The IEM Sydney 2023 tournament has witnessed thrilling clashes and unexpected twists, ultimately leading to FaZe and Complexity securing their spots in the grand final. Both teams showcased exceptional skills and determination to overcome their opponents and reach the pinnacle of this prestigious event.
Complexity’s Remarkable Victory Over G2
Complexity, the North American-majority squad, made a resounding statement by defeating European giants G2 in a 2-0 victory. What made this victory even more impressive was the fact that Complexity emerged victorious on the same maps they had lost to G2 during the group stage – Anubis and Ancient. The third map, Vertigo, was avoided in both encounters.
In the rematch, Complexity displayed a completely different level of play. Their strong CT performance on Anubis allowed them to secure a 13-8 victory. Players like Ricky “floppy” Kemery and Johnny “JT” Theodosiou made crucial contributions, with floppy delivering an ace and JT securing back-to-back triples to seal the deal in Complexity’s favor.
The story was much the same on Ancient, where Complexity’s relentless defensive strategies pressured G2 throughout the match. G2’s Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač put up a fight, but their efforts couldn’t compensate for the team’s overall performance. Complexity dominated with an 8-1 lead on Ancient, and they closed the map with a decisive 13-3 victory.
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, Complexity’s player, revealed their game plan in a post-match interview, emphasizing the importance of controlling key areas on the map and shutting down G2’s strategies.
FaZe’s Resilience and Versatility
On the other side of the bracket, FaZe demonstrated their resilience and adaptability by breezing past MOUZ in a two-map series. FaZe picked Nuke as their first map, and the game was a back-and-forth affair in the opening rounds. However, they gained momentum with a 13-4 victory, thanks in part to a crucial 2vs3 post-plant conversion by Robin “ropz” Kool and Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of FaZe’s journey to the grand final was their decision to float Vertigo in the veto, despite having limited experience on the map. MOUZ called their bluff, but FaZe’s individual brilliance and mid-round decision-making carried them to a 13-9 victory. Twistzz’s exceptional B-site holds played a pivotal role in securing seven rounds on the CT side.
The decision to play Vertigo was bold, but as Finn “karrigan” Andersen, FaZe’s in-game leader, explained, their willingness to adapt and take risks was a key factor in their success. FaZe’s unexpected victory on Vertigo speaks to the team’s depth and versatility.
The stage is set for the grand final, where FaZe will face Complexity. FaZe’s karrigan expressed the team’s hunger for success, highlighting the motivation that fueled their playoff run. Complexity, known for their underdog story in this tournament, will be aiming to upset the odds once again. With both teams at the peak of their form, the IEM Sydney grand final promises to be a spectacle filled with excitement, strategy, and breathtaking plays.
Last Updated on October 21, 2023
Receive up to $500 in with a 30% Cash Bonus to play sportsbook and casino. Best prices in industry with less juice promo.