25 Sep 2020 5:21 PM +00:00

ESL One New York 2017 semifinal predictions

Semi-Final #1: Team Liquid vs. SK Gaming

Team Liquid:

  • Joshua "jdm64" Marzano
  • Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • Nick "nitr0" Cannella
  • Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz
  • Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken

SK Gaming:

  • Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
  • Epitacio "TACO" de Melo
  • Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
  • João "felps" Vasconcellos

A rematch of the ESL One: Cologne 2016 Grand Finals, both teams are face-to-face once again, ready to show their might in front of the Big Apple.

Team Liquid come to the Barclays Center as the second seed from Group B:

  • LOSS vs. Astralis (de_mirage): 13-16
  • WIN vs. Virtus.Pro (best of three): 2-1
    • WIN on de_inferno: 16-10
    • LOSS on de_nuke: 6-16
    • WIN on de_mirage: 5-16
  • WIN vs. Astralis (best of three): 2-1
    • WIN on de_inferno: 16-14
    • LOSS on de_cache: 17-19 (overtime)
    • WIN on de_mirage: 16-12

SK Gaming come to this matchup as the first seed from Group A:

  • WIN vs. Team EnVyUs (de_cbble): 16-12
  • WIN vs. Cloud9 (de_train): 16-5

For Team Liquid to win:

  • Some key players will have to show up, like Twistzz and jdm
  • Play around the veto process; Nuke, in particular, has been quite a weak point for the team
    • If possible, force SK to play one of their weaker maps in the pool
  • Keep up the teamwork that they have shown, most recently at Mykonos
  • Shut down coldzera and fer fast

If Liquid repeat their performance at Mykonos, they'll have a good shot at the Finals(photo: Jennika Ojala / DreamHack)

For SK Gaming to win:

  • Keep stanislaw at bay, prevent him from getting those essential frags
  • Ensure Train is left open, either for them to pick or as a potential decider
    • Force Liquid to play one of their weaker maps
  • Give FalleN the AWP when possible

FalleN will need his calls and his solid AWP skills to take down a hot Liquid(photo: Adela Sznajder / DreamHack)

PREDICTION: SK Gaming 1 - 2 Team Liquid

With nitr0 taking the in-game leader role from stanislaw, Team Liquid now have a good chance to take a title -- and given their recent performance at Mykonos, in which they reached the Grand Finals before losing to mousesports in a nail-biting series, it would be surprising to see them bow out early in front of a home crowd. The late-game jitters are still there, and Team Liquid need to get over these late chokes sooner than later.

Semi-Final #2: Cloud9 vs. FaZe Clan


  • Tarik "tarik" Celik
  • Will "RUSH" Wierzba
  • Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham
  • Jake "Stewie2K" Yip
  • Timothy "autimatic" Ta

FaZe Clan:

  • Finn "karrigan" Andersen
  • Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • Håvard "rain" Nygaard
  • Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács

Both teams bombed out of the Krakow Major during the group stage and are now ready to prove their new rosters on an international stage: Cloud9 with North American stars RUSH and tarik, while FaZe Clan pick up two-time Major Champion olofmeister and veteran player GuardiaN.

Cloud9 arrive into this matchup as the second seed from Group A:

  • WIN vs. Natus Vincere (de_inferno): 16-13
  • LOSS vs. SK Gaming (de_train): 5-16
  • WIN vs. Natus Vincere (best of three): 2-0
    • WIN on de_mirage: 16-10
    • WIN on de_train: 16-11

FaZe Clan arrive into the Barclays Center as Group A's first seed:

  • WIN vs. Virtus.Pro (de_cache): 16-5
  • WIN vs. Astralis (de_inferno): 16-6

For Cloud9 to win:

  • Close maps out faster; they nearly let their opener against Na'Vi go to overtime
  • Skadoodle needs to get the AWP and be assertive with it
  • With Stewie2K shifting off the in-game leading, he must start posting insane numbers
  • Tarik will need to show up, as he has been quiet so far this event
  • Shut down star players NiKo and olofmeister

With tarik as C9's IGL, his calls and fragging ability must be on point to beat FaZe(photo: Adela Sznajder / DreamHack)

For FaZe Clan to win:

  • Play the map veto; with this roster, force maps that Cloud9 are known to be weaker on
  • Keep an eye out on rain; he's the main anchor on bombsites
  • Shut down Skadoodle on that AWP

A star-studded FaZe needs to be firing on all cylinders if they are to reach the Finals(photo: Adela Sznajder / DreamHack)

PREDICTION: Cloud9 1 - 2 FaZe Clan

Despite a subpar group stage exit at DreamHack Masters Malmö, the European superstars have what it takes to once again be a world-class team. With rain on fire this event and new pickups GuardiaN and olofmeister settling into such a skilled team, it seems impossible -- on paper, at least -- for FaZe to lose to a Cloud9 who are slowly on the rise.

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