Team Liquid and Rare Atom will meet in the semi-finals of the Last Chance grid in the ESL Pro League Season 17 group stage. What, again? After all, they met a couple of days ago - enough sensations and irrational results.
All in all, the stakes are higher this time, as in case of another defeat, the North American team will drop out of the championship and head back home.
In turn, Rare Atom have already shown a lot, managing not only to shut Team Liquid out at the start of the group stage, but also to take one card from NAVI - in itself a unique achievement, given the glaring difference in level.
I wouldn't count the Chinese as sensational contenders this time, since the Liquid are working on their mistakes. However, the North Americans still play awful. That's why I'd take a closer look at the card from Rare Atom, who have already done a lot with their luck.
Team Liquid's form
The world's third ranked team played horribly back in January's BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, where they failed not only in the group stage, but also in Play-In.
Immediately after that the North American team was at IEM Katowice 2023 where they even made the play-offs. However, Team Liquid did not last long there as they lost already in the ½ finals to G2 Esports.
As for the start in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, here the North Americans have already managed to lose to Rare Atom and Team Spirit, brightening their position with only one victory over ATK.
Team Liquid's latest results:
- A 2-1 win over Vitality.
- A 0-2 loss to G2 Esports.
- 0-2 defeat of Rare Atom.
- Beat ATK 2-0.
- 0-2 defeat to Team Spirit.
Team Liquid's best cards:
- Overpass - 62% wins.
- Mirage - 50% wins.
It is worth recalling that the North American team have stopped playing Vertigo.
Rare Atom form
The 62nd ranked team in the world has managed to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: Asia-Pacific RMR and ESL Challenger at DreamHack Melbourne 2023 in recent weeks, knocking everyone out.
As for the start in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, Rare Atom pulled off an unbelievable upset, managing to defeat the North Americans from Team Liquid.
However, the Chinese squad failed to build on their success as they lost to ENCE and NAVI. However, even in the last game the boys managed to show their fighting spirit by stealing the Inferno map.
Rare Atom's latest results:
- A 2-1 win over Eruption.
- 2-0 win over Eruption.
- Beat Team Liquid 2-0.
- Defeat ENCE by a score of 0-2.
- Defeat by Natus Vincere 1-2.
Rare Atom Top Cards:
- Mirage - 100% wins.
- Inferno - 100% wins.
- Nuke - 70% wins.
- Overpass - 62% wins.
- Vertigo - 50% wins.
In turn, the Chinese team does not show up on the Ancient map.
Team Liquid vs Rare Atom encounter statistics
In the current season the teams have met once - at the beginning of the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17 Rare Atom won (2:0).
Team Liquid vs Rare Atom preview
It's hard to judge teams that show a game that's not their own. And if the North American team is failing the championship so far, Rare Atom have already jumped over their heads by beating the Liquid.
As YEKINDAR said, Team Liquid wasted their time preparing for the tournament, which is noticeable. For now, however, the North Americans remain the favourites.
All in all, it makes sense here to take a closer look at the Chinese, who brought a strong defence to Inferno. What's more, the guys can pull off Team Liquid on other maps as well.
So in this case, I'd recommend betting on the Forum on cards (+1.5) for Team Rare Atom.
At the moment, the majority of bookmakers unanimously see the team Team Liquid as the favorite of the game with average odds on a victory in the sum of 1.186. Rare Atom chances to prevail are evaluated with average odds 5.618 by bookmakers.
How the teams played in the last matches
|Last Matches||Team Liquid||Rare Atom|
|5 matches (wins)||2||3|
|10 matches (wins)||5||7|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The participants in the battle before the meeting played 1 matches with each other. In these battles Team Liquid got 0 victories while Rare Atom managed to take 1 matches.