The semi-finals of IEM New York Europe would take place on Day 5, with OG subduing Fnatic over three maps and FaZe shocked as they defeated Vitality with a pristine 2-0.
OG was looking to maintain their flawless run on IEM New York, as they managed to string 11 rounds on defence on Fnatic’s map pick of Train.
The Swedes managed to get back into the match, powered by the antics of veteran Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson, putting things on equal footing at 12-12.
Despite his performance, the match would spiral out of control for Fnatic, with multiple clutches boosting OG to a 16-13 finish.
Looking for revenge, Fnatic showed a more composed form on Inferno as they conquered a big lead on the defence. They would eventually close the map 16-11, rebounding off of a tactical pause.
On Mirage, a great CT side would set things up for OG, with the Finnish In-Game-Leader Aleksi ‘AleksiB’ Virolainen leading the charge to the Grand Finals, striking a crucial 16-9 win.
Fnatic duo Robin ‘Flusha’ Rönnquist and Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim were the only players to finish the series under the 50 kill mark
FaZe made a stylish entry on Mirage, firing on all cylinders. The fire seemed to be short lived, as Vitality crawled back in the game across the half. As sides switched, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard sparked the squad to deny any attacks from the French side, netting a 16-10 finish.
As we moved into Inferno, it seemed as FaZe’s flame would only grow bigger, starting the map on a solid lead. Team Vitality started to contest the map as they transitioned to CT, forcing the map to go all 30 rounds. However, FaZe Clan didn’t want to take any chances with a third map, taking it 16-14 to secure an audacious upset against one of the hottest prospects in Europe.