FORZE and ENCE will meet in the grand final of Group D at ESL Pro League Season 17. An unexpected pairing, given the opponents they faced in the semi-finals, as well as the overall failure of some of the leaders.
It should be noted that both squads have already guaranteed participation in the playoffs of the competition, but now they will have to fight for a direct ticket to the quarterfinals.
For me personally, FORZE have been something of a revelation so far, as they've been quiet in recent weeks, but have come together to pull off two strong wins in the derby.
ENCE, on the other hand, has been very fortunate with their opponents, the games against ATK and Rare Atom being a real treat. So here, given all the ingredients, I would look closely at the card from the FORZE team. Still, the guys have found their game and are leaving a pleasant impression so far.
The 32nd ranked team of the world has recently failed in the CCT Central Europe Malta Finals 1, where they couldn't even make it to the play-offs, despite a confident start against HONORIS Poles.
Next, the Russian team barely qualified for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 Europe RMR, but at the same time failed in the indoor qualification for ESL Challenger Melbourne 2023, losing to HONORIS and ECSTATIC.
Nevertheless, an unexpected situation happened to FORZE at the start of the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17 when the team started crushing everyone in a row. As a result, the boys have already walked over Natus Vincere and Team Spirit, showing a cold-blooded and confident game.
FORZE's latest results:
- A 2-0 victory over Aurora Gaming.
- 0-2 defeat of ECSTATIC.
- Victory over 500 with a score of 2-1.
- Beat Natus Vincere 2-1.
- Beat Team Spirit 2-1.
Top FORZE cards:
- Ancient - 67% wins.
- Nuke - 62% wins.
- Inferno - 61% wins.
- Overpass - 60% wins.
- Anubis - 55% wins.
- Mirage - 50% wins.
It is worth recalling that the Russian squad has traditionally refused to use the Vertigo card.
The 20th ranked team in the world failed during the recent IEM Katowice 2023 Play-In, where after beating paiN Gaming managed to lose to Cloud9 and Complexity Gaming, infamously dropping out of the championship.
Immediately afterwards, ENCE flew to Malta to finish third at CCT Central Europe Malta Finals 1, playing horribly twice and losing to Eternal Fire in the playoffs.
As for the start to the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, the European squad took advantage of the gifts of fate and easy seeding, dealing with ATK and Rare Atom. However, there are problems in places, but all this was levelled by the failures of their opponents.
ENCE's latest results:
- A 0-2 loss to Eternal Fire.
- A 2-1 win over Movistar Riders.
- Defeat to Eternal Fire by a score of 0-2.
- Beat ATK 2-1.
- A 2-0 win over Rare Atom.
Top ENCE cards:
- Nuke - 71% wins.
- Mirage - 67% of wins.
- Vertigo - 50% wins.
In turn, the European team usually gives up the Overpass card.
FORZE - ENCE encounter statistics
Last season the teams played one meeting - at Pinnacle Winter Series 2 the victory went to FORZE (2-1).
FORZE vs ENCE preview
You know, FORZE has stepped up nicely in terms of motivation, and in this format, the team can create another sensation. ENCE is certainly not stronger than Natus Vincere or Team Spirit, and in terms of card selection the guys are still inferior to many in the group.
In addition, the European team in some places strongly floats, as evidenced by the failure at its own peak in the game against ATK. Also, we shouldn't forget that sAw's charges are still playing with their new line-up, which can lead to mistakes.
Therefore, in this case, I would recommend betting on the Forum on the cards (+1.5) for the FORZE team.
forZe are listed as the favorites of the match in the majority of bookmakers and odds on them are equal to 1.548. ENCE, in turn, are the outsiders of the match. Odds on their victory are about 4.045.
What are the successes of the teams in the last games
|5 matches (wins)||3||3|
|10 matches (wins)||6||7|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The teams played 6 matches with each other before. And forZe won 4 times while ENCE correspondingly became the winner 2 times.