In the matter of CS:GO weirdness, when it rains, it pours. The ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals LAN event was no different this week, if you look at the results of the group stage.
Before the group stage started, we expected FaZe Clan, Astralis, and either Team Liquid or Fnatic to make it to the Playoffs from Group A. In Group B our favorites were SK Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and North, with OpTic Gaming challenging for the third spot in the standings.
As you can clearly see, something went wrong. Extremely wrong. While FaZe Clan and SK Gaming made it straight to the Semifinals, just as expected, HellRaisers and Misfits managed to make it to the Quarterfinals, which is extremely surprising.
In the Quarterfinals, OpTic Gaming will face Fnatic. The matchup is interesting, as both teams are thought to be good, but not that good. The winner of this match will advance to play a heavily disadvantaged match against FaZe Clan.
The other Quarterfinals match will pit HellRaisers against Misfits with the winner trying to stand up to SK Gaming. This matchup is a bit less interesting than Fnatic vs. OpTic because both teams are considered to quite weak and appear in the biggest tournaments only occasionally.
No matter which teams win in the Quarterfinals, they will be heavy underdogs against their opponents. Unless upsets a la group stage happen once again, we should have a FaZe Clan vs. SK Gaming Finals, which was destined to be the best case scenario as soon as the qualifying teams were determined.
Unless something unexpected happens, the Finals match between FaZe and SK Gaming should be interesting as the two teams are ranked #1 and #2 in the world, with SK Gaming holding a small lead. The firepower FaZe Clan can bring to bear on their opponents, however, should not be underestimated.