Let’s get ready to ruuuuumbleeeeee

Elliott Griffiths
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Source: ESL


This game was straight up bananas. Everything you could want from a grand final, this game had it.

Crazy moments? Got ‘em on tap.

Emotional overload? You betcha ass it did.

Far too many rounds? Uh huh.

G2 losing 0-3 in the most comical fashion possible, with NiKo choking his big moment and karrigan enacting revenge?

Oh yeah, baby. This game had more chokes than Team Liquid had in their pomp; but what else could you imagine from NiKo vs karrigan in a grand final?

G2 raced into a 15-7 lead on Inferno, and Aleksib was getting a whole lot of props for his calling. Rightly so - he was outcalling karrigan all over the place, and G2 were coasting.

So of course, FaZe won the next 19 rounds in a row. NiKo couldn’t buy a kill, m0NESY was muted - and ropz pulled off a miracle clutch to force OT (see the crazy moment link). And of course, FaZe 4-0’d them in OT.

“I just wish FaZe didn’t choke on Inferno” said the NiKo fans. The monkey’s paw unfurls.

Remember we said 19 in a row? That’s only 12 - FaZe began Mirage 7-0 up, but it was their time to slide to OT from a won position. And another OT. And another.

This game didn’t feel like it was ever going to end - there was a toilet break at 27-27, for crying out loud. But then, as in the first map, karrigan called a perfect 4-0 overtime. He wasted all of our time.

The coolest head in the lobby, as ever, was broky, who won possibly his most important clutch of the whole tournament in fifth OT - and then jks closed it out with a clutch of his own.

Just the 10 1vX’s for broky at IEM Katowice - huNter equalled him, of course.

The third map was a chilled out, quick affair of only 30 rounds. Thank god. We couldn’t take any more. We had sensory overload. Our eyes were bleeding, stuck to our screens. We could not look away, but the pain was overwhelming.

Certainly was for NiKo, or would have been, if he’d bothered turning up. huNter picked up 113 kills in the series, but had no help from La Familia. Twistzz came closest with 97 - he was lights out on Mirage.

There were moments for m0NESY (of course) but it was broky - the MVP - who stood tallest when it mattered most.

An absurd game - a fitting grand final for the first time back in the Spodek. huNter deserved to win it all, but the heads of Cerberus were too much of a triple threat for G2 to handle.

Congratulations, FaZe Clan!

Source: ESL
February 27, 2022

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