rain
Havard Nygaard 
Norway
FaZe Clan
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.
Comes up with uncharacteristically off performance in tough loss
June 26, 2017
rain came up short with a 55/63 KD in FaZe Clan's 1-2 loss to SK Gaming in the grand final of the ECS Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
rain picked the worst time to have his performance dip. Whereas he had been playing very strong up until this point in the tournament, he came up short in this series against SK in the grand final. He started off well enough with a 27/20 KD in Game 1, but then disappeared for most of the rest of the game. He showed splashes of greatness in Game 2 with some disgusting angles on the A-bombsite of Inferno, but his contributions simply weren't consistent enough to get the win. NiKo couldn't carry the team by himself. Had rain been at the same high level of FaZe earlier performances during the weekend, the outcome likely would have been very different.
Falters late in Game 2 of loss
June 7, 2017
rain went 38/34 in FaZe Clan's 1-1 split with GODSENT in the ECS on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
rain was a strong contributing member of the first game in this series, as FaZe Clan took a huge win over GODSENT. He didn't get his first kill until Round 3, but from then on, he was incredibly consistent and able to pick up kills consistently to help his team to a big early lead. He even closed the half with a nice 1-vs-1 clutch to keep the ball rolling. The second half was more of the same as they secure the 16-3 win. Game 2 started off much the same, with rain being all over the place early on to help his team to a big 10-2 lead in the first half. From then on though, they were nowhere to be found as GODSENT went on a huge run to bring the game all the way back. FaZe lost 14 straight rounds as GODSENT took the map 16-10.
More on the lighter side in 2-0 sweep
May 20, 2017
rain posted a 30/29 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series win over Team EnVyUs in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
After a slow 3-0 deficit to start the half, rain quickly began to rack up the frags in the first half on the defense. rain picked up a few double kills along his journey through the first half with great pride while holding off the offense for a strong 11-4 lead at the half. However, rain was silenced in the second half early as nV won ten rounds on the defense. rain fragged his way through the remainder of the second half to win the final round to close out Inferno 16-14. In Game 2, rain contributed to the monstrous first half with a 12-3 lead going into the second. Although rain had a big offensive first half, he didn't accumulate as many kills during the dominate run. rain then closed out the second half with a perfect defensive hold to take Game 2 16-3, posting a team-low 13/11 KD and 71.5 ADR on Train.
Game 1 surge helps lift team over G2
May 19, 2017
rain earned an impressive 44/33 KD on Thursday in a 2-0 series win over G2 in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
rain got the series started on Nuke taking the first pistol round by storm with a triple kill hold on the B-bombsite on the post-plant. rain then dominated throughout the first half, leading the team to an 11-4 lead at the half. rain continued to show no mercy in the second half, only giving one offensive round up to G2 and sending Game 1 to map point after a quad kill in Round 19. rain closed out Game 1 with an impressive 16-5 run, posting an alarming 29/9 KD and 129.6 ADR. rain had a big start in Game 2 of Overpass, opening the bombsite and pouncing on the defense for a massive 12-3 lead at the half. rain contributed to a few force-buys that allowed FaZe to continue their dominance. However, G2 had a better second half, winning eleven rounds as rain played a more conservative defensive half. FaZe still managed to close out Game 2 16-14, with rain posting a team-low 15/24 KD and 56.5 ADR.
Leads team to easy Game 1 victory
May 18, 2017
rain finished FaZe Clan's 2-0 sweep of G2 on Thursday in the ECS with a KD of 44/33.
ANALYSIS
rain was strong throughout the series, but his best performance came in the lopsided Game 1 win. From the very start, he was on fire. He started with a 3k in the opening round, and followed with a double in Round 2 and another 3k in Round 3. From then on, he was all over the place with kills in most rounds as FaZe took the map 16-5. Game 2 was nowhere near as strong for him, as he fell down to the bottom of the team with just a 15/24 KD after going 29/9 in the first. He found himself dead far too many times to actually get into a rhythm. Still, his team picked up the 16-14 win after a hard-fought 30 rounds.
Second half dominance in draw
May 13, 2017
rain earned a 44/42 KD on Wednesday draw with HellRaisers in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
After a slow start to Game 1 and a tough first half loss on Train to go down 12-3, rain excelled in the second half picking up kills that closed out the rounds needed for FaZe to start a comeback. rain won the last round for FaZe Clan in the second half with a triple kill retake on the B-bombsite to bring the Game 1 to a close 16-14, posting a 16/23 KD and 58.8 ADR. In Game 2, rain exploded in the second half again after a tough first half loss 12-3. rain became an expert at entry kills into the bombsite as well as taking the mid control with ease to enable the team's recovery. His Round 21 triple entry kill into the B-bombsite continued to fuel the fire in the comeback to force overtime. rain earned a solid 28/19 KD and 84.9 ADR in the 4-0 shutout in overtime to take Game 2 19-15 to even the series 1-1.
Late strong play not enough
May 7, 2017
rain went 80/70 in FaZe Clan's tough 3-1 loss to SK Gaming in the grand finals of IEM Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Despite finishing somewhat strong compared to his opening performance, rain certainly didn't get off to the best of starts. Outside of a round where he basically danced around the site long enough to prevent a defuse, he didn't do much. He had an early double kill in their first round win, but that was in for some time in the opening loss. Moving to Game 2, his team had an even worse showing than the opening game. rain was inching closer to a positive KD, but it still hadn't happened yet. That would come in Game 3 where FaZe finally pulled it together for a win. He wasn't just a bystander either. He had a nice 3k in Round 14 to bring it back for his team and get a 10-4 lead and also had a 1-vs-2 clutch in Round 26 to tie the game at 13 all and move right on to winning the game. FaZe got close again in Game 4, but they were eventually outdone by SK's offense. rain did have some nice moves like a double in Round 12 and a 1-vs-3 clutch in Round 21, but they still couldn't get the win.
Leads the way in easy win
May 3, 2017
rain put up a 22/9 KD in FaZe Clan's lopsided 16-4 win over Renegades at IEM Sydney on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Rain was consistently strong for FaZe in this breezy win over Renegades to open their campaign at IEM Sydney. He began with a 3k in Round 3 and just kept on moving throughout the rest of the game. He added in another 3k in Round 7 and a double in Round 14 as a part of FaZe's 12-3 first half. The second half was no different, as he first picked up a double in the second pistol round before tallying yet another big 3k in Round 18. This level of play is a sign of good things to come for FaZe, as if they can all play like this during the week, the playoffs are well within reach.
Raining on VP's parade with a sweep
April 26, 2017
rain posted a well earned 52/32 KD in Tuesday's sweep over Virtus.pro in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
rain had a great start on Inferno, picking up a triple kill on the B-bombsite to take the first pistol round of the half. He then opened the first anit-eco with a quick double through mid for the odd-man situation in favor early. rain continued to help lead the team, picking up a few more kills for a 4-2 lead. In Round 7, rain rotated to A after fluke on B to plant in a 2-vs-2, securing the round up 5-2. Both teams traded rounds and so did rain, managing to close the half up 8-7. Virtus.pro took the pistol, but rain fired back in Round 17 with a triple-kill hold on the A-bombsite with a pistol. rain continued to dominate on the defense in the second half, even getting the team to map point with a quad-kill hold on A in Round 26. He then closed Game 1 with a double kill to secure the 16-11 win, earning the team a dazzling 26/16 KD and 115.1 ADR. Game 2 rain picked up a kill in the pistol-round win, but really came alive in Round 2 with a triple-kill hold outside A for the 2-0 lead. After winning the second anti-eco, rain once again in Round 4 with the triple hold outside to win the gun round. Virtus.pro threw together two rounds before rain's double-kill hold on A followed up by a triple from a teammate secured the Round 8 win up 6-2. rain would pick up two more doubles and a triple kill to close the first half up 11-4. rain contributed to the five-round blowout to secure the 16-4 Game 2 win on Nuke as rain posted a 21/13 KD and 102.7 ADR.
Finds necessary plays to down Astralis in grand finals
April 9, 2017
rain put up a 64/58 KD in FaZe Clan's hard-fought 2-1 win over Astralis in the grand finals of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
rain continued his recent hot streak with another strong performance to cap off his Sunday with a grand finals victory. He got off to a nice start in Game 1 with a 3k in the pistol round, which was the 12th in a row for this streaking FaZe squad. While the rest of the game certainly didn't go to plan for FaZe - they lost 16-14 - rain continued to play strong and was a big reason why this one even went to a 30th round in the first place. Moving into Game 2, while he ended up at the bottom of the scoreboard, he still put together a respectable 17/15 KD. As a testament to his prowess in the game, he managed the third-highest ADR in the game. It was an absolute trouncing by FaZe, as they won 16-6. Game 3 was a bit of a step down for rain, but he was still strong nonetheless. His first half was a bit weak, with Astralis getting off to a 10-5 start to the game. In the second half, they surged in a big way, battling all the way back to force overtime. Along the way, rain came up with nice plays, such as his double kills to get the defuse in Round 16. These plays were the ones that FaZe won with regularity in the second half to get into overtime, where they finally put off Astralis for the 19-17 win.
Comes on strong in Game 2 to lock up sweep
April 9, 2017
rain ended FaZe Clan's 2-0 sweep of HellRaisers in the semifinals of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals with a 37/37 KD.
ANALYSIS
rain, much like kioShiMa, was a middle-of-the-pack player in FaZe's win here in the semis. He was a bit off in Game 1 on Mirage, even though his team ended up getting the win. He started off with a double kill in the pistol round to kickstart a strong game from FaZe, but then he faded into the background for the rest of the game. When things moved to Train for Game 2, rain put himself back in the narrative for an impressive showing, finishing with a 24/19 KD. He was a fiend in the first half, tallying five multi-kills, including a 3k in Round 11. He fell off a bit in the second half that saw FaZe falter quite a bit. He only posted eight kills, and didn't get a multi-kill until the final round. That was the round that really mattered, though, as his double made it a 5-vs-2 situation that they easily won to take the map and move to the grand finals.
Sprinkles in kills during win
April 6, 2017
rain finished FaZe Clan's win over Gambit on Day 3 of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals with a 19/22 KD.
ANALYSIS
rain wasn't the best in this game against Gambit on Thursday, but he wasn't the worst either. He started off well enough with a double in the pistol round, but he fell off a bit after this. He additionally picked up a double entry kill in Round 10 to get his team off to a nice start for a round win. He then didn't contribute much else until the second half. His late-game contributions didn't come very concisely, but when they did come, it was a huge boon to his team. His quad kill in Round 20 was enough to put his team up 11-9 and his double in the final round was just what FaZe needed to lock up the 16-13 win to set themselves up nicely going into the last couple days of groups.