rain
Havard Nygaard 
Norway
FaZe Clan
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.
Returning the favor in Game 2
October 7, 2017
rain went 43/33 on Wednesday in a 1-1 split with North in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
Mirage wasn't a smooth start for rain and his offense with a 2-0 deficit early on but a force buy in Round 4 shined some light early on. However, North's defense proved to be stubborn but rain got the frags and a few anti-eco round wins to pick up five rounds in the 10-5 deficit going into the second. The second half wasn't a start rain needed as North plowed through the defense to pick up a 14-5 lead. With rain's 20/23 KD and 79.6 ADR helped FaZe pick up seven straight for the defense, putting up a strong hold on the A-bombsite and late rotations to the B-bombsite to cut the lead within two rounds. Unfortunately, North come out on top to close out Game 1 16-12. In Game 2, rain picked up the first pistol round with a flawless B-bombsite hold to secure the pistol. From there, rain picked up a handful of rounds, including his Round 7 quad kill hold on the A-bombsite to secure the 6-1 lead. Rain kept hammering North on the defense getting another quad kill hold in Round 13 to shut down North for a 13-2 half. The second half was all offense by rain who earned a team-leading 23/10 KD and 121.7 ADR to close Inferno 16-4.
Big comeback in Game 2
September 30, 2017
rain posted a 31/30 KD on Thursday in a 1-1 split with Ninjas in Pyjamas in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
rain had a rough start to the series on Cobblestone posting a team-leading 14/16 KD and 76.5 ADR. Early on, rain met a contested defense but NiP shut them down for a dominating first half with an 11-4 lead. Again, rain had a better start early on in the second half but once his economy was broken, NiP took off with the map in a 16-6 win. In Game 2, rain controlled the first half on the offense starting with his triple kill to secure the pistol round win on Mirage. From there the offense held a strong lead that eventually gave them a 9-6 lead going into the second. rain's defense in the second half was too much for NiP to penetrate as he picked up a 17/14 KD and 73.6 ADR, winning seven out of eight rounds to earn the split in a 16-7 win.
Raining on Liquid's parade
September 18, 2017
rain secured the grand final of ESL One New York on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Team Liquid, to earn a 56/37 KD.
ANALYSIS
rain started strong on the defense with a 3-0 opening, then in the following round, his anti-eco triple kill hold on the A-bombsite secured the 4-0 lead. His early contributions led the team to a massive 15-0 blowout going into the second. After three rounds were lost, rain finally closed out Game 1 with a 16-3 line. In the next map of Overpass, rain had a blitzing first half on the offense shredding the Liquid defense to an 11-4 lead at the half. rain then picked up a huge triple kill in the second pistol round to set the tone. Although Liquid won 10 rounds, rain remained stout on the defense to close 16-14. Game 3 on Mirage, rain had yet another impressive first half on the defense shutting down Liquid on the retakes to close out the half 11-4. The second half resulted in a five-round blowout thanks to his 1-vs-3 clutch on the B-bombsite in Round 17, taking the grand final 3-0 in the 16-4 Mirage win.
Dominate on both sides in win
September 2, 2017
rain was superb on Day 1 of DreamHack Masters Malmo with a 25/14 KD in the win over mouz 16-9
ANALYSIS
rain started Day 1 with a triple kill hold on the A-bombsite to shut down the offense to take the 2-0 lead. He then set the score at 3-0 after another triple kill to hold the A-bombsite, stopping the rush from mouz. rain continued to pour over his opponents with multiple rounds with double kills on the A-bombsite and aggressive pushes middle, which helped push the 9-6 lead at the half. After giving up the first two rounds to start the second half, rain finally got on the board securing the 10-8 lead with a double entry-kill on the A-bombsite. rain was all over the map on the offensive side for the remainder of the half with entry-kills from odd angles, which shook the defense of mouz in the 16-9 loss on Mirage.
More of a drizzle
August 30, 2017
rain failed to impress with a 12/18 KD in FaZe Clan's loss to Ninjas in Pyjamas on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
rain quite simply limped out the gate in this series on Wednesday. After eight rounds, he only managed to scrounge up two kills in the first eight rounds of the game. Even as the game went on, he never got out of his slump at any points. It was more of a testament to how off FaZe looked as a team in this series. They couldn't seem to win any duels at all, which allowed NiP to do whatever it wanted in the series. FaZe will have to pick up the pieces in a hurry when they face mousesports in the first elimination match later in the day.
Secures split in Game 2
August 26, 2017
rained posted a 24/41 KD on Wednesday in a 1-1 split against mousesports in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
rain had a quiet first half of Cache on the defense with not much to show besides a few kills holding off mouz in the late comeback t o settle the half, down 8-7. rain remained in the shadows until Round 24 at match-point, getting an entry-kill into the A-bombsite followed by a bomb plant and a single frag to win the last round in the Game 1 loss 16-9. Game 2 rain had a slow start but managed to pick up Round 8 with a double entry-kill into the A-bombsite and a 2-vs-1 post-plant win to secure the 6-2 lead. After winning two more rounds, mouz came back to even the half 8-7. rain contributed to the 3-0 start by helping win Round 18 with a double-kill on the A-bombsite retake. Mouz won three straight of their own and eventually got to the 14th round, but FaZe quickly came back to tie 14-14. rain then sent Game 2 to match-point with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite, which gave FaZe the edge to win Mirage 16-14.
Brings on a heavy sprinkle in series loss
August 24, 2017
rain posted a 41/35 KD in his team's split with BIG in the ESL Pro League on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
rain was fairly consistent throughout this entire series, playing well enough in both games. His Game 1 performance was much better than the second game, however. He was incredibly consistent with his time in each round, finishing with a plus-10 KD in the game. His biggest round came in the second half where he picked up a big 4k in Round 21 to stabilize a bit of a skid that FaZe was on. That round win woke them up and they powered on to the win. Game 2 was a bit of an odd one. Despite the 16-8 win in Game 1, it took them nine rounds to find a single win on Train. While they ended the half well enough with seven straight and found a few rounds in the second half, he and NiKo were the only members of the team to post double-digit kills after 21 rounds. That's certainly not a recipe for success, and it showed in the 16-10 loss.
Consistency in 2-0 win over G2
August 23, 2017
rain earned a 40/22 KD on Tuesday following a 2-0 win over G2 Esports in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
rain opened the series on Cache with a dominating showing on the defense, racking up frags and holding off everything G2 threw at him. After a 12-3 first half, rain continued to crush G2 in the second half on the offense, including his 1-vs-2 clutch on the post-plant to send FaZe to match point. After taking down G2 16-3, rain opened Game 2 on Overpass with a 1-vs-2 clutch on the post-plant to secure the pistol-round win for the offense. From there, a 3-0 lead developed before G2 fought back and put up a tremendous first-half showing to take the lead at the half 8-7. However, the second half belonged to rain as he schooled G2 with a 22/17 KD and 101.8 ADR in the 16-12 win.
Not enough firepower to win over BIG
July 19, 2017
rain earned a 16/19 KD on Sunday with the loss on Inferno to BIG at the PGL Major.
ANALYSIS
rain had a solid start over BIG with a 4-0 lead, including his Round 2 triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite as well as his Round 3 double-kill hold once again on the A-bombsite. However, rain began to dwindle in the mid game of the first half as BIG came rallying back on the offense. rain came close to a Round 11 win starting with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite, but a late comeback spoiled the fun. With rounds going back and forth, rain finally closed out the half with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite to save the round, despite taking an 8-7 deficit at the half. The second half was a dismal display as rain only picked up a handful of kills along with the lone round won for a 16-8 loss, earning the team an 87.3 ADR.
Unable to rain on SK's parade
July 9, 2017
rain earned a 44/38 KD on Saturday in the semifinal loss to SK Gaming at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
rain had a slow start during an early 4-0 deficit on Overpass, but managed to get into the A-bombsite with ease over an SK mishap on the rotation for the first round. But his performance remained quiet as FaZe took a massive 13-2 loss at the half. The second half was nothing better as he and FaZe couldn't hold off the offense of SK for a tough 16-4 loss, earning a dismal 5/17 KD and 30.8 ADR. In Game 2, FaZe faced another slow start with a 3-0 deficit, but he got his team back in the game in a Round 4 triple kill hold on the B-bombsite for a win. Then in Round 6 rain saved the round with a quad kill hold on the A-bombsite to tie the game 3-3. rain and FaZe could only gather three more rounds for the 9-6 deficit at the half, but the second half wasn't a great start either giving up three rounds early. Finally in Round 19, rain's triple opening frag put the team back in the competitive picture along with his opening frags and perfectly timed flanks to force overtime. However, the extra rounds didn't go in his team's favor as he only helped win one round in the 19-16 Cache loss, posting a team-leading 39/21 KD and 108.1 ADR.
Not his usual self in loss
July 4, 2017
rain only managed a 10/22 KD in FaZe Clan's tough loss to mousesports on Tuesday at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
When FaZe needed him most, rain came up incredibly short. Whether it was lack of preparation for mouz, or waiting for the Cloud9/Na'Vi marathon game to end, something was off with rain and all of FaZe here. He started off somewhat consistent with strong rotations outside to try and stop mouz's roll, but then his play fell off a cliff. He had nothing to show for Rounds 13 to 23. While he came up with a 3k in Round 24 to inch them closer to a tie, FaZe simply faltered from then on and lost 16-12. The early deficits in the first half were simply too much to overcome.