In an epic best-of-five affair that went long into the night, the FaZe squad held off their CIS counterpart in the IEM Cologne grand final. The two best CS:GO teams in the world collided in the Cathedral of Counter Strike in a matchup that both in-game leaders billed as the decider of who’s the best. The series delivered and then some, providing an encyclopedia of tactics and a movie’s worth of highlight reels for fans of competitive CS:GO.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the eight-hour affair, and the series was decided by the closest of margins. In the end, FaZe proved to be the superior squad again, but it was a testament to NAVI’s prowess how close they got, despite playing with a stand-in in the form of sdy and moving the IGL mantle over to electronics.
For FaZe, this has been a scintillating season, becoming the first international roster to win a CS:GO Major, a Pro League title, a triumph at Katowice, and now, the IEM Cologne trophy finally added to karrigan’s trophy cabinet.