FaZe Clan vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.


  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  • Denmark karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of FaZe Clan here.

FaZe Clan handled Astralis with relative ease, albeit they were subject to mini-comebacks from the Danish side. Overall though, it was the typical FaZe the Spodek arena saw in a brutalizing 2-0 win. The main reason for FaZe’s win was the resilience and their ability to keep Astralis’ economy in check. Upgraded pistols and brute aggression were the key, and some heroic plays to win clutches settled the deal for FaZe.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

As usual, the best performers on FaZe came to play. NiKo, rain, and GuardiaN had their fair share of the pot with 40, 46, and 41 kills respectively. olof and karrigan were following in tandem, with all 5 members having their fair share of individual prowess. karrigan’s strategies have been absolutely powerful, relying on his team’s star power and team work to brute force their way into bombsites with ease.

FaZe are truly looking scary right now, with all of their players performing equal to one another in one of the most electric arenas in CS:GO LAN history. If NiKo and co. don’t falter to the psychological pressure in the grand finals, the viewers are in for a huge treat. Esports bettors may feel safe betting on FaZe, but they have been known to choke under pressure.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of fnatic here.

fnatic’s dominance rained over Liquid in their semi-final matchup, as they managed to turn the tide around after a 8-2 deficit on de_inferno. Liquid were simply at a loss in dealing with the fnatic momentum, especially after losing a demoralizing 2v5 against Golden and flusha.

fnatic’s relentless aggression and ability to win force buys was a huge benefactor for the fnatic side, as they converted about ~5 total force buy rounds against Liquid across de_inferno and de_mirage, and not to mention the individual plays from KRiMZ and JW altogether. Golden’s gimmicky eco strats worked to full effect, as Liquid could not find an answer to the force buys of fnatic.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

fnatic’s last tournament win was last year at IEM Katowice 2016, where the legendary fnatic lineup took their last championship win against Luminosity Gaming. And the huge factor in winning this matchup is winning the force buy game against FaZe Clan and shutting down any brute/individual aggression from the FaZe side. JW needs to turn it up against GuardiaN if they want any chance at winning this.



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