With teams battling for supremacy at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier since early this month, we can now look at how each team is doing and see which teams have a shot at the Title, and which team is most likely to win it.
So let’s get to it.
The four teams dominating here are FaZe, G2, North and Fnatic.
Of these, FaZe are playing better than the others, with G2 and North roughly equal, and Fnatic slightly under par.
Let’s look at what each team has done to rank that way. We’ll start with Fnatic, who’s doing the worst of the top four teams, in our opinion.
Fnatic at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017
Fnatic got off to a bad start at the ELEAGUE Premier, with a defeat by North. Yes, it was only a defeat by two points, but we’ve found that the team most likely to dominate an event is the team that drives a crushing path to the Title, steamrolling all opposition.
Danger signals to look out for when picking a Title Winner are hard fought matches where luck seems to play an equal part with skill in victory or defeat.
North vs Fnatic on September 16th was such a match. Fnatic just barely lost, and it could just as easily just barely have one, but both are bad signs for a team driving for an event Title.
Vengeance the next day
Fnatic was hard hit, and came back determined to push their way back into the event. In epic matches the next day, they crushed mousesports, themselves a hard fighting team. The first match had them actually defeating mousesports 16-5 – which is quite an achievement.
In the next two matches, mousesports fought back hard, just barely winning one match, and losing one match, to give a final match result of 2-1, in favor of Fnatic.
Fnatic is a good team, and is fighting hard, but is likely to be outclassed in the Finals.
North at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017
North defeated Fnatic on September the 16th, after a close-fought battle that could have swung either way. The match was Mirage, and the battle ended 16-14. Satisfactory, of course, for North, but not as much as it could be.
Nevertheless, a win is a win.
North managed to scrape up another win against Immortals – it was another closely-fought match where either team could have won. It’s just that North happened to do so. Not very inspiring, of course.
North is not a reliable Team to bet on to reach the Finals.
G2 Esports at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017
G2 didn’t start this event out on the right foot, suffering a fairly crushing defeat by Natus Vincere right at the start. On the 9th of September, Natus Vincere smashed G2’s offence and defense to defeat them 16-10.
That’s fairly decisive, a clear win.
G2 Esports then came back fighting the next day to take on Renegades. This time the team were really out for blood, and Renegades were totally outclassed. G2 put the opposition down 16-9 in the first match and 16-2 in the second.
Now that’s a victory. If it wasn’t for their earlier loss to Natus Vincere, this sort of play would have put them on a clear path to the Title.
With this win, G2 Esports then faced Natus Vincere again… and this time defeated them. But it was no easy battle, with Natus Vincere punishing G2, and making them fight for their victory round after round. They made it a hard, brutal grind to victory for G2 Esports. G2 won, yes. But they could just as easily have lost.
Yes, G2 have a path to the Title. They may even reach the Semi Finals or the Finals. But winning this event? With FaZe in the mix? That’s a trifle unlikely.
FaZe Clan at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017
As has been their habit at events lately, FaZe Clan lethally ensured their shot at the Title early in the event. On the 9th of September, they decimated Renegades 16-9. Then they went on to shatter Natus Vincere in an even more decisive manner, winning Inferno 16-6.
Håvard “rain” Nygaard has been playing like a legend, and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács has been his usual lethally destructive self. Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer has been pulling his weight too.
All in all, everyone on the team has been playing above par in the matches they’ve played in the event so far. If they continue to dominate in the next matches they play, they certainly are a good bet for the Finals.
The odds are 3/1 on FaZe to take the Title!
These are the most carefully formulated betting and match predictions, by analysts who thoroughly study team histories and playing styles.
Stay tuned for more match-by-match betting analyses for this event.