As DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 rages on in both North America and Europe, FaZe Clan and NAVI, two of the toughest teams, went head to head in a great match that went the way of FaZe. NAVI was not able to continue their run in the lower bracket after making their mark on MAD Lions on Wednesday.
The first map was FaZe’s pick of Mirage where they earned themselves eight rounds in both halves to get the win 16:11. This is the map where FaZe Clan’s rookie player, Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras, shined. The sixteen year old Lithuanian dominated the map with a 1.49 HLTV rating, a K/D difference of +10 and an ADR of 92.9. Pulling off a match like this against NAVI for the young shooter is nothing short of incredible.
The second map was Dust2, NAVI’s pick. This is generally a tough map to pick into because almost every team plays well on it. Something else to keep in mind: the double doors at B Site are not flipped for the tournament. NAVI performed worse on this map despite having the same ending score of 16:11. With only 5 rounds T-side, NAVI was in a tough position on CT-side. FaZe almost choked in the second half, losing 6 rounds in a row to NAVI. But with Broky leading and Bymas not too far behind, FaZe took it back and clutched the final four rounds. Broky in this last map earned himself a 1.33 HLTV rating, a +9 K/D difference and a 82.0 ADR.
NAVI Isn’t Playing Like a #1 Squad
The main takeaways from this matchup is not just that Bymas is a great addition to FaZe Clan, it is that NAVI needs to step up their performance. Electronic and s1mple both played a solid match, but the whole team needs to be playing on another level. According to coach B1ad3, the team has been dealing with stress, which is a factor to their poor performance. Nerves and stress native to the competitive circuit is a common issue within the pro CS scene. Even Bymas is a replacement for Olofmeister while he is on leave for fatigue. It isn’t exactly clear cut how a team can overcome this, but whatever measures needed to be taken to bring NAVI back into form are essential to the future of the team’s success, especially if they want to hold on to their #1 ranking.
FaZe will continue their bid for the chip and move on to face BIG in the semifinals Saturday.