16th of February 2019 at 15:00 GMT +1
Challengers Stage thus far
The Challengers Stage of IEM Katowice 2019 have been filled with upsets and surprises in the first couple days of action and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. After the opening matches teams got split into High and Low tier matches depending if they won or not.
Following these matches, the teams would be put into three different sections depending on their record. Those with a 2-0 record got placed in the Advancement Round 1 game. Those with a 0-2 record got put into an Elimination Round. Finally, teams with a 1-1 record played through “Swing Matches.”
This had led us to where we are now with teams either holding a 2-1 record or 1-2 record. I’ve focused on the Elevation Round 2 where G2 face off against Fnatic.
How these two match up
G2 came into this event suffering from huge inconsistencies last season and looked to make amends. They started strong against Vega Squadron but then fell short against both ENCE and Avangar. This has left them in a sticky situation against Fnatic in an Elimination Round match.
Fnatic was hoping to replicate the success they seen at Katowice last year. After extending the contracts of key players, fans had high expectations. They had a shock in Round 1 where they lost to Vici Gaming.
They hadn’t regained by the time Round 2 came around and lost again to Winstrike putting them at 0-2. Fnatic managed to scrape a victory against Grayhound Gaming in Elimination Round 1. This put the first tally in their win column.
This match could go either way. It’s surprising to see such strong rosters in this position so early on in the competition. The public is currently favouring Fnatic to win the series, but it’s only a 55/45 split.
With it being so hard to split the teams, looking at the alternative bets Betway offer could be wise. The odds on G2 to win 2-0 are currently 4.30. Fnatic has struggled against the Asian teams, failed to execute vetoes and star players playing well below their standards. Taking this into account, G2 looks like a safe bet to win the series.