The group stage of the Couter-Strike: Global Offensive Season 6 ESL Pro League Finals has come to an end and after two straight days of upsets, only two of the group favorites made it to the Bracket Stage of the tournament.
With both FaZe Clan and SK Gaming, the current number one and two teams in the world, advancing first from their group, they’ll go on to compete in the semifinals against the winners of today’s matches.
The quarterfinal matches will be broadcast live from Sparekassan Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark starting at 10 a.m. EST on ESL’s YouTube channel.
Why you should watch
Friday is all about the underdogs when it comes to the ESL Pro League Finals. The tournament’s quarterfinal matches will be played exclusively between teams that weren’t supposed to be there, at least according to conventional wisdom.
The first match of the day will be between Fnatic and OpTic Gaming. The two highest ranked of the quarterfinals teams, at 12 and 16 respectively, these teams aren’t exactly powerhouses on the world stage. Perhaps most impressive for both teams is that it isn’t the play of one particular player that has set them apart at this tournament but rather improved play from everyone involved that has propelled them far past expectations.
While it’s conceivable that teams like OpTic and Fnatic could step up enough to make it this far into the tournament, the second quarterfinalists would have seemed almost impossible just a few days ago. Hellraisers and Misfits aren’t exactly bad teams, but with little to no star power on their rosters, and unremarkable performances at almost every major tournament in the past, the idea that either of these teams have made it this far to begin with is reason enough to see what happens when they face off.
Fnatic vs OpTic Gaming, 10:00 a.m. EST
Hellraisers vs Misfits, 1:50 p.m. EST