ESL One Cologne 2018 Day 2: Odds, Analyses, Predictions

After a full 3 weeks break, the CS: GO competitive scene is back with the long-anticipated ESL One Cologne 2018.

ESL’s franchise tournament is returning to Germany for the fifth time, once again in Lanxess-Arena.

The first day of the tournament went well, most of the favourite teams won and we have some interesting matches in both groups today.


ESL One Cologne 2018 prediction: ESL One Cologne 2018 FAZE – MIBR ESL One Cologne 2018

Scheduled: 15:30 UTC + 2

This is the semi-final of group’s B upper bracket(BO3). Both teams were invited directly to ESL One Cologne 2018 as high seed teams with no need for a qualifier.

Faze won in the opening match against B.O.O.T-d[S], 16-9 on Dust2, with Niko and rain dictating the tempo and sitting on 30 kills each. They had some troubles on a CT side but they did manage to win with a handicap and after watching them they are hungry for victory. Faze is currently in a great shape, with 5 wins out of 5 last matches. In addition, they were the champions of last big major tournament, ESL one Belo Horizonte and with that trophy, they need only one more ESL tournament to become the first Intel Grand Slam champions and take the grand prize of $1,000,000.  Considering all the facts, they do not lack morale and we believe that they can be the champions of this tournament too.

Bet on Faze to win @1,5 on !!!

On the other side, there is the MIBR CSGO team. If you are not following the pro scene regularly, you probably did not even hear about this team. Well, believe it or not, Made in Brazil (MIBR) is former SK with their full roster. All 5 players switched teams and old SK is currently an empty team waiting for new players to join. Statistically, MIBR only played 1 match, and that is the best of one against Renegades yesterday on this very tournament, but we all know that this team is well coordinated and they are not some new team with 5 random star players.

Anyway, watching them yesterday did not leave any good impression. Fallen and boltz could not connect a single shot in a first 10 rounds. They almost lost to Renegades on Cache, coldzera singlehandedly carried this team to 16-13 victory. We don’t believe that could be the case today, as much as good coldzera is, he can’t play against mighty Faze alone.


ESL One Cologne 2018 prediction:  ESL One Cologne 2018mousesports – ENCE ESL One Cologne 2018

Scheduled: 15:30 UTC + 2

Group A lower bracket semi-final, BO3. Mousespors was invited directly to this tournament while ENCE had to fight for their spot, and they were awarded a seat at this tournament after triumphing at Majestic.

Mousesports won their first match against Gambit with 16-8. They did advance to semifinals of group’s A upper bracket and lost to G2 with 2-1 final score. Despite the fact that mousesports played well but they were just unlucky. Mousesports is good on the map of their choice and they would most probably win at least 1 map.
On the other side, there is ENCE, a total underdog who won against NIP with losing only 8 rounds in 2 maps. Astralis had no trouble with them and they lost 16-5 in the first match.  It is hard to predict how this team would play, but they are also good on the map of their own choice. The smartest thing to do here is to play more than 2,5 maps. We got a pretty good odds too.

ESL One Cologne 2018 prediction: ESL One Cologne 2018Fnatic – BIG ESL One Cologne 2018

Scheduled: 19:00 UTC + 2

The second semi-final match of Group B upper bracket is the one between Fnatic and BIG in a best of 3 series. Both teams were invited directly to this tournament.

According to the betting sites, Fnatic is a favourite team here. However, they are not doing so good lately. Fnatic won only 2 out of 5 last matches, and they almost lost to North yesterday. After a sensational first half (12-3) they lost 11 rounds on a CT side and let North come to 14-14. In the end, they did eventually win 2 last rounds and the final score was 16-14.
On the other side, BIG is doing great lately. They won 16-7 against Liquid with only 3 kills difference between their top and bottom fragger. BIG is playing as a team and they have a great chance to win this match. We suggest you bet a small amount, 3/10 on BIG.

Bet on BIG to win @2,65 on !!!

ESL One Cologne 2018 prediction: ESL One Cologne 2018 Cloud9 – Natus Vincere ESL One Cologne 2018

Scheduled: 19:00 UTC + 2

Group A lower bracket semi-final, BO3. Both teams were invited directly to this tournament.

Cloud9 is not doing so great lately, they lost in 4 out of 5 last matches. They lost to Astralis 2-0 in semi-finals of Group’s A upper bracket. They did win against NIP, but it is not an indicator that they are good, when in fact that NIP won only 11 rounds on this whole tournament.

Na’Vi is doing great lately, they won 4 out of 5 last matches with only 1 lose to G2 (16-14). As a matter of fact, Na’Vi has a great chance to even win at this tournament. S1mple is stepping up on every single match and it is about time for him to win at some Major tournament.

Bet on Na’Vi to win @1,43 odds !!!

These are the most carefully formulated match predictions, by analysts who thoroughly study team histories and playing styles. Stay tuned for more match-by-match analyses and predictions for this event.

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