We’ve seen some great matches at this season of the ESL Pro League, and a lot of surprises. Out of the twelve teams participating, six teams have qualified for the Playoffs. The leading team of each group has directly qualified for the Semifinals, while the remaining four teams will face each other in the Quarterfinals first. All the matches will be best of three, except for the Finals, which will be a best of five. The very first match in the Quarterfinals will be between OpTic Gaming and Fnatic. Let’s see how OpTic Gaming did in the Group matches and what their chances are against Fnatic today.
OpTic Gaming’s journey to the Quarterfinals
Ninjas in Pyjamas were one of the first teams to oppose Optic Gaming at this event. OpTic faced Ninjas in Pyjamas in Cobblestone and scored fourteen rounds against them. OpTic Gaming did lose the match, but they certainly put out some strong plays. The team then went on to show their worth when they went up against SK Gaming in Mirage. SK Gaming were leading at the start, but in the second half, OpTic Gaming took SK Gaming by surprise and crushed them in a map they generally excel in. The third and final match of the day was between Misfits and OpTic. OpTic Gaming played very well in the first half, leading by five rounds, and then calmly took the remaining rounds in the second half. Misfits were only able to score ten rounds in the whole match.
OpTic Gaming’s first match on the second day was against North. Speaking in terms of game-play, North are certainly one of the best teams around today. The map was Overpass, and North defeated OpTic Gaming by five rounds. OpTic’s last match was against NRG Esports, and the map happened to be Cobblestone. OpTic Gaming dominated NRG Esports completely, crushing them to take their place in the Playoffs.
OpTic Gaming Vs Fnatic
This should be an interesting confrontation. Both these teams’ overall offline performances are quite equal. Fnatic have performed a little better than OpTic Gaming in the group matches. Since both teams seem to be well matched, any stake placed would be best done live, after seeing what maps each team picks. This is going to be important, since the matches are best of three. Let’s start with Fnatic. Their top two maps are Inferno and Cobblestone, with a seventy five percent win rate. Their performances in all the other maps are average or below average. OpTic Gaming’s top maps are Nuke, with a hundred percent win-rate, and Train, with an eighty percent win rate. Recently, though, they have shown some very good performances in Cobblestone and Overpass.
Our advice is not to place a stake blindly, or on ‘instinct’. These are balanced teams, almost equal in the statistics, though OpTic Gaming show a slight superiority in the number of maps they are proficient at. You need to be cautious, going live, and betting on whichever team’s best maps are finally chosen for the best of three. This can become especially decisive if a team’s best maps are chosen for the first two maps of the set, as this can ensure that the third map isn’t even played. Watch what happens, and bet live on the choices each team makes. The odds are running at 1.60 on Fnatic.
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. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on your favourite Esports titles.