The opening matches of ESL One: New York are complete, and four teams have made it to the Semi Finals. In Group A, SK Gaming and Cloud9 were the survivors, and in Group B, FaZe Clan and Team Liquid defeated their opponents to advance to the Semi Finals. We have some interesting matches slated for later today… SK Gaming vs Team Liquid, and FaZe Clan vs Cloud9.
Winning Teams, Group A
We’ve had a few intense battles here, and quite a few unpredictable winners.
SK Gaming got their act together to defeat Team EnVyUs 16:12 in the Upper Bracket and moved to the Upper Bracket Finals. Similarly, Cloud9 crushed the current champions Natus Vincere 16:13, and also qualified for the Upper Bracket Finals.
When these teams faced each other, SK Gaming easily won against Cloud9 16:5 and so made their way into the Semi Finals.
After this defeat, Cloud9 moved into the Lower Bracket Finals.
In the initial matches in the Lower Bracket, Natus Vincere and Team EnVyUs fought in BO3 matches. Natus Vincere won the first two matches and moved into the Lower Bracket Finals.
Then it was Cloud 9 against Natus Vincere. Cloud9 defeated last year’s champions, kicking them out of the event 2-0.
Cloud9 have thus earned their place in the Semi Finals.
Winning Teams, Group B
The first team to qualify for the Semi Finals in Group B was FaZe Clan.
FaZe Clan easily won both their matches in Group B. They defeated Virtus.pro 16:5 and Astralis 16:6.
This team seems to be completely in sync, and doing very well in this event.
Astralis lost the Upper Bracket Finals, and moved to the Lower Bracket Finals.
Astralis then defeated Team Liquid in their initial match 16:13.
After this defeat, Team Liquid faced Virtus.pro in the initial matches in the Lower Bracket and won 2-1, making their way into the Lower Bracket Finals.
Here, Astralis and Team Liquid faced each other again. But this time, Team Liquid won 2-1, and now are one of the teams that will participate in the Semi Finals.
Predictions for the Semi Finals
The Semi Finals will be quite interesting. The matches are SK Gaming vs Team Liquid and FaZe Clan vs Cloud9. FaZe Clan is the only European team that managed to qualify for the Semi Finals.
SK Gaming vs Team Liquid (12:00 EDT)
SK Gaming and Team Liquid faced each other just last week in ESG Tour Mykonos 2017, where Team Liquid defeated SK Gaming 2-0. Now exactly one week later, they meet again in another Semi Final.
It will be quite interesting to see who will win this one.
By winning the last two matches SK Gaming once again take the top spot in the global rankings. Team Liquid currently stands 5th globally, and 2nd in North America.
This match could go either way, but the odds are with Team Liquid for this one, as they are playing in top form.
The odds are 13/8 on Team Liquid!
FaZe Clan vs Cloud9 (15:30 EDT)
Faze Clan have pushed for the title of this event, sweeping aside any team in their path. Cloud9 defeated the former champions to enter the Semi Finals.
Cloud9 are playing magnificently. But can they defeat FaZe Clan? FaZe are playing in excellent form, and have forged themselves into a lethal team. They are likely to crush Cloud9.
The odds are 1/4 on FaZe Clan!
These are the most carefully formulated betting and match predictions, by analysts who thoroughly study team histories and playing styles.
Stay tuned for more match-by-match betting analyses for this event.