As Fnatic and Mousesports square off for the newly redesigned trophy at the ESL Pro League Grand Final in Odense, here's what you need to know, including start time, live stream information, stats, latest betting odds and predictions
Fnatic vs Mousesports is due to start at 3pm GMT / 4pm CET / 10am ET / 7am PT on Sunday, December 8th, 2019. The Fnatic vs Mousesports live stream, stats and betting odds is available via the Luckbox match page and you can check the full ESL Pro League Odense schedule.
In Odense, the quarterfinalists came into the semi finals as worthy contenders but perhaps not favorites. Both Mousesports and Fnatic were able to grind out convincing 2-1 wins against Astralis and NaVi respectively. Though huge results for both sides, they'll want a trophy for their efforts by the end of today.
Astralis isn't invincible. They make mistakes, they miss shots, and sometimes the decision making isn't perfect. But yesterday Mousesports were a good enough team to punish them when they made those mistakes. I think that they've made mistakes fairly often in the past, but they simply didn't pay for it at the hands of another team. That being said, I do think the gap between Astralis and the other top teams in the world is closing.
The tournament schedule still needs work. Players shouldn't be adjusting flights, losing luggage, and dealing with all of these stressors involved with a schedule that is this packed. It's insane. I think that the professional CSGO scene has a long way to go before this issue is resolved.
Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson is an all time great. He's been around since the beginning, but continues to perform at the highest level of Counter Strike, now owning the LAN record with 44 frags in regulation after an absolutely mental performance on Dust II versus MiBR. Perhaps he and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg have figured out that the key to long term success in CSGO is a solid beard.
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Who to watch
It's easy to say "let's just see if KRIMZ will completely go off again" but considering how long the previous LAN record had stood, I'll err on the side of that not happening and go with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist as my game changer for Fnatic today. His ability to take over a round with even a Glock, which I personally find about as effective as an air soft gun, can completely demoralise a team and turn the tide of a match.
But equally demoralizing is being instanteously out of a round because Özgür "woxic" Eker or Chris "chrisJ" de Jong caught you trying to do just a little too much a little too fast. chrisJ is having the best event that he's had since the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, and it's made Mousesports so formidable with the double AWP setup. woxic is becoming a legitimate superstar and should be in the best AWP in the world conversation for sure.
Fnatic vs Mousesports predictions
I think Fnatic will want to remove Dust II or Train after seeing Mousesports and particularly the AWPs of chrisJ and woxic looking as formidable as they did yesterday. KRIMZ broke the LAN record for kills on Dust II earlier this tournament, but the Swedes still managed to drop the map. That would be concerning to me as a coach if I had to face someone that just took down Astralis with that very map as the decider.
If I were Mousesports, I would be wary of Brollan's ability to completely take over a game on Overpass. His bathroom lurking is second to no one else in the world right now, and is so completely disruptive to the T side attacking the A site that it effectively pushes the enemy to go B.
Both of these teams have very deep map pools, so I'll pit them against each other for all of the maps, with a little note by the ones I expect to get banned. This is going to be a really exciting BO5 Grand Final, one that I hope goes the distance but doesn't have Vertigo as a decider.
Nuke: 16-14 Mousesports
Dust II: 16-11 Mousesports (Fnatic consider banning)
Inferno: 16-11 Fnatic
Vertigo: 19-16 Mousesports
Mirage: 16-13 Fnatic
Train: 16-11 Mousesports (Fnatic consider banning)
Overpass: 16-7 Fnatic (Mousesports consider banning)
Picture: Copyright ESL / Helena Kristiansson