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Astralis vs. Liquid Preliminary report, statistics and a forecast - Esport CS:GO

Astralis clear favorite

Astralis vs. Liquid Preliminary report, statistics and a forecast - Esport CS:GO

Astralis clear favorite

The grand final of the IEM Global Challenge will take place between Astralis and Liquid. Thus, probably the two best teams of the last year meet each other. While Liquid dominated the entire first half of 2019, the Danes won the major again at the end of the year.

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The participants of the IEM Global Finals have already been determined. However, these will not take place until next year. Alongside the two finalists Astralis and Liquid, Complexity, Evil Geniuses, Vitality, NAVI, G2 and FURIA are qualified for this tournament.

Date and provider

The match between Astralis and Liquid will be played in bo5-format and will take place on Sunday 20.12.2020 live at 5.00 p.m.(CET). The duel will be broadcasted in numerous languages. While the ESL itself takes care of the English cast, the 99Damage provides a German broadcast.

Astralis - Latest performance & results

Astralis is back! The Danish top team was not up to par for a long time due to health problems. At times, Astralis even skipped tournaments throughout the year to avoid risking penalty points at the Major Qualifier for player changes. After recent strong performances, Astralis clearly prefer the odds in the duel with Liquid.

The team won the semi-final duel with NAVI more or less convincingly. While they started well on their map pick Inferno and eventually managed to hold the advantage, the T-side on Nuke was again disappointing. As in the group final with Vitality, the Danes were again without a chance on this map.

As gla1ve said in an interview after the match, it would mean a lot to the team and the organization to be back at the world's top after such a tough year. Astralis, just like Liquid, will do their best to win the IEM Global Challenge. When asked which team gla1ve would prefer as an opponent in the final match, he answered Liquid. We will see.

Liquid - Latest performance & results

Liquid is the big surprise of the BLAST Global Challenge. After a difficult year in which the team lost practically all tournaments in their region to FURIA, the return to Europe was also anything but marked by success.

After weak performances, Liquid was eliminated early on out of DreamHack Winter, giving them about 2 weeks to prepare for BLAST. So far, the team had to admit defeat only once, in a duel with NAVI. The 2:0 victory in the playoff deciding match with FURIA might have been especially satisfying.

The North Americans played the semifinal duel against BIG as underdogs, but were able to convince mainly through individual performances. In the end, the defeat on the second match day might even have had something positive in view of the draw, as Liquid will just meet Astralis in the final match. Liquid comes into this duel as a clear underdog.

Astralis vs. Liquid - Map-Veto prediction

While Astralis decides against Mirage by default, Liquid bans Train. Thus, all remaining five maps are fixed as playgrounds in this bo5 final. Nuke and Inferno would be possible picks. Astralis has big problems on Nuke, whereas Liquid plays especially strong on this map. We therefore rule out a zero success on the part of the Danes.

Astralis vs. Liquid - Prediction

Due to the low odds on a win bet between Astralis and Liquid, the tip will be on a result bet. In view of the odds, a bet on 3:2 for the Danes would be particularly tempting in this regard.

Winner bet: Astralis
EsportFire Tip: Astralis 3:2

Information is provided without guarantee! All forecasts are based on the personal opinion of the author!

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