Ast > TL
C9 > MIBR
TL > C9
Na'VI > Mouz
FaZe > Fnatic
FaZe > Mouz
Astralis vs Team Liquid
It’s been said and done many times already. Astralis has historically been the better side when compared to TL.. In the past 5 times these two have faced up against each other since Dreamhack Marseilles, Astralis has emerged the victor in Bo1, Bo3, as well as Bo5. TL have managed to take two maps off of Astralis’ back, but even those were 16-14 wins. To be fair, Astralis also has two 16-14 wins off off TL’s back, with four other maps going into double digits.
Heading into this, device and Magisk have been putting up great numbers so far, with Twistzz and NAF being the powerhouses for Team Liquid. Other than that, it depends on who shows up. So far TL’s players have been in the green, but that’s also in due part to MIBR still being a little messy with tarik’s gradual integration into the squad. At the very least, this factor will be an advantage for Astralis.
Map-wise, any map that TL plays on, Astralis can hit back equally, if not harder. Only heroic individual plays from TL’s stars can pull this team through Astralis. Will TL finally break their curse? Probably not but who am I to say so anyway.
Perhaps a 2-0 if TL’s stars don’t show, a 2-1 likely given dupreeh and gla1ve’s slow starts.
MIBR vs C9
This matchup will be a little more difficult to gauge as C9 have two stand-ins to be considered, while MIBR have 1. Despite so, C9 seemed more cohesive in their matchup, being able to push Inferno into overtime versus Astralis. Meanwhile, MIBR hadn’t touched double digits versus TL, but then again that is to be forgiven considering how well oiled the TL machine is now. Forms considered, C9 are likely to take this matchup.
Individual contribution so far has been pretty sparse on the MIBR side, but again this is due in part to the lack of won rounds, as well as tarik’s integration. Nonetheless, coldzera and Stewie at the bottom of the scoreboard there is a cause of concern. Meanwhile on C9, the main three C9 players have been doing well, with stand-ins STYKO and Golden posting at the bottom of the board, as is the case with many stand-in cases (barring Cromen and Xizt in FaZe from the past few times)
Maps considered, C9 should have the better end of the draw, considering how MIBR have been pretty lackluster in terms of their maps.
A 2-1 is most likely, considering MIBR can put up good numbers versus C9 from time to time. Let’s hope that Wednesday is one of those times. Otherwise, it’s a 2-1 for C9
TL vs C9
In this matchup that has been done as much to death as Astralis versus Team Liquid has, it seems undoubtable that TL will be the one to make it to the playoffs. Individual firepower on C9 is almost comparable, but is pretty difficult to say they’re on the same level considering how on fire the stars on TL have been. Map pool considered as well, TL’s trumps C9’s.
A good 2-0 to be expected from this matchup.
Na’Vi vs mousesports
Hot off of their ESL One Cologne win, and showing some pretty good fire so far with s1mple leading the charge, it seems Na’Vi will take this. But we’ll have to see for sure how it goes, considering Na’Vi sometimes fails to win even with s1mple going ham. If electronic shows up as well, it will be no doubt that Na’Vi will win this 2-0
Map pool wise, Na’Vi have the edge over mousesports. Mouz’ 2-1 win versus FaZe, however, should not be downplayed as the EU mix are no strangers to playing with olof back in the roster. Some may argue Na’Vi’s performance versus fnatic was not too convincing, but I would argue otherwise considering draken and Xizt’s stabilization into the team.
All in all, 2-1 likely for Na’Vi.
Fnatic vs FaZe.
Fnatic draw the short end of the stick here, as FaZe, even with olof’s reintegration into the roster, are a force to be reckoned with. Despite a good showing vs FaZe in ESL One Cologne, it seems unlikely that the Swedes will overcome FaZe with olof on it. Nonetheless, they can surely give them a run for their money, as Fnatic are pretty decent thus far, even managing to take a map off of Na’Vi
Map pool wise, FaZe are in the green, with fnatic sort of falling short as they will still need to fit draken into the awping role properly, which takes some time considering how GuardiaN is hitting his shots.
Even if FaZe slip up like Train versus Mouz, it’s likely that they’ll come out the victors here 2-1.
FaZe vs mousesports.
This will be asking too much of Snax if mousesports were to win this over FaZe. However so, an upset win from Mousesports seems likely. Considering how it’s already happened already, nothing’s to say it won’t happen again. A key factor in today’s game that was very hard to miss was rain not turning up. One of the stars of the team not turning up generally isn’t a dooming thing on the team, but FaZe could have closed out the game had he not been lagging behind. Can’t blame him surely, as this was just one game. Maybe this time around he’ll pull his team through?
It may be a one off thing, but heaven-forbid if it were to happen again, it might swing in Mouz’s favour. For the moment, am rolling with a 2-1 for FaZe