FaZe and Mouz survive the ECS Finals group stage
The second day of competition at the ECS season four finals wrapped up earlier today, and the playoff picture was decided in the closing group matches.
FaZe Clan and Mousesports are set to compete in the semifinals against Astralis and Fnatic thanks to their best-of-three victories over Luminosity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, and Cloud9. Mouz put down Luminosity and OpTic with 2-0 sweeps, while FaZe did the same against C9 in their only match of the day.
In the opening matches, Mouz crushed Luminosity on Train (16-9) and Nuke (16-3) in the Group A losers match. The mixed European roster later went on to play OpTic on the same maps, except the Green Wall put up a much better fight than the rising Brazilian team. Robin "ropz" Kool went massive in their game against OpTic, accruing 27 kills per map and 101.5 average damage per round between both maps (Nuke 16-7 and Train 16-12).
Group B, which was the more stacked pool, concluded with similar results, ending with both North American teams eliminated from the tournament. Although Cloud9 defeated Team Liquid in close contests on Mirage (16-14) and Inferno (16-10), they couldn't continue their momentum into the group decider match against FaZe. The European juggernaut's firepower power was too much for C9 to handle, as Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, Nikola "NiKo" Kovac, and Håvard "rain" Nygaard easily outfragged C9's stars. Mirage (16-8) and Overpass (16-11) both went in favor of a much more positive and confident FaZe roster, who had lost to Astralis in the winners match yesterday.
Mouz vs. Astralis will be the first semifinal tomorrow at 9:15am ET, followed by FaZe vs. Fnatic at 12:15pm ET. The grand finals will then host the winners of both matches in the last international grand finals of the year at 3:15pm ET.