Swiss round #3 of the FACEIT Major — London 2018 have dawned. Upon conclusion of day three, two teams will be the first to ascend to the New Champions, meanwhile two teams will hit the hotel rooms to pack their bags for the trip home.
Find out which teams look to further their positions at the expense of their opponents in our round 3 predictions:
compLexity Gaming 0:1 BIG
BIG will be looking to exact revenge on the NA reps, as in the two teams' matchup during the New Challengers, coL knocked then into the 1:2 bracket. There is no doubt that Fatih "gob b" Dayik and Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninic will be hitting the books in time for the match, creating a preliminary plan of action for the series. With a bit more information to work with, coupled with a solid performance from the hard hitters, BIG look to secure a 3:0 record and a spot in the New Challengers.
Astralis 0:1 Team Liquid
Team Liquid have been an absolute menace over the course of the FACEIT Major, however this will be a significantly more difficult pairing than any of the ones they've previously had. Having said this, it definitely feels like the Americas mix is on an unstoppable roll, and their form has peaked in time for the Major. If they continue recreating the performances they've had, the matchup will be close, but Liquid should close out.
The CIS reps sustained a beating from Astralis in round #1 of the New Legends, but they showed some retaliation and did not go down without a fight. Currently #2 in the world, NaVi are considered a favourite for the event, and while NiP have shown a respectable performance as one of the 3:0 New Challengers, knocking Astralis in the process, NaVi's form is apparently on point, meaning a tough matchup, angled towards a victory for the CIS team.
Vega Squadron 1:0 Fnatic
Fnatic have not had the most convincing of performances so far at the Major, conceding their first series of the tournament to compLexity Gaming. The team seemed off, communicational breakdowns were apparent, and minor mistakes led to major problems. The Swedes will be attuned to Vega's playstyle, as we've seen them employ a loose, aggressive style themselves in the past, however the Sharks simply seem to be in stronger form at this moment in time, which is reflected in the prediction made.
G2 Esports 0:1 MIBR
Somewhat of a close matchup between two familiar teams, although weighed towards the Americas mix. A recurring narrative when exploring G2 Esports is their relatively new roster, one that doesn't seem to have everything worked out quite just yet. The same argument can be applied to MIBR, however the firepower component is arguably stronger in their case. This simple factor could prove to be the difference between a victory and a loss in this particular matchup.
HellRaisers 1:0 TyLoo
HellRaisers are a team that have a special degree of insight into the workings of TyLoo, as rifler Vladislav "bondik" Nеchуроrchuk formerly represented the Chinese roster for around four months. Further, the roster has three individuals working on the strategic aspect of the game, allowing deeper insight into the team's workings. TyLoo will have to play outside of the box in their matchup against HellRaisers if they plan to bring a fight, and, quite realistically, might do just that. Not an easy matchup to call, but the mind calls for HellRaisers to be picked as the favourite.
FaZe Clan 0:1 mousesports
The record shows that FaZe have experienced difficulties with mouz in the recent and not-so-recent past. As recently as DreamHack Stockholm we saw the teams face off, with mouz taking the highroad at a 2:1 map score in a best-of-3. This elimination matchup feels like it will be heavily determined by the map pick and individual form. FaZe have been lacklustre in their showings at the Major, and while mouz haven't been the best either, they seem to have a bit more gusto in them. A tough best-of-1 to call, but if we had to, it would be mouz to win.
Cloud9 0:1 Winstrike Team
The final series of day 3 will see an upset, largely because of just how foreign the two teams are to one another. Cloud9 are unable to run the books on Winstrike, as the team has not participated at any notable LAN tournaments, nor, more than likely, practiced against them in the run-up to the Major. This is what we call the "underdog's advantage", and it just might prove to be potent in this series, as Winstrike look to extend their tournament run by besting the international mix.
|BIG||compLexity Gaming||Ninjas in Pyjamas||FaZe Clan|
|X||Natus Vincere||G2 Esports||X|