When it comes to Counter Strike: Global Offensive, emotions are running high. And when it comes to a Danish face-off in Copenhagen, then they are even higher. At least that was the case when the “karrigan” (Danish CS:GO IGL) led the FaZe clan facing Heroic’s all-Danish roster. It was the grand finale of the Blast Premier Fall Final 2022 was the match that lit up the Royal Arena in Copenhagen this Sunday.
This game had come after an action packed week of S-rank Counter Strike. So, everyone was expecting a cracker of a contest. This is exactly what the players and fans were served.
The drama started during the map selection phase itself. First, Heroic removed Dust 2, which is on its way out of the competitive map pool. Next, FaZe dropped Vertigo, Heroic picked Overpass, and FaZe picked Inferno. This was followed by teams dropping Nuke and Ancient and Mirage remaining as the deciding best-of-three lineup map, which was well utilized on the day after the teams battled over Overpass and Inferno. Neither fans nor analysts expected this to happen, which made things steamy from the get-go.
Three opportunities, two exploited
When the teams got down to Overpass, it was an intense back-and-forth in the first half. The scores were 8:7 in the first half in favor of Heroic. It looked like the game was going to go all the way. But it wasn’t until the second half started that it was clear that Heroic raced to the 16 round mark and took the opening bout 4:11pm.
A similar story unfolded on Inferno, the next map in the best-of-three matchup. But this time it was FaZe who came out on top. In the first half, Heroic looked set to end the series 2-0, with the score 8:7 in their favor. However, FaZe staged an incredible comeback in the second half (4:9, in their favor), and came out victorious on Inferno, leveling the game 1-1.
It all came down to Mirage and the 4:11 curse hit Heroic hard. They were ahead by this scoreline in the first half, but FaZe managed to turn the tables and turned the score around (4:11 in their favor) to take the match into overtime (15:15). Here, CadiaN’s passionate in-game leadership left no room for FaZe to rally and claim another title this year. The Danes fought hard with the echo of support from the crowd and won after extra time (4:1) to be crowned champions of the Blast Premier Fall Final 2022.
This is the roster’s first win in an S-Level tournament and it held far more value for CadiaN than any other member of the team. He’s been on the CS:GO scene for a while now and he’s seen it all. For him to stage such a resurgence and lead a roster of Heroic abilities to victory at this year’s Blast Premier Fall Final was something that has been revered by fans and players alike.
For FaZe, this tournament was an opportunity to close the year on a high and for Karrigan to add another trophy to her cabinet. Alas, that would not be the case for him this time. As we head into the Blast Premier World Final 2022, where these two teams will hopefully face off again, on a bigger stage, it will be interesting to see how things play out.
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