Cloud9 and FaZe Clan have become the first teams to be eliminated from ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018.
The first match of the day saw MiBR’s Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip and Tarik ‘Tarik’ Celik defeat their former Cloud9 teammates The second featured a European showdown between Fantic and FaZe Clan, with the Swedish team coming out on top.
MiBR came out swinging against Cloud9, rolling over the North American team with a comfortable 16-5 score on Inferno.
Cloud9 managed to fight back on Cache, with Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba producing a particularly strong performance, but the majority Brazilian roster of MiBR eventually prevailed in overtime, winning 19-17.
The loss eliminated Cloud9 in from Group A with a 0-2 record and no map wins. The North American side was using Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim and Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk for the tournament, having still found no permanent replacements for Tarik and Stewie2K.
In the second match, Richard ‘Xizt’ Landström led Fnatic against FaZe Clan, the team that he helped to win IEM Sydney 2018 as a stand-in.
The match was incredibly close. Fnatic managed to claim the first map, Dust 2, in overtime, winning 19-15 as Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson topped the scoreboard.
Next up was Mirage and, despite some heroics from Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač that saw him finish with a score of 38-19, FaZe Clan was once again unable to prevail, losing 16-14 in nail-biting fashion.
ELEAGUE Premier was Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer’s first tournament back in action for FaZe Clan after a lengthy hiatus due to undisclosed personal reasons.
The Swedish legend performed well individually but it was not enough to prevent a 0-2 record in Group B. Despite the losses to Mousesports and Fnatic, FaZe finished with a round differential of just -8.
MiBR will face Team Liquid in the Group A decider match, while Fnatic will take on Mousesports in Group B. Both games will take place on July 25.
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