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This is another one of those throwaway pieces I found interesting while conducting research. This is specifically about Flipsid3 at the Major. In the group stages they played against two teams on Mirage: Fnatic and FaZe Clan. In the Fnatic match, Flipsid3 ran its standard strategy: take mid control early on and set up for the A split, and mix it up with A executes and fast rushes onto A. They even used a 4-1 lurk play where electronic enters into A to distract while the other four hit B. Fnatic’s CT-side was based around fighting early for that mid control and they had a fairly even half with Flipsid3 winning it 8-7. Fnatic eventually won the game because Flipsid3 had nothing on CT-side.
The reason I’m writing this is because of their matchup against FaZe on the same map. FaZe should have studied the demo/VOD of that game and realized what Flipsid3’s overall plan was. So FaZe ran a similar plan to Fnatic where they fought early for mid control, but it would be more effective because FaZe has better players. It didn’t work out that way as Flipsid3 completely changed up the strategy of their T-side. Instead, Flipsid3 played passive defaults that gave no information away. They basically went silent on the map. All FaZe could know was that they weren’t fighting for mid control early on. From there, they’d execute whatever plan they had in the final moments of the round, whether it was an A exec, A split, B split or a change of pace where they rushed at them to keep FaZe off balance. By the time FaZe had figured out that they needed to either aggro underpass or T-ramp early to get the information they wanted, Flipsid3 had already run up 11 rounds on the T-side.