After a day filled with decisive results, the first three quarterfinals for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s ELeague Major: Boston have come to a close, and for the remaining teams, the Finals are almost in sight.
Saturday’s matches include the last quarterfinal match and both semifinals. Both rounds are best of three.
The action begins at 10 a.m. EST and will be broadcast live from the Agganis Arena in Boston, and can be seen on the ELeague Twitch Channel.
Why you should watch
It’s rare that three quarterfinals so concretely show which teams are a cut above the competition, but that’s exactly what happened Friday.
The two teams in Saturday’s first semifinal took down their opponents with shocking ease. FaZe Clan beat Mousesports 2-0 and Natus Vincere gave up just over 10 rounds in their 2-0 victory over QB Fire. FaZe will be Saturday’s clear favorites based on recent form, Natus Vincere on Friday was the first time in months that team has shown why it was once considered among the best players in the world.
Meanwhile, Cloud9 faces the winner of Saturday’s last quarterfinal between SK Gaming and Fnatic. Despite an impressive 2-0 win over G2 — a team that has never quite clicked despite an incredible amount of individual talent — Cloud9 still has a long way to go to prove it deserves a spot in the finals. A win against either SK Gaming or Fnatic would be the perfect kind of proof.
For Fnatic, this quarterfinal match is the perfect place to prove it is one of the three best teams in the world. SK Gaming, the number one team in the world, will want to start 2018 by reminding every other professional CS:GO team just how good they have been over the last eight months.
SK Gaming vs Fnatic
FaZe Clan vs Natus Vincere
Cloud9 vs TBD