The first match of the day was two European teams colliding, the fight of Faze Clan
. The best of three series only took two maps to decide, with Faze proving why they are currently over 600 points ahead of the Swedes in the world ranking.
The first map of Mirage saw every member of Faze go positive, however it was one man known to be the difference maker who really made set the teams apart, that man being Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
. One of the best players in the world proved why whilst posting a rating of 1.94 and an ADR of 129.8 in a Semi-Final. The mixed team took the map 16-7.
The second map was not likely to be the redemption of the Swedes however as it was Faze's pick. True to form when Kovač went quiet, another star stepped up in the shape of Håvard "rain" Nygaard
taking his chance to post 120 ADR and send his team flying into the Grand Final 2-0.
The second Semi-Final of the day was between two teams who qualified from the North American side of the online league, SK Gaming
. Misfits had performed to a much higher level than many expected at this event, but the current world number #1 was to be their true test.
The first map of Cobblestone turned into a chance for a highly criticised part of the Brazilian team to silence his doubters. Epitácio "TACO" de Melo
stepped up ending the map with a rating of 1.80 and a score that was +15, it looked to be all too much for Misfits as the map ended 16-6.
If the first map wasn't definitive enough, the second saw even more disparity between the lineups. This time mowing down his opponents was Ricardo "boltz" Prass
who took it upon himself to beat his teammates score from the previous map, posting a rating of 2.25. Hot on his heels was the ever consistent Marcelo "coldzera" David
and any time he turns up you know SK Gaming are here to win. Win they did as they took the map 16-1 and the series 2-0.
This sets us up for the final many have been calling for to, almost, end the year. It is the battle of the giants, the ongoing showdown for the number one spot in the world, Faze versus SK gaming. It sounds like Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
is ready for the challenge, stating on stage, "You either cheer for SK, or we're gonna turn this place into a library again."