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.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.