FaZe defeated fnatic 19-17 on Nuke to secure their second victory of the IEM Road to Rio Europe RMR. The No. 1 team in the world need a second overtime period to complete the task — their second of the competition thus far after needing a 53-round match to defeat GamerLegion on Tuesday.
In contrast, Sprout triumphed in their best-of-one matchup against Spirit, moving on to the 2-0 round of the Regional Major Ranking competition after defeating the Russian fivesome 16-12 on Mirage. Staehr Victor Staehr, who averaged a 1.24 rating and 21-17 K-D in the match against the Russians, was his team’s most valuable player.
Spirit and fnatic are now in the Major-qualifying event’s 1-1 pool. The two teams will begin their subsequent series of games on Thursday as they attempt to recover in their bid for a spot at the IEM Major Rio.
The Quick Recaps
In order to start their second matches of the RMR, FaZe and fnatic engaged in a brawl on Nuke. The beginning of the map was clearly in favor of fnatic, with William “mezii” Merriman’s troops embarking on a four-round rampage to establish a strong lead for their T-side.
The world No. 1 team posted a dominating five-round lead by the side swap, but as the half went on, FaZe came alive to shut down whatever fnatic threw at them.
At the start of the second half, fnatic got things going right away, overturning FaZe’s pistol-round victory with six rounds of their own to square the game, 11-11. The black-and-orange had absolutely grabbed the bull by the horns, adding four of the following five rounds to reach match point.
FaZe did add one round to the scoreboard in the 23rd to show signs of life. Unfortunately, FaZe’s expertise came through, as the PGL Major Antwerp victors were able to snatch the final two rounds of regulation to force overtime.
Finn “karrigan” Andersen and company won four rounds to their opponents’ two in the extra rounds, giving FaZe a razor-thin advantage that allowed them to defeat Nuke 19-17 and advance to the 2-0 pool.
The Road to Rio Europe RMR event has begun with a couple of fantastic opening matchups that truly delivered the best action for all CSGO fans. All teams mentioned above have pretty rough schedules ahead of them, so it will be very interesting to see how they’ll handle the intensity of the competition.