Karrigan and co. proceed to make issues tough for themselves, however they as soon as once more pulled it out of the bag with unbelievable comebacks within the semifinal in opposition to ENCE and the grand remaining in opposition to MOUZ to safe one other CS2 event victory after a marathon day of play.
If Virtus.professional are paid by the spherical, as the favored meme goes, FaZe may be paid by the map, or no less than the shock of followers. Their conquest of the day started a map down in opposition to ENCE, shedding their very own decide of Nuke, then solely scoring 5 rounds on the CT facet of Historic. Then, the now-usual script kicked in, averting two match factors in regulation off the again of ropz’s heroics earlier than profitable the map in additional time, then profitable map three, Anubis, by the narrowest of margins in CS2, 13-11.
Whereas the children of MOUZ additionally wanted to play a three-mapper in opposition to Astralis to make it to the grand remaining, their match was significantly shorter. Not that it helped them on Mirage, shedding their very own map decide 7-13 regardless of Jimpphat’s incredible, server-topping 1.42 rating.
The younger Finn additionally turned out to be essentially the most on-form participant on Nuke as nicely, as he and his workforce restricted FaZe to solely 4 rounds on the T facet, then seemingly set themselves up for an enormous win after breaking again from the pistol spherical loss and posting three rounds in a row, quickly discovering themselves with a 12-6 lead.
With ropz and rain falling quick and broky lacking some simple pictures, it appeared just like the lengthy day of motion was lastly attending to FaZe. As an alternative, it was one other Cinderella story with a six-round comeback as everybody got here alive one after one other, going right into a triple-overtime affair, the place either side didn’t convert their first few match factors, just for FaZe to go 4 out of 4 on the third time of asking.
This made it three CS2 event wins in a row for karrigan’s males, who took down the IEM Sydney 2023 title and the Thunderpick World Championship 2023 occasion quickly after, additional cementing themselves because the dominant workforce to beat within the new iteration of Counter-Strike.
After all, the rumors proceed to swerve in regards to the roster’s long-term prospects after Complexity’s mother or father firm’s acquisition of FaZe and the conflict-of-interest guidelines which might be about to kick in. Twistzz, specifically, has been linked with a return to Group Liquid—and within the post-match interview, he was requested about all of it. James Banks introduced up the workforce’s continuous comebacks, which the younger American referred to as “the FaZe manner.”
“And lots of extra to return?”—got here the query.
A momentary silence, then a diplomatic reply.
“I believe the subsequent one is wanting fairly good,” was his response.