FaZe survive Complexity scare in EPL to advance to quarter-finals

The European mix moved past the North American squad despite Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince's standout performance.

FaZe secured their first win of the playoffs at ESL Pro League Season 16 with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Complexity, eliminating the North Americans after initially dropping Overpass 9-16 before answering back with 16-14 and 16-8 wins on Inferno and Nuke, respectively. The Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen-led lineup now move forward to the quarter-finals, where they're set to go up against Cloud9 on Wednesday at 19:00 .

FaZe's Intel Grand Slam hopes remain alive despite the scare, with Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken gunning to be the first player to achieve the feat on two separate occasions. The Canadian was also the difference-maker in taking the series to the deciding map, recording an impressive 1.37 rating and 92 ADR on Inferno.

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Complexity, meanwhile, head home from ESL Pro League Season 16 in 9-12th place, with Grim having a sublime performance in spite of the loss, the 21-year-old averaging a 1.37 rating across the three maps. The North American squad will now turn their attention to the upcoming IEM Road to Rio Americas RMR, with that Major-qualifying event playing out from October 5-9.

rain was instrumental in getting FaZe their victory, sitting top of his team with a 1.35 rating and 88 ADR

The series opened with Complexity's pick of Overpass, with the two teams exchanging three-round sprees to start things off. A zoned in Complexity, spurred on by a crucial 1vs2 by Grim in the seventh round, allowed the North Americans to break free of the initial stalemate, however, with Complexity using this to guarantee a first-half victory at 8-4. FaZe recovered towards the end of their defensive effort, though, clinching the three remaining rounds to trail by just one round at the interval.

Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou and company extended their lead even further at the onset of the second half, well-executed setups on the CT-side leaving their foes scratching their heads as they moved to a 13-9 scoreline. Any chance at a FaZe comeback from here on out was soon thrown out of the window, with relentless aggression by Complexity going unanswered as the side locked in their map pick, 16-9. Grim, in particular, had a stellar showing on Overpass, with the American carrying his team on his back with a 27-15 K-D and 1.73 rating .

FaZe nabbed their third pistol round of the series once Inferno rolled around, but were immediately shut down once again as Complexity jumped out to a 5-3 start. Things soon went from bad to worse for FaZe as their T-side progressed, with the European mix only being allowed to post two more rounds by the half's end. Grim's impressive showing from Overpass carried over to the second map of the series, with the 21-year-old adding a whopping 23 kills to his tally by the end of Complexity's CT-side.

Twistzz tapped down four on the A site to get the second half underway, the map soon descending into a back-and-forth skirmish with both teams adding two-round streaks to have Complexity lead 12-7. FaZe slowly started to claw themselves back into the game, however, karrigan's men winning four rounds on the trot to bring the score back to 11-12. The European roster had just enough fuel in the tank to get the map over the line from this point on, with FaZe winning five of the next seven rounds to clinch Inferno 16-14 and send the game to the deciding map of Nuke.

It was Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool's turn to step up for his team once Nuke began, the Estonian rifler being a dependable rock on the CT-side to power his team to a 6-3 showing to start. FaZe grasp on the game was hard to shake for the rest of the half, with Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard now taking over in the fragging department with 19 kills on the board by the break to gift his side a 10-5 advantage.

FaZe won their sixth pistol round of the series to get their T-side going, not letting things slip as they followed up with a two-round conversion to sit 13-5 up. A last-second 1vs2 clutch by Håkon "⁠hallzerk⁠" Fjærli in the 20th round kept the North Americans' dreams alive, with the side bringing things back to 8-13. Regardless, the deficit proved too much to overcome, and FaZe quickly stole the three rounds they required to win Nuke 16-8.

FaZe's next game in the tournament has them facing off against Cloud9 on September 29 at 19:00 . The Russian squad notably sent the Europeans packing from IEM Dallas back in June, with Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov and co. hoping to repeat that feat in their upcoming meeting to disrupt FaZe's ongoing Intel Grand Slam run once more.

Matchpage
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1
27th September 2022
9
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
14
16
Nuke
8
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 47 +24 88.1 1.35
54 - 48 +6 82.2 1.17
51 - 47 +4 67.5 1.01
48 - 50 -2 62.0 0.96
42 - 52 -10 71.5 0.94
 Complexity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 52 +21 95.6 1.37
47 - 52 -5 65.5 1.01
41 - 51 -10 61.1 0.91
45 - 56 -11 63.6 0.86
38 - 55 -17 52.7 0.78
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1651
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håkon 'hallzerk' Fjærli
Håkon 'hallzerk' Fjærli
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
771
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1173
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
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Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1418
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
918
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2055
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Håvard 'chad' Nygaard is my GOAT #FaZeUp
2022-09-27 23:27
24 replies
#6
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Estonia simondoggo
not ez mens
2022-09-27 23:22
15 replies
3rd map was ez tho
2022-09-27 23:23
14 replies
not ez
2022-09-27 23:33
13 replies
16-8 is kinda ez
2022-09-27 23:33
12 replies
#31
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Australia Sify
>3rd map >ez
2022-09-28 00:15
11 replies
just stating facts sorry
2022-09-28 01:22
He means the 3rd map itself was kinda easy, which is true
2022-09-28 08:42
9 replies
#71
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Australia Sify
thats like saying complexity was easily beating faze due to their first map lmfao
2022-09-28 11:08
8 replies
+1
2022-09-28 13:43
#83
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Latvia Dettheroc
-1
2022-09-28 14:11
4 replies
#89
 | 
Australia Sify
delusional
2022-09-28 15:33
3 replies
#90
 | 
Latvia Dettheroc
col easily won map 1, faze easily won map 3. so what's your point smartass
2022-09-28 15:51
2 replies
#91
 | 
Australia Sify
he originally said faze easily won the game in #1
2022-09-28 16:17
1 reply
Liar
2022-09-28 19:20
-1, I completely disagree
2022-09-28 14:14
1 reply
#88
 | 
Australia Sify
ok mr speechless
2022-09-28 15:32
#42
rain | 
Norway Okiko
rain has a sub 1.05 match? -rain -rain. rain has a 1.35 match? nothing.
2022-09-28 00:56
5 replies
idk i've seen many people praising rain after this match
2022-09-28 01:23
3 replies
#52
rain | 
Norway Okiko
So far I've seen nothing :/
2022-09-28 01:23
2 replies
You've seen mine at least mens))
2022-09-28 01:24
1 reply
#54
rain | 
Norway Okiko
:) reply needs to have actual content
2022-09-28 01:25
#59
 | 
United States Busmoney
+2
2022-09-28 02:29
W
2022-09-28 06:52
#98
rain | 
United States roKr55
+1
2022-09-28 22:19
#2
 | 
Finland Cucumber))
i am so sad
2022-09-27 23:22
nt
2022-09-27 23:22
#4
 | 
Estonia simondoggo
Sadge :((
2022-09-27 23:22
Respect for Col
2022-09-27 23:22
1 reply
+1
2022-09-27 23:24
Supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus
2022-09-27 23:23
1 reply
oh hey ms. poppins, didn't know you were such a big cs fan
2022-09-28 14:00
definitely a nt
2022-09-27 23:24
good showing from complexity, grim GOAT
2022-09-27 23:24
1 reply
+2
2022-09-27 23:24
#13
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United States H4RP
Good try col! Nice job competent with t1 teams this event.
2022-09-27 23:24
1 reply
+1
2022-09-28 11:53
FaZe up ! Hopefully they prepare to their next match better
2022-09-27 23:24
1 reply
#40
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Denmark ReSalty
They probably didn't practice for col that much and mainly prepared for the big dogs
2022-09-28 00:54
#15
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
NT COMPLEXITY
2022-09-27 23:26
#16
 | 
Sweden pevzz
What an upset
2022-09-27 23:27
#17
 | 
United States cybonics
luv u coL <3
2022-09-27 23:27
#FaZeUp
2022-09-27 23:29
NT COL <3
2022-09-27 23:33
What a show from Complexity! They caught Faze napping and almost drove it home. After that Inferno I knew it was over, but until then? The win didn't come easy for Faze. GGs, mainly to Grim. What a monster game.
2022-09-27 23:34
2 replies
#32
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Argentina nymeros
if faze didn't win that eco round in CT side (I don't recall the round number but coL had 13 rounds against 7-8 from faze or some) that would have been a disaster, game changed right there
2022-09-28 00:16
1 reply
There were a lot of "If.." and close calls, tense rounds which could have absolutely turned around this game. CoL won 2 bare USP rounds against full buys too. Too close for comfort, definitely.
2022-09-28 00:23
GG Col is actually a solid top t2 team now. It May actually become t1 if they can improve more
2022-09-27 23:40
1 reply
When they have a good day and playing their best, then for sure they are t1
2022-09-28 02:13
Col will be in my pickem Special message for JT: you know yard exists and you can throw smokes to go b right
2022-09-27 23:42
4 replies
I m sure he will see it and take your advice. XD
2022-09-28 08:23
3 replies
Well known fact that pros read hltv comments to learn from high elo players.)))
2022-09-28 14:36
2 replies
I am not even globus elite mens))
2022-09-28 19:27
1 reply
MMR is a circle men. Silver > Globul & Herald > Immortal )))
2022-09-28 19:54
NA as always performing a classic choke when it matters most.
2022-09-27 23:44
#26
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Finland Raix16
well played COL, this should've been a 2-0 for them. karrigan and the lads would have to have a strong look at themselves if they wanna even have a chance vs C9. Hope is still there, IGS dream is still on.
2022-09-27 23:46
1 reply
+1 Time to shit on the laurels instead of sitting upon them
2022-09-28 03:34
its a shame Grim has 4 bots in his team, nt Col though
2022-09-27 23:48
#28
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Latvia laiziolas
-nitro +grim
2022-09-27 23:49
4 replies
Nah if grim was in liquid he wouldve been given the shitty roles again
2022-09-27 23:58
3 replies
#41
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Latvia laiziolas
Stewie was the problem i guess. But if Liquid needed for player change, Grim seems one of best in NA so far
2022-09-28 00:55
2 replies
Funny thing is that clownie0k called him overrated and not ready for T1 CS... Where are you at now Clownie ?
2022-09-28 01:04
1 reply
Laying in a pool of money playing valulrant
2022-09-28 01:11
save grim
2022-09-27 23:52
Grim deserves a new team. Give him a step up to try it in team liquid, he is up and coming and has earned this new challenge.
2022-09-28 00:19
3 replies
How long have you been watching CS? You know that he was in TL not even a year ago right? But seriously: this is his first good tournament. Good for him, but the other tournaments he had been average at best. Don't go jumping to conclusions yet.
2022-09-28 01:21
2 replies
exactly. They are underdogs still in any tournament. If they make top8 at major, then they are proven not to be called underdogs. They have the individual skill to make it there so they could be pickem destroyers for blind people.
2022-09-28 03:44
I was just born yesterday, actually. I already bought a bridge in Brooklyn and someone gave me Tibet for free.
2022-09-28 14:03
#34
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Portugal dracø
a glimps of old grim, hope he can keep up this kind of performance
2022-09-28 00:20
NT col
2022-09-28 00:29
ngl FaZe played rly bad on first two maps
2022-09-28 00:42
4 replies
#43
 | 
Denmark ReSalty
Lost so many rounds they shouldn't but we'll col had their best day every thing hits etc...
2022-09-28 00:56
But they won. And that's pretty much been the FaZe formula the whole year. Don't wake up until it's really needed.
2022-09-28 01:22
2 replies
imagine they would not win 6/6 pistols might be 2-0, but w is w, didnt expect FaZe playing so bad in Grand Slam race
2022-09-28 01:23
1 reply
#67
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North America AsheS_EdeN
I did. I mean FaZe have had a stellar run so far. Lots of wins. But every single one of them has been a nail biter. It's like the G2 match at Kato. They won 3-0 but it was a so close. This is no different. Even if they win this tourney I promise you it's gonna be real close every match.
2022-09-28 07:59
jT so bad
2022-09-28 00:44
#39
 | 
Afghanistan Pewpo
Col were really hitting their shots today
2022-09-28 00:49
Ropz & broky better wake up if FaZe expect to go further
2022-09-28 01:03
I wish CoL make some change sooner or later. They are onto something, don't tell me there is not some young promising NA talent to replace fang.
2022-09-28 01:46
#56
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Brazil Anarchybr
That’s the grim we all knew and loved first
2022-09-28 01:47
1 reply
#99
rain | 
United States roKr55
+1
2022-09-28 22:22
Respect for Col, showing the signs of brilliance :)
2022-09-28 02:09
wouldve been funny if they lost to col, gg
2022-09-28 02:31
Vintage Grim
2022-09-28 04:15
#65
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Finland giaoskr5
not wednesday, it's thursday
2022-09-28 07:36
Grim impressed me so far . but still NA CS
2022-09-28 07:44
Strat of karrigan : Rain go Kill. GG
2022-09-28 10:54
#72
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Sweden skorpan
Everyone saying faze played bad during the 2 first maps, I really don't agree to that since it decredits complexity. My take is that coL just played really really great! Both strategic wise and aim wise. Was a joy to watch! keep it up coL!!!
2022-09-28 11:10
3 replies
Faze did play bad, completely disconnected a lot of the time, shitty aiming and visually tentative in exec situations… Props to coL but come on, Faze was far away from their peak version…
2022-09-28 14:37
#94
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Puerto Rico JasminLee
You don't understand anything of CS if you think that FaZe didn't play bad their teamplay was absolute zero, they solo pushed alone without teammates supports when not needed (nobody else does that in top tier cs, that push sites alone one by one, expect FaZe when they just don't care), they lacked discipline by massive scale compared to their normal standards, they maybe played on 40% of their level when 100% if their best level
2022-09-28 19:08
1 reply
#100
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Sweden skorpan
Wow, biased faze-kiddo.
2022-09-29 08:53
#73
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa
rainMONSTA <3
2022-09-28 11:17
#74
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Poland BAN_ANIME
now imagine coL still with junior
2022-09-28 11:25
CHOKEPLEXITY
2022-09-28 12:33
story as old as time underdog team wins the 1st map underdog team narrowly loses the 2nd map underdog team shits the bed on the 3rd map
2022-09-28 12:41
1 reply
Why it sound like a typical NA choke story?
2022-09-28 12:49
-rain
2022-09-28 13:42
obviously grim is not problem of liquid last year so the problem is clearly on sb who is not elige naf nitro grim XD
2022-09-28 15:24
Lol
2022-09-28 16:32
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