Cloud9 end FaZe's Grand Slam hopes at EPL

Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's men will not claim the Intel Grand Slam in Malta.

Cloud9 became the second team to secure a spot in the semi-finals of ESL Pro League Season 16 after defeating FaZe 2-1. Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov's men barely conceded Inferno (13-16) before coming back on Ancient (16-9) and Mirage (16-11) to repeat their victory over the Europeans at IEM Dallas.

The loss means FaZe's Intel Grand Slam charge in Malta has come to an end. The European squad advanced from Group B with a 4-1 record and reached the quarter-final after an unconvincing win against Complexity before falling to the Russians. FaZe now has five tournaments left to claim the $1,000,000 award, and if they succeed to advance from the upcoming RMR, their next opportunity to claim the IGS will be at the IEM Rio Major 2022.

Ax1Le was the star of the show across the series with a 1.54 rating

Cloud9 opened up the series by taking the opening pistol round on Inferno over FaZe to claim an early 4-0 lead. The Russians' advantage was slowly eroded following three successful holds of the A bombsite which also got the CT economy in shape for the rest of the half. Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants was a solid performer for the defenders with a 1.59 rating and 100% KAST while helping the Europeans edge the half 8-7 ahead.

The match remained equally as close after switching sides as neither side maintained the lead for long stretches of time. Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov came alive on the CT side while Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov carried his solid performance from the first half, with the duo propelling Cloud9 to a 13-12 advantage. FaZe responded with four consecutive hits on the B site which allowed them to steal the lead and close the map with a 16-13 scoreline.

Cloud9 were fantastic on their pick of Ancient. Despite failing to build on their pistol round victory, the Russian squad exploited FaZe's B site defense to claim an eight-round winning streak. broky struggled across the first half, only registering one frag and a 0.46 CT rating as the Europeans salvaged a 6-9 scoreline going into halftime.

FaZe were unable to get themselves back in the game despite taking the second pistol round. Cloud9's force buy on the seventeenth round shut down the European offense on the B site, stealing the momentum away from the Ts. The Russian squad only dropped one more round before evening out the series with a 16-9 victory to take their seventh consecutive LAN win on Ancient.

Cloud9 continued to surprise FaZe with a few aggressive rounds on the T side of Mirage. Several hits from the Russian offense on the A bombsite put the karrigan's team at a 4-9 disadvantage, but a short resurgence late in the half allowed them to go into the second half only trailing 6-9 behind.

sh1ro came alive after switching to the CT side, but it was Ax1Le to shine the brightest once again. The 20-year-old rifler registered a 1.99 rating on the CT side to power Cloud9 to a 16-11 victory, eliminating FaZe from the event.

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 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
75 - 47 +28 106.0 1.54
52 - 46 +6 73.2 1.13
57 - 56 +1 75.4 1.08
49 - 49 0 59.4 0.93
36 - 57 -21 56.9 0.83
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 52 +5 73.3 1.05
45 - 50 -5 66.2 1.04
51 - 56 -5 71.2 0.97
51 - 57 -6 76.4 0.94
46 - 56 -10 65.7 0.85
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Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
741
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.53
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
970
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2058
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
#1
 | 
Pakistan LoOuU2
HAROSH BLYAT Great stuff by C9 here, finally looking solid on LAN i would say. This is on the face of all those saying that IEM Dallas victory was a fluke where Faze didnt take it serious So happy for the young squad!
2022-09-29 22:56
17 replies
karrigan top 1 pick kekw
2022-09-29 23:03
#41
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Spain capta1n
even though the win was deserved because C9 was better, it's a bit of a stretch to say they are looking solid on LAN, there is still a massive difference between a studio and idk how many people at Cologne or Katowice for example. Dallas was a start, and this is a good sign for sure, not quite there yet but they are young and still have a lot of time
2022-09-29 23:16
#54
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Denmark Saithz
"On lan" 100 people crowd kekw
2022-09-29 23:28
9 replies
So it's not lan then clown?
2022-09-29 23:35
1 reply
#113
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Denmark Saithz
Sure is, but much of the prestige from lan comes from being able to perform in front of a huge crowd and the pressure that adds. Playing on lan in front of your friends and 20 other people isn't comparable at all
2022-09-30 11:31
on lan just means no lag
2022-09-30 01:06
5 replies
#85
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Sweden extol88
Simple confirms
2022-09-30 06:26
hahaha kid, it's not that simple...
2022-09-30 07:07
2 replies
kid? it's what "see ya on lan" meant back in 1.6 when everyone had bad internet. west coast tried to get the slightly less laggy dallas while east coast tried to get the slightly closer chicago. I'm old
2022-09-30 21:55
1 reply
kid
2022-10-03 00:28
Sure man xD
2022-09-30 09:30
more like 40
2022-09-30 06:12
Love u too :3
2022-09-30 03:59
Faze again didn't take serious. Did you forget broky making dumb plays yesterday?
2022-09-30 09:49
3 replies
Broky always makes dumb plays, he just normally pulls them off
2022-09-30 14:51
Broky is dumb so what can you expect, idk how this guy always get away with those idiotics play, I was laughing so hard yesterday when that dumb egoistic bot got owned by C9
2022-09-30 14:56
Damn, Faze loosing means they didnt take it seriously. Thats some next level cope right there.
2022-09-30 15:28
It would be funny if NaVi lost to g2 tommorow
2022-09-29 22:56
2 replies
Hehe ok
2022-09-29 23:02
G2 have Hooxi
2022-09-30 04:52
Sad for karrigan, another grandslam lost
2022-09-29 22:56
15 replies
#14
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Estonia Kukkel
They have many chances to this win grand slam
2022-09-29 22:59
10 replies
I said this to people already and everyone tought I was crazy, IEM dallas was the event that lost FaZe their grandslam. No team has survived the curse of the playerbreak and FaZe was no exeption. They did win cologne but have been shaky ever since the break ended.
2022-09-29 23:05
4 replies
Navi in 2021 after the summer player break still was on top
2022-09-29 23:15
3 replies
Rare case, most teams falter.
2022-09-30 01:27
1 reply
Cloud9 this year so far
2022-09-30 03:15
+1
2022-09-30 01:30
how many?
2022-09-30 09:58
4 replies
#111
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Estonia Kukkel
Rio, Katowice 2023, epl17
2022-09-30 10:52
1 reply
Dont they have more chances?
2022-09-30 15:31
1 reply
thank you!
2022-09-30 13:02
didn't he have like 4 or so chances in finals with 2017-18 faze?
2022-09-29 23:24
2 replies
He did. Choked a final to NiP in oakland.
2022-09-29 23:49
1 reply
ah, good old days. NiP back to back Oakland wins and draken's only LAN trophy
2022-09-30 08:07
#96
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North America BoDaddy
Maybe he should play better…
2022-09-30 08:24
#4
Twistzz | 
China sfc_
This is both sad and poggers for me
2022-09-29 22:56
AX1LE GOD
2022-09-29 22:57
end is the wrong word you could say delay or 'prolong FaZe's hunt'
2022-09-29 22:57
2 replies
no, its correct, just easy to misunderstand. "ends fazes grand slam hopes AT EPL" meaning that they cant get it this event, not ending the grand slam hope as a whole :)
2022-09-29 23:18
1 reply
perhaps you're right
2022-09-29 23:26
AX1LE HARD CARRY
2022-09-29 22:57
GG FaZe looked shaky
2022-09-29 22:57
Comparing 2021 NaVi to 2022 Faze is a disrespect to NaVi tbh
2022-09-29 22:57
16 replies
fair enough
2022-09-29 22:59
I always thought 2021 Navi was better. Just think, this year Navi (with boombl4) hasn’t really played that well compared to last years second half, and they still managed to stay top 2 and reach finals… And every time Navi played faze in finals at least 1 Navi player was playing very badly (S1mple in cologne in a few maps for example). 2022 Faze is amazingly good but I’m convinced 2021 Navi would beat them.
2022-09-29 23:03
#34
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United States r0l4nd_
Scene is much more competitive now than it was at any point last year.
2022-09-29 23:09
NaVi dominated in a post-COVID recovery where they were one of the few teams without any roster changes in the meantime. #34 is right.
2022-09-29 23:18
1 reply
#119
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
But right now teams are still making roster changes. It is inevitable to have roster changes in the pro scene
2022-09-30 14:39
#46
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Spain capta1n
honestly, there is no point in trying to compare because we will simply never know who was better, both teams have their pros and cons for whos better. Faze arguably a tougher opposition, navi was practically unbeatable every tournament and the list goes on for both of them. lets just agree that both teams are insane and leave it at that, we can enjoy CS without kicking teams down
2022-09-29 23:19
1 reply
+1
2022-09-30 05:51
#94
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India DG_1998
Navi dominated in a least competitive yr when all teams was with they worst roaster possible.
2022-09-30 08:12
8 replies
Why do you hate Navi so much?? Teams were better in 2021 than in first half of 2022
2022-09-30 09:04
7 replies
#100
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India DG_1998
How?vita was literally doing 1v9 with zywoo and g2 2v8 with niko and hunter,liquid where playing with washed fallen as an igl and stewie2k who was washed as well. C9 and heroic still getting used to lan by the time. Astralis core being broke and faze stuck with washed olof and rain who also wasn't performing in his peak like he is doing right now it was definitely a low level competition for navi overall in second half of 2021.
2022-09-30 09:11
6 replies
Navi themselves worse than 2021 due to loss of boombla. Vitality same thing in 2022 before adding spinx, G2 with nexa > G2 with alexsiB, liquid same things before trying Yekindar, C9 better and heroic better in 2021 than 2022. Astralis same shit in 2022, they're even worse than in 2021. Only faze and ence improved, and movistar came up on top for a short time. All the other teams were worse
2022-09-30 09:46
5 replies
#107
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India DG_1998
c9 and heroic actually become better this yr especially c9 who had difficulty to win anything in lan last yr they won iem dallas this yr. G2 aleksib vs g2 nexa is 50/50 i would say,faze become 10x better this yr and defeated navi in every single tournament even with boomb14. Only vitality become terrible after roaster change.
2022-09-30 10:01
3 replies
Heroic and c9 were much better last year. G2 nexa >> G2 aleksiB definitely, not 50/50. 10x is a lot of exaggeration. Keep it low.
2022-09-30 10:12
2 replies
#109
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India DG_1998
Aleksib still helped g2 to get into kato finals,blast semis and even in dallas quater finals considering the fact m0nesy was bad in first half and jackz with .95 ratings was a burden as well. And c9 last yr didn't won anything after lan started they only remain dominate till the time it was online.
2022-09-30 10:17
1 reply
Online was for 2 years, other teams had lot of time to cope up. It's just an excuse for teams who couldn't win anything. The main thing lacking in online era was motivation and if you don't have motivation to win, you don't deserve it.
2022-09-30 10:23
#120
 | 
Uzbekistan R_Sick
Finally someone reasonable, people are quick to forget and write off other people's great achievements
2022-09-30 14:41
#10
ropz | 
Slovakia nvrn06
gg wp C9
2022-09-29 22:58
#11
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
106 ADR GOD AX1LE HOLY COW
2022-09-29 22:58
Gj C9
2022-09-29 22:58
#13
 | 
Australia poppyxox
now all we need is for G2 to spank NAVI and we’ll actually get an interesting winner this tournament
2022-09-29 22:58
1 reply
+1
2022-09-30 06:57
#RipBozo
2022-09-29 23:00
1 reply
#45
ZywOo | 
Brazil reyaM
#Lday
2022-09-29 23:19
Amazing, so happy for the bois! I love FaZe but C9 really deserved the win. Now hoping for G2 to win also and for some BANGER MATCHES
2022-09-29 23:00
Expected win by the super pro Gambit aka C9 team! Too good for faze to be able to do anything bout :) GG
2022-09-29 23:00
Yekindar is best motivator youtu.be/3vp-gk5hBv4?t=296
2022-09-29 23:01
3 replies
KEKW
2022-09-29 23:14
KEKW
2022-09-30 02:13
#131
 | 
Slovakia Adwarin
LUL
2022-09-30 18:49
#20
 | 
Norway HologramM
happy for c9
2022-09-29 23:01
ropz hard baiting, karrigan strats, no surprise here ez for navi now, letss go
2022-09-29 23:02
2 replies
Navi is in a worse shape than FaZe rn. This is c9's event to lose. It's an equall game tommorow against G2.
2022-09-29 23:09
1 reply
#95
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Finland aleksiii
I wouldnt say so. Heroic was always a hard team for navi to beat
2022-09-30 08:17
#22
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CIS TheBigSAM
In Russia we call it "VIEBANO" So happy for the bois
2022-09-29 23:02
What is weakness? Don't know what this means
2022-09-29 23:02
1 reply
#32
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CIS TheBigSAM
The Gigachad moment
2022-09-29 23:05
#25
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Brazil hugoooo
Not surprising tbh
2022-09-29 23:03
Faze still has 4 chances
2022-09-29 23:03
Monsterious performance through whole tournament, congratz C9 🌟
2022-09-29 23:03
Expected, FaZe not looking good, the game against CoL showed huge gaps
2022-09-29 23:05
3 replies
#53
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United States r0l4nd_
Rain was top 3 ct player in the first half of the year, His form is nowhere near that now and it’s showing. Twistzz was looking off today as well. I won’t make excuses, too many thrown rounds and duels they should’ve won.
2022-09-29 23:27
2 replies
Not to mention ropz... Who went from looking like a top7 player to this '' slump''
2022-09-30 03:01
1 reply
#78
 | 
United States r0l4nd_
he's been playing better recently but yeah it's a wonder faze were able to win cologne with him slumping
2022-09-30 03:15
#33
 | 
Russia stoxkholm
GJ!
2022-09-29 23:06
#36
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United States Phanji
when i saw broky was doing terrible on ancient i knew they were losing. left my house to come back to this lol not surprised at all
2022-09-29 23:10
2 replies
Eh its just ancient, only cis teams care
2022-09-29 23:43
#121
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
To be fair, C9 avoided him well when he had an AWP and the times they didn't avoid him, he just had inferior buy since Faze's economy was struggling
2022-09-30 14:46
#37
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Russia mshkoda
dobre mabois
2022-09-29 23:11
ez for c9
2022-09-29 23:13
B-but Dallas was a fluke, they didn't practice
2022-09-29 23:17
expected
2022-09-29 23:20
Faze ggwp. Let's go Navi . Respected c9
2022-09-29 23:24
Ax1Le's rating against top5 teams this year is godlike! Better than against top50!
2022-09-29 23:25
Yeah they are not liquid or navi
2022-09-29 23:26
Cant find this epl in grandslam liquipedia page today,jebaited xaxaxa
2022-09-29 23:41
Karrigan so bad wow
2022-09-29 23:52
ax1Le is a freak, what a player.
2022-09-29 23:56
#61
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Japan SleepSpeed
Oooooookay then, Cloud9 really showed up to play again (:
2022-09-30 00:53
EZ Clap
2022-09-30 01:00
#64
 | 
Brazil Anarchybr
Expected
2022-09-30 01:11
#65
fox | 
Portugal synyp
Wtf faze. Saving strats for major?
2022-09-30 01:12
FaZe obviously just waiting for major kekw, grand slam + major in one event.
2022-09-30 01:28
1 reply
Name checks out
2022-09-30 01:31
gl C9
2022-09-30 01:35
#71
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Ukraine FGVM
C9/Liquid vs Navi final??? 👀 👀 👀
2022-09-30 02:03
3 replies
No navi pls, theyre sucks. Bring back boombl4 and they deserve to be watched. In this case, i hope cloud9 v g2/vita
2022-09-30 02:16
I doubt they beat G2 and Vita this time, and I sure hope they don't because a final c9/NaVi would be kinda one sided... NaVi have c9's number
2022-09-30 03:09
1 reply
#134
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Ukraine FGVM
fair
2022-10-01 01:27
Not a big fan of this c9 roster, but their teamplay was pretty sick today.
2022-09-30 02:04
Lol faze
2022-09-30 03:36
broky's fault
2022-09-30 05:54
#86
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Finland giaoskr5
C9 just played better, deserved a win
2022-09-30 06:36
Tier 1 teams should lick C9's balls since C9 is the only team that denied FaZe's IGS not once, but twice
2022-09-30 07:32
#90
 | 
Europe FaZeIsBest
CHOKE CLAN :(
2022-09-30 07:41
Why is anyone surprised. Gambit was literally #1 in the world previously. They absolutely have potential to beat Navi and Faze on any given day
2022-09-30 07:57
Gambit has been looking solid for a long long time. That being said, Faze lost some weird Rounds. The one where rain pushed on a molo with a guy in ct. Made no sense
2022-09-30 08:04
1 reply
#122
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Uzbekistan R_Sick
But they also won some weird rounds as well. fl0m put it well on his stream, "Faze looks like 5 players trying to get a win while C9 looks like a team that wants to make plays that will lead them to winning"
2022-09-30 14:49
#97
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Germany Grafo
Holy Ax1Le Congrats to them even if they’re russian
2022-09-30 08:30
2 replies
+1
2022-10-01 11:50
#138
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Russia czern0bog
lmao
2022-10-01 14:42
#98
 | 
Sweden Avlxe1
to be onest they played a masive game
2022-09-30 08:50
#102
 | 
Belgium Soldierce
"OnLIneRs"
2022-09-30 09:31
bottigan LOL
2022-09-30 09:33
God Ax1le
2022-09-30 11:11
Truly deserved by C9. A contender that does not have the hability to counter the "lurker factor" that was decisive for the match, does not deserve to be a contender. Great tactical work by C9 on exploring this point!
2022-09-30 11:36
Cologne 2018 semifinal moment
2022-09-30 11:42
#118
 | 
Europe monerap
totally deserved by C9!
2022-09-30 14:30
wow
2022-09-30 15:53
#130
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Slovakia Adwarin
Russians > EU again?
2022-09-30 18:46
1 reply
yes
2022-10-01 11:50
goo
2022-10-01 11:50
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