In a classic map just two days into the Blast Premier Spring 2020 season, FaZe Clan’s CS:GO roster put together their own personal single-half highlight reel, with Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, and others pulling off multiple clutches across nine straight rounds.
It’s only fitting that FaZe, an esports organization that is synonymous with highlight reels, created their own montage of monster plays from just a single half of a CSGO map.
With wins over Ninjas in Pyjamas and MIBR respectively, both FaZe Clan and Team Liquid faced each other in the Upper Bracket final of BLAST Premier Spring’s Group A.
In map one, FaZe’s pick of Dust2, the international lineup of stars found themselves trailing to the North American lineup that dominated the first half of 2019. But after going down 5-1, FaZe went on an insane run of nine straight rounds with a myriad of crazy clutches from their best players.
In the eighth round, FaZe’s most recent addition in Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants came up huge for his new club, with four massive AWP kills to single-handedly claim the round for his team.
One of those came through the box on the A site, while his final one emulated the iconic s1mple AWP toss.
Two rounds later, in the middle of the map, NiKo turned around what was nearly a disastrous round for FaZe with a clean triple via the Krieg, tying the map.
In the 14th round, coldzera one-upped his Bosnian teammate, with a vicious 4k with the Krieg from the B site tunnels, only needing to use the scope once in the process. He was so fired up he rose out of his chair to get the London studio crowd involved.
On Dust2, a dominant T-side half is almost an assured win, and with the momentum that they carried over from an electric first fifteen rounds, FaZe claimed the first map of the best-of-three, 16-12. NiKo and coldzera’s strong performance, fueled by their incredible clutches, were key to the victory.
FaZe look to continue building momentum in 2020, and BLAST events are their wheelhouse. In 2019, they won both BLAST Copenhagen and Miami, and lost in the grand finals of BLAST Los Angeles.
That BLAST LA loss, as well as their Global Final semifinals loss, came against Team Liquid. With the clutch-riddled performance they just had, they’re a map closer to getting a portion of revenge.
A win in their group stage would put them in a high seed at the Spring 2020 finals.