The second semifinal at the ECS Season 5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Finals will feature a clash of titans as Astralis will take on FaZe Clan.
FaZe Clan came into the tournament with Jørgen ‘cromen’ Robertsen as a stand-in after Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer decided to extend his period of inactivity due to ongoing personal problems.
The Norwegian player has gone from strength to strength as the competition has progressed and the rest of the FaZe team seems to be adjusting to playing with him equally as quickly.
The international team suffered defeat at the hands of NRG Esports in the Group B winners match but the players bounced back with a solid 2-0 performance against the recently formed G2 roster to secure their spot in the semifinals.
The team they are facing in that semifinal is far from a newly formed roster, though. Astralis is currently considered the best team on Earth and the players looked imperious as they progressed through Group A on June 8th.
A slow start against Cloud9 was quickly forgotten when the Danes put together a near perfect CT half on Inferno and then replicated it in the winners match against Team Liquid.
With recent form taken into account, Astralis should come into the match as the heavy favorites but FaZe Clan is one of the only teams on Earth that has multiple superstar calibre players that can take over a game at any moment.
Even so, it will take a godlike performance from someone like Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač or Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács if FaZe is to take down Astralis in their current form.