ESports giants FaZe Clan just broke a losing streak by bringing home the IEM New York 2020 EU championship title. FaZe and OG battled it out with a best of 5 match, and FaZe dominated in the finals to clinch the title.
FaZe Clan History
According to G-Fuel’s FaZe Clan bio page, “FaZe Clan is the world’s most popular professional gaming and esports organization. Since its debut as a Call of Duty clan in 2010, FaZe has expanded its roster to include over 70 professional gamers and content creators focusing on titles ranging from Fortnite, Call of Duty, CSGO, and PUBG, to Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and FIFA. Known for its disruptive original content and hyper-loyal fanbase, FaZe Clan counts celebrities such as NFL star JuJu Smith-Schuster and musicians Offset and Lil Yachty among its ranks. As gaming enters the mainstream, FaZe Clan is leading the charge.”
FaZe was originally created in 2010 under the name FaZe Sniping, in Los Angeles, California. A YouTube channel built to showcase Call of Duty, early FaZe featured founders Eric “CLipZ” Rivera, Jeff “Timid” Emann, and Ben “Resistance” Christensen. Although the member roster has changed over the past decade, the one unchanging element of FaZe has been it’s inexorable rise to the top of ESports.
FaZe Returns to Dominate in 2020
After a year of disappointing losses, this weekend FaZe once again showed why they are one of ESports greatest collaboratives. DailyESports sums up the tournament; “The grand final kicked off with a highly competitive match on Mirage — FaZe’s map pick. OG stormed the gates with a monstrous 6-1 lead on map 1. However, after a nail baiting 3v5, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač and co. found themselves back in action. At the end of the half, FaZe finished with a 1 round deficit — 7-8. However, the champions hit the ground running with a swift pistol round win in the second half. In the final round, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye found himself a spicy quad kill and ended the series in overtime 22-20.
On Inferno, Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David carried his team through the first half. OG couldn’t find their footing and found themselves down 1-10. Despite FaZe’s obvious dominance on Inferno, OG was able to scrape together a few rounds. However, they were unable to turn the tides and lost map 2 5-16.
Dust 2 showed OG still had a little bit of fight left in them. They held a strong lead during the first half. FaZe broke their momentum on round 4, showcasing their impressive riflers. The first half ended with OG barely leading at 8-7. After swapping sides, FaZe won the pistol round, thanks to NiKo’s impressive pistol shots. The two teams battled back and forth, but FaZe ultimately brought home the victory. NiKo’s awesome 1v1 clutch ended the series 16-11.”
Latest FaZe News
FaZe will be returning to the tournament circuit later this week, competing in DreamHack Open Fall 2020. If FaZe Clan wins, they will be on the road to the grand championship in December with a prize pool worth $500k. In the meantime, they’re taking active roles in social issues like support for the LGBTQ community celebrating National Coming Out Day, and encouraging their fans to make sure they vote in the upcoming elections.