IEM Cologne 2022, one of the most loved and anticipated CS:GO tournament series, started on July 5. FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere faced off in the grand final on July 17. The winner was FaZe Clan.
We witnessed many exciting moments as 24 teams competed in Cologne for a prize pool of $1,000,000 and Circuit Points. The comeback in the grand final was one of them. Let's take a look at FaZe Clan and NAVI's journey to the grand final and what happened in the grand final at IEM Cologne 2022.
FaZe Clan's flawless journey to the grand final
FaZe Clan was flawless on its way to the grand final. In Group B, they faced 00 Nation, Team Spirit and Astralis. They defeated all of them by a score of 2-0 and qualified to start the playoff stage from the semifinals.
In the playoffs, their opponents were Movistar Riders, who qualified for the semifinals with their brilliant performance against Team Liquid. But for Movistar Riders, it was not easy to resist FaZe Clan's great performance. FaZe Clan made it to the grand final by beating Movistar Riders on Ancient with a score of 16-12 and on Nuke with a score of 16-9.
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NAVI also started the playoffs from the semifinals
NAVI's first match of the tournament was against MOUZ in Group A. They won 2-1. They then beat Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-0 to advance to the upper bracket round 3 and face Movistar Riders. Although Movistar Riders won the first map, NAVI won two maps in a row, and advanced to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, NAVI's opponent was Astralis. NAVI won 16-8 on the first map, Nuke. The second map was Mirage. The winner of the map extended into overtime was NAVI with 19-17. Thus, they advanced to the grand final.
Spectacular comeback from FaZe Clan in the grand final
The grand final started on July 17 at 16:00 CEST. The first map was Inferno. FaZe Clan won 16-13. NAVI, on the other hand, took a 2-1 lead with a comeback, winning 16-13 on Overpass and 19-16 on Ancient. However, FaZe Clan did not give up. They won 16-9 on Mirage and 16-14 on Nuke. Thus, they won the $400,000 grand prize as IEM Cologne 2022 champions. They also qualified to participate in IEM Katowice 2023.
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