After four weeks of heavy fighting, the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 Playoffs are ready to go. Interestingly, the matches will not take place over the weekend. Instead, the eight qualifying teams will start playing on Oct. 10, with the winner of the event determined on Oct. 13. Here’s the Playoffs bracket for the event:
The first two matches will be played on Oct. 10 between Cloud9 and G2 Esports, as well as Astralis and Fnatic. In the first match, it is actually quite hard to say which team is likely to come out ahead. While G2 Esports has a higher skill ceiling due to the awe-inspiring carry potential by its two stars, Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Richard “shox” Papillon, Cloud9 has been playing very well recently, making the Semifinals of ESL One New York 2017. While it is close, we consider G2 Esports to be a slightly stronger team. They should win this series, though Cloud9 could challenge them.
The second match which is going to be played on Oct. 10, Astralis vs. Fnatic, is much easier. While Fnatic has not been playing too badly following their legendary roster’s demise, which was surprising, while Astralis has been having some troubles on the server, we have to give the nod to the Danes. Astralis has more or less nothing to prove with the current iteration of their roster, while Fnatic is only starting to claw their way back to prominence. When it comes down to it, we believe that Fnatic won’t be able to stop the ELEAGUE Major champions.
Next up, we have FaZe Clan vs. Team EnVyUs and Heroic vs. North, two Quarterfinals matches which will be played on Oct. 11. After the recent Real Madrid-like touchup to their roster, FaZe Clan has become a force to be reckoned with. With Finn “karrigan” Andersen at the helm, it seems like the star-filled FaZe is slowly finding out how they should play the game and bringing their awesome potential to the server. Still, this is a reasonably new team. Team EnVyUs, while weaker than it used to be and not very successful at the moment, could possibly challenge FaZe in the Quarterfinals. It has to be said, however, that nV winning this series is a longshot in our opinion.
The last match of the Quarterfinals will be between North and Heroic. Even though Heroic shocked everyone by making it into the Playoffs after winning against SK Gaming, losing the Winners’ Match against Astralis, and the winning 2-1 against SK in the decider, we do not consider them to be the favorites in their Quarterfinals match against North, especially after the Danish team replaced Emil “Magisk” Reif with Valdemar “valde” Bjørn. Unless Heroic can punch way above their weight once again, North should advance to the Semifinals.
The Semifinals matches of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will be played on Oct. 12, with the Grand Finals coming on Oct. 13. Watch the CS:GO action on Twitch.tv.