​The ESL One: Cologne 2017 finals have arrived. Two teams, either of whom are from Europe, meet each other in the LAXNESS arena for one final match of Counter-Strike on Sunday.  Will SK Gaming or Cloud9 win?


Player Matchup to Watch:

If you've read any of my other ONETAPs, you'd know I'm privy to support AWPers, and this time around is no exception. Tyler "Skadoodle" Lantham and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo are two bests at AWPing in their own rights, one who used to hold the title of being the most revered AWPer in the world who's making an incredible performance resemblant of his glory days, and one who's currently playing IN his glory days. Needless to say, great duels are inbound.


MVP:

Marcelo "coldzera" David. Need I say more? How can anyone not choose him? Just look at his HLTV rating and his extensive history of playing, especially against Cloud9. We may also see a good performance from Jake "Stewie2k" Yip since he's usually really good under the pressure of being around higher-skilled players. 

Bold Prediction:

I believe SK gaming will push ahead in this tournament. I think that Cloud9 have a lot of potential, but at the same time I think they'll eventually cave under pressure. 


We'll see if they can do it, but I'm not confident they can pull it off against the best team in the world. Then again, they have known to show upset potential, so we'll see.


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