14 June 2018 - 22:04

FaZe and Mouz advance to the playoffs at ESL One Belo Horizonte

The first two semifinalists were determined today in Brazil.
Photo via ESL

FaZe Clan and Mousesports have placed first in their groups at ESL One Belo Horizonte, earning them the first two slots in the playoffs this weekend.

FaZe won the Group A winners' match against Space Soldiers, while Mouz defeated Liquid in the Group B winners' match. FaZe and Mouz will be given a break tomorrow for finishing number one in their group, and the remaining teams at ESL's $200,000 event will be fighting for the last bracket spots on Saturday, June 16.

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Space Soldiers commanded the series against FaZe early on with a 7-1 lead, but that was stunted on Inferno by the European juggernaut's fragging power and explosive play style later in the map, which ended 16-9. Following FaZe's Inferno win, SS only won a string of five rounds on Mirage, thanks to their first buy round win, before FaZe pulled away with the match entirely. FaZe crushed Space Soldiers 16-6 to complete the 2-0 sweep, while Jorgen "cromen" Robertsen and Nikola "NiKo" Kovac topped the server in both maps.

The Liquid vs. Mouz storyline was fairly similar, with the North Americans winning a few executes on Inferno early on. Mouz won Inferno 16-9 with relative ease after halftime, and it was smooth sailing for the European-majority team once they got to their map pick, Train. Robin "ropz" Kool performed the best for Mouz in the series, with 23 kills per map and a 1.59 HLTV 2.0 rating throughout, while usual Liquid star Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken didn't do too well at an average 10 kills in the series.

Group A

Winners' Match

FaZe Clan vs. Space Soldiers

  • FaZe won Inferno 16-9
  • FaZe won Mirage 16-6

Group B

Winners' Match

Mousesports vs. Team Liquid

  • Mouz won Inferno 16-9
  • Mouz won Train 16-5

Elimination Match

BIG vs. Nao Tem Como

  • NTC won Train 16-9
  • BIG won Overpass 16-12
  • BIG won Dust II 16-4

Action in Belo Horizonte will commence tomorrow at 9am CT, with both group decider matches taking place—SK Gaming vs. SS and BIG vs. Liquid. The semifinals will follow on Saturday, June 16, where FaZe and Mouz await their next opponents.

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