“Virtus.pro vs. FaZe Clan: A Head-to-Head Breakdown on Mirage, Inferno, and Overpass”

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"Virtus.pro vs. FaZe Clan: A Head-to-Head Breakdown on Mirage, Inferno, and Overpass"

In a highly anticipated Round of 16 face-offs, FaZe and Virtus.pro kicked off their series on Mirage, which was Virtus.pro’s pick, with Inferno and Overpass waiting in the wings. Mirage witnessed a gripping encounter where FaZe initially took the lead with a well-defended B attack in the pistol round. As the game progressed, the scores leveled at 4-4, but Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants’s crucial defuse shifted the momentum, allowing FaZe to end the first half with a three-round lead at 9-6.
Virtus.pro’s attempts to counteract FaZe’s strategies, particularly in the second half, saw Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali make significant plays with his AWP. Yet, FaZe’s consistency in winning pistol rounds and a monumental moment from “rain” – a 1vs3 clutch, bolstered their position. Rain’s outstanding plays, including a significant Deagle shot, brought renewed energy to FaZe, propelling them to seize a 16-11 victory over Virtus.pro on Mirage.

MAP 01: MIRAGE (Picked By Virtus.pro)

Virtus.pro:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
fame 21 17 1.16
FL1T 12 20 0.68
Jame 17 16 1.08
mir 19 18 0.94
Qikert 17 26 0.86

FaZe:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
broky 16 15 1.08
karrigan 13 17 0.85
rain 20 16 1.21
ropz 21 22 1.16
Twistzz 24 16 1.39

On Inferno, selected by FaZe, the team initially showcased their superiority by starting with a 5-1 lead. This dominance was fueled by Finn “⁠Karrigan⁠” Andersen’s aggressive plays, especially his force-buy round success that saw him dashing down Banana. However, Virtus.pro displayed resilience by reducing their early game deficit to just a single round by half-time, a change driven by their mastery over the economy game. Alexey “⁠Qikert⁠” Golubev’s remarkable ace was pivotal, successfully halting FaZe’s momentum and marking Inferno as an opportunity for Virtus.pro to strike.
Moving to the second half, FaZe’s momentary triumph in winning another pistol round was overshadowed by Virtus.pro’s relentless push. Guided by Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali’s strategy and Qikert’s defense, the Russian squad managed to crack FaZe’s T-side economy. Although facing a challenging position, Virtus.pro managed an impressive comeback, claiming Inferno with a 16-14 result, leading to the deciding clash on Overpass – a map that previously witnessed losses for both teams in overtime bouts.

MAP 02: INFERNO (Picked By FaZe)

Virtus.pro:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
fame 16 17 0.97
FL1T 15 21 0.93
Jame 16 20 0.91
mir 21 21 1.16
Qikert 22 20 1.04

FaZe:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
broky 15 16 0.94
karrigan 20 21 0.98
rain 17 20 0.95
ropz 21 19 1.07
Twistzz 21 15 1.25

Starting strong on Overpass, Virtus.pro established an early 5-0 lead, leaving FaZe grappling for strategies. Even as FaZe’s Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool managed to notch a round, the overall momentum remained in favor of the Russian squad. Despite a rocky start, FaZe, driven by Finn “⁠Karrigan⁠” Andersen’s resilience, including a critical 1vs2 clutch, rallied to close the first half 8-7 in their favor. The dominance of Evgenii “⁠FL1T⁠” Lebedev, who had a staggering 18 kills in the initial rounds, started to wane as FaZe found their rhythm.
However, the second half witnessed Virtus.pro regaining control, thanks to standout plays from Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali and Alexey “⁠Qikert⁠” Golubev. FaZe’s T-side struggled, and despite a momentary resurgence and strategic timeout from Filip “⁠NEO⁠” Kubski, Virtus.pro’s tight defense was unyielding. Qikert’s notable clutch against ropz highlighted the closing stages of the game. Pushing their way through with a 16-14 win on Overpass,

MAP 03: OVERPASS (Decider Map)

Virtus.pro:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
fame 21 19 1.19
FL1T 30 17 1.55
Jame 19 15 1.06
mir 17 15 1.19
Qikert 17 18 1.05

FaZe:

Player Kills Deaths Ratings
broky 13 19 0.79
karrigan 17 21 0.89
rain 16 21 0.82
ropz 21 21 1.15
Twistzz 17 22 0.85

Virtus.pro confirmed their quarter-final spot against G2, while FaZe’s challenging season persisted following a similar early exit at IEM Cologne.

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