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The ESL Pro League Season 18 battles are heating up. It's no wonder, as there's a serious prize pool of $850,000 at stake, and a ticket to IEM Katowice 2024 and BLAST Fall Finals 2023. Everyone wants to win, but they will have to make it through the group stage.
Cloud9 and Eternal Fire will try to reach the play-offs. Both teams are in Group D, where they will play their first match.
The match looks pretty good, considering the big names on both sides. However, we can't expect anything supernatural from the match, as the level of the teams differs significantly.
Nevertheless, this is the debut game at the new tournament, so we can say that both teams approach it with a clean slate. Everyone can win, although C9 has a better chance.
Let's find out who from the pair C9/Eternal Fire will go to the next round of the upper grid and play with the winner of Complexity/9INE pair, and who will have to try their fate in the lower grid.
We start the analysis of the match with the analysis of Cloud9's form. In this match the team will play the first number one.
Bookmakers confirm the pre-match situation. The odds for the success of C9 are at around 1.45.
Cloud9 is a world-class team and a contender not just to get into the play-offs, but to win the tournament as a whole. However, it's still a bit early.
The 8th team of the world ranking had a very good half-year. "Cloudy" noted the passage to the grand finals of ESL Pro League Season 17 and victory at BLAST Premier: Spring European Showdown 2022.
In addition, the team won the commercial BB Playlist. Urbanistic. In April, C9 seriously stumbled: they lost two qualifications at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 and missed the only Major of the season.
Next up was a top-4 finish at IEM Rio 2023 and a win at Brazy Party. Before IEM Cologne 2023, C9 failed IEM Dallas 2023 (top-8) and BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 (top-8).
- Cloud9 line-up: H0bbit, electroNic, Ax1Le, sh1ro, Perfecto.
Before Gamers8 Cloud9 attended another major summer tournament - IEM Cologne 2023. The most prestigious event went well for Cloud9: not good, but not bad either.
A very difficult Long Corner in Cologne forced Cloud9 to mobilise all their resources in order not to drop out at the group stages, and these resources were enough until the first round of play-offs, where C9 were defeated by Vitality.
Next, C9 visited Gamers8, but even there everything was not so good. At the TOP-8 stage the team faced ENCE, and they couldn't do anything against the overclocked Finns. That's how they ended up in the top 8.
The best map C9 is Vertigo. There are 2 wins in 3 matches.
Next is Inferno. On Inferno Cloud9 played 5 times, of which they won 3 matches.
Minus winrate on 4 maps at once: Ancient (42% wins in 7 matches), Overpass (33% wins in 3 matches), Anubis (3 matches, 33% wins), Mirage (2 matches, 0 wins).
Eternal Fire Form.
We continue the match analysis with the analysis of Eternal Fire's form. In this match the Turks are playing the second number.
Bookmakers are not ready to believe in the success of Eternal Fire. The odds for their victory are at around 2.7.
Such a figure indicates a serious gap, but at the same time leaves chances for Eternal Fire. It's not surprising, as the Turks are a rather unpleasant opponent who can surprise.
The 31-team world ranking team has experienced difficulties throughout the season. Despite the huge number of matches, it was possible to achieve success occasionally.
At the beginning of the year Eternal Fire won ESL Pro League Season 17: European Conference, thus securing their place at EPL S17. The Main Event ended miserably - only top 20 and not out of the group.
Participated in BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: European RMR B. There they took TOP-14, which was not enough to reach the only Major of the season.
In the middle of the year, Eternal Fire showed their best form. The Turks finished in the top 4 twice, but did so at TIR-B tournaments. They broke into the top four at CCT North Europe Series #7 and Thunderpick World Championship 2023: European Series #1.
- Eternal Fire roster: XANTARES, Calyx, MAJ3R, Wicadia, woxic .
Before the ESL Pro League Season 8 Long Round, MAJ3R's team played on CCT Central Europe and Pinnacle Cup V. Both championships ended with them in the top 8.
Eternal Fire Mappool
The best map is Nuke. There are 4 matches and 4 wins.
Anubis (7 matches, 85% wins), Mirage (4 matches, 75% wins) are doing very well. Vertigo - 71% wins in 7 matches, Inferno and Overpass - 3 wins in 5 matches.
History of head-to-head meetings
The last time the teams crossed paths was at the qualifiers for BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 - European RMR B. Then the victory was celebrated by C9.
Predicted result of C9 vs Eternal Fire at ESL Pro League Season 18
I expect a bright game and a close fight, but I see Cloud9 as the winner of the match. They look more reliable and should not let such a chaotic team like Eternal Fire get ahead. I don't deny that EF will take the map, but not more than that.
Bottom line: 2-0 win for C9.
Now, the majority of bookmaker companies believe in Cloud9 victory. Odds on them are equal to 1.316. According to bookmakers data, Eternal Fire are the outsider and odds on their victory amounts 4.828.
How the teams played in the last matches
|Last Matches||Cloud9||Eternal Fire|
|5 matches (wins)||3||4|
|10 matches (wins)||4||7|
The statistics of personal battles between teams is also important for successful bets. The teams played 2 matches with each other before. In these battles Cloud9 got 2 victories while Eternal Fire managed to take 0 matches.