We've had many legendary rivalries in CS:GO's history, but the one that dominated the 2017 season and looks to continue in 2018, is the rivalry between FaZe Clan and SK Gaming. It's a power struggle between a team full of superstars and legends on FaZe Clan, and the brilliantly lead Brazilians that have the best player in the world

Both Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Håvard "rain" Nygaard, numbers six and four on the HLTV player ranking respectively, spoke on this ever-growing rivalry. 

QuestionFalleN and rain, can you talk about the rivalry between SK and FaZe at the moment?

FalleN: "Is there a rivalry?"

Rain: "In this event, there’s a rivalry, but uh, we’re all good friends outside of the game, so I think it’s a lot of fun."

FalleN: "Yeah I mean it’s great to play against them, they are such good players. And I’m gonna be honest, I already said that in other interviews, when you are playing Counter-Strike for so many years you kinda need a new challenge to stay motivated and stay focused on the game and wanting to become better.

When they created that team, bringing [in] olofmeister and Guardian, I wasn’t feeling that motivated to play Counter-Strike again. But then I was at home watching a movie, I think it was a Usain Bolt movie, and when he was talking I was like, “I wanna be the best in the world, and I wanna beat those guys. They think they can come here and overcome us? Well, that’s not true.”

So it was a big motivation for me that they actually created that team. So, I think we co-exist together, they have a lot of chances here to beat us, and it’s going to be interesting to see how long we can hold it. They are a very good team and it’s a pleasure to play against them."

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