Team Liquid and Rare Atom will meet in the quarter-finals of the ESL Pro League Season 17 top group stage. There is no intrigue in this matchup at all, as the Chinese team is in a different universe when it comes to the game.
Yes, Rare Atom is shooting well, but it's hard to judge objectively when the team last played in Europe back last summer. And the Chinese have been losing in Asia, and they're certainly not the strongest team in the region.
The Liquid, in turn, bounced back after a poor start to the new season, playing well in Katowice. What's more, the North American team could have been even stronger in a month, so it makes sense to trust in the obvious choice.
All in all, there's not much of an intrigue here. I'd have to look out for a blowout win for Team Liquid here. Anything can happen, but it's unlikely that the Chinese team is too overmatched to go over the top.
Team Liquid's form
The world's third-ranked team flopped in the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, where they picked up just one win over Complexity Gaming in the group. However, in the Play-In the Liquid managed to lose to BIG and started the new season with it.
However, the North American squad played well in the group stage of IEM Katowice 2023 where they still managed a couple of stoppage wins over Team Spirit and FaZe Clan.
As for their performance in the play-offs, Team Liquid managed to cope with Vitality there, but did not oppose G2 Esports. All in all, the team has had plenty of time to improve their game over the last month, but their sniper problems remain.
Team Liquid's latest results:
- A 0-2 loss to Natus Vincere.
- Victory over Team Spirit with a score of 2-1.
- Defeat FaZe Clan 2-1.
- Beat Vitality 2-1.
- 0-2 defeat of G2 Esports.
Team Liquid's best cards:
- Mirage - 67% wins.
- Overpass - 62% wins.
It is worth noting that the North American team decided not to play the Vertigo card.
Rare Atom form
The 62nd ranked team in the world became the champion of Perfect World Arena Premier League Season 3 and ESL Pro League Season 17: Asian Conference back in January, though they didn't show the most confident game.
Next, the Chinese team easily qualified for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: Asia-Pacific RMR and also secured a spot at the ESL Challenger at DreamHack Melbourne 2023.
It's also worth mentioning that Rare Atom managed to qualify for the ESL Challenger League Season 44: Asia-Pacific playoffs, although the team was defeated by IHC Esports in the group.
Rare Atom's latest results:
- A 1-2 loss to IHC Esports.
- A 2-0 win over FyR Esports.
- A 2-1 win over TYLOO.
- 2-1 win over Eruption.
- Beat Eruption 2-0.
Best Rare Atom cards:
- Mirage - 100% wins.
- Inferno - 91% wins.
- Overpass - 80% wins.
- Nuke - 78% wins.
- Vertigo - 50% wins.
In turn, the Chinese team does not show up on the Ancient map.
Team Liquid vs Rare Atom encounter statistics
The teams have not met before.
Team Liquid vs. Rare Atom preview
It's difficult to see any intrigue in this encounter. After all, the North American team got off to a flying start in Katowice and has clearly been working on themselves this past month.
For their part, Rare Atom have been winning consistently, but you have to take into account the level of competition in Asia. This also includes talk of strong numbers, which have nothing to do with an objective assessment.
In general, let's dispense with sensationalism. Therefore, in this case, I would recommend betting on Team Liquid's 2-0 victory.
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 3.777. Rare Atom chances to prevail are evaluated with average odds 5.591 by bookmakers.
Team statistics in recent matches
|Last Matches||Team Liquid||Rare Atom|
|5 matches (wins)||3||4|
|10 matches (wins)||5||9|
We will also remind you of the statistics of matches that the teams played with each other. The competitors have held 0 matches. In these battles Team Liquid got 0 victories while Rare Atom managed to take 0 matches.