​The semifinals for ESL One Cologne 2017 are right around the corner after a shocking turn of events knocked some of the best teams in the world out of the tournament.

The semifinal matchups are as follows:

  • ​Cloud9 vs. Na'Vi
  • FaZe vs. SK

Matchup to Watch:​

Both of these matchups are going to be amazing, hands down. However, sorry NA fans, FaZe Clan vs. SK Gaming is going to be an absolute barn-burner! In a rematch of the ECS S3 and IEM Sydney grand finals, FaZe get their chance to put a notch in the win column against the Brazilians before the PGL Krakow Major.


Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev is a downright superstar, we all know that. He's been showing fantastic form throughout this tournament, and I'd love to see him continue his reign with Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács. This will be a rematch as well from the Swiss stage of the tournament. Bring on the massive amount of overtime rounds!

Bold Prediction:

FaZe will take control of themselves against SK. They are in a prime position to assert themselves as the team to watch heading into the Major. Yes, they've lost to them twice in a row, but don't count out the international squad. They're eager to avenge the win they let slip away in London. 

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