Betting Tip: Cloud9 vs Faze Clan

Cloud9 and Faze Clan face each other for a chance to play in the Grand Finals of Intel Extreme Masters XII Oakland. Our semi final expert betting tip for  the 19th Novemeber at 01:50 CET.

Cloud9 Form

They are a very strong team at the moment and have been for the past 6 months. Cloud9’s year has been pretty good so far, consisting of 5 tournament wins and a lot of top 4 finishes in important competitions.

After the acquisition of Will “RUSH” Wierzba and Tarik “tarik” Celik from OpTic Gaming, Cloud9’s play has improved considerably, leading to 2 important tournament wins (DreamHack Denver 2017 and iBUYPOWER Masters 2017) in the last month.

So far at Intel Extreme Masters XII Oakland, Cloud9 have performed very well, taking second place in group A and then winning their quarterfinals match against Gambit Esports (score 2-1). Among their victims during the group stage were Astralis (score 16-6) and SK Gaming (score 16-7).

Faze Clan Form

They’re the best CS:GO team in the world right now and the winners of 2 very important tournaments in the past 2 months: ESL One: New York 2017 and ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017.

Lead by one of the best captains in CS:GO (Finn “karrigan” Andersen) and having a roster made up of superstars like Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (former Fnatic player) and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovacs (former Na’Vi player), Faze Clan are the team to beat at the moment and a very tough opponent to go up against.

So far at Intel Extreme Masters XII Oakland, Faze Clan won group B with 4 wins and just 1 defeat, qualifying directly into the semifinals.

Recent Performances

Performance from Betspawn.com

Head to Head Record

With their current rosters, the two teams have played against each other twice: once during Esports Championship Series Season 3 and another time during ESL One: New York 2017. Faze Clan won both of these matches, score 2-0.

Betting Odds and Predictions

Overall, given the two teams’ recent results and the circumstances in which they occurred (Faze Clan won 2 big tournaments while Cloud9 won 2 smaller ones), Faze Clan are definitely favorites to win this match. The strength difference between these two teams is probably not as big as most people think (it’s more like 60/40 rather than 75/25), but Faze Clan certainly have a higher chance of winning.

Betway and Betspawn put the odds at 3.35 – 1.28 and 3.10 – 1.31 respectively, in favor of the Europeans.

A bet on a Faze Clan victory makes perfect sense here, as they are at the top of their game right now and have an absolutely formidable roster. Cloud9 would have to perform out of their minds to win this encounter.

Top Betting Tip

My top betting tip for this match is a 2-1 victory in favor of Faze Clan. Both tournament form and overall statistics show them as favorites, and I think it will be very difficult for Cloud9 to stand in their path to glory.


Jack StanleyGeneral