It was a risky strategy, but it paid off handsomely over the weekend. The team clinched their second big victory within the space of two months as they took the $500,000 top prize in the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 tournament in Atlanta.
New signings GuardiaN (Ladislav Kovacs) and olofmeister (Olof Kajbjer) played key roles in this victory. The same was true when FaZe claimed the $125,000 top prize a month earlier at the ESL One: New York tournament.
This most recent win takes FaZe Clan’s global earnings over $1.3 million. Here is how their victory in Atalanta unfolded.
ELEAGUE Premier review
Four groups contested the ELEAGUE Premier from Sept. 8 through Sept. 29.
FaZe Clan’s run to the title began in topping Group A, where they convincingly beat Renegades and Natus Vincere. G2 Esports followed them into the playoffs.
North came through Group B with two titanic wins against Fnatic (16-14). Immortals (22-20) joined Fnatic. Things were more cut and dry in Group C where Cloud9 clinched with victories over Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team EnVyUs. The latter eventually claimed the second spot.
The real shock of the Group Stage came in Group D where SK Gaming failed to make it out of the stage. Instead, Astralis finished atop the group, with Heroic finishing second after they defeated SK Gaming in their final match.
The quarterfinals pitted group winners against runners-up. Cloud9 made it through first, with a straightforward and easy 2-0 victory over G2 Esports. That scoreline proved a pattern, repeating itself for Astralis over Fnatic, FaZe Clan over Team EnVyUs, and North over Heroic.
Those results set up a mouth-watering semis lineup featuring the four group winners. In the opening semifinal match, Astralis defeated Cloud9 2-1 in a great encounter. In the second game, FaZe Clan continued their progress with a 2-0 win over North.
Then, the final began with a cracking match. FaZe Clan took the opening map 16-14 and then dominated the second map with a more comprehensive 16-7 win to claim the title and the prize money.
Don’t miss DreamHack Denver this weekend
The next in the series of CS:GO DreamHack Open events is this weekend in Denver, Colorado. The usual slate of eight teams will battle for their share of a $100,000 prize pool.
- BIG (Invited)
- Cloud9 (Invited)
- Counter Logic Gaming (Invited)
- Mousesports (Invited)
- Renegades (Invited)
- Tempo Storm (Invited)
- HellRaisers (European Qualifier)
- NRG Esports (North American Qualifier)
The teams will be drawn into two groups of four and play in a double-elimination format, five games in each group to decide the two qualifying teams for the playoffs. The first three games in the group are best-of-one games, with the final two are in a best-of-three format.
Once the groups are completed, the four qualifying teams enter the semifinal stages of the playoffs. The top seeds play the No. 2 seeds (from the opposite group) in best-of-three matches. The winners of these games obviously move to the final, also a best-of-three format.
The winning team will take home the usual $50,000 top prize for a DreamHack event.
Ongoing CS:GO wagering via Bet365
As well as all the action outlined above, Bet365 offers plenty of CS:GO options on other play.
The ECS Season 4 continues, with the qualifiers in North America and Europe unfolding each week during the coming months.
There’s also plenty of betting available on ESEA Premier Season 26 games taking place until Dec. 4. Plus, the ESL Pro League Season 6 continues through Nov. 11.
Bet365 is also offering a number of betting markets on lesser-known events, including the BLAST Pro Series, DaddySkins Cup, Dust2.dk Masters, Esports Balkan League, MakeMy.Bet Cup, WESG Qualifiers, and WCA Qualifiers. And don’t forget to enjoy a little pre-event betting on the forthcoming Intel Extreme Masters in Oakland, due to start in mid-November.