Team Vitality won World Finals outplaying FaZe Clan 2-0 in the Grand Final of the BLAST Premier: World Finals to win their fifth trophy of 2023.
After witnessing the Counter-Strike legacies of Team Liquid, Astralis, FaZe Clan, and NAVI throughout the last decade, we have got new legends in town to rule the new CS 2 era. Team Vitality has shown unparalleled dominance in 2023 and they kept it going at the BLAST Premier: World Finals.
As the French side came into the tournament fresh off annihilating FaZe in the Fall Final, they began their World Finals journey with the same momentum. They first thrashed NAVI and Cloud9 in the group stage, before getting better of the Ukrainian side again in the semifinals.
On the other side of the single-elimination bracket, FaZe went head-to-head against MOUZ in the semifinal. Thanks to brilliant performances from Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard and Slovakia David ‘frozen’ Čerňanský, FaZe handily secured a 2-0 victory and a ticket to the Grand Final. Unlike the semi-finals, the championship match turned out to be a nightmare for the North American team.
Vitality vs FaZe Clan – Grand Final Recap
Vitality picked Inferno to kick off the series and quickly established a 3-0 lead before FaZe found their footing on the map and won four consecutive rounds. From that point on, Vitality completely dominated the map, with Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut leading the team from the front. ZywOo’s exceptional fragging abilities and his teammates’ outstanding support allowed Vitality to win the map 13-5 and relieve the pressure off.
FaZe picked Nuke as the second map and despite a rough start, they managed to establish a 5-2 lead. They failed to hold the lead for long though, as Vitality made a brilliant comeback on the back of ZywOo and William “mezii” Merriman’s flawless performances. They only allowed FaZe two more rounds before eventually closing the map 13-7 to win the series 2-0. With this victory, the team French team won their fifth title of 2023, having won