With the final stage of the FACEIT Major London 2018 kicking off today, the select pro players are putting their CS:GO knowledge to the test and bet on the outcome of the quarterfinal matches.
What feels like an eternity ago, 24 of the best teams in the world put their skills on the line at the at the most important CS:GO event of the year. Now, only eight remain in the new Champions stage. None of the teams had an easy ride to the playoffs and everyone had to give it their all.
With just two games left in the quarterfinals, we take a closer look at the games to come and ask some of the CS:GO pro players to pick their favorites.
Team Liquid vs HellRaisers
Even though the North American team are the clear favorites here, HellRaisers remain a constant threat. HR have already reached their minimal goal and then some by becoming Legends at the FACEIT Major London 2018. If knowing that will be enough to keep their nerves under control they can show a really good fight.
Issa “ISSAA” Murad has already shown how hungry he is for victory and quickly became a fan favorite for it. The journey throughout this Major was in no way easy for his team. HellRaisers had to qualify through the CIS Minor and then overcome a highly competitive New Challengers stage. There they defeated the likes of North, Gambit, and OpTic, and lost only once — to Team Liquid, 9-16 on Inferno.
The New Legends stage was stacked with the best teams in the world, but that did not stop Kirill “ANGE1” Karasov’s team. Their future in the tournament came down to the wire, as HellRaisers had to battle Fnatic in the deciding match. Surprisingly, they overcame the struggling swedes and secured a spot in the Top 8.
Team Liquid, on the other hand, have been showing a really strong form, not dropping a single map out of six they played so far in the Major. They defeated Vega Squadron and OpTic Gaming in the New Challengers and then moved on to overcome Winstrike, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and even Astralis.
No wonder Team Liquid are the heavy favorites in this match-up. Our friends at the esports betting site VIE.gg are offering 1.12 odds on Team Liquid and 4.19 on Hellraisers.
We asked a few professional players to share with us who they think will come out victorious in this match:
Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko (Team Spirit) says: HellRaisers win
Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov (Gambit) says: Liquid win
Aleksi “allu” Jalli (ENCE) says: Liquid win
Filip “NEO” Kubski (Virtus.pro) says: Liquid win
Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov (AVANGAR) says: Liquid win
Astralis vs FaZe
This is the kind of a match-up you would expect to see in the Grand Finals of the tournament. The rivalry between the two teams has been going on-and-off for a good year now. FaZe struggled recently, and it’s hard to say that the Major has been going as planned for Astralis either.
FaZe started the FACEIT Major with two losses against BIG and NaVi. They had to fight their way back, eliminating mousesports, TyLoo, and G2 Esports on their way to the New Champions stage.
The journey for the Danish team may have been even weirder. The reigning number one team in the world right now had to start at the very bottom — the New Challengers stage. The qualifier wasn’t silky smooth for them, as they had to taste defeat at the hands of Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Astralis ended up on a tough side of the bracket in the New Legends stage, but even so, they overcame Natus Vincere and Vega Squadron. Even after a loss against Team Liquid, Nicolai “device” Reedtz and his team bounced back and destroyed the Brazilian mibr 16-0 on Dust 2.
Now the old rivals will clash again, in the FACEIT Major London 2018 quarterfinals. The players at the PvP esports bet exchange site VIE.gg see Astralis as the favorites, with 1.32 odds for their victory. Those hoping for FaZe to win will be facing the odds of 2.68.
The pro’s see this match to be much closer than the odds might suggest:
Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko (Team Spirit) says: Astralis win
Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov (Gambit) says: FaZe win
Aleksi “allu” Jalli (ENCE) says: Astralis win
Filip “NEO” Kubski (Virtus.pro) says: Astralis win
Bektiyar “fitch” Bahytov (AVANGAR) says: FaZe win
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