The Copa Elite Six playoffs were played between Friday and Sunday. With four places to compete at Sweden Major in play, the LATAM region was in the spotlight this weekend.
FaZe Clan puts an end to Malvina’s international dream, NiP crushes Liquid
Friday offered us two one-sided series, when FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pajamas defeated Malvinas Gaming and Team Liquid respectively to win a place in Sweden.
Malvina’s dream of making his first international appearance faded in a game that summed up the team’s path in the competition. Richard “blk” Rodríguez kept the team’s hopes alive with his incredible ability to spot.
The 18-year-old wunderkind from Paraguay was the only player in Malvina’s Gaming to make a positive rating (1.34), while the Argentine finished below 0.90.
Without a doubt, he turned out to be the Brazilians’ worst nightmare of the entire competition, as he averaged the best score in the tournament, while averaging 13 kills per map after meeting people like FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, MIBR, FaZe Clan and mexican master, Atheris.
Although he showed the whole event, Malvina’s Gaming’s loss to FaZe Clan meant that the Brazilians will be in Sweden after missing Mexico Major.
Today’s second game was the big final match in SI 2021 between Ninjas in Pajamas and Team Liquid.
For many, the match was decided immediately after the map veto was completed when the team went to Kafe, Clubhouse and Villa, maps that on paper favored Ninjas in pajamas.
The SI 2021 champions dominated the series from start to finish with two rock solid displays (7-3 and 7-2). It certainly made many viewers move, as the ninjas experienced a big drop in their form during the entire BR6 stage 3.
With this win, Ninjas in Pajamas confirmed a place in Sweden Major, certainly a special moment for the troupe when we talk about a Swedish organization. It will be the country’s closest to a “home team” on stage – for more information, read our pre-CES interview with NiP analyst Dyjair “Mity” Soares.
FURIA’s fantastic run ends, oNe gets rid of NiP
The action continued on Saturday with two more series, this time to decide the two big finalists.
Today’s first match was against FURIA Esports and FaZe Clan, a game that will always be special for FURIA’s coach Marlon “Twister” Mello as he was part of FaZe Clan’s staff for over two years.
After meeting his ex-organization seven times, Twister has only been able to defeat them on one occasion last weekend.
The FaZe Clan would take revenge as the squad defeated their opponents 2-0. A key to understanding FaZe’s victory over FURIA may be in the bans, as the squad banned Finka on both maps, one of Diogo “Fntzy” Lima’s main operators.
Although the wonder went on and played IQ, it was not the same. With the team winning just two attacks out of a possible eleven and with Fntzy scoring the SiegeGG rating 0.82, that may well be one of the reasons for the team’s failure this weekend.
Day 2 of the playoffs ended with the SI 2021 champions facing the Mexico Major winners.
Team oNe’s game against Ninjas in pajamas on BR6 stage 3 was one for the history books when they defeated the ninjas 7-0 – which was their very first victory over the Swedish organization.
This time was no different, as Karl “Alem4o” Zarth led one in a one-sided series. With two 1v1 clutches and a SiegeGG rating of 1.34, the Brazilian was crucial to his team performance.
FaZe Clans victory over oNe, the icing on the cake in the team’s redemption division
The Grand Final was played on Sunday and saw the FaZe Clan and Team oNe play for Brazilian glory.
After a rock-hard performance in Coastline where the FaZe Clan defeated oNe 7-2, the golden squad kept their hopes alive with an extremely close game in Oregon that ended with an 8-6 result. It all depended on the Villa.
FaZe Clan did wonders in the attack. After changing roles with a draw on the scoreboard, FaZe Clan absolutely dominated the game and won four of its five offensive rounds. It was the ultimate difference between the two sides, which puts the FaZe Clan at the top of the Brazilian “Siege” for a while.
Overall, the FaZe tournament has been outstanding, as all players in the squad finished with scores of over 1.10. After a historic streak of seven victories on BR6 Stage 3 and victory in CES Stage 3, it is fair to say that their flopped Stage 2 campaign is a thing of the past now. FaZe is finally back to chase international recognition.