FaZe edge out NIP to secure grand final berth in Copenhagen

FaZe eliminated Ninjas in Pyjamas to end the Swedish-majority lineup's chances at qualifying for the World Final in Abu Dhabi.

FaZe are one step closer to winning the BLAST Premier Fall Final trophy after moving past Ninjas in Pyjamas, 2-1, in the semi-final. The European combine dropped Overpass (11-16), answered back with a hotly-contested win on Nuke (19-17), before wrapping things up with a comfortable showing on Mirage (16-8).

FaZe now advance to the grand final, where they will face off against Heroic on Sunday at 17:30 . The team around Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen has already gone up against the hometown favourites once whilst in Demark, where they dispatched of the Danes 2-0 in the group stage. FaZe will also head into the grand final looking to get their hands on their first silverware since IEM Cologne, while also aiming to build up some much-needed confidence in time for the season-concluding BLAST Premier World Final in Abu Dhabi in December.

Ninjas in Pyjamas, meanwhile, head home from the BLAST Premier Fall Final in 3-4th place. The team's elimination also marks the end of their season as they are now incapable of qualifying for the World Final next month in the United Arab Emirates. Ninjas in Pyjamas will lament being unable to close things out on Nuke, where they let things slip in overtime after initially sporting a healthy 14-7 advantage. Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser had a sub-par performance all series long, with the Swede finishing the matchup with a disappointing 0.75 rating and 37-62 K-D.

FaZe are in their first grand final since IEM Cologne

The two teams paid a visit to Overpass, Ninjas in Pyjamas' pick, to start proceedings. The Swedish-majority roster quickly sought to justify their map choice and jumped out to a 5-2 lead on the offense, spearheaded by a 1vs3 clutch by Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner in the sixth round. FaZe eventually found answers for the Swedes' meticulous and calculated T-side game plan, going on a six-round spree to flip the game on its head and post a slender one-round advantage by the interval, 8-7.

The game descended into a back-and-forth affair at the onset of the second half, with nether side able to string together more than three rounds at a time to sit on 11 rounds apiece. This hard-fought battle ultimately went the way of Ninjas in Pyjamas; the Nordic outfit wrestled control of the economy as a result and assembled a stalwart defensive wall, one which powered the squad to victory, 16-11, on the back of a seven-round spree. Aleksi "⁠Aleksib⁠" Virolainen led by example to get his team 1-0 up, averaging a server-high 1.53 rating whilst topping the scoreboard with 27 kills to his name.

FaZe were on the hunt for vengeance once Nuke got underway, making a statement by hounding the A site repeatedly en route to a 6-1 lead on the offense. Ninjas in Pyjamas ate away at the deficit thanks to a standout performance from REZ, a hailstorm of fire from well-worked defensive setups allowing Ninjas in Pyjamas to go on an eight-round streak and lock in a comfortable 9-6 buffer at the break.

Ninjas in Pyjamas' confidence was booming at this point; the side around Aleksib put their foot to the floor to win five of the first six rounds and surge ahead to a commanding 14-7 scoreline. FaZe staved off an early exit from Copenhagen by chaining together seven rounds of their own, made possible thanks to multi-kill rounds from the Baltic duo of Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants and Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, and the European contingent brought the scoreline back to a dead-even 14-14. Ninjas in Pyjamas halted their foes' streak with a 1vs1 in the 29th round to put one hand on match point, but ropz made the arena erupt with a stellar 3k hold of the B site in the 30th to keep FaZe's grand final hopes alive.

From there, FaZe narrowly pulled ahead, with karrigan and company using the energy of the ever-vocal Royal Arena to clinch four of the six rounds, 19-17, and force a trip to the deciding map of Mirage. ropz had a truly dominant display to keep his team alive, with world-class shooting and impeccable situational awareness ballooning his tally to a whopping 32 kills by the end of overtime.

FaZe were fired up by the time Mirage came around, effortlessly cruising to a 5-1 advantage on the attacking side with ropz continuing to fire on all cylinders. Ludvig "⁠Brollan⁠" Brolin, armed with a salvaged AK-47, gunned down two in the seventh to get his team back in the running, the Swedish squad using this to keep FaZe honest, 5-5. The neck-and-neck nature of the map was still in full force as the map reached the midway point, a 2vs2 post-plant in the 15th going the way of FaZe, who went into the side swap with a fragile one-round cushion.

broky tapped down four on the pistol round to get the second half going, with FaZe converting four of the ensuing five rounds to be within two rounds of series point, 13-8. Ninjas in Pyjamas' stance in the game went from bad to worse, as mobile CT-side setups from FaZe kept the Swedes constantly looking over their shoulders. karrigan took it upon himself to put the final nail in the coffin, shooting REZ and Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen in ther backs to wrap up the map, 16-8, and advance to the grand final in Copenhagen.

Matchpage
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Overpass
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Nuke
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Mirage
8
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
74 - 51 +23 84.1 1.30
61 - 52 +9 77.6 1.15
58 - 57 +1 77.1 1.13
53 - 51 +2 64.7 1.00
45 - 57 -12 61.9 0.88
 Ninjas in Pyjamas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 63 0 80.1 1.08
59 - 60 -1 76.0 1.05
53 - 56 -3 65.8 0.96
54 - 51 +3 62.9 0.96
37 - 62 -25 60.7 0.75
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1052
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1371
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
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Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.61
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1061
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2079
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1402
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
i was edging too
2022-11-27 00:38
12 replies
#3
Aleksib | 
Finland v_v
same
2022-11-27 00:39
ropz won situation that was unbeatable -ALEKSIB + any decent IGL aleksiB RUIN EVERY TEAM HE JOINS...
2022-11-27 00:40
7 replies
#14
 | 
Latvia laiziolas
Grow up kid
2022-11-27 00:45
alexsi carried those bums today
2022-11-27 00:46
2 replies
omg, he carry his team every 1/30 game, so he must be good.. he literally ruined every top team he joined, thats a fact, even his teammates confirmed it like allu
2022-11-27 01:29
1 reply
Imagine trusting allu
2022-11-27 06:31
What a dogshit take
2022-11-27 01:09
#24
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Croatia KraljBrk
No scene take
2022-11-27 01:24
Tell me again where were they before Aleksi joined,before commenting he ruined something lol
2022-11-28 07:37
#21
 | 
United States dusq
LMAO
2022-11-27 00:56
#32
rain | 
Norway Okiko
Got that "Edge"
2022-11-27 04:45
WHO won Mirage 16-14?😂😂😂
2022-11-27 07:53
#2
shox | 
Ukraine Degri
Nice
2022-11-27 00:38
where is all -brok now?
2022-11-27 00:39
#5
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Russia RailenMay
nip lost their game from 14:7, aleksicringe nice strats
2022-11-27 00:39
2 replies
Yes nice because just the fact they got there is impressive
2022-11-27 00:41
1 reply
#15
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Russia RailenMay
they won against tiltostan team with s0mple and dead OG but 1st map vs faze was good, okay
2022-11-27 00:45
Faze back to the mud soon LELELELELE
2022-11-27 00:39
1 reply
imperial lmao
2022-11-27 01:31
MY BOY BROKY
2022-11-27 00:39
just happy Liquid qualified for world final cause i was about to be like nip might win it all
2022-11-27 00:42
#11
 | 
Latvia laiziolas
Very close game. But never lost hope. It paid off. Well done but still shaky. Faze up!
2022-11-27 00:43
#12
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United States newlifepop
broky MVP please
2022-11-27 00:44
1 reply
If he continues like that and wins the tournament he will probably get the mvp award that would be crazy specially after that rio performance
2022-11-27 00:48
Good bounce back, but still f you broky for throwing major. You gamble away most important event in the year sitting on gambling site in the middle of the night before 0:2 game just to play good next tournament…
2022-11-27 00:47
3 replies
Gambling was just not the everything its not like he only gambled in major period, obviously he used to gambling before that but it wasn't the problem cause he was performing On the other hand he profited from those cases so we cant say "yeah he underperformed cause he lost money and ..."
2022-11-27 00:50
2 replies
Yeah but there is difference in gambling in your free time for fun and gambling addiction which gets in your work/sleep pattern routine. Gambling 5 hours in the middle of the night before 0:2 game disgusting
2022-11-27 01:35
1 reply
Right
2022-11-27 02:10
"a hotly-contested win on Nuke (16-14)" Wut
2022-11-27 00:48
1 reply
yeah idk either
2022-11-27 10:37
Hampus wants another interview.
2022-11-27 00:49
why are people so.... "its either shit or the best in the world". I dont get your mentality. This is for u who are usually posting in these comments. So low IQ.
2022-11-27 01:21
#29
 | 
Vietnam _Liam_
WRONG INFORMATION!! "Nuke (16-14)"
2022-11-27 02:12
#30
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
honestly I feel like FaZe has fallen a bit I couldn't imagine faze vs nip go to Decider or even more almost beaten with in 2 maps affair
2022-11-27 02:16
7 replies
NIP won over NaVi, they are not such a team to be underrated. Idk what happened during break but now they're quite a solid team
2022-11-27 07:26
6 replies
Or NAVI is just shit atm KEKWEKWKEKWKEKW.
2022-11-27 09:56
2 replies
#47
 | 
Portugal rruunnee
or both KEKWKEKWKEKW 0IQ AM I REDdiTTer nOw, hLtV USer=?=?
2022-11-27 22:52
1 reply
#51
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
LMAO
2022-11-28 08:08
#52
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
yeah, while their performance at Major+elisa? was not good enough, they looks so good at the blast definitely now is the time to prove once again
2022-11-28 08:12
2 replies
#53
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Portugal rruunnee
Just Major, they weren't in Elisa.
2022-11-28 16:40
1 reply
#54
 | 
Singapore 2200DPI
oops, true
2022-11-30 04:20
Now please continue your duty and clap them Heroic kids on home ground finals once again after Rio, that would be lit if them kids lose infront of all Denmark I can't wait to see some comedian faces mald and cry lmao
2022-11-27 02:56
2 replies
Weirdo
2022-11-27 08:04
Freak.
2022-11-27 08:16
EZ
2022-11-27 05:40
hooxi makes aleksib like a god in NIP...
2022-11-27 06:12
Nuke was 19-17
2022-11-27 06:25
Man it does not matter what players NiP has they just cannot stop choking playoff games. Eu’s Liquid tbh
2022-11-27 07:38
2 replies
#46
 | 
Sweden elyeet
give them some time, I think this roster looks promising. Better t-rounds than with Hampus igl at least
2022-11-27 14:09
1 reply
I would think this too but then in an event or two they'll get last place and sub someone again; NiP will do NiP things
2022-11-28 04:57
chocoNiKo and chokoLexi my best boyz for choking matches <3
2022-11-27 08:41
Don’t understand the hate for AleksiB, an IGL who actually gets frags. NiP competing with NAVI and FaZe are obviously doing well but it’s not enough for you clowns.
2022-11-27 09:23
Too bad Aleksi aint Good enough To carry those swedish bums To victory alone. Nice "star" players sweden 😏
2022-11-28 07:54
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