FaZe Clan’s CS:GO team has bounced back from a difficult start to their IEM Sydney run to clinch third place in Group A and eliminate Cloud9 from the tournament.
FaZe Clan started their IEM Sydney campaign with a victory over ORDER but were surprised by Renegades in the following match, losing 2-1 to Noah ‘Nifty’ Francis and co.
They then went on to meet Grayhound in the elimination match and were pushed to the limit, dropping the first map and having to grind their way back by winning a Dust 2 decider.
In the third place decider match they had to face Cloud9, the team that defeated them in the ELEAGUE Boston Major Grand Final, with the loser being eliminated.
The first map, Mirage, started in a fashion that would continue for most of the series as the FaZe players took it in turns to pick up multi kill rounds, like these quad kills from Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač and Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács.
Cloud9 had their moments of brilliance in the early on in the game, with one round from Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba featuring an impressive display of entry killing on Mirage’s B bombsite.
Unfortunately, these rounds were few and far between and FaZe Clan gradually extended their lead until they eventually closed things out with a score of 16-9.
Moving over to FaZe Clan’s map choice, Cache, Cloud9 got off to the perfect start with a CT side pistol round win but FaZe bounced back in their first rifle round and business as usual quickly resumed.
With an 11-4 lead at halftime, FaZe looked to be in supreme control and they refused to relinquish it. GuardiaN picked up an impressive 1 vs. 2 in round 17 which seemed to be the final nail in the coffin and Xizt eventually wrapped things up in round 22 with a 3K for the 16-6 win.
The 2-0 victory was exactly what FaZe Clan needed to go into the playoff stages with confidence.
With a quarterfinal match against Fnatic facing them on May 4th, they will need to keep up their current form.
Cloud9 is eliminated from IEM Sydney in 7th – 8th place.