RobbaN: "FaZe and NAVI, it’s very even"

FaZe coach Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström shared his impressions from the victory at IEM Cologne 2022 in an interview with The specialist praised the level of NAVI, who his team went up against in the decisive match, and noted that now both finalists are at the same level.

I knew it was going to be hard. NAVI is a very strong opponent. I knew that there would be rounds where we would have the advantage but still lose. It’s about staying strong all the time. That’s it. It’s a best of five final. You can’t give anything up. <...> Two more rounds and NAVI would have been the best team on paper. Us and NAVI, it’s very even. But today, we were the better team.

RobbaN considers the win at IEM Cologne 2022 to be one of the most memorable ones in his coaching career.

It’s among the best three, for sure. The way we won is very special. It kind of reminds me of the first tournament I won as a coach in FaZe back in 2017. I think it was StarLadder i-League Starseries Season 3. It was against Astralis, and we won while we were not supposed to. And you know, now, on Nuke, we won where we weren’t supposed to: on the T-side. We just never stopped believing.

The IEM Cologne 2022 grand final between FaZe and NAVI ended 3:2. The victory brought the European team $400,000 from the total prize pool of the tournament.