Regardless of a back-and-forth match up, FaZe Clan acquired the most effective of NRG within the decrease bracket semi-finals to energy on for an opportunity to compete at VCT Masters Copenhagen.
Each groups stepped up from their group stage performances, executing extra cohesive methods that think about the entire workforce’s talents as an alternative of counting on one participant. Although FaZe got here out with the win right now, each groups ought to be happy with their enhancements this stage.
On Icebox, FaZe performed a slower, defensive fashion, and principally opted to go for retakes on protection. FaZe has struggled considerably with their retakes this stage, however regardless of some chaotic moments, they have been in a position to regain management rather more successfully this time round. In the meantime, NRG continued to battle to execute their plans on assault.
After FaZe received 9 rounds in a row, they began to get extra assured with their protection. Babybay to pushed ahead together with his Tour de Drive, and supamen took a danger by deploying an aggressive Viper’s Pit to disclaim entry onto B website. It labored, and the half finally ended with FaZe up 10-2.
NRG narrowly took the pistol spherical within the second half of the map, with Ethan barely defusing the spike via a snake chunk. Shopping for into the subsequent spherical, NRG netted themselves a flawless retake to get one other spherical on the board.
Whereas Babybay actually acquired the higher of tex within the Chamber matchup on the primary half — acquiring quite a lot of worth out of his Headhunter and Tour de Drive — tex got here again within the second and didn’t miss a bullet.
Although NRG staged an almost good comeback try within the second half of Icebox, they misplaced the map 13-11.
NRG took the pistol spherical on FaZe’s map decide of Haven, then rapidly cleaned the gamers of FaZe off the C website within the second spherical after FaZe drive purchased. NRG rode this momentum (and FaZe’s damaged financial system) for a number of rounds, going up 7-0 earlier than FaZe managed to win a single spherical. NRG exited the half up by a rating of 8-4, after succeeding with their technique of conserving FaZe closed off from the sides of the map.
FaZe opted for an aggressive protection on the second-half pistol spherical, however NRG knew precisely what was coming and simply picked them off to flawlessly take the spherical. Regardless of a couple of errors and FaZe taking some eco rounds to maintain the map alive, NRG didn’t let it shake them, and received the map 13-8.
Heading on to Ascent, the analysts on the desk have been stunned by FaZe’s agent composition that noticed Babybay switching on to KAY/O as an alternative of his typical duelist. This composition paid off at first, and FaZe took the primary two rounds simply. Caster dusT described the brand new composition as “smeag goes to grad faculty” — referencing an elevated technique compared to previous FaZe.
Supamen acquired an unimaginable clutch ace in spherical 7 that utterly destroyed NRG’s protection. The primary half was all FaZe, with NRG solely managing to win two rounds on protection.
The second half continued to commute nearly endlessly till spherical 19, when Flyuh clutched the spike defuse and put FaZe on match level. Within the decisive spherical, it was once more Flyuh who shined, spraying down a newly-resurrected hazed to keep up a numbers benefit for FaZe, earlier than dicey finally secured the ultimate kill of the match.
FaZe will now play XSET within the decrease bracket last for an opportunity to compete at Masters Copenhagen in July. If FaZe win in opposition to XSET, they’ll go to a VCT worldwide LAN competitors for the primary time. The match is scheduled for tomorrow, June 25, at 3pm CT.