The match-ups for the third Swiss round of ESL One Cologne has been revealed by ESL. Two teams will be eliminated today. Day two in Cologne kicks off in just a few hours and we have thrilling elimination matches to look forward to, Virtus.pro takes on Heroic in the first survival match. The second match where the loser will be sent home is between TyLoo and Cloud9.
Four teams ended the first day in Cologne with a 2-0 record, meaning they’re only one win from heading to the playoffs. NiP and mousesports are the first teams that will duke it out for a spot in the playoffs, and on the other end we see the two American teams Liquid and OpTic battle it out. So, we’ll get to see at least one North American team in the playoffs. A full schedule for the third round of ESL One Cologne below.
12:00 Heroic vs Virtus.pro **
13:10 TyLoo vs Cloud9 **
14:20 Space Soldiers vs Natus Vincere
15:30 North vs SK
16:40 Immortals vs G2
17:50 fnatic vs FaZe
19:00 NiP vs mousesports *
20:10 Liquid vs OpTic *
* = winner goes through to the playoffs
** = loser is sent home
Heroic vs Virtus.pro
Most of us expected to see a Virtus.pro on fire in Cologne since they usually show up on LAN. But it seems like the Polish team is still struggling, they lost to both Immortals and SK yesterday and is only one loss away from being eliminated. Should, on paper, be able to beat the likes of Heroic, a team that managed to put up a good fight against FaZe yesterday, but were crushed later on by fnatic.
Prediction: Virtus.pro will get the win and survive.
TyLoo vs Cloud9
The Americans looked the best out of these two teams yesterday. They took Na’Vi to an insanely long match where simple and co were too strong. While TyLoo seemed lost during their games against North and G2.
Prediction: A win for Cloud9
Winner advance to playoffs
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs mousesports
The new NiP is looking amazing at the moment, impressive wins against Cloud9 and G2 means that they’re only one win from reaching the playoffs. Standing in their way is mousesports, which surprisingly played really well yesterday beating both fnatic and FaZe.
Team Liquid vs OpTic
The battle of North America, both teams in great shape and we probably have a real brawl ahead of us. Liquid is in the lead looking at the Head to head statistics, could go either way this time though. We still give Liquid the upper hand here since they’ve proven to be the better team so many times before.