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FaZe Clan mount impressive comeback to win ELEAGUE Invitational

Published: 28/Jan/2019 10:59 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 11:23

by Connor Bennett


FaZe Clan’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad had to dig in and mount an impressive 2-1 comeback over Cloud9 to secure victory at the ELEAGUE Invitational this weekend in Atlanta.

The European squad, who had beaten BIG Clan to reach the Grand Finals, quickly fell behind in the series 1-0 after Cloud9 secured a dominant 16-3 map win on Mirage. Cloud9, who had been in fine form all event long, looked like favourites to secure a 2-0 series win. 

Mirage had been FaZe’s map choice for the series but a 22-7 performance from Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and 20-10 showing from William ‘RUSH’ Wierzba saw Cloud9 race ahead.


The series was turned on its head on Inferno, the second map and the choice of Cloud9, when FaZe posted a strong 11-4 first-half on the CT side. While the majority American squad of C9 attempted to makke a comeback, the longest-tenured FaZe member Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard pulled out a ludicrous Eco round.

FaZe Clan suffocated Cloud9 for the rest of the map, holding off their mini-revivals, to eventually secure a 16-12 map victory – tying the best-of-three grand finals series at 1-1.

However, despite getting a shot at the third map – Train – Cloud9 ran into Ladislav ‘Guardian’ Kovács. The Slovakian star brought Cloud9’s early form on the map to an end with a quad-kill in an eco round, before pulling off a disgusting 1 vs. 4 clutch with his signature weapon – the AWP – to complete the ace.

The Slovakian superstar finished the map with a ridiculous 34-9 as FaZe picked up the 16-9 win, ultimately handing them the ELEAGUE Invitational trophy.

The tournament win should stand FaZe in good stead for their run at the IEM Katowice Major despite getting rid of longtime in-game leader Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen in December.

Experienced pros like Olof ‘Olofmeister’ Kajbjer Gustafsson and Dauren ‘AdreN’ Kystaubayev have experienced lifting the most prestigious prize in CS:GO in the past but that honour has alluded the fellow superstars on the roster in Guardian, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac and Rain.

FaZe will begin their quest to lift the trophy in Poland on February 20 at the New Legends Stage thanks to their performance at the FACEIT London Major in 2018.

ELEAGUE Invitational Final Placings

Team Prize money
1st – FaZe Clan $80,000
2nd – Cloud9 $40,000
3rd – BIG $20,000
4th – compLexity $10,000

Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.