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FaZe Clan and Astralis Duke it Out for a Spot in the ECS Season 5 Grand Final – Report and Highlights

Published: 10/Jun/2018 16:23 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Ross Deason


The Grand Final matchup for ECS Season 5 has been decided after Astralis defeated FaZe Clan in the second semifinal.

The second semifinal the last day of competition at the ECS Season 5 Finals saw Astralis come in as the heavy favorites against a FaZe Clan that was once again using a stand-in, this time in the form of Norwegian player Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen.

It quickly became apparent that FaZe Clan hadn’t got the memo, though, as the international team started strong on their map pick, Train, with a 5-0 start following a strong pistol round victory.

Astralis managed to bounce back with a few rounds of their own but FaZe continued to hold strong on their CT side and eventually finished the half with a 10-5 score thanks to some heroics from the likes of Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács.

The second half was an almost carbon copy of the first, but this time it was Astralis that got off to the strong start by winning four CT sided rounds on the bounce.

FaZe bounced back with four rounds of their own to reach a total of 14 rounds but Astralis once again showed their resolve and locked down the remaining rounds to take the first map 16-14 thanks to some incredible teamwork as well as individual plays from the likes of Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz and Emil ‘MagisK’ Reif.

The second map was Astralis’ pick of Inferno. FaZe seemed to have a glimmer of hope as they started on the CT side, but Astralis showed none of the T side weakness that they had displayed in their opening match against Cloud9 and quickly raced off to a commanding lead.

FaZe did manage to claw some rounds back, thanks to some excellent individual plays from the likes of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, but Astralis eventually secured a 10-5 lead going into their typically stronger CT side of the map.

FaZe kept their hopes alive by winning their T side pistol round but Astralis soon snatched back control in the rifle rounds with a CT side that quickly started to look impenetrable.

In the end, FaZe Clan had no answer for the Astralis defense and the Danish team marched on to a 16-8 map score and a 2-0 series win.

Astralis will now move on to face Team Liquid in the Grand Final while FaZe Clan will be left to think about what could have been if they had closed out the win on Train.


IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos


IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

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Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

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Virtus.pro vs Astralis

Virtus.pro and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far Virtus.pro has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where Virtus.pro could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.

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