FaZe claim CS Asia Championships trophy over MOUZ
A vintage comeback on the second map, which was completed in triple overtime, earned FaZe a hard-fought win.
Not only have FaZe claimed yet another trophy in CS2, following wins at IEM Sydney and Thunderpick World Championship, they have also extended their winning streak to 15 games, further cementing their current dominance.
It was a tough test for the victors, as MOUZ battled hard on the second map of Nuke, but ultimately FaZe were stronger mentally down the stretch. MOUZ led 12-6 at one point, and collapsed in the face of a FaZe comeback, and they recovered to play well in the extra rounds, only to fade away after squandering a 4v2 advantage in the third OT.
Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo deserves particular commendation; the Finnish youngster was probably the best player on the server during that final but some weak showings from his teammates, specifically Ádám "torzsi" Torzsás, proved to be too much of a drag factor.
Finn "karrigan" Andersen was asked about the future of the FaZe roster in a post-game interview, a particularly hot topic considering recent rumours surrounding Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken the team's current form, and he was diplomatic in his answer.
"It's hard to say, we have no idea what's happening, and we just have to keep enjoying. I think we just enjoy playing with each other, we've had so many ups and downs and I knew that when CS2 came out, we were going to re-find the happiness of playing with each other and grinding the game."
He was then asked if he would keep the roster together if it was up to him, and the Dane was frank about the situation.
"It's very hard to put me on the spot here right, what can I do? We have to leave it up to the gods, let's just enjoy what we have achieved here today."
The series kicked off on Mirage, and MOUZ put in a very disappointing showing on their own pick. FaZe opened with a 2-0 lead on their defense, only for Jimpphat to power up and get MOUZ a streak of rounds. Twistzz then stepped up to get FaZe back on track, and they took a 7-5 lead into the second period.
The second half was underwhelming from MOUZ. FaZe had so much more potency across their individuals, and despite a brief flash of brilliance from Jimpphat, FaZe found things easy as they duly secured a 13-7 win.
Over on Nuke it was a much more evenly contested affair. MOUZ dominated their CT side, weathering a very brief FaZe storm in the middle of the half to take a big 8-4 lead into the break. The trend continued into the second half, with MOUZ now pulling together and finding more potency than a listless FaZe.
Everything changed when MOUZ hit map point. At 12-6, FaZe awoke, putting together a classic comeback akin to the many they produced earlier in the event. Håvard "rain" Nygaard started dominating yard, while Helvijs "broky" Saukants began finding impact with the AWP, and everything combined to send the game to OT.
Overtime was a back-and-forth affair, with MOUZ seemingly recovering from the mental shock of throwing their massive lead. Both teams produced magical moments and highlight plays to try and force the map over the line in their favor, but a broky and karrigan 2v4 broke MOUZ's resistance in the third overtime, earning the trophy for FaZe.
|MOUZ||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|53 - 32||+21||87.7||1.33|
|40 - 45||-5||72.6||0.99|
|38 - 48||-10||68.8||0.97|
|33 - 39||-6||71.1||0.96|
|29 - 40||-11||46.9||0.78|