​The final stages of the Swiss system of qualifying rounds concluded today, and the Bo3 lineups for the ESL One Cologne 2017 playoffs have been announced for the winning teams. 

The matchups are as follows:

  • ​Na'Vi vs. G2
  • NiP vs. Cloud9
  • FaZe vs. Liquid
  • OpTic vs. SK

Team Matchup to Watch:

I'm extremely excited to see Cloud9 play NiP. The combined skill of Tyler "Skadoodle" Lantham, Jake "Stewie2k" Yip and Mike "Shroud" Grzesiek has made for fantastic shows from the American team; meanwhile, it looks as though Fredrik "REZ" Sterner has helped NiP maintain relevance in the pro scene. 

Let's not forget Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's inhuman plays too.


I'd say Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný after his explosive plays with the AWP today against, but with them being knocked out, I'd say the second choice would be Tyler "Skadoodle" Lantham. 

He's really shown up these past few days for Cloud9 in ways that remind older Skadoodle fans of him when he was younger.

Bold Prediction:

Na'Vi beat G2 using two AWPs. NiP beat Cloud9 in a tight battle. FaZe push Liquid out of the playoffs. OpTic are decimated by the organized SK. 

No guarantees, but I'd get your skins ready to bet, because I think a few of these unlikely predictions will go through.

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