karrigan
Finn Anderson 
Denmark
FaZe Clan
Leads to the grand final
December 9, 2017
karrigan posted a solid 38/27 KD on Saturday in a 2-0 sweep over Fnatic in the semifinals of ESL Pro League Season 6 finals.
ANALYSIS
After Fnatic took the early lead up 4-1, karrigan came back in Round 6 with a force buy that granted the team the round win. From there, karrigan held off the offense on the B-bombsite as well as the late rotations to break the tie late and secure the first half 9-6 lead. Going into the second, karrigan took mid-control early on which allowed him and his team to secure map control. Karrigan contributed to seven out of eight offensive rounds won to hand Fnatic their 16-7 loss. A contested start to Overpass resulted in karrigan extending the lead in Round 9 with a 1-vs-1 clutch to win the round. His efforts sealed the 8-7 lead going into the second where his defense held Fnatic for eight rounds to sweep the series and advance to the grand finals.
Unable to show in OT
December 9, 2017
karrigan posted a 24/25 KD in the 19-15 loss on Tuesday to Fnatic in the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.
ANALYSIS
A strong defensive presence on the B-bombsite served well for karrigan as he contributed to the 2-0 lead to start on Inferno. Although the tides turned as Fnatic forced the early buy and came out with an aggressive offense that was too tough to tame and picked up four straight. Finally, the B-bombsite hold brought life back to the team as karrigan picked up more rounds on the early rotate call to take the first half 8-7 lead. He continued to pick up with the pistol round win but Fnatic brought the score back to contest as both teams traded rounds once again. However, Fnatic broke the economy of karrigan and rode off with the second half, reach map point advantage. With little money and a long deficit to overcome, karrigan did just that with a passive-aggressive offense to open up the defense and conquer the A-bombsite to force overtime. Unfortunately, karrigan could not show any sign of life in the extra rounds as FaZe dumped for a 19-15 loss.
Stumped in best-of-five
November 19, 2017
karrigan went 47/85 on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Ninjas in Pyjamas in the grand finals of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
The series started on Cobblestone where karrigan's offense struggled to win rounds early. The defense of NiP held off for a 9-6 lead going into the second half. The second half was quick and easy after the offense of NiP, who took Game 1 with ease. A less-favored Inferno would go in the way of karrigan with a strong start on the offense to take the 11-4 lead. The second half was a little more contested with karrigan on the favored defense but karrigan evened the series with the third and final Inferno win. The series shifted on Train where karrigan started smooth and almost ended with a defensive first half lead but NiP edged with an 8-7 score. The second half was all defense from NiP as karrigan couldn't get anything going for the offense in the game loss. karrigan made it look easy on Overpass with the massive first-half lead and the contested second-half start to end with a series going to Game 5. The start of Cache was close but NiP ran away with the first half lead and never looked back as karrigan tried to save the game late in the second half but NiP had too much momentum in their favor.
Leads second grand final win
October 15, 2017
karrigan tallied a 43/30 KD on Friday with a 2-0 sweep over Astralis in the ELEAGUE Premier grand finals.
ANALYSIS
A slow start in the first half of Cache didn't phase out karrigan, although frustration growing as the team took a massive 12-3 deficit at the half. Karrigan came right out of the gates in the second half to have a strong defensive hold, including his Round 21 quad kill on the defense to lessen the deficit to 13-8. From there, he continued to put pressure on the Astralis offense to eventually edge out a Game 1 win 16-14. The series then moved into Overpass where karrigan led the defense for a massive hold primarily on the B-bombsite for a 12-3 lead. Although Astralis stumped karrigan for three rounds to start the second half, karrigan then ripped the defense for four rounds to finally close out the series with a 16-7 win on Overpass.
Leading another 2-0 sweep
October 15, 2017
karrigan led for a 2-0 sweep over Team EnVyUs in the ELEAGUE Premier quarterfinals with a 40/30 KD.
ANALYSIS
karrigan started the sweep on Nuke with a highly contested first half on the defense against EnVyUs' aggressive offense. However, in Round 4 karrigan led the FaZe force-buy which karrigan himself would pick up three kills to break the tie for a 3-2 lead. Rounds traded as karrigan remained in control of his team to take the first half with an 8-7 score. In the second half, karrigan led for seven-straight for the offense to force mappoint advantage. Although nV did win five in a row, it wasn't enough to force overtime as karrigan took Game 1 16-12 with a team-leading 28/19 KD and 97.7 ADR. Coming close to a defuse in the pistol round, karrigan came right back in the following round with a force-buy that would turn into a 5-1 lead early. He continued to hold the line from nV advancing into the bomb sites for a 9-1 lead before nV collected their last round of the half. Although karrigan had little frags on Overpass, his team carried the way for a 13-2 half and then a quick second half with three rounds on the offense for the 16-3 win.
Lacks in the fragging department in loss
October 13, 2017
karrigan went 34/38 in FaZe Clan's 2-0 win against North in the semifinals of the ELEAGUE Premier 2017.
ANALYSIS
karrigan, despite not really finding many kills, called a great series for FaZe in this big win. They started out a bit slow in the first game, but before long, they found a groove thanks to the strategies of their in-game leader. While karrigan may not have played his best the entire game, but he did have a couple nice moments, especially in Game 2. He found a 3k with a sniper in that round to help keep them pushing to a big win. They will now move on to the grand finals to face Astralis.
Leading the all-star's to grand final sweep
September 18, 2017
karrigan made it look easy with a 49/30 KD on Sunday in the grand final of ESL One New York with a 3-0 win over Team Liquid.
ANALYSIS
karrigan led the series with tremendous composure under the most stressful times of need when trying to win it all. A solid start to Inferno on the defensive side resulted in a massive 15-0 shutout going into the second. karrigan then led the offense of FaZe with a tough 3-0 deficit to start, however, he came up huge with a triple kill to close out the map 16-3. In Game 2 karrigan led a solid offensive showing despite giving up four rounds, but he rallied the team's eight-round streak with a Round 13 denied defuse with a triple kill to that eventually closed out the half 11-4. A bit of a lagging defense on Overpass struggled early on but karrigan stayed composed to edge for a 16-14 win. Still feeling the adrenaline from a close Game 2 finish, karrigan adjusted his defense for Mirage to lead a hefty 11-4 start. He then led his entry fragging machines olofmeister and rain to close out the second half 5-0 for a 16-4 grand final win.
Explosive in the second half for the win
September 2, 2017
karrigan earned a 13/11 KD on Day 1 of DreamHack Masters Malmo with a solid win over mouz 16-9.
ANALYSIS
karrigan had a busy start to Mirage on the defense for FaZe with a 4-0 lead shutting down the A-bombsite push early. karrigan then gave up a few crucial rounds that reset his economy allowing mouz to tie things up at 5-5. Two rounds later, karrigan had a massive double kill retake on the A-bombsite in a 2-vs-1 win to extend the lead 7-5. karrigan applied more of his loose play to pick up the opening frags over mouz which helped the team take the 9-6 score at the half. karrigan led the second half with a slow start on the offense but got the ball rolling with several bomb plants which turned into rounds won. The offense overhauled the mouz defense to take Mirage 16-9.
Unable to lead FaZe to victory
August 30, 2017
karrigan put up a paltry 9/20 KD in FaZe Clan's loss at the hands of Ninjas in Pyjamas on Day 1 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
While karrigan led his team well in the first rounds of this game, once NiP woke up, he couldn't bring them back out of the hole they dug. Not only that but karrigan himself wasn't providing nearly enough to keep his team away from danger all throughout the series. As such, NiP easily walked away with a 16-8 win. FaZe will have a chance to redeem themselves against mousesports later in the day.
Leads charging comeback late in Game 2
August 26, 2017
karrigan posted a 37/41 KD on Wednesday in a 1-1 split against mousesports in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
karrigan had a rough start to Cache facing a difficult task to come back from a 5-0 deficit. In Round 6, his double kill on the A-bombsite retake helped the team secure its first round of the half. Four rounds later, his triple hold on the B-bombsite forced an offensive save which gave FaZe another round win, down 7-3. With an 8-7 deficit going into the second half, karrigan's entry and bomb plant on the A-bombsite helped secure the pistol. The pistol round win turned into a dominating offensive half as karrigan only gave up two rounds in the 16-9 win. In Game 2, karrigan evened the score 1-1 in Round 2 with an aggressive push into the A-bombsite to grab the plant and the final frag. karrigan then won the following two rounds with post-plant holds and bomb plants to force the defensive save. A couple more bomb plants and post-plant holds gave the team the 8-7 lead at the half. karrigan won the first three rounds on the offense before mouz came back to win three of their own, however, as mouz reached the 14th round, karrigan closed Game 2 with a triple hold on the A-bombsite with the AWP, edging Mirage 16-14.
Leads FaZe to split with BIG
August 24, 2017
karrigan put together a 26/26 KD in FaZe Clan's split against BIG in the ESL Pro League on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
karrigan had his team playing at a pretty ridiculous pace in the first game of this series, as they were destroying BIG with reckless abandon on Overpass. He was even putting up some nice early rounds in terms of offense, which was a bit different for him since he usually sticks to the background of his team's games. They had strong retakes throughout the first and second half, which eventually led to the 16-8 win. The second game on Train, though? karrigan struggled to keep his team afloat in the game. They didn't pick up a win until the ninth round of the first half and then faltered again in the second half. They may have had a nice run of seven straight to close out the first half, that second half performance wasn't up to snuff, leading to the loss.
Leads to a perfect 2-0 start
August 23, 2017
karrigan posted a 24/31 Tuesday in a 2-0 thrashing over G2 Esports in ESL Pro League Season 6.
ANALYSIS
karrigan had a smooth performance overall on Cache as the team won their duels and played passively enough for its opponents. After a 16-3 thrashing over G2, all eyes landed on the team captain and in-game leader, karrigan. The first half was a tight race as the defense started with a 3-0 lead. From there, G2 fought back against karrigan and the offense until G2 took the lead at the half 8-7. The second half was all FaZe as karrigan and team dominated on the defensive side, only allowing four rounds won for a 16-12 series sweep.
Stumped in 2-0 loss to SK
July 9, 2017
karrigan posted a low 20/46 KD on Saturday in a semifinal loss to SK Gaming at ESL Cologne.
ANALYSIS
karrigan led a poor Game 1 performance with only four rounds won on Overpass posting a 6/19 KD and 38.0 ADR. His offense and defense only won a pair of rounds in each half as SK dominated on both sides. In Game 2, karrigan had another slow start, but he picked up the pace on the defense in the late rounds creating the odd-man advantage early on to allow his team to hold a 9-6 deficit at the half. karrigan had a better performance in the second half despite the slow start on cache, but the mid-game belong to karrigan who led a comeback to force overtime. However, the overtime rounds were scarce as only one round was won for the 19-16 loss as karrigan posted a 14/27 KD and 58.1 ADR.
Early game calls come up short
July 4, 2017
karrigan finished FaZe Clan's loss to mousesports on Tuesday at ESL Cologne with a 14/20 KD.
ANALYSIS
Simply put, FaZe Clan tripped and fell flat on their faces in the first half of this game. Whatever strategies karrigan tried to input were met with swift aggression from mouz. This led to an early 9-0 lead for mouz, as FaZe was left floundering for a way into the game. While they did seem to settle into a groove in the early rounds of the second half, the early drought really came back to haunt them. To his credit, this was one of the better performances that karrigan has put up in a bit. FaZe is still at 1-1, so things aren't doom and gloom just yet. Certainly they need to tighten up their early rounds though, to avoid another showing like this one.
Superb shotcalling narrowly misses ECS Finals win
June 26, 2017
karrigan, despite strong shotcalls, only managed to come up with a 48/65 KD during FaZe Clan's loss to SK Gaming in the grand final of the ECS Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Whereas FalleN is an in-game leader who can dominate the scoreboards, karrigan is a brilliant IGL who often leaves his team without consistent enough frags to win rounds. His shotcalling in this series was very strong, but he just couldn't get the kills needed to get over the hump. With both Games 2 and 3 going to overtime, the margin of error shrunk to minuscule levels. Had karrigan been able to find a couple more pixels for kills in those late rounds, his team likely could have won the series. He did come up with some nice clutches to keep his team even, but never over the hill. Still, the incredible series that he called has to be acknowledge. Despite his deficiencies, FaZe hung in there against probably the best team in the world. This is a rivalry that will be fun to watch for months to come.