This article is part of our DraftKings CS:GO series.
- 8:00 a.m: MAD Lions (MAD) vs. Natus Vincere (NaVi)
- 11:25 a.m: Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) vs. FaZe Clan (FaZe)
- 2:50 p.m: 100 Thieves (100T) vs. FURIA (FUR)
MAD Lions vs. Na'Vi
The first match of Thursday's slate is a showdown between Na'Vi and MAD Lions, in a lower-bracket elimination match. Na'Vi, the world No. 1 side, come into the match as the favorites, and despite a defeat to G2, are still one of the strongest teams left in the tournament. MAD Lions on the other hand have been running through the lower bracket, most recently taking down Fnatic, 2-1, to make it to this match. This is the first time these two teams have faced, and it should feature an extremely interesting veto as Overpass and Vertigo are non-starters, reducing the map pool to five maps right away. MAD Lions would prefer Mirage, Nuke or Train, while Na'Vi will look towards Dust 2 or Inferno, where s1mple and electronic can have a chance to show their skill. This match also features one of the most exciting 2-vs-2 matches-within-a-match in all of CS:GO, as s1mple and electronic, the star AWP and rifle of Na'Vi, match against acoR and Bubzkji, who have been in incredible form. If either of those duos is at their best this match could be decided very quickly, especially if either of the AWPer's are at their peaks. While this match looks one-sided on paper, the Danes of MAD Lions could provide excellent value, especially acoR