Astralis and FaZe Clan are through to the grand finals at IEM Sydney 2018 after defeating Mousesports and TyLoo in their respective semi-finals.
FaZe Clan 2-1 TyLoo
The first semi-final in Sydney started off well for TyLoo who took the pistol round on Cache, picked by FaZe. The Chinese team quickly build a 5-round advantage when FaZe finally managed to take their first round. Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács’s side finally started taking hold of the game by round 9, launching a winning streak on the T side that would end up in an 8-7 lead at halftime. After the switch, FaZe carried through with their momentum, widening their advantage against the Chinese side and winning the map 16-9.
On their pick, Inferno, TyLoo once again got an early lead of 4-0 on the T side. Round five went to FaZe after a 1v1 win by Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaardrain against HaoWen ‘somebody’ Xu. Following another two rounds for FaZe, the Chinese side widened their lead to 6-3. The Europeans tried to stay at a manageable distance from their opponents, but a 1v3 clutch by somebody followed by another two rounds for TyLoo shaped a 9-6 score in favour of the Chinese side by the end of the first half. A triple kill by somebody in the second pistol round marked the start of another winning streak for the Chinese as CTs, as they build up their advantage to 15-6. Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen then killed three to keep his team in the game but FaZe’s comeback attempt lasted only three rounds as TyLoo managed to close the map 16-9 in their favour.
The decider map, Mirage, opened with yet another pistol round for TyLoo, on the T side. The score was 4-0, when FaZe got on the board and started a spectacular 11-round winning streak on that got them 11-4 advantage at halftime and went uninterrupted after the switch until match point, earned with a triple kill by Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač. The score was 15-4. TyLoo then took the next five rounds but FaZe ended the map 16-9, securing their spot at the grand finals.
Astralis 2-1 Mousesports
The second semi-final between Astralis and Mousesports opened on Dust2, picked by the Danes. Astralis took the pistol round as CTs and quickly climbed to a 7-0 lead through firm defence featuring a quad-kill by Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen in round 3 and a triple from Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif in round 7. Then mouz finally got on board with three rounds in their favour, but the following five went to Astralis, who were sitting at a 12-3 advantage at halftime. After the switch, Astralis got the pistol round and took the next three rounds to close a very one-sided first map at 16-3.
TyLoo’s pick Inferno turned out to a be a much more contested map. Astralis got the pistol round but at 3-0 in their favour, but then the European mixture went on to take eight out of the next nine rounds for an 8-4 lead. As the end of the first half was approaching, the Danish team managed to catch up by taking the next three rounds for a 7-8 score in favour of Mousesports at halftime. A triple kill by Tomáš Šťastný secured the second pistol round for Mousesports, and the team went on to take the next two anti-ecos for an 11-7 lead. In the following seven rounds, Astralis managed to catch back on the defence and take the lead at 13-12. Mousesports then took the following two rounds, complicating things for the Danish team. A double kill by Magisk in the next round and a triple in the one that followed put Astralis at map point. Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk then won a decisive 1v1 for his team, sending the game into overtime. Mousesports then took 4 out of the 6 overtime rounds and secured a victory on the map.
On the decider map, Cache, Astralis won the pistol round thanks to a triple kill by Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz. The Danes followed up by taking the next two rounds. Mousesports responded quad kill by Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi, but Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander’s team was back quickly and got to a 10-2 lead on the CT side. Then Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong’s 1v3 clutch gave hopes for a Mousesports comeback, but Astralis quickly denied it by taking the next two rounds, ending the first half at 12-3 in their favour. In the second half, Astralis won the pistol round, but Mousesports took the following on a force buy. Nevertheless, the Danes denied them a comeback, winning three rounds in a row, closing the map 16-5 and reaching the grand finals of IEM Sydney.
The final showdown of the tournament, between Astralis and FaZe Clan starts tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. AEST in a Bo5 series.