Of the four teams left in the IEM Chicago 2018 semifinals, you’d be lying if you said that you expected Fnatic to among them. Nearly nobody did. There were no indications prior to this that they’d make it this far. In fact, the last time the storied organization had a similarly good showing was earlier this year at WESG 2017, which is pretty much a lifetime ago in CS:GO time.
Either way, the move to pick up the 16-year-old Ludvig ‘Brollan‘ Brolin, has certainly done Fnatic well, and up against Astralis, he may just be that big enough of a wild card to throw the best CS:GO team in the world off of their game.
As for Team Liquid, who boast their own young superstar in the form of Russel ‘Twistzz‘ Van Dulken, their shallow map pool and overall inconsistency almost cost them a chance to play infront of their home crowd. If not for Twistzz later turning it up in Maps 2 and 3 against LDLC, we could’ve seen an entirely different matchup being played tomorrow in the IEM Chicago 2018 semifinals.
With all that said, let’s not delay any further and talk about our picks for the IEM Chicago 2018 semifinals.
IEM Chicago 2018 Semifinals Predictions
FaZe Clan vs Team Liquid
Match Schedule: November 10, 2018 — 1200H GMT-6
Team Liquid’s inconsistency continue to haunt them. Luckily, they were able to rebound just in time to put a stop to LDLC’s run. However, they’re up against FaZe Clan now, and as great as Twistzz have played so far this tournament, Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač has been even better.
Look to FaZe Clan to try and exploit Team Liquid’s relatively small map pool, starting with Mirage and Nuke, two maps where Team Liquid have struggled the most but are also two of FaZe Clan’s best maps.
Betting: FaZe Clan to win at 1.55 odds. (GGbet)
Fnatic vs Astralis
Match Schedule: November 9, 2018 — 1535H GMT-6
So much for chinks seemingly starting to appear on their once impenetrable armour; Astralis looked more like their selves against mousesports as they dominated their opponents in Train and extended their winstreak in Nuke to go 2-0 in the quarterfinals and secure their matchup against Fnatic.
Arguably the tournament’s most surprising entrants, Brollan’s presence could end up being being enough to disrupt Astralis’ playstyle. However, Fnatic, as a whole, are simply not aggressive enough as a team that they can force Astralis to resort to rely more on their individual talents and less on their teamwork to win, which has been a common factor among Astralis’ very few losses in recent months.
Betting: Correct Score 2:0 (IN MAPS) in favor of Astralis at 1.55 odds. (GGbet)
All IEM Chicago 2018 Semifinals odds courtesy of GGbet.