rain
Havard Nygaard 
Norway
FaZe Clan
Stuns SK in quarterfinal sweep
May 20, 2018
rain went 44/30 on Friday in a 2-0 series sweep over SK Gaming in the quarterfinals at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals in Dallas.
ANALYSIS
rain helped the team secure a massive 7-0 start with a Round 6 triple kill hold on the B-bombsite to extend the CT-side lead. SK Gaming managed to pick up a handful of rounds to contest, but rain's triple kill on the B-bombsite once more allowed FaZe for a 10-5 lead at the half. The second half started with a pistol win for rain but SK was able to get eight on the board. Unable to hold on, SK was finally downed by FaZe's strong economy with rain closing out the map 16-13 for the series lead. FaZe's map pick, Mirage, was next in line where rain dominated on the offensive side for a 13-2 half. Continuing through the second, rain finally puts a nail in the coffin to clinch the semifinal spot.
Rains on EnVyUs' parade
April 22, 2018
rain earned a 43/31 KD on Friday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Group A decider match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
A contested start on Train brought rain to trail through the first half on the T-side. Eventually, he would break through to snag the 8-7 half but he went into the second half faced with five rounds against for a 13-7 deficit. rain slowly got a grip on the CT-side to hold off EnVyUs and edge for the series lead 16-14, posting a 27/19 KD and an 84.9 ADR along the way. rain continued on Overpass where the first half was all FaZe in control on the T-side for a 12-3 half. He then kicked off the second half by tapping down three to secure the second pistol, which then concluded with three more rounds for a 16-3 series win in the quarterfinals.
Stopped short in the sweep
April 21, 2018
rain posted a 46/43 KD on Thursday in the 2-0 loss to Cloud9 in the Group A winners' match at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
ANALYSIS
rain's series start on Overpass was a rather dismal one on the CT-side as Cloud9 took control through the majority of the first half. rain did manage to help round out the first half with the remaining four en route to a 9-6 deficit. Cloud9 continued to press on through the second half to eventually reach map point, and while rain helped cranked out a handful of rounds, they could not force the extra rounds in the 16-13 loss. A contested start to Mirage eventually went the way of Cloud9 before rain helped FaZe retain control late in the half thanks to his quick double kill entry into the B-bombsite to secure the second pistol and his Round 21 quad kill clutch to take a three round lead. In the end, rain's efforts weren't enough to force a Map 3 as he fell short 16-14 in the loss.
Earns the sweep over HR
April 12, 2018
rain had a steady Tuesday with a 38/29 KD in the 2-0 sweep over HellRaisers in Week 6 of ESL Pro League Season 7.
ANALYSIS
Along with his teammate GuardiaN, rain made the first half of Mirage a walk in the park on the T-side, as the 23-year-old powered through the bombsites for the entry kills needed to take an 11-4 half. A minor hiccup in the second half didn't slow rain down as he held the line against HellRaisers to earn the five rounds needed for the 16-7 win, nabbing a 23/12 KD and 103.0 ADR along the way. However, when the series shifted to Cache, rain had some trouble finding frags as HellRaisers fought to even the series, although without success. rain carried through both halves with a 15/17 KD and 66.1 ADR. Despite the quiet performance, rain ended the day with a sweep.
Quiet in split against nV
April 3, 2018
rain had a rather quiet day with a 27/31 KD on Tuesday in a 1-1 split against Team EnVyUs in Week 5 of ESL Pro League Season 7.
ANALYSIS
Early on Cache rain but Team EnVyUs on their heels through the pistol and the following anti-eco's, but the round's didn't go his way. Finally, rain saw a round won in his buy round but could not turn things around and settled for a 13-2 half. From there, his frags weren't enough on the CT-side to hold off nV in the 16-5 loss. The series shifted to Inferno where rain continued to struggle individually, despite his teammates leading the way for a massive first half. The CT-side of EnVyUs in the second half had nothing to show and neither did rain as his team-low 13/14 KD and 64.0 ADR was all put into the 16-6 series split.
Can't help team overcome C9
January 28, 2018
rain put together a 63/72 KD during FaZe Clan's 2-1 loss to Cloud9 in the ELEAGUE Major: Boston grand finals.
ANALYSIS
In this hotly contested grand finals, rain managed to have the second highest KD of the bunch, which is indicative of why his team ended up losing the series. While he's no slouch in his own right, he's not necessarily the one to bring the house down. In fact, once the game was on the line, it was GuardiaN and NiKo who were showing up. It was just far too little too late for them to stop the North American's of Cloud9 in this 91-round, three-game grand final.
Quiet in the second half
December 17, 2017
rain went 14/21 on Friday in the 16-13 loss to Astralis at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
rain kicked off the series with a double entry-kill on the B-bombsite to help secure the pistol. His efforts led to a 3-0 start that quickly evened out thanks to Astralis. Both teams contested rounds but the defense of Astralis took the lead late. Shortly after, rain cut the lead in Round 13 with an upgraded pistol to pick up a triple kill on the A-bombsite entry. Going into the second half down 8-7, rain had a hard time finding his place on the defense as not many trade kills went in his favor nor could he find a way to win on the retakes. Earning six rounds, rain couldn't get any more on the board with a broken economy as Astralis took the win.
Breaks Liquid in win
December 17, 2017
rain gathered an even 18/18 KD in the 16-12 win over Team Liquid at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Team Liquid took the pistol and the following anti-eco round but rain contributed to the quick offense on the A-bombsite to pick up a couple of rounds. In Round 6, rain broke the defense with a quad kill to punish the aggressive defense of Liquid to even the 3-3 score. The early contest began to dwindle away as rain struggled to get the entry-kills needed to stop the defense. Liquid took the 9-6 lead in the first half and picked up the second pistol round to start the second half. Although rain remained composed on the defense for the remainder of the half to shut down the Liquid offense to win 10 of the final 13 rounds to take the win.
Stumped in grand final rematch
December 10, 2017
rain earned an 84/79 KD on Sunday in the grand final loss to SK Gaming 3-1 of the ESL Pro League Season 6 finals.
ANALYSIS
rain bolted out of the gates on Inferno to help pick up a huge offensive 6-1 lead. However, SK contested to even the score 6-6 but rain got the entry-kills needed on the force buys to close the half with an 8-7 minimum. rain continued to find success with the aggressive force buys that carried over into the second half to pick up the team's first map win. A contested first half on Overpass resulted with rain picking up the 8-7 lead at the half thanks to his 1-vs-2 clutch on the A-bombsite to contribute his efforts in the lead. Unfortunately, rain contested in the second half but it wasn't enough to silence SK. rain seemed to struggle against SK on Mirage, despite shining some light with his hat-trick of frags in the second pistol but still wasn't enough to shake SK. Down 2-1 in the series, Train determined rain's fate, however, SK took up an 8-0 lead before rain shut down the streak with a ladder room hold. Pushing overtime, rain could only rattle SK for one round in the overtime action but could not force Map 5 in the 19-16 loss.
Rained on Fnatic for grand final spot
December 9, 2017
rain posted a 47/32 KD on Saturday in a 2-0 sweep over Fnatic in the semifinals of ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.
ANALYSIS
rain marched back in the first half of Mirage on the Defense to hold the line on the A-bombsite to even the score 5-5 with a quad kill. He then broke the tie in Round 13 with a triple kill hold on the A-bombsite once again. His efforts eventually took the first half with a 9-6 score and went into the second half with resilience as rain dominated the offensive side to win seven out of eight rounds to take Mirage. The first half of Overpass proved to be tough for rain as his entry-kills helped the team edge with an 8-7 lead. He then tapped down three to start the second half, but Fnatic contested until his Round 22 quad kill hold on the A-bombsite helped the team secure the final four rounds to take the sweep, advancing to the grand finals.
When it rains, it pours
December 6, 2017
rain put up a 21/11 KD in FaZe Clan's 16-5 win over Astralis on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
When rain came out the gate with a quad kill in the opening round of this game, it was clear that he was here to play. From there on, he was doing it all in tandem with NiKo to shut Astralis down at every turn. He finished with an ADR of 103.1 and a 1.56 rating. If players like rain are able to back up the other heavy hitters on this team, FaZe will certainly be hard to beat as the week draws on.
Fatigued in Game 5 loss
November 19, 2017
rain posted a solid 103/82 KD on Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
rain picked up a few offensive rounds early on Cobblestone but the NiP defense was quick to reply and held the line for a lead at the half. rain then opened up the second half with a defense standpoint but the quick and aggressive offense of NiP stole the show. Going into FaZe's Inferno pick, the team shut down NiP on one of their less-confident maps in the map pool for an easy 16-7 affair. Going into Train, rain held off the NiP offense on the A-bombsite for several rounds but once the economy of NiP got stable, the rounds began to turn sides. rain went into the second half with an 8-7 deficit and couldn't break NiP for more than three rounds in the Game 3 loss. However, rain reigned supreme in Game 4 of Overpass with a perfect defensive first half for a 13-2 score. Although the second half was a bit more contested, he managed to force the extra rounds. Game 5 was a bit of a drag to the start as both teams were contested early on keeping the score close. However, NiP came out on top and then stole the show as rain couldn't win his trade kills or pick up more entry frags in the 16-10 loss on Cache.
Rain and thunder over OpTic
November 15, 2017
rain posted a firm 16/9 KD on Tuesday with a staggering 16-3 win over OpTic Gaming in Group B of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
rain started Overpass with an aggressive approach as he picked up a quick 3-0 start. In Round 4, OpTic managed to hold out on the B-bombsite to earn their first round of the half; however, rain then responded with a seven-round streak. Finally, OpTic broke out for a few rounds, but rain would sustain the lead going into the second half with a 12-3 score. A smooth start on the defense would eventually coast through the second half as rain picked up map point with a triple kill hold on the aggressive push in middle. From there, rain would tally up a team-leading 108.0 ADR in the 16-3 win.
Remains perfect in 2-0 grand final win
October 15, 2017
rain went 43/33 Friday with a 2-0 win over Astralis in the ELEAGUE Premier grand finals.
ANALYSIS
rain started the series on Cache with a rather slow and dismal performance for the offense in the 12-3 first-half deficit. Although he came rallying back in the second half on the defense, including his Round 20 2-vs-1 clutch trade to save the round with a 13-7 score. He then went on in Round 27 to break the tie with his triple kill hold on the B-bombsite to earn the 14-13 lead. From there he would take Game 1 with an edging 16-14 win. He then went into Game 2 with a dominating display on the defense of Overpass, including his Round 7 triple spray down on the A-bombsite hold to take the 6-1 lead. He would then move on to take down Astralis in the first half with a 12-3 lead. Going into the second, a slow start resulted in Astralis winning a 3-0 opening on the defense but then rain ripped open the bomb site like a can to pull out a 16-7 win for the sweep.
Composed in 2-0 sweep
October 15, 2017
rain posted a firm 45/32 KD on Wednesday in the 2-0 win over Team EnVyUs of the ELEAGUE Premier quarterfinals.
ANALYSIS
rain started the series on Nuke where he and his team had a highly contested first half on the defense as nV kept close. The rounds traded as rain was strong in some rounds with the defensive hold on the B-bombsite and late rotations outside. Although the rounds were close, rain managed to take the first half with an 8-7 score. rain broke out of his shell in the second half picking apart the nV defense for seven offensive rounds to take mappoint. However, nV did come back with five-rounds as rain still rattled their cages with the pistol. Finally, rain closes Nuke with a 23/20 KD and 97.5 ADR in the 16-12 win. Despite losing the pistol round on Overpass, rain came firing back on the defense with a few massive B-bombsite holds to take the lead 5-1. He continued his consistency on the defense to pick up four more rounds before nV finally tallied their second for the half. From there, rain shut down the nV offense for a 13-2 half. Rain then ripped through the second half on the offense as nV could only hold off one round in the 16-3 loss as rain picked up a team-leading 22/12 KD and 136.3 ADR.
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