Day one of ELEAGUE CSGO Boston Major brings us several of very interesting matches. However if we take a look at qualifications and how “known results” matches ended we can certainly hope for most of them being very interesting until the very end.
16:00 North -vs- Vega Squadron
This will be quite interesting match as Vega Squadron showed they can play with best in the world – won vs. FaZe 16:6 and Liquid 16:14. North on other hand are not Legends for no reason and they should be considered favorites in this match up.
17:15 Virtus.pro -vs- Quantum Bellator Fire
Virtus.pro has to be taken as favorites here even though their form was nothing by bad lately. However we have seen polish side playing their best when it matters the most(Majors) so we must consider them favorites. Quantum Bellator Fire showed their shooting skills and that they do not fear “names” on other side of the map but still they have to prove that Qualifications were not a hiccup but a normal day for them.
18:30 BIG -vs- Liquid
Deciding who is favorite here is very hard as both teams are on relatively same level. BIG being Legends could be called favorites but their form wasn’t on pair with that status. Liquid on other hand had quite a bit of trouble getting trough to Major so they are not in some great form neither.
19:45 fnatic -vs- FaZe
This is probably match of a day regarding quality of teams. fnatic as multi world champion(majors) and very rich history behind them even with some player changes are not side to be relaxing against. FaZe had relatively easy path trough qualifications for Major as they failed to advance from groups on last one. So in this match up FaZe is a favorite but we most certainly do expect a bloody battle!
21:00 Astralis – Mousesports
Astralis is clear favorite here due to their experience and longevity as a team who played quite a few finals and hard matches in past. Even though they were a bit invisible on CSGO scene lately, one cannot ignore the quality they posses and we are sure they are well prepared for Major. Mousesports is one of teams who’s lineup doesn’t shine with names too much, but mix of their synergy and experience really makes them dangerous opponent to any side.
22:15 Cloud9 -vs- G2
Cloud9 had easy way trough qualifications and they showed how good they can play when they meet good opponents so their success will depend on how much they can keep playing their aggressive game and keeping percentages up in duels. G2 had a walk in a part in qualifications but we must admit they didn’t really have strong opponents against them so their real strength is still unknown. However in this match up G2 is a favorite.
23:30 Gambit -vs- Natus Vincere
Battle of the CIS region! Gambit who is defending champion of CSGO Major has lost the brain of their team Zeus who moved to his new/old team Natus Vincere – their opponents. With Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev taking the spot of IGL and addition of new player we cannot say how strong will they show up. Knowing Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev determination they practiced like crazy for this Major. Natus Vincere with having a huge star in their team s1imple are not showing the level of play everyone would expect so making them favorites will be really hard. In this match up there is no clear favorite but we will give it to Gambit on behalf of being defending champions.
00:45 SK -vs- Space Soldiers
SK is clear favorites here. Being #1 team in the world and winning most of the events that they participated in 2017 they are favorites against any side. Space Soldiers have finally managed to get to big stage(major) where they belong to with recent games and form. However they will start their trip with hardest enemy possible but not meeting with SK one to many time they still have a chance of surprising them.
seeing alot of people doing major predictions these days so im gonna throw in mine
North > Vega
VP > QBF
BIG < Liquid
FaZe > fnatic
Astralis > mousesports
G2 > Cloud9
Na'Vi > Gambit (?)
SK > SpaceSoldiers
— Nemanja Isakovic (@nexacs) January 19, 2018
The major continues, here's my predictions for today:
North > Vega
VP > QBF
Liquid > BIG
FaZe > fnatic
Astralis > mouz
G2 > C9
Gambit > Na'Vi
SK > Space Soldiers
— Halvor G. (@vENdettaCSGO) January 19, 2018