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The likes of fnatic and FaZe will duke it out for charity in Gamers Without Borders. We break down the format, the teams and more in our preview of the event.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
29th May, 2020·☕️ 5 min read
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The likes of fnatic and FaZe will duke it out for charity in Gamers Without Borders. We break down the format, the teams and more in our preview of the event.

Competition Information

Gamers Without Borders is a tournament hosted by ESL and SAFEIS. The event, which is sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Esports, will feature $2 million in prizes, all of which will be donated to charities fighting Covid-19.

The tournament features some of Europe’s finest teams such as fnatic and FaZe, who will be hoping to win money for a charity of their choice. 

The participants are as follows:

  • 🇸🇪 fnatic
  • 🇪🇺 FaZe
  • 🇺🇦 Natus Vincere
  • 🇪🇺 G2
  • 🇪🇺 OG
  • 🇪🇺 mousesports

The six teams in the competition will battle through a best-of-three single-elimination bracket, with a best-of-five grand final. Natus Vincere and mousesports will start in the semi-finals, while the remainder of the teams will have to play through the quarter-finals first. All of the matches in this tournament will be played in MR12 format (Max Rounds 12).

Additionally, there will be a show match between 100 Thieves and Team Liquid on Cache, Cobblestone and Tuscan. The winner will be awarded $150,000, while the loser will get $100,000, with all winnings going towards charity.

Gamers Without Borders starts May 29 and will run through May 31.

The Current Season

fnatic

 

fnatic
Record: 36 / 0 / 31
Most Played Map: Inferno (68.8%)
Best Map: Train (80.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (30.0%)

fnatic have had their ups and downs so far in 2020. The Swedes won ESL Pro League Season 11 in brilliant fashion but failed to deliver at ESL One: Road to Rio shortly after. Losses to both of their Swedish rivals NiP and Dignitas likely made it an even tougher pill to swallow, and perhaps this tournament will be a nice change of pace after a turbulent couple of weeks. With this being a charity event, I can’t even fathom how many knife kills the likes of JW and flusha will end up going for, and they are definitely one of the teams to watch.

FaZe

FaZe
Record: 42 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Nuke (64.3%)
Best Map: Mirage (90.9%)
Worst Map: Overpass (50.0%)

FaZe have officially announced the acquisition of the 16-year old Lithuanian player, Bymas, who will be replacing olofmeister. The youngster has already made his debut for FaZe in DreamHack Masters Spring, and his excellent aim and spray transfers have caught the eye of both fans and pundits alike. FaZe’s coldzera mentioned in a recent post-match interview that they have slotted Bymas’ straight into olofmeister’s role due to the busy schedule, and they are likely planning on making a few changes further down the line. FaZe have not lost a game with Bymas thus far, taking down GODSENT, Spirit and fnatic in DreamHack Masters Spring, and they are looking like one of the strongest teams in the world right now.

G2

G2
Record: 31 / 0 / 25
Most Played Map: Dust2 (43.8%)
Best Map: Mirage (75.0%)
Worst Map: Train (25.0%)

G2 warmed up nicely into the new year with a win at the Champions Cup Finals, before heading to IEM Katowice where they grabbed second place in front of an empty crowd in the Spodek Arena. G2 failed to make it past the first stage in ESL Pro League, but they bounced back with a solid performance in ESL One: Road to Rio, where they grabbed second place after losing out to Astralis in the best-of-five grand final. 

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere
Record: 19 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Dust2 (58.3%)
Best Map: Overpass (60.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (0.0%)

Natus Vincere have struggled immensely lately, bombing out of ESL One: Road to Rio CIS with losses to HardLegion, Syman and Virtus.pro. They have continued to look shaky in DreamHack Masters, but it is a promising sign that electronic has started to play a bit better after a stretch of poor performances. If they want to take this tournament down, they are going to need s1mple and electronic to perform in tandem, as the rest of the personnel have proven unable to cover for them when they are unable to put up the numbers.

mousesports

mousesports
Record: 26 / 0 / 29
Most Played Map: Train (57.1%)
Best Map: Dust2 (70.0%)
Worst Map: Inferno (0.0%)

mousesports are in shambles right now after failing to make playoffs at both ESL One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Spring. The fact that they bombed out of DreamHack Masters was particularly disappointing since they received a very favorable group draw. It is starting to get a bit worrying for mousesports, but perhaps a charity event like this will be a nice change of pace after a string of poor performances for the European side.

OG

OG
Record: 35 / 0 / 41
Most Played Map: Dust2 (52.6%)
Best Map: Overpass (57.1%)
Worst Map: Nuke (36.4%)

OG failed to qualify for DreamHack Masters Spring after losses to Spirit and forZe which is why we haven’t seen them in action for more than a month now. Their last big event was ESL Pro League, where they actually looked pretty decent all things considered, taking down fnatic, mousesports, G2 and Vitality. While OG will be an underdog in this tournament, they are in a decent spot to upset teams like mousesports, fnatic and Natus Vincere who have looked questionable recently.

Betting Tips

With this being a charity tournament, there is definitely some value on the underdogs. A team like OG can definitely put up a fight against fnatic in the opener, and I wouldn’t rule out NaVi or mousesports despite how poor they have been. OG are the only ones who aren’t competing in any tournament of note at the moment, and they will likely see this as a good chance to get some solid practice in against top competition, while some of the others might not take this too seriously with more important matches on the horizon.

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