ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: Astralis vs. HellRaisers Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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Astralis

  • dupreeh, gla1ve, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x, RUBINO

This will be Astralis’ 2nd tournament with a stand-in, but this will be without their star stand-in of dennis. Barred due to playing with GODSENT in ESL and ECS, the Danes will be relying on Norwegian RuBINO, who has had his fair share of experience after playing with the North lineup until the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major.

Considering how dennis played as a stand-in it will be a mountainous task for RUBINO to replicate such a star performance. Considering his old roles have been as an IGL/Support/Entry fragger playing uncomfortable positions, Astralis may elect to use him as an anchor and let Kjaerbye/dupreeh shine in device’s role.

In device’s place, dupreeh took the AWP and shined admirably at BLAST Pro Series, but one tournament with the AWP is a small sample size in judging how consistent dupreeh’s AWP is. Now, with a different player like RUBINO, dupreeh and other members may dip in performance to accommodate for their free-roaming stand-in. But, after BLAST Pro Series, you can only hope that they’ll perform above what is expected of them.

HellRaisers

 

 

  • FejtZ, ISSA, ANGE1, DeadFox, w0xic

HellRaisers are a huge question mark, considering this will be the first big international LAN for three of their members: FejtZ, ISSA, and w0xic. w0xic and FejtZ have been sharing the AWP role to immediate success, as both of the two rookies have shined in their respective roles under ANGE1’s leadership.

ISSA has been admitted into the substitute star role, and has been put in many entry positions that allow him to rip open bombsites and lead HellRaisers to victory. This new ISSA is a huge change from the old, as the old had been struggling to find his place when Zero was still in the HellRaisers lineup.

HellRaisers’ last LAN at FCDB was a tournament victory, but showed a margin of errors that needed to be fixed. Their puggy style led to wins that were not off the strength of HellRaisers’ cohesion and tactics, but clutches from all of their members individually. If they come into the Pro League Finals with that type of attitude and play, there’s all but guarantee that they’ll fail to make it out of the group stage against the caliber of opponents they’re against.

Prediction

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