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FaZe Clan Looking To Claim The Title In The ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe Playoffs




ESL One: Road to Europe has just entered its Playoffs Stage and on day 2, the best team of the Group Stage (FaZe Clan) will try to prove its worth against a very strong NiP. In this article, I will take you through the esports betting opportunities offered by this phase of the competition and analyze the teams that are still in the race. Great matches are ahead of us and FaZe Clan has a great chance of claiming its first big title in a long time.

ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe Playoffs Details

The Playoffs Stage of ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe is scheduled to take place between May 12th (evening) and May 17th. Only 8 of the initial 16 teams are still in the race and 5 of them have real chances of winning the tournament. To give you a better idea of what the situation is, we need to take a brief look at the Group Stage results.

Group Stage Summary

This is what happened in both groups:

Group A

1st place

Astralis

6 W – 1 L

+57 (round score)

2nd place

NiP

6 W – 1 L

+69

3rd place

Vitality

4 W – 3 L

-4

4th place

Heretics

3 W – 4 L

-16

5th place

ENCE

3 W – 4 L

-13

6th place

Fnatic

3 W – 4 L

+4

7th place

Complexity

2 W – 5 L

-39

8th place

Dignitas

1 W – 6 L

-58

 

Group B

1st place

FaZe Clan

7 W – 0 L

+76 (round score)

2nd place

G2 Esports

4 W – 3 L

+30

3rd place

North

4 W – 3 L

+0

4th place

GODSENT

4 W – 3 L

-1

5th place

Copenhagen Flames

3 W – 4 L

-1

6th place

Movistar Riders

3 W – 4 L

-31

7th place

mousesports

3 W – 4 L

+4

8th place

c0ntact Gaming

0 W – 7 L

-77

As you can see, both groups had one competitor that was way below the average skill level and one or two competitors that were much stronger than the rest. The big surprises were of course Fnatic and mousesports. These teams were the finalists of ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe, so their elimination was quite shocking. Other than that, everything went according to plan. The big favorites in the Playoffs Stage of ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe will be FaZe Clan, Astralis, NiP, G2, and Vitality.

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Team Analysis

Here’s a brief analysis of the 8 teams that are still competing in the tournament.

FaZe Clan is the team to beat

It’s quite impressive what coldzera and his teammates have managed to achieve so far at this tournament. I don’t think they’ve ever played this well in their current format and if they can keep it up, there’s only one team that can realistically stand in their way. And that is Astralis. Prior to this event, FaZe finished 7th – 8th at IEM XIV World Championship and 5th at ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe. These results definitely indicated that FaZe can compete with the world’s best. But they certainly did not indicate that they could become so dominant in such a short period of time.

Astralis is back to being number 1

Astralis is once again the strongest team in the world, at least in the global rankings. The Danes had an exceptional performance in Group A of ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe, finishing in the 1st place with 6 wins and just one loss against Fnatic. The manner in which they won their games suggests that dev1ce and his squad can now go all the way to the Grand Final. And if they do get there, any team apart from FaZe would have minimal chances of beating them. But we’ll have to see how things go against G2, in the first round of the Upper Bracket.

NiP had a spectacular Group Stage

NiP is clearly reborn. The roster is now full of young players who are hungry to win and no longer need to do what the veterans are telling them. Because the veterans are gone and from what it seems, they are no longer up to date with what’s going on in CS:GO. The new team they formed, Dignitas, finished Group A with 1 win and 6 losses. By contrast, NiP finished with 6 wins and just 1 loss. REZ, Plopski and the rest of the team look ready for the big challenge that awaits them in the Upper Bracket, but will they be capable of beating the mighty FaZe? We’ll see.

G2 Esports is trying the impossible

G2 is just good enough right now to beat anyone who isn’t in the top 12. But sadly for them, Astralis is the number 1 team in the world. And that’s the competitor they’ll have to beat in their next match. I don’t think it’s gonna happen but kennyS will give probably try his best nonetheless. On May 13th, we will know if the French AWPer can make the Danes bleed.

Vitality has good chances of finishing in the top 4

Vitality is another French team with a lot of potential and they too have a decent chance of finishing in the top 4 at least. ZywOo and his squad have already managed to beat GODSENT in the first round of the Lower Bracket. Things are looking good so far but the next match will be 10 times harder. Either Astralis or G2 will be their opponent and it won’t be easy for them to win that dispute.

GODSENT did well in the groups but lost its first LB match

GODSENT had a miraculous comeback in the Group Stage of ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe, managing to ultimately qualify for the Playoffs after a terrible start. Maikelele proved with this occasion that he still has it, but the roster is still considerably weaker than most of the other competitors’ left in the race. So it’s no surprise that GODSENT already lost in the Lower Bracket against Vitality.

North needs to prove itself against the French

North could produce a good result, but they’ll have to beat Heretics in the first round of the Lower Bracket. One thing that’s noteworthy here is that the French have 3 teams now in the Playoffs of a big event. That’s quite impressive. But that aside, North will have a hard time against kioShiMa’s roster. In the Group Stage, the Danish team managed to beat an even stronger French opponent, G2, which is why I ultimately think they’ll win this match. But it’s gonna be hard.

Heretics is an underdog with few chances of success

And finally, we have Heretics, the team I’ve just talked about. This team entered the race as an underdog, won 3 matches against 3 of the teams that got eliminated and lost 4 matches in total. Practically, every strong team defeated them. But now they’ll have a chance against North and the match should be interesting to watch.

ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe Playoffs CS:GO Betting Odds

These are the CS:GO betting odds of the next several matches. More than 162 betting markets for one game?! Now that gives you options. Be sure to check out the event page.

NiP 2.29* Vs. 1.59* FaZe
Astralis 1.35 Vs. 3.08* G2

*Odds are subject to change.