The first round of the group stage is now behind us - and tension is ramping up as we look forward to tomorrow's action, beginning with the Winners Match for Group A.
Team Liquid and FaZe Clan are our deserving competitors on the Winners stage, following their wins on December 14.
The first match of this year's World Final went to Team Liquid, who defeated Russian team Outsiders in a tense 2-1 win. Outsiders started off strong and won the first map, Inferno with a score of 16:10. Team Liquid quickly turned things around though, taking the last two maps, Anubis and Mirage with scores of 16:8 for both maps.
They'll be going up against FaZe Clan, who beat G2 in another 2-1 victory. Similarly to the previous match in Group A, underdog team G2 were able to take the first map through a 16:10 win on Nuke. FaZe Clan ultimately sent them to December 15's Elimination Match by taking Inferno and Ancient with scores of 19:17 and 16:4, respectively.
The winner of the Group A Winners Match will automatically progress onto the semifinals on December 17, while the loser will head into the quarter finals on December 16.
They'll be going head-to-head at 09:00 AM GMT on December 15, and will be the last Group A match before we head into the playoffs on December 16.
The group stage is almost behind us - meaning things are only going to get more exciting as we head towards the playoffs on December 15. You can follow each match of this fantastic tournament right here on Luckbox - just remember to claim your free 100% bonus!
BLAST World Final 2022: Team Liquid vs FaZe Clan predictions
Team Liquid (2.10) vs FaZe Clan (1.65)
Team Liquid are coming into this match after overcoming the odds in their opening match against Outsiders, where they were competing as the underdog team. Keith "NAF" Markovic and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski proved their worth to the team here, finishing with 53 and 56 kills, respectively. The team is heading into the Group A’s upper final following a strong start to the tournament, and clearly aren't to be underestimated.
FaZe Clan meanwhile were already favoured to win their match against G2. And while G2 made them work for it initially, FaZe Clan ultimately rallied to claim a decisive win. FaZe demonstrated why they're one of the strongest teams on the CS:GO scene by absolutely dominating G2 on Ancient, putting up a rock-solid defence that put G2 at risk of elimination on December 15.
Given their fantastic performance so far, the odds are in FaZe Clan's favour here, with odds of 1.65 vs Team Liquid's 2.10. However, Team Liquid overcame similar odds against Outsiders in their opening match - So this one could still go either way.
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