These two contenders will face off in the group A winner’s match. This is a very important match for both FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere, as the winner will advance to the semi-finals, while the loser will have to play quarter-finals.
So far in EPICENTER 2018, FaZe played one game, a total of 3 maps. Their opponents were Finish organization Ence eSports. Ence has been on fire lately as 4 out of 5 matches prior to this tournament. However, they were stomped by FaZe, mainly because of their individual skill. Another important thing in the last FaZe’s match is the defeat on their map pick, Inferno, where they played really bad. As I mentioned above, FaZe Clan is primarily focused on winning aim duels, and that can get them through most of the lower tiered teams, but once they face a real challenge, they struggle.
The Ukranian organization has always been on top of the CS:GO scene. At the moment they are a force to be reckoned with. Natus Vincere showed how good they are versus upcoming roster Hellraisers, as they beat them in 3 maps.
Most of their gameplay is based on individual skill, but they have Zeus, a very capable in-game leader who can read many different scenarios that his opponents will present him with. At the moment, Natus Vincere seems more dominant than FaZe Clan, as FaZe has been in a slump for a while now.
HEAD TO HEAD
Needless to say that these two teams faced each other a lot in the past. A total of 21 matches was played between them, and Natus Vincere has the slight edge against FaZe Clan. The Ukranian organization won 13 times while FaZe Clan managed to win 8 times.
Furthermore, out of their last 7 meetings, Natus Vincere won all 7 of them. They have been dominating FaZe Clan on Overpass, Inferno, and Mirage.
If we are to compare their map pools we could see a lot of similarities between these two titans. The only sold map for FaZe in the last 3 months is Train. They have been average on Mirage, and really bad on Overpass, and Inferno. On the other hand, Natus Vincere has been thriving on any of the maps they played. Their best maps are definitely Dust 2 and Mirage. They have been average on Inferno and Train, and their Nuke is pretty bad.
Even though this is a match-up between two Major contenders, I do not think that is true. On the paper both of these teams are strong, but in reality, we can see that FaZe Clan is really struggling. They simply can not get going, as they even tried to change in-game leader.
I also feel like Natus Vincere has a stronger map pool once compared to FaZe Clan, except Nuke, but I think that will be a permaban for Ukrainians. Furthermore, Natus Vincere also has mad fraggers on their roster, in the likes of electronic and s1mple. If they are on the level they are capable of being, I think that FaZe Clan stands no chance against Natus Vincere. I got Na’Vi in this one.
NATUS VINCERE TO WIN – 1.71@unibet