FaZe Clan have captured their first trophy with their new players ”Coldzera” and ”Broky”. They defeated Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 in the Grand Final of BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen. With this victory, FaZe are the only team to win two BLAST events in 2019! Before we talk about the Grand Final let’s discuss the BLAST Pro Stand-Off!
BLAST Pro Stand-Off
The BLAST Showmatch was played between Natus Vincere and crowd favourites Astralis. Let me quickly explain how BLAST Pro Stand-Off works. The showdown is played on a custom Aim Map. There are Five 1v1 aim duels with different players for each match-up. Every match-up is played with a different weapon, the first player to 7 kills wins their match-up, and the team with the most kills after 5 rounds wins. The highlight of showdown had to be when Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, the best player in the world, battled against Danny “zonic” Sørensen, the coach of Astralis! Check out clip below to see how ”zonic” faired. In the end, the Danes managed to secure the victory, the Final Score being 30-26 to the delight of the crowd!
Grand Final: FaZe Clan vs Ninjas in Pyjamas
Map 1: Nuke (FaZe Clan’s Map Pick)
Onto the first map of the Grand Final: Nuke. FaZe opened up with a dominate pistol round victory! However, NIP soon got their act together and won six rounds in a row. The game looked to be slipping out of FaZe Clan’s grasp until they managed to tighten up their defense and pull the half back to 8-7. Once the Ninjas switched over the CT-Side, they needed to swing the momentum and swing it they did, as they pushed forward all the way to 15-8.
The game was over. Or was it? FaZe Clan didn’t give up; they decided to play more aggressively and upped the intensity until they tied the score at 15-15! After switching to the CT-Side, “NiKo” and his troops set up a rock solid defense, winning three rounds on the bounce to steal the game away after the most unlikely of comebacks.
Map 2: Dust 2 (NIP Map Pick)
Dust 2 began with Ninjas in Pyjamas starting on the T-Side. Thankfully for them, they managed to secure the pistol round. However, FaZe soon struck back, taking an impressive 5-1 lead. The Ninjas then went on a similar winning streak to end the half at 8-7 once again.
Once FaZe Clan switched over to T-Side, they became near-unstoppable, wrecking the finances of Ninjas in Pyjamas in the process. Then, on Round 26, ”Broky” secured a stunning double to earn series point! This all but gave FaZe the series and the tournament. The following round, ”Coldzera” delivered the finishing blow to the Swedes! With that, Faze Clan secured the 2-0 sweep and won BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019!
In addition, it should be noted that ”Plopski” was the main disappointment for NIP, ending with a KD of 28-51 across the series. Meanwhile, in FaZe, all players managed to secure more than 40 kills.
Victorious FaZe Clan:
I doubt anyone would have put FaZe Clan down to win this event (except me 🙂 sort of…) but they stormed to the title, dropping only one game throughout the entire tournament. But don’t go thinking FaZe are back to being a Top 5 team; let’s see how they fair in a Bo3 environment first.
Other Team Performances:
NIP will be pleased about coming 2nd place and securing a place in Bahrain. The addition of ”Twist” appears to be working. It’s great to see NIP with a proper AWPer for the first time since ”Draken” left, and I look forward to watching the Ninjas continue their rise.
Natus Vincere will be very frustrated that they didn’t make the Grand Final after starting this event so strong. A draw against Cloud9 was the result that really cost them in the long run. During the event, ”s1mple” said in an interview that the CIS squad are looking to win the ESL Pro League Season 10: Finals. I guess that’s the event we will truly judge this new Navi roster on.
After the complete disaster that was Day One, Astralis were at rock bottom. Day Two was a different matter. The Danes came back stronger, winning two and drawing one in front of 12,000 screaming fans. Unfortunately, other results didn’t go in their favour, so they ended the tournament in 4th place. Having said that, winning the Pro Standoff and securing $20,000 was a nice consolation prize.
Team Liquid were the biggest let down of this event. It’s very clear now as to why they are taking a break after this competition. They clearly need it. They look burnt out and lost.
Cloud9 were in a similar mess. They managed to put up a good fight against Navi and FaZe but were destroyed by the rest of the competition. They clearly need more time in the oven, although we will get to see them in action at DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019. Here they will battle against some tier two opposition, and hopefully they will put up more of fight on home soil. The event will start on November 15th.
We won’t have to wait long to see Astralis and FaZe Clan compete again, as they will appear at Intel Extreme Masters Beijing which starts on November 7th 2019.
We will also see Ninjas in Pyjamas vs FaZe Clan in a rematch at the BLAST Pro Series: Global Finals 2019 starting on December 12th 2019.
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