Finn “karrigan” Andersen’s project remains woefully inconsistent and paid the price for its shortcomings as the high-profile international squad lost its round one elimination match to Sprout.
The end of the road
FaZe Clan join OG and Fnatic as one of the the squads headed for an early bath at Flashpoint 3, having been eliminated at the earliest juncture. This is undoubtedly a huge disappointment for fans of the roster featuring names like Marcelo “coldzera” David and Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken as the star-studded side failed to make a deep run yet again, even with a bootcamp arranged for their tournament run.
Initially, karrigan’s men scored a comfortable win on Mirage (16-10) and seemed to have a handle on things on Dust 2 as well as they raced to a 10-5 lead on the defensive side. However, Sprout won five in a row on their own CT side, and though FaZe pushed their way to a 14-12 lead, some questionable force buys and poorly managed retakes saw them drop the map to their German opposition.
The recent performances of Håvard “rain” Nygaard will no doubt be a concern to FaZe fans. The Norwegian has long been a synonym for stability and reliability in this squad and has survived many cullings over the years, but his performances have shown a sharp downturn since the beginning of 2020 and seem to show no signs of a comeback. Train will probably feature in his nightmares as his 7-22 performance played a huge part in FaZe’s eventual defeat.
More RMR drama as NiP get a rematch
It’s been an upset-ridden day in more ways than one for CS:GO fans as Na’Vi lost to Entropiq at EPIC League CIS 2021, the region’s own RMR event. Entropiq has recently picked up the EPL Family squad and have already scored a memorable win with a 2-0 triumph over the CIS top dogs.
However, the biggest storyline of the day has to be the contentious affair of NiP’s match against Anonymo where the Swedish side called foul over server issues which were outside their control and led to serious packet loss spikes throughout the series. The org called out Flashpoint for their “ignorance, stubbornness and lack of solutions” on May 15, adding that it was all “simply not to the standard with what is expected from a Major qualifier event”.
It seems Flashpoint’s admins have now confirmed that the issue in question was indeed out of NiP’s hands and they set up a rematch with Anonymo. They haven’t confirmed whether it’d be the third map or the whole series that would be replayed and soon after a decision was made to postpone the rematch entirely to an unspecified date. Meanwhile, Anonymo’s players indicated that they were not at all interested in replaying a series they’ve already won, further fueling the fire.
It remains to be seen whether this matter can be resolved in a way that is agreeable to all parties involved, but the CS community is already in uproar over Flashpoint’s handling of the situation.