Team Liquid vs FaZe Clan… those are the teams facing off later today in the Finals of ESL One New York.
In the Semi Finals, we were privileged to watch one of the most interesting and intense matches we’ve seen in a long time between Team Liquid and SK Gaming.
Semi Finals Recap
Team Liquid vs SK Gaming (2-1)
The Semi Finals began with Inferno as the first map of the day. SK Gaming started as Terrorists and lost the first half to Team Liquid 11:4. It looked like Team Liquid was going to dominate the match, but SK Gaming fought on doggedly.
They won 11 rounds out of 15, ending the second half 11:4, and tying the match.
The first match went into overtime. Team Liquid won the first half of overtime 2:1 as Terrorists, while the second half was won by SK Gaming 2:1. It was a tie, with an overall score of 18:18.
The match went into a second overtime! And Team Liquid finally won the tie-breaker 4:0, with a final score of 22:18.
After a rest, the teams geared up for Overpass. Team Liquid started as Terrorists and lost the first half 11:4. SK Gaming continued to dominate in the second half and completed the match by winning the second half 5:1. Now these teams were tied at 1-1 each.
The third match started with Team Liquid as Counter Terrorists in Cobblestone. After an intense battle in the first half, Team Liquid managed to win 8:7. Then Team Liquid powered through the next half and won 8:7.
The final score was 16:14. SK Gaming may have lost, but they proved that they certainly are one of the top teams in the world. And Team Liquid has been proving just that in the last few recent events.
Semi Finals Recap
FaZe Clan vs Cloud9 (2-0)
These matches represented the decimation of Cloud9.
FaZe simply crushed them in the first two matches, and advanced to the Finals with little or no difficulty. Their first match ended with FaZe Clan defeating Cloud9 16:4, while the next match ended with Faze Clan winning 16:4 once again – only this match ended even faster than the previous one.
Brutal, but efficient. We’re talking about FaZe Clan, of course… not Cloud9, who are going to be some time pulling themselves together.
Predictions for the Finals of ESL One New York
Team Liquid and FaZe Clan will face each other in the Finals. You can catch the match today, September 17, 2017 at 14:00 EDT.
Team Liquid vs FaZe Clan
Team Liquid seems to be more ready than ever to take this title. They fought to astonishing victories against Astralis and SK Gaming in BO3 matches, all to stand where they are today. This is a team that has evolved into battle hardened veterans – or into demi-gods. At this point, we’re not quite certain which.
For a team that hasn’t won any Premier or Major league this year, they fight better than many teams that did.
FaZe Clan, on the other hand, have already won 2 titles this year. Both the teams are at their best, so the Finals are anything but predictable. After analyzing these teams’ stats, FaZe Clan seems to have the upper hand. But stats can be deceiving.
I suggest everyone enjoy the Finals, which are going to be matches in which luck (always the betting man’s enemy) has equal play with skill.
If you’re one of the betting fraternity, it’s best to give these matches the go-by – either Team could win. There are many more predictable money-spinners slated for the weeks to come.
These are the most carefully formulated betting and match predictions, by analysts who thoroughly study team histories and playing styles.