After winning their respective semifinals against OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality and FaZe Clan will face off in the upper-bracket final for Group C in ESL Pro League 17 this Sunday.
The two finalists are yet to lose a single map through their first two series, with Vitality defeating Grayhound and OG 2-0, while FaZe defeated Rooster and NiP in the same fashion.
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut from Vitality now has the second-highest rating in ESL Pro League 17, currently sitting at 1.79.
ZywOo recorded a massive 1.90 rating in Vitality’s first series against Grayhound, where he dropped server highs in kills (46) and kill/death difference (+28), before dominating OG in their second series, recording server highs in kills (44), deaths (16), kill/death difference (+28) and rating (1.71).
Another day of #ESLProLeague Season 17 has come to an end!
Have there been any results you didn't expect in Group C so far? Check out the full bracket after 2 days of play 👇 pic.twitter.com/1uL9g4NYbR
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) March 9, 2023
On the other side of the bracket, FaZe Clan appear to be regaining their form with demolition jobs against Rooster and Ninjas in Pyjamas, with their 2-0 thrashing of NiP surprising many.
FaZe has been led by Havard “rain” Nygaard and Robin “ropz” Kool, who are currently ranked third (1.45) and fourth (1.39), respectively, in overall ratings for ESL Pro League 17.
Finn “karrigan” Andersen, the in-game leader of FaZe Clan, said “FaZe have practised for a month straight” and that he “can’t remember the last time we had so much practise in the team”.
With both Team Vitality and FaZe Clan dominating their group, they would be putting a lot of other teams on notice, and it would be no surprise if the winner of Group C entered the playoffs as the tournament’s new favourite.
On Saturday, FaZe and Vitality will have the day off, but OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Grayhound and paiN Gaming will have to play their lower-bracket semifinals.
The following is a list of matches scheduled for Saturday, with odds provided by BetOnline.
- OG (-312.5) vs paiN Gaming (+226) @ 4pm CET
- Grayhound Gaming (+750) vs Ninjas in Pyjamas (-2000) @ 7:30pm CET