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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ELEAGUE Invitational Final Placings

Team Prize money
1st – FaZe Clan $80,000
2nd – Cloud9 $40,000
3rd – BIG $20,000
4th – compLexity $10,000
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Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun

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Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.

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Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.

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After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.

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But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.

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While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.

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