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FaZe CSGO pull off nine-round winstreak vs Liquid with insane clutches

Published: 1/Feb/2020 21:52

by Scott Robertson

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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FaZe Clan took home two BLAST trophies in 2019 in Miami and Copenhagen.

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.

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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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