FaZe, Fnatic rally at DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe
FaZe Clan and Fnatic each rallied for remarkable 2-1 success on Tuesday as Group C play continued at the DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe occasion. FaZe returned to down Team Spirit (1-1) and improve to 2-0, while Fnatic (1-1) bagged their first win by rallying past GODSENT (0-2). FaZe have actually clinched a playoff spot, although the leading spot in the group is still up for grabs.
The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was scheduled to be contested with 16 teams on June 9-14 in Jonkoping, Sweden. However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the occasion to transfer to an online format featuring regional competitions for Europe, The United States And Canada, Asia and Oceania. The DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe bracket, with 16 groups divided into 4 groups completing for $160,000, goes through June 14. Group A round-robin play concluded Thursday and Group B finished up Sunday. Group C play continues through Saturday, with Group D beginning on Thursday and finishing on Saturday.
The playoffs are June 8-14, with all matches best-of-three other than for the best-of-five grand last (where the upper-bracket winner will carry a 1-0 benefit into the match). The champion receives $54,000 from the $160,000 reward swimming pool, plus 400 Pro Tour points. FaZe began very gradually versus Spirit, dropping the first 5 rounds en path to a 16-7 loss on Train and after that falling behind 14-9 on Dust II. However FaZe righted the ship simply in time, winning six straight rounds to force overtime and eventually win the 2nd map 19-15.
FaZe also had to rally in the 3rd map, on Nuke, this time originating from 14-10 down to win five straight rounds and force overtime, where they prevailed 19-17. None of FaZe’s gamers ended up with a positive kill-death differential, with rifler Nikola “NiKo” Kovac ranking finest at minus-3. AWPer Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov led Spirit with a plus-20 kill-death differential.
Fnatic in fact started hot versus GODSENT, winning the first 5 rounds on Nuke, however they lost 10 of the next 13. A late push allowed Fnatic to force overtime, but GODSENT endured 19-15. On the 2nd map, Inferno, Fnatic conquered an 11-9 deficit to win 16-14 and level the series. They then controlled the last map, travelling to a 16-3 triumph on Train. Rifler Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson blazed a trail with a plus-20 kill-death differential.
Group C continues with FaZe battling Fnatic on Wednesday, and then wraps up Saturday with GODSENT vs. Spirit. All 4 teams are still alive for a playoff berth. DreamHack Masters Spring Europe standings, with win-loss record and point differential:
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