The Group D action continues today, as we race through the final Group Stage matches before the ESL Pro League Season 17 Playoffs kick off in earnest on March 21.
ESL Pro League Season 17: Group D Upper Bracket Semifinals schedule and betting odds
We're just days away from the ESL Pro League Season 17 Playoffs, with the final Group Stage matches seeing Group D take the stage from March 15-19. Just four of the eight teams competing across the Upper and Mid Brackets will survive to reach it to the Playoffs - and will thereby secure the final list of teams due to compete at the highest levels of this tournament.
The Upper Bracket action will kick off at 11:30 AM GMT when we'll see Team Spirit going up against forZe.
Team Spirit (1.40) vs forZe (2.70)
Team Spirit had a promising start to the tournament yesterday, after they claimed a mild upset win against Astralis, closing out the series with a 2-0 victory. It was a bruising loss for Astralis, with Team Spirt taking Ancient with a score of 16-4, before claiming a 16-11 victory on Mirage. Expectations have been high for Astralis ever since the return of Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, but even the return of that legendary player failed to hold back Team Spirit's assault.
Meanwhile, forZe have found themselves in the Upper Bracket Semifinals following a shocking upset win over Natus Vincere (NAVI) yesterday. Despite the odds having been heavily against them, forZe shocked fans by claiming a 2-1 victory over the Ukrainian superstars. NAVI started on a promising note, taking Overpass with a score of 16-11. But unfortunately for them, forZe quickly turned things around, taking Ancient with a closely-fought score of 16-14, before closing out the series with a 16-11 win on Inferno.
The odds are in Team Spirit's favour here, at 1.40 vs forZe's 2.70.
Our next Upper Bracket Semifinal match will take place at 15:00 GMT, when we'll see Rare Atom going head-to-head with ENCE.
Rare Atom (2.70) vs ENCE (1.42)
The Group D matches have been rich with upsets so far, with Rare Atom having defied the odds to emerge victorious over Team Liquid yesterday. It was an absolutely shocking result, with Rare Atom claiming a decisive 2-0 victory, with a win of 16-11 on Inferno, before dominating Overpass with a score of 16-3. The final matches of the Group Stage have been anything but predictable, and Rare Atom already have plenty to brag about as they prepare for their Semifinal match against ENCE.
ENCE's match against ATK is one of the few Group D matches that went as expected yesterday - although they too nearly faced an upset loss. The series ended with a 2-1 win for ENCE, with the team starting with a promising 16-6 win on Anubis. There was no time to get complacent, however, with ATK quickly flipping the script with a 16-14 win on Vertigo. Unfortunately, ATK's hopes were soon dashed on Ancient, where ENCE closed out the series with a 16-9 win. ENCE may have faced down ATK, but can they handle Rare Atom, fresh from their victory over the mighty Team Liquid?
ENCE are the favourites to win here, with odds of 1.42 vs Rare Atom's 2.70.
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