Heading in the ESL One New York 2018 Semifinals, everything has happened far from what anyone would imagine.
Case in point, Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan are already out. Yes, you read that right. Two of the favourites to win ESL One New York 2018 are already out of the running, with Team Liquid the lone remainder of the trio we pegged earlier to win the entire tournament.
Having said that, we now move on to the ESL One New York 2018 Semifinals, where we don’t expect the surprising to stop anytime soon.
ESL One New York 2018 Semifinals
mousesports vs NRG
|Total maps played||633||465|
|Most picked map||Mirage, 39%||Overpass, 24%|
|Most banned map||Overpass, 32%||Nuke, 19%|
|Head to head||2||0|
Due to previous matches and team history, mousesports is a favourite team here according to betting sites. NRG never won against mouse but there is a first time for everything. This team is advancing slowly through ranks and they are in the top 10 now. After defeating FaZe and G2, both teams with 2-0 in maps everything is possible. NRG was a team that relied on only 1 player, CeRq. Team results were heavily affected by CeRq performance.
However, that is not the case anymore. As we saw earlier in this tournament, a lot of players stepped up and CeRq was at the bottom of the scoreboard and yet they won against FaZe 2-0. NRG is finally playing as a team and it is working. On the other side, mouse had problems with both Fnatic and Gambit in the group stage. They won both matches with 2-1 and a little luck. Mouse managed to avoid resets in both matches and we don’t believe that would be the case against NRG today. With good odds, our tip here is a medium bet on NRG.
Liquid vs Gambit
|Total maps played||616||309|
|Most picked map||Inferno, 38%||Train, 45%|
|Most banned map||Overpass, 33%||Mirage, 21%|
|Head to head||3||2|
Liquid is the best team here, with a phenomenal season behind them. Team Liquid is one of 5 teams that managed to defeat Astralis in the last 4 months. They are performing on the top level and a match against Gambit in a best of 3 series should not be a problem for them. Liquid dropped only 1 map in this tournament and that was against NRG at their best performance. On the other side, Gambit is losing one match after another with the exception of lucky wins against Na’Vi. Liquid would most like win at this match and it would be smart to place a high bet on Team Liquid.
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.