Faze Clan are currently the world’s number one ranked team according to the HLTV.org rankings. While they may have lost at the death in the ELEAGUE Boston Major Grand Final to Cloud 9, Faze seldom struggle in offline tournaments. They are one of the most consistent teams in the world at making deep runs in tournaments and, more often than not, taking home the title. Faze is truly the Real Madrid of modern-day CS:GO. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač is one of the most highly skilled players to ever pick up a mouse in CS:GO. While he may have had an uncharacteristically bad game in the Major final, NiKo is usually the picture of consistency as a star player. He comes into IEM Katowice 2018 in imperious form and with some of the most devastating first bullet aim in the game. Likewise, Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács has returned to the kind of form that made him the world’s premier AWPer in 2015. He was their best player in the Major Final and has continued to be equally impactful since. Finn “karrigan” Andersen is the perfect leader for the loose, skill-based approach that Faze employ. Everything is geared towards setting up his star players to succeed. However if his stars aren’t performing, they don’t have a strong enough tactical base to fall back on to grind out a victory nonetheless. Karrigan was also at the helm of a number of famous collapses in high stakes matches in the past. This is something he needs to finally put to bed. In Group B, Faze manage to avoid the likes of SK Gaming, Cloud 9, Team Liquid and Astralis. Their closest competition will come from G2. They should have a fairly clear run into the playoffs. Between NiKo and the rest of the star-studded Faze lineup, they are a shoe-in for a deep run in the playoffs, if not winning the title itself.
CS:GO Team Primer: Faze
Are they really number one?
Published on February 24th, 2018
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