Credit: ESL Adela Sznajder
After seeing BIG qualify for the Grand Final at Roobet Cup, Astralis and FaZe had the chance to do the same. The Danes managed to take a single map, but it turned out that there is a reason that FaZe are the favorites at the moment.
Astralis started the series with a tight win on their pick of Overpass. The first half of the map was very close as Astralis was only behind by a single round at halftime even though 'broky' was having a field day on the defense at 17-7. The map, which was influenced heavily by long winstreaks, was tied at 13-13 and that is when the Danish squad put their foot down and stopped FaZe from taking any more rounds.
Astralis got a good start on the second map of Mirage as they picked up four early CT-side rounds, but from there on out it was a seemingly unstoppable 'ropz' that led the FaZe squad on a 9-1 half-ending run. Though Astralis did pick up a fair few rounds in the second half, FaZe comfortably secured the map and tied the series at 1-1.
The third and deciding map of Dust2 looked like a close affair early on as the teams were going back and forth, but with massive impact 'rain' and 'broky' made sure that FaZe had a cushy five-round lead as they turned to the T side.
Nothing changed for FaZe in the second half as they continued mowing down the soldiers of Astralis, who were more often than not, without a chance in their engagements. FaZe easily overcame Astralis on the third map of Dust2 and secured a spot in the Grand Final versus BIG.
Highlight of the Bo3-series:
FaZe - Astralis 2-1 | Roobet Cup 2022
13-16 (Overpass) | blameF - 1.42 Rating / 26-13 K-D / 93.8 ADR
16-11 (Mirage) | ropz - 1.60 Rating / 28-14 K-D / 101.7 ADR
16-7 (Dust2) | rain - 1.75 Rating / 27-15 K-D / 130.8 ADR
MVP: Helvijs 'broky' Saukants - 1.30 Rating / 64-45 K-D / 77.4 ADR