-2 closed game
2022-09-26 16:08
2 replies
HLTV time traveler 🤯
2022-09-26 17:11
#72
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Netherlands Bot1ch
how did he know??????????
2022-09-26 20:50
Lets goooo
2022-09-26 16:07
#7
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China GuileEe
karrigan goat
2022-09-26 16:08
Wont be easy at all c9 Is always legit. Complexity had upsets. Boys are gonna have to work
2022-09-26 16:09
7 replies
#30
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Denmark RainsChild
Yeah c9 in studio is as difficult as navi in front of crowd. Idk why anyone thinks this is an ez bracket lol.
2022-09-26 16:33
6 replies
playoffs are in front of a crowd this time
2022-09-26 16:43
3 replies
#48
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Denmark RainsChild
sauce?
2022-09-26 16:54
2 replies
small crowd iirc.
2022-09-26 16:56
hltv.org/matches/2356300/faze-vs-cloud9-.. praying for a game like this again
2022-09-26 19:43
100
2022-09-26 23:20
how does vitality still have a title towards the grand slam if the IEM winter roster was only 2/5?
2022-09-26 16:09
4 replies
Oh this is actually true, even the IGS website still lists Vitality though -- presuming it is a mistake
2022-09-26 16:11
3 replies
Maybe the standing is for those 5 players (or a 3-man core if they ever got back together) and a separate entry will be added if this vitality ever wins a tournament
2022-09-26 16:19
2 replies
it actually shows the lineup with spinx so it doesn't make sense really
2022-09-26 16:19
1 reply
I would assume it's easiest to just put a link directly to the org, whatever team they might, have, and they'll get to updating it if they have to
2022-09-26 16:21
Will CoL get 100k usd for denying them the grand slam if they beat them?
2022-09-26 16:09
3 replies
I’m pretty sure the 100k bonus is only if it happens in the grand finals
2022-09-26 16:10
1 reply
Lame
2022-09-26 16:10
#14
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England pumk1n1
no thats only for in the final
2022-09-26 16:10
c9 will smash them EZ
2022-09-26 16:09
#17
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United States cybonics
coL is the better team
2022-09-26 16:11
Why are you jinxing hltv? You hate Faze? This article is such a d move
2022-09-26 16:14
2 replies
They did same before Antwerp and look what happened :)
2022-09-26 21:13
1 reply
Their employees are pushing their agenda too hard. Unacceptable
2022-09-26 21:35
Do players get to keep all that $1million prize money like usual tournament or does it go to org? I wonder what the split is in Faze..
2022-09-26 16:17
6 replies
liquipedia says it goes directly to the players; I wonder how much was wired to flamie for winning one of the tourneys (maybe 1/4 of a player which is 50k and b1t got 150k)
2022-09-26 16:24
4 replies
#31
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United States 1Tuurtle
probably nothing tbh
2022-09-26 16:35
2 replies
#43
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Turkey bizonSX
hltv.org/news/32367/navi-win-intel-grand.. “Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev, who was a part of the NAVI squad that won IEM Katowice 2020, will also get his part of the prize money for the part he played as a member of the team that won that event, with Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy claiming his percentage in the remaining three victories.”
2022-09-26 16:50
1 reply
#49
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United States 1Tuurtle
Im honestly surprised. Good for him
2022-09-26 16:55
#45
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Turkey bizonSX
2022-09-26 16:51
Maybe some for jks too
2022-09-27 00:27
#21
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Brazil flytw4tp
hope they lose let's go C9
2022-09-26 16:17
1 reply
No american crowd = no cnace for c9, mb will take a map if pick ancient or mirage
2022-09-26 16:52
eZaF
2022-09-26 16:31
Regarding the video personally I think grand slam is a bigger achievement. Like let’s be real cologne and Katowice are basically majors that just aren’t called majors. It’s not like the major has more competition than these tournaments in fact majors usually have so many upsets that there’s generally less top teams in playoffs…
2022-09-26 16:32
Bracket draw has no value for them, they are no1 and they can beat any team.
2022-09-26 16:36
2 replies
second part of your statement stands strong(if they are #1)...however...the first part of your statement lacks logic, this bracket draw has great value if they want to easily win the tournament.
2022-09-26 16:46
1 reply
+1 upper bracket make no Sense. Bottom bracket will be hard for navi. Vitality and g2 look pretty strong rn
2022-09-26 18:43
Come on FaZe, do it for Twistzz!
2022-09-26 16:41
clueless author
2022-09-26 16:42
Heroic can't be happy, if they play Faze in finals they will probably need to best Navi, then G2 and after that Vitality, to get there.
2022-09-26 16:45
1 reply
To win they need to get through Navi > G2 > Vitality > Faze That's definitely playing on hardmode.
2022-09-27 00:25
Faze has 6 remaining chances to win the grandslam. So after the major there's still 4 more shots for Faze.
2022-09-26 16:49
Sadly an easy win for Complexity
2022-09-26 16:49
#44
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Czech Republic POLOOLPPER
W
2022-09-26 16:51
promising bracket draw you say BatChest
2022-09-26 16:52
feel like IGS should be locked per season , if you cant win it in current year / season , then good luck next time , weird how vita still counted from a meme event in 21
2022-09-26 16:53
#51
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
twitszz gonna be first player to win 2 grandslams, faze has plenty of chances to win it it'd be more cooler if they win the iem major and the grandslam together ngl but for that they need to lose EPL
2022-09-26 16:56
4 replies
Yeah people said same in 2017/2018 about Faze “ah they have plenty of chances” “no way they gonna lose 3 finals” and they lost in final of EPL, Oakland and Katowice and look how things turned out at the end…. when it’s done it’s done
2022-09-26 21:18
3 replies
#76
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
i dont think its gonna happen twice, this faze has way better mental fortitude
2022-09-26 21:38
2 replies
Well I also hope it won’t happen again, but after so many fuck ups from Faze I am really careful before I start to celebrate
2022-09-26 21:57
1 reply
#78
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Bangladesh ImpacT_
you are worrying too much mate, they already proved how good they are in tight situations, karrigan will go an extra mile to secure the grandslam trust me
2022-09-26 22:12
faze lose to col so that they can win IGS in front of brazil crowd
2022-09-26 17:12
c9 is worst opponent for faze,beside na vi.So i dont see how this is an ez draw
2022-09-26 17:30
Am I the only one wondering why the writers didn't mention that should they win on Sunday, they would win $175,000 + $1,000,000 ? Or am I getting this wrong?
2022-09-26 17:55
1 reply
That is what the intel grand slam is, it was more or less mentioned in the title
2022-09-26 22:39
stop jinx men))
2022-09-26 18:16
#63
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Asia flipflop
based
2022-09-26 18:33
TOs need to stream bracket draws
2022-09-26 18:33
#66
FASHR | 
France Ansi
too bad that they are done for.
2022-09-26 18:41
#67
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United Kingdom Leftie
hardest to get past will be C9, maybe G2 if they get into the semis or final with FaZe
2022-09-26 18:42
admins are just baiting now, stop looking at takes from viewers htlv admins honestly. faze, c9 and liquid are all quality teams, navi, g2 and vitality are all quality teams, let's be honest, heroic and furia aren't a threat, the brackets are even
2022-09-26 19:53
1 reply
FaZe is obviously a favorite to win the event, and C9 are the biggest threat to them. But outside of that Liquid have been really weak (barely getting through the group and losing to EF), Fnatic are the 2nd worst team in the playoffs, only team being weaker is FaZe's first round matchup of Complexity. On the other side of the bracket, both Outsiders and FURIA are good dark horse teams (especially with how KSCERATO has been playing), heroic were an elite level team just a few months ago and certainly will be showing up to play here, Na Vi are favorites to win this event alongside FaZe, and G2 and Vitality are new and promising rosters. Its clear the brackets are far from even
2022-09-26 22:29
Lucky brackets FaZe have an easy path (._.)
2022-09-26 22:25
Hope Gambit spanks them. Faze always being coddled. It’s getting pretty sickening
2022-09-27 01:33
They ain't even beating C9
2022-09-27 01:44
they gonna lose this
2022-09-27 06:05
#92
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North America Zer0Smokes
Rooting for Complexity to make an upset lmao. Honestly though Team Liquid have the “easiest” route to the semi finals, but it’s still pretty scary because both fnatic and Mouz looked hot in their respective groups and TL looked rather faulty in theirs. Osee underperformed and they cannot rely on either Yeki, Naf, or Elige to drop 30+ in every map just to win. I think Osee is great but it would be a shit time to hit a slump, especially with the RMR coming up.
2022-09-27 07:42
C9 will stop them
2022-09-27 11:51
1 reply
+1
2022-09-30 02:44
sorry Faze, G2 win esl!
2022-09-27 12:18
nice jinx
2022-09-27 21:34
#98
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Iceland Voidsphere
This doesn't seem to age well.
2022-09-27 21:34
kkkkkkkk
2022-09-30 02:44
kekw
2022-09-30 02:50
L O L
2022-09-30 20:17
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