FaZe Clan’s Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard put himself in an awkward situation during the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals when he said he would eat a cigarette if Astralis lose a single map.
Astralis looked dominant during the ESL Pro League Season 7 finals, wiping the floor with any and all competition as they aimed to prove that their loss in the IEM Sydney Grand Final was a mere blip.
The team that beat them to take the title in Sydney, FaZe Clan, met the Danes in the semifinals of the EPL Finals and were soundly beaten 16-3 on Mirage and 16-6 on Inferno.
After that loss many people predicted that Astralis would do much the same to Team Liquid in the Grand Final, including FaZe Clan’s rain who confidently Tweeted out that he would “eat a cigarette” if Astralis lost a single map in the best of five.
If @astralisgg dont win 3-0 I will eat a cigarette.
— Håvard Nygaard (@FaZe_rainCS) May 20, 2018
The Norwegian star looked to be safe after the first map, Dust 2, as Astralis smashed Team Liquid 16-1 in less that 30 minutes.
Team Liquid very nearly bounced back with some incredible clutches on Nuke but Astralis’ dominance in the full buy rounds eventually allowed them to take a 16-14 win and secure a 2-0 series score.
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It looked like rain was safe but Team Liquid finally managed to close out a map with a 16-14 victory on Mirage thanks to some heroics from Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic and rain’s fate was sealed.
Despite the fact that Astralis went on to win the next map and the title, his prediction was wrong and he stuck to his word like a true Viking with this hilarious forfeit.
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) May 20, 2018
We presume that rain will be refraining from making such bold predictions in the future but we also applaud him for being a man of his word.
The FaZe players comments about Astralis were in line with those from most of the top analysts at present as the Danish team is playing some of the best CS:GO we have ever seen.
However, despite the blowout on Dust 2, Team Liquid gave a good account of themselves during the majority of the series and will be going into future tournaments feeling confident.