This group stage competition sees international all-star team FaZe compete against the ‘French Super Team’ G2. As these are the best two teams in group B, this should be an intense game.
Despite only 1 player in their roster having a Major title, FaZe are currently the best CS team in the world. The world class line-up of talent, led by tactical mastermind Karrigan, have been on dominant form recently. Combining the firepower of Niko, Guardian and Olofmeister has proved to be an incredibly successful scenario. After this roster was created, FaZe were undefeated on 15 maps across two LAN tournaments and looked to be unstoppable until EPICENTER where they went out in the group stages. Outside of EPICENTER, FaZe’s successes include coming 1st place at ESL One New York 2017 and Winning the Eleague Premier this September. Provided FaZe maintain the form that they had at those tournaments, then they will clearly be a favourite to take home the title of IEM Oakland Champions.
G2 were dubbed ‘The French Super Team’ after adding KennyS and NBK to their roster earlier this year. Even though they have had varying levels of success, G2 are currently ranked the 3rd best team in the world behind SK and FaZe. A highly skilled line-up that combines the raw skill of KennyS and Shox with NBK’s supportive playstyle creates a fiercely competitive team. Their main pitfall appears to be their economy management as they seemingly elect to force-buy too often instead of saving to compete in full gun rounds. Their recent achievements include placing 3rd at EPICENTER 2017, winning DreamHack Masters Malmö and placing top 2 at the PGL Major Qualifiers.
Head to Head Record
G2 and FaZe haven’t played against each-other on LAN since FaZe added Olofmeister and Niko to its roster. The last time they met on LAN was at the ECS Season 3 finals in which a lesser FaZe roster still managed to overcome G2 2-0 in a BO3 elimination series. Both sides have met online but once again it doesn’t look good for G2. In the last 8 maps that these teams have played against each other online, FaZe have won every single one. Showing evidence of the incredible skill that FaZe have to offer.
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Top betting tip
G2 have a superb line-up, if they can manage their economy well then against any other team this would likely be a victory for the French side. However, FaZe have looked monstrous recently despite their failings at EPICENTER. It will take a huge effort from every single player on G2 to even compete against FaZe in their current form. While this is a BO1 and upsets are prone to happening in this format, if we see the same FaZe that won Eleague and ESL One NY then this match should comfortably go their way. Our prediction is that FaZe win this BO1 group stage match. Find here more.