FaZe Clan who fought its way from the lower brackets to the grand finale has taken a surprise win over the Danish team, Astralis at Sydney, Australia. The front runners had to settle for second place already after the third map. The match wasn’t missing excitement though.
Cache was the first map of the match. Astralis started strong by taking the first three rounds but FaZe quickly caught up and took the lead by 8-3. Then it was Atralis’ turn, who evened the numbers out to 12-12 on the second half of the map, thanks to Emil ”Magisk” Reif and Andreas ”Xyp9x” Højsleth. The game continued to be close and was finally sent to overtime, where the former Astralis and current FaZe member, Finn ”karrigan” Andersen snatched the win for his team from a one versus two situation. A significant amount of work for FaZe on the first map was poured in also by Håvard ”rain” Nygaard and Ladislav ”GuardiaN” Kovács.
The second map of the title decider was Overpass which kicked off similarly to Cache. The first three rounds went to Astralis but FaZe, again, managed to respond accordingly. Astralis’ Peter ”dupreeh” Rothmann proved to be one of the star players of the second map by making continuously great plays for his team in important situations. On the other side, FaZe’s AWP veteran, ”GuardiaN”, caused headache on the Astralis team by decimating their ranks from one round to the next. Nearing the end of Overpass, FaZe seemed to be losing their pace, but luckily it was enough to carry them to overtime despite the efforts of Astralis’ “dupreeh” and Nicolai ”dev1ce” Reedtz. The teams were so close though, that one overtime wasn’t enough. On the second overtime FaZe’s ”GuardiaN” and ”karrigan” enabled them to secure a 3-0 lead but Astralis managed to stay in the game for two more rounds, in part because of “dev1ces’” triple kill. In the end Overpass finished 22-20 in favour of FaZe.
Going in to the third map, Astralis had a mountain to climb from the 2-0 score. In Train, the start was promising as they once again took the first three rounds and instead of FaZe coming and evening it out like before, Astralis increased their lead to 10-0. This time, Astralis’ Lukas ”gla1ve” Rossander’s game was particularly strong as he picked important kills for his team up until the second half.
Before the half-time, on round 11, the game took a turn when FaZe, who were playing as terrorists managed to plant the bomb on the A-site. After Astralis had gotten rid of “GuardiaN’s” teammates, he was left alone to defend the bombsite against the three remaining Astralis members. The odds were against him but despite the pressure, he was able to secure a crucial round for his team. After the clutch, FaZe got the much-needed energy boost to finally get into the third map. The score was 11-4 in favour of Astralis as the teams proceeded to the second half.
On the CT side FaZe caught up to Astralis. The keys to the even 14-14 score were provided by “GuardiaN”, “rain” and Richard ”Xizt” Landström. On round 21, “Xizt” sneaked behind the Danish team and took out three of their members making the score 13-8. Later “rain” swept the table with his quad-kill leaving FaZe only one round behind their opponents. Astralis wasn’t able to secure rounds anymore and the last nails to Astralis’ coffin were “rain” and Nikola ”NiKo” Kovač, who had played great right from the start of the finale. Train’s final score was 14-16 for FaZe, who consequently took a 3-0 surprise win from the tournament.
Overall, both teams were great, but the score speaks for itself. All players showed some incredible plays, as expected on this level, but FaZe was simply better as a whole. The win didn’t come easily though.
The finalists will be seen again soon at the ESL Pro League finals in the United States which start May 15th. The prize pool will be a massive 750 000 dollars.
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