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Sprout eliminate FaZe from Flashpoint 3

Sprout beat FaZe 2-1 in the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket after losing in the opening round to Heroic, and have now survived the first round of elimination matches. Josef “⁠faveN⁠” Baumann and company fell behind after the initial map in the series, Mirage (10-16), but were able to win their own pick of Dust2 in-extremis (16-14) before closing the series out on Train (16-10).

FaZe’s ills continue with this loss as they are eliminated from the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in last place. The international squad have been struggling to perform since bringing on in-game leader Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen and star player Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken to revamp the roster and have since gone out in 9-12th place at IEM Katowice, 17-20th at ESL Pro League Season 13 and 13-16th at DreamHack Masters Spring.

Sprout remain alive in Flashpoint 3 after their victory against FaZe

FaZe got off to a good start in the series taking a 3-0 lead on the attacking side of Mirage, but Sprout were quick to retaliate and claimed the lead early on after putting up several strong defenses. karrigan and company made inroads to try and regain the lead, making it 7-7, but the Germans were able to win the final round of the half to remain ahead. Despite winning the pistol round, Sprout struggled with the task of attacking, and finally faltered as FaZe took their map pick 16-10.

Sprout took the lead on the offense in Dust2, but weren’t able to dominate early on as FaZe won a couple of close rounds to start to gain momentum and build an economy on the CT side. Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David did much of the heavy lifting with dual AWPs on the way to a 10-5 lead. The German squad put forth a strong start on the defense and made a strong push to take the map. faveN made two big plays in crucial rounds which tipped the balance in Sprout’s favor as they managed to take it in the last round, 16-14.

FaZe didn’t manage to close the series out on Dust2 and lost in the decider

FaZe won the first pistol round on the attacking side of Train, but three Desert Eagle kills on the forcebuy by Denis “⁠denis⁠” Howell gave his team the second round, after which faveN and company went on to dominate on the defense, giving up just four rounds to set up a possible upset. FaZe started to scale the comeback mountain on the CT side, but were cut short as Sprout cruised to a 16-10 victory to eliminate the international squad and stay alive in the Flashpoint 3 lower bracket.

Up next for the German squad will be the second round of lower bracket play, where they will play the loser of BIG vs. mousesports in another all-or-nothing match for survival in the tournament. “I don’t care who we play, but I think we’d have better chances against BIG,” faveN said in the post-match interview, “because it’s a domestic match-up and it’ll be about mental games, so I think BIG would be better for us.”

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G2 edge out FaZe to set up Heroic matchup at Flashpoint

G2 have come out on top of a back-and-forth series against FaZe 2-1 (Train 16-14, Mirage 22-25, Inferno 16-8) to secure advancement in the upper bracket of Flashpoint 3 and set up their first clash against the new Heroic lineup in the next round.

It was a promising showing from FaZe, but not quite the recovery they were hoping for following a tough run in the past few months, which has seen them miss out on playoffs at three consecutive tournaments so far. They will have a chance to redeem themselves after falling to the lower bracket in Flashpoint 3, where they will first lock horns with one of the biggest underdogs of the event, Sprout.

G2 opted for Train in their opening match against FaZe in an attempt to punish the karrigan-led side, who had lost the map in four out of five instances since adding the Danish in-game leader, once to the Nemanja “⁠nexa⁠” Isaković-led side in the IEM Summer closed qualifier.

maLeK’s squad shook off a triple-OT loss on Mirage to clinch the series

FaZe turned out a tough nut to crack on the opener, but G2 were able to withstand the pressure following their opponents’ big run on the CT side spearheaded by Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David and Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard. After scraping through six rounds on the offense, G2 went on a streak of their own as CTs, and when FaZe made a last-stand effort to climb back from a 10-14 deficit François “⁠AmaNEk⁠” Delaunay stepped up with a game-changing 1v2 clutch to help the French-Balkan side secure a narrow victory.

FaZe picked Mirage, the same map on which they had previously beaten G2 16-5, but this time they had a much taller order ahead of them despite getting off to strong starts on both halves. They couldn’t capitalize on a 12-6 lead, with nexa‘s side finding edges in close situations time and time again to break their opponents’ economy twice, and FaZe had to salvage the situation in the last round of regulation to force overtime.

A couple of nail-biting rounds of overtime followed with FaZe being able to resist up against two more match points from G2, and in the third karrigan‘s side finally prevailed with coldzera spearheading the victory with some late-round heroics, including a defuse in a 1v2 situation.

G2 didn’t seem to have trouble shaking off the tough loss, as they had Inferno under control outside of a couple of blunders at the end of the opening half despite losing both pistol rounds. The cousins worked well in tandem as they led their team to a convincing 16-8 victory.

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FaZe beat mousesports 2-0 in ESL Pro League

FaZe bounced back from their 1-2 defeat at the hands of Vitality in the ESL Pro League Season 13 Group B opening day with a victory against mousesports in the second round of matches, which puts the Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong-led squad in a precarious situation with two losses in as many games after their initial loss to ENCE.

“It’s always a game of chess when you play old teammates,” karrigan said in a post-match interview on the broadcast, “so it was more like ‘throw out the playbook and think on-the-fly’ and I think it worked wonders.”

As far as his progress in FaZe and implementing a new playbook, karrigan said he “took everything they had and threw it out of the window. We started from scratch and implemented my style. It was very chaotic at IEM Katowice, but you can see a different FaZe now, we’re playing to the strength of our players.”

The two teams will play their next round robin matches on Monday, with FaZe set to face another squad with a 1-1 record, NIP, while mousesports will clash with Vitality in a crucial series that they will have to win in order to keep their playoff options alive.

broky put on a show with a 1.44 rating in the series

mousesports got off to a flying start on Mirage, FaZe’s map pick, with a five round streak, but were immediately met by a fierce attack from FaZe, who tied things up linking five rounds in a row of their own. Ultimately it was dexter and company who took the lead at the half by one round and the back-and-forth continued after switching sides, although FaZe managed to come out ahead on the defense, 16-13, despite a monster performance by David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský, who ended the map with 32 frags.

The close match between the two sides continued on Inferno, where Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants went off on the defense with both rifles and the AWP, racking up 19 kills in FaZe’s 9-6 halftime lead on the CT side. The FaZe youngster continued to tear through his opponents on the attack as he finished one frag shy of 30 while FaZe gained control of proceedings to cruise to a 16-10 victory.

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Video: ZywOo vs. FaZe | HLTV.org

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karrigan on returning to FaZe: “It was all about where I could achieve the goals for my career”

Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen returned to FaZe last month, bringing an end to a nearly two-year-long tenure with mousesports. His arrival provided a much-needed fresh start for FaZe, who had lacked a dedicated in-game leader since his departure from the international team, in December 2018.

The 30-year-old appeared on Monday as a guest on the ‘HLTV Confirmed’ podcast and explained why he left mousesports and gave FaZe another shot.

karrigan said that he can achieve his personal goals in FaZe

“There were some issues in mousesports,” karrigan admitted. “I would say that since COVID-19 started, there were a lot of issues with the woxic situation, we had to bench him in the summer after we flopped in ESL One Cologne. It was a very unstable period back then, and we also lost Rejin. I felt like I was left in a situation where I had to handle everything myself, and it was kind of tough for me.

“Honestly, I felt really burned out like never before. This is also why I had to take a vacation, even though I didn’t want to. I just had to get away and think about my future. My contract was running out. We got some good players, Bymas is a really good player, but he wasn’t the player we needed at that moment, we needed an AWPer.”

karrigan became the team’s main AWPer for a while following Özgür “⁠woxic⁠” Eker‘s departure, before handing the role to Chris “⁠chrisJ⁠” de Jong. He believes that the team had some decent results, especially considering that they played without a coach for over two months after Allan “⁠Rejin⁠” Petersen was suspended by the organisation when it was revealed that he had used the spectator bug during his time with Tricked.

“Coming into January, it was really tough to decide if I wanted to stay with mousesports or not,” he said. “Also, mouz is not an organisation that will go out and buy a super expensive player if that is needed for the team to be the No.1 [in the world]. They are known for getting young players and trying to make them perform at a high level. Obviously, ropz is a wonderful story of how that worked out, he became the best player in the world in my opinion, as a rifler.

“I had other offers, but they didn’t sound as interesting as staying in mouz or joining FaZe. In the end, I chose experience over young players. I don’t know if I could reach the goals with the young guys in mousesports. FaZe is an organisation that I trust. I enjoyed my time back then with the people around the organisation. I felt that the players in the lineup needed a big voice to come back to the top.

“Knowing that they were so hungry for an in-game leader made my choice easier than if I had to replace another in-game leader. I considered the move for a month, but in the end, it wasn’t about the money or the brand. It was all about where I could achieve the goals for my career. I felt it would be hard to achieve with mousesports what I accomplished with FaZe before if the new lineup we had at the beginning of the year didn’t work out.”

karrigan wants coldzera to contribute as a secondary caller

The rumors of karrigan‘s return to FaZe began to swirl in November, two months before the North American organisation completed the high-profile signing of Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken from Liquid. With approximately two weeks of work, the Danish tactician said that he’s still trying to find the best way to make full use of his players.

“I think we have two roles: coldzera as the hardcore lurker and the secondary caller, I think that is an obvious choice, and we have broky as the main AWPer,” karrigan explained. “But what I’m trying to experiment with now is putting rain out of his comfort zone and not only hardcore entry-fragging, so it gives freedom to Twistzz to be an entry-fragger in some rounds.

“In mousesports, I was a very aggressive rifler, and now I have to find my balance in FaZe, so the other guys have the freedom to be aggressive as well. I have to figure out when exactly I’m going to use Twistzz as the entry-fragger and when I’m going to use rain.”

Moving forward, FaZe will be hiring a psychologist, as revealed by Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David on the ‘Flow Podcast’ in December, as well as an analyst. karrigan is happy that the North American organisation is allocating more resources to the team than it did during his first spell between 2016 and 2018.

“I want a team around the players and that means one sports psychologist,” he said. “It’s not like we’re going to have one tomorrow, but we are going to get one who fits the team. And we’re also getting an analyst. In my first time with FaZe, I did everything myself. We want to have three guys analyzing the game, helping each other out, and giving different views. This is what has to be done during the Spring so I can focus on myself and the team.”

karrigan hopes that the team will be able to bootcamp soon, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans will have to be put on the backburner for now. Given how new everything is right now, FaZe haven’t set clear goals for 2021 just yet.

“It’s something we will do very shortly, but my goal is to be ready for the Major in November and I think everything before that is just part of the learning curve,” he noted. “I don’t want us to peak in the next tournament and suddenly become the best team in the world or whatever. Obviously, I want to be top four at the Major, it’s at least where I want us to be in six months. When we talk in a year, obviously the goal is to be the number one.”

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[VOD] Examining new FaZe lineup, IEM Katowice results on HLTV Confirmed with karrigan

Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen will guest on the HLTV Confirmed show for the second time in the season, this time sitting down to talk about his return to FaZe, leaving mousesports behind, and what he aims to accomplish alongside Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David.

karrigan joins the show to talk about his goals for 2021

The show will be hosted by the regular trio of Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, who will consult with karrigan about the latest roster moves, IEM Katowice results, and more.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with karrigan
-The decision to leave mouz
-Why return to FaZe?
-Roles and team chemistry
-IEM Katowice debut
-FaZe 2021 roster vs. 2018 roster
-Goals for 2021, coach, psychologist status
Recent news
-Ethan leaves EG for VALORANT
-OG bench NBK-, in talks with niko
-Heroic: -b0RUP, niko; +sjuush, refrezh
-MAD Lions to go international
-suNny to stand in for FPX
IEM Katowice
-Gambit’s unlikely victory
-Virtus.pro choked the final?
-Astralis and NAVI fall short
-How will the CIS teams rank in 3-6 months?
-Liquid’s streaky form
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-Viewer questions and leftover topics

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Examining new FaZe lineup, IEM Katowice results on HLTV Confirmed with karrigan

Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen will guest on the HLTV Confirmed show for the second time in the season, this time sitting down to talk about his return to FaZe, leaving mousesports behind, and what he aims to accomplish alongside Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard and Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David.

karrigan joins the show to talk about his goals for 2021

The show will be hosted by the regular trio of Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, who will consult with karrigan about the latest roster moves, IEM Katowice results, and more.

Topics for the show:

Hot seat with karrigan
-The decision to leave mouz
-Why return to FaZe?
-Roles and team chemistry
-IEM Katowice debut
-FaZe 2021 roster vs. 2018 roster
-Goals for 2021, coach, psychologist status
Recent news
-Ethan leaves EG for VALORANT
-OG bench NBK-, in talks with niko
-Heroic: -b0RUP, niko; +sjuush, refrezh
-MAD Lions to go international
-suNny to stand in for FPX
IEM Katowice
-Gambit’s unlikely victory
-Virtus.pro choked the final?
-Astralis and NAVI fall short
-How will the CIS teams rank in 3-6 months?
-Liquid’s streaky form
Playtime
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

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Virtus.pro see off Vitality, FURIA eliminate FaZe in IEM Katowice

Virtus.pro and FURIA are through to Group B’s lower bracket final in IEM Katowice following victories over Vitality and FaZe, respectively. The CIS team put in a solid performance to move past the current world No.3, who looked a bit off-colour and spent most of the series on the back foot, although credit still must be given to them as they came back from 15-8 down on Inferno before losing the game in overtime.

After previously moving past NIP, Virtus.pro will now look to complete their lower bracket run against the scary FURIA, who were firing on all cylinders in the two map victories over FaZe, showing no signs of discomfort with their newest addition as they outplayed and outclassed their opponents.

Vitality came out the stronger side on Inferno and gained a foothold in the game early on after keeping Virtus.pro from stringing rounds together. But after that slow start, the CIS team took control of proceedings and had Vitality against the ropes for the remainder of the half, which ended with five rounds separating the two sides.

Virtus.pro took down Vitality in a match between two top-five sides

More misery was to come for the French team, who won the pistol round but failed to convert the second round, with the scoreline blooming to a 14-6 lead. The CIS side hit map point shortly afterwards but could not close out the map as Vitality took control of the game and forced overtime. The momentum was now very much with the French side, but Virtus.pro kept their composure and wrapped up the game after winning two rounds in each half, with Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov delivering the finishing blow with a 1v2 clutch inside B.

Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali was the main instigator as Virtus.pro shut out the Vitality offence for large portions of the first half on Overpass, although they had just a narrow 8-7 lead heading into the break after the Frenchmen came alive towards the end of their T side. Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis kicked Virtus.pro further into the lead with three quick frags in the following pistol round, with the team using that momentum to carve out a 13-7 lead. With no room for error, Vitality tightened up and brought the deficit to a solitary round, but VP were unwilling to let a comeback happen and put the match to rest.

FaZe established an early lead on Mirage, but they lost their grip on the game after FURIA brought out a double AWP setup, Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan combining for 31 frags in the half as the Brazilian team raced to a 10-5 lead. The international team hit back in the following pistol round, but then they were caught off-guard as Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato picked up a spectacular trio of frags to turn the tide back in favour of FURIA, who ran away with the game.

FaZe bounced back from that disappointment with a strong defensive showing on Overpass, picking up 10 rounds in a one-sided half that witnessed a vintage performance by Håvard “⁠rain⁠” Nygaard (2.07 rating, 134 ADR). FURIA rallied back from a 12-5 deficit and enjoyed a spell of dominance, but FaZe picked themselves up in the closing stages and secured the victory to level the series. The final map, Train, was a complete blowout as FURIA ran rampant from the offset, dominating the European team thanks to stellar performances from Yuri “⁠yuurih⁠” Santos and KSCERATO, who combined for 46 frags to knock FaZe out of the tournament.

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NIP, OG eliminated from IEM Katowice as Virtus.pro, FaZe prevail

Virtus.pro and FaZe are through to the Group B lower-bracket semi-finals in IEM Katowice following victories over NIP and OG, respectively. The CIS team now await the loser of the match between Vitality and Liquid, while karrigan‘s troops will face either Natus Vincere or FURIA.

Virtus.pro won the three first rounds on Inferno, but NIP took the lead as soon as they could afford rifles. The Ninjas were displaying a solid defensive setup until Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis managed to grab three kills on A in an eco-round and Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov won an 1v2 clutch in the after-plant. The CIS team won three more rounds after that and switched to the CT side with a narrow 8-7 lead. Virtus.pro set the tone of the second half as they won four in a row, leaving the Ninjas in a tough spot. NIP broke the streak, but they could not take a stranglehold in the half as Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s troops quickly wrapped up the map.

Jame was the top-fragger on Overpass

NIP came out strongly on Overpass and picked up a 5-0 lead on their T side, but then Virtus.pro tightened up to win the half by the slightest of margins. The CIS team improved after the side switch as they had correct reads all the time and won eight in a row to eliminate the Swedes from the tournament.

FaZe enjoyed a 6-1 lead on their CT side on Mirage until OG won four in a row off the back of a successful force-buy. FaZe managed to add three more to their tally before the end of the half, with Russel “⁠Twistzz⁠” Van Dulken leading the charge with 21 frags. karrigan‘s side dismantled OG‘s defence in the second half, in which Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants posted a 2.85 rating (15-1 K-D, 152.5 ADR).

FaZe put on a dominant CT side on Dust2 as they strolled to a 7-0 lead. OG still managed to salvage their T side, bringing the deficit to three rounds before the break, but FaZe ran away with the game in the second half after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together.

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olofmeister confirms FaZe departure | HLTV.org

Olof “⁠olofmeister⁠” Kajbjer has confirmed that BLAST Premier Spring Groups was his last tournament with FaZe and that he will now be taking a step back as he evaluates his options for the future.

On Friday, the 29-year-old revealed in a post-match interview that he hadn’t made his mind up yet in regards to retirement, pushing back on statements made by Marcelo “⁠coldzera⁠” David in previous interviews that indicated the Swedish veteran would retire following his departure from FaZe.

olofmeister has been a part of FaZe since August 2017, helping the team to a runner-up finish to Cloud9 at the ELEAGUE Boston Major. The team also secured three title victories in 2017 at ESL One New York, ELEAGUE Premier, and ECS Season 4 Finals, won EPICENTER the subsequent year over Natus Vincere, and picked up a handful of tournament wins at various BLAST Pro Series events in 2019.

The two-time Major champion and best player of 2015 had a fitting end to his tenure on FaZe as he was the team’s second-highest rated player in the BLAST Premier Spring Group, averaging a 1.10 rating as the team qualified for the Spring Finals following two wins over Liquid.

FaZe, who will return to action on Thursday in the main stage of IEM Katowice, have been credited with an interest in Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen, who led the international team between October 2016 and December 2018. The Danish tactician was recently removed from mousesports’ lineup, with the organization acquiring Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong from Renegades.

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