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FaZe was considered one of the best teams in the world before the changes to the roster. However, they had a disastrous Major of Krakow and struggled on their debut in the DreamHack Malmö competition, where they ended up winless in the group stages. However, they have redeemed themselves in the ESL One New York and the Eleague Premier.
FaZe became the most impressive team in the ESL, sweeping Virtus.Pro (16-5) and Astralis (16-6), the favorites of the competition in New York. In the semis, they beat Cloud9 (16-4, 16-3), then in the final, they were up against the dark horses of Team Liquid.
Without Astralis or SK Gaming in the grand finale, the road seemed to be an easy one for FaZe Clan. The side had high hopes to be crowned champions in this ESL One New York. However, with both favorites eliminated by Team Liquid, the balance was restored. Thus, Team Liquid was being considered an equal contender for the ESL. But the anticipation stayed there and the veterans of FaZe successfully demolished Liquid. This victory was a successful title defense for Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács, who won the title last year with Natus Vincere.
The grand finale of this ESL One New York started in Inferno. This was statistically Liquid’s best map with almost 80% victories in recent matches. But that didn’t seem to be the case as it was FaZe Clan controlling the map at will. They had the technicalities of Nikola “NiKo” Kovač for a strong defense and rotations of Finn “karrigan” Andersen to wreak havoc in all rounds. The Dane would not die until round 12, and with that dominance, FaZe cruised to a 15-0 domination.
When the sides changed, Liquid had some good showings. Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken rose to achieve a couple of good rounds. However, it was Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson who would enforce his side’s advantage. He made a couple of incredible plays to stop any attempts of a comeback by taking the first map 16-3.
It was then time to compete on Overpass. The Americans would start well with great initial rounds from Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski. However, after the initial 0-3 came FaZe’s dominance that began in the fourth round with a 4K from NiKo. After that beating, FaZe reached 11-4 at the change of sides. Team Liquid was able to respond, and the script of the final changed. With the Americans on the terrorist side, they got into the game with sensational plays from EliGE and Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz. The rounds were pretty even and they managed to take the map to the 30th round. However, NiKo with a triple kill ended the rally and put his side up 2-0, closing the map 16-14.
Mirage was the last map of the final. FaZe again dominated and controlled at will, defending bombsite B perfectly. Thus FaZe was up 11-4 at the break. When the sides changed, Team Liquid had the opportunity to try to respond but NiKo was on fire, winning rounds for his side. Team Liquid showed some signs of a comeback with a few decent plays. However, FaZe came out on top with a triple kill from NiKo in round 17. They easily ended the final 16-4 in the last round of the ESL.
FaZe Clan has been crowned the champions of the ESL One New York, taking home the $125,000 prize. They have proven themselves after the signings of olofmeister and GuardiaN. The team returns to competitive CS:GO with a dream team that has high ambitions in future.
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