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FaZe overcome CPH Flames to book playoff ticket

The underdogs couldn’t complete the upset despite stealing FaZe’s map pick on Inferno.

The world #1 is playoff-bound at PGL Major Antwerp with FaZe taking down Copenhagen Flames in a fierce progression match this Monday. Finn “karrigan” Andersen and the rest of FaZe were in big problems throughout the Bo3 series but managed to recover on Ancient and Nuke.

We began the match on Inferno, FaZe’s map pick, where it was Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen and his men outshining FaZe in the first half through a strong CT side and a well-playing Fredrik “roeJ” Jørgensen.

After the switch, the favorites stepped up, where it once again was the defensive site being the strongest. However, FaZe couldn’t prevent CPH Flames from reaching the magical 16th round which resulted in a 16-13 result.

On the second map on Ancient, a certain Norwegian with the name of Håvard “rain” Nygaard played some of his best Counter-Strike. The strong rifler was unstoppable on the CT side where he took over control of the server and his Danish opponents. Through countless kills through the smoke and wall bangs from cave near B site, rain managed to lead FaZe to a 12-3 first half score.

Flames weren’t ready to give up the map despite the big deficit and made sure FaZe had to work for the map victory. Nonetheless, it was all in vain with FaZe picking up the win and therefore sending the series to the decider on Nuke.

Towards the end of the match, it seemed like Copenhagen Flames had run dry on both ideas and firepower, which became quite evident on Nuke with FaZe going up 13-2 following a very one-sided first half. Something they followed up with a likewise solid T side to eventually take home the series.

While FaZe is heading to the playoffs, Copenhagen Flames will get another opportunity to reach top eight against another 2-2 team from the Swiss stage.

FaZe – Copenhagen Flames 2-1 | PGL Major Antwerp Legends Stage

13-16 (Inferno) | roeJ – 1.18 Rating / 24-18 K-D / 77.0 ADR

16-13 (Ancient) | rain – 1.58 Rating / 30-20 K-D / 103.0 ADR

16-6 (Nuke) | ropz – 1.71 Rating / 25-11 K-D / 98.8 ADR

MVP: Håvard ”rain” Nygaard | 1.30 Rating / 68-54 K-D / 88.0 ADR

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