How did Twistzz perform at the SteelSeries showmatch?

19:30, 05 Feb 2021

Earlier this week, four talented teams faced each other in the SteelSeries Invitational. A showmatch that was played on both Cobblestone and Cache. While the event was meant to be fun, OG went all in knowing there was ten thousand dollars on the line. Along with their showmatch performance, FaZe played their first official event with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken. 

Even though they didn’t play within the current competitive map pool, all four teams fought hard for the cash prize. While OG took home the grand prize, FaZe almost lost their chance to play against them in the grand-finals. Nordavind put up a good fight and only lost by five rounds against a top tier team. FALKN showed signs of struggle against OG in the semi-finals, but most viewers could have predicted that outcome.  


The action-packed event took place on February 2, and it was full of great highlights and amazing plays. Nordavind and FaZe were the first two teams to enter the ring that day. Both orgs were excited to play on the maps they once fell in love and earn some cash as well. Compared to his previous performances, Twistzz didn’t show the same sort of drive in the SteelSeries semi-finals.

He claimed on Twitter that the event was a “fun show match that ended up being serious”. On Cobblestone against Nordavind, Twistzz finished with a negative KD but earned his first win with FaZe. Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer took the lead on map one but to be fair they don’t call him Tec9meister for nothing. Sabit "mirbit" Coktasar had the best stats overall while Helvijs "broky" Saukants made fantastic use of the AWP. 


Before FaZe moved on to the grand-final, two other teams needed to battle it out. OG and FALKN took to the virtual stage and faced off on Cobblestone. Issa 'ISSAA' Murad had the best overall performance and completely dominated with the most damage. OG was super consistent, which resulted in each player going positive.

Lucas "LK" Kauppi and Fredrik "roque" Honak fell short which resulted in the fall of FALKN and their chance at competing against FaZe. OG was having so much fun that the one and only Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen made use of his butterfly knife. Fan favourites OG made it clear that they weren’t fooling around, even in a showmatch. That's why they had an insane performance throughout the entire event. 


Seeing the amount of effort that OG put into their match against FALKN, Twistzz knew that he had to step it up in the grand-finals. Map one was so close that it even went into overtime on Cache. Twistzz was so determined to win; he even managed to win a 1v4 clutch against OG.


The back to back frags were in sequence like some sort of trailer in an action movie. In round two, Twistzz cleaned the board with an insane three-piece against the remaining players on OG. Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski clapped back by getting a 1v5 but failed to defuse the bomb on time. He even got a 1v2 by jumping back and forth on heaven with an AWP in hand. 


After FaZe lost to OG on Cache, Twistzz finished with a total of forty-one kills. Sadly his performance was lost due to his need to carry both Havard "rain" Nygaard and olofmeister. On map 2, FaZe, and OG faced off on Cobblestone with even more highlights. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt started the show with a 1v2 clutch that wasn’t missed by a single viewer. 


Mantuu followed up with a clutch of his own except against olofmeister and Marcelo "coldzera" David. As usual, coldzera responded with his very own highlight. He got a 1v2 clutch which secured another chance for FaZe to win considering OG had fifteen rounds in the bag. 


At the end of the day, throughout every single clutch performed by FaZe. OG took home the grand prize of six thousand dollars. As they said, OG wasn’t playing around from the very beginning. 


As for Twistzz’s debut with FaZe, he showed a clear path to a successful and bright future. Twistzz carried his team in the final map with his signature nonchalant style. Considering it was only a showmatch, Twistzz still put on a great performance with his latest team. He pulled out some stunning frags and was able to clutch up against OG when it was called for. 

The only issue with FaZe right now is some of their original players. Twistzz definitely has a secured slot with the team and has a real shot at becoming one of the best in Europe. Not only was the SteelSeries Invitational a fun event but it was also a great chance to see Twistzz with FaZe. Both parties should be perfect for each other following the remainder of the competitive season for 2021. 


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