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Team Liquid (TL) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Team Liquid

  • NAF
  • Twistzz
  • nitr0
  • EliGE
  • steel
  • zews (coach)

For a preview of Team Liquid before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

Team Liquid started off the day on the wrong foot, nearly losing to Torqued on de_mirage before closing it out 16-14. Had it not been for strong performances from nitr0 and steel on each map, Team Liquid may have been flushed down the drain.

The next best of 3 came around against Heroic, and it felt as if a switch from Liquid came to fruition. They completely vaporized Heroic into the vicinity thanks to a monstrous performance by EliGE. With NAF and EliGE on the gears, Team Liquid shut down Heroic to only 10 rounds across the entire best of 3, cruising to an easy victory and to a loser’s final matchup against SK Gaming.

From what we saw from Liquid across the 2 matches, it is clear that each individual member has the potential to shine on each map. Twistzz’ pistol play is key to keeping the opponent’s economy in check, nitr0 and steel pop off on the entry from time to time, whereas NAF and EliGE shine as the stars of the team. After Liquid’s performance against Heroic, it must just be safe to say that this is the strongest Liquid have looked in a long time.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

For a preview of SK Gaming before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

coldzera won’t be all smiles and laughter after going cold against Cloud9 (Beyond The Summit)

In SK Gaming’s only best of 3 of the day, they saw themselves overwhelmed by Cloud9. Both of their CT sides on de_overpass and de_inferno were horrendous, as viewers saw a spectacle of SK Gaming getting utterly smashed by the relentless aggression of Cloud9. The more important x-factor of this match, coldzera, seems to always go cold against Cloud9, as he performs at his worst when playing against the US lineup in a total of 9 maps.

It didn’t help either that boltz had the wrong screw bolted into him, having his worst map at the event with a 6-21 score on de_inferno. Of course, he wasn’t the true problem for SK Gaming. Remember that a team game is lost as a team, and SK Gaming clearly did not look like the championship winning SK Gaming we saw back in December.

If SK Gaming want to get back into the groove, they’ll need to show a different SK Gaming compared to the one that struggled against North and Cloud9. coldzera and fer need to step up tremendously, and boltz needs to be more confident in his play if they want to take it against Liquid.

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. mousesports (mouz) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • Skadoodle
  • RUSH
  • tarik
  • valens (coach)

Cloud9 are the North American hope, and there is no doubting that they are the best America has to offer right now. Out of all the teams in North America, they post the best LAN results in recent times, only faltering to the two best teams in CS:GO: FaZe Clan and SK Gaming to cut their runs short.

tarik sets up C9 in a very loose and aggressive play-style. With RUSH and himself at the forefront of many site executes, it is left up to autimatic/Stewie to lurk and/or trade out the enemies defending the bombsites. On the other hand, Skadoodle plays a support AWP role, but that doesn’t mean his potential is very low. In fact, Ska is commonly known to explode with the AWP on the CT/T side of de_mirage and de_train. On defense, it’s a similar case, with RUSH and Stewie usually pairing up on A and autimatic and tarik on the other. Skadoodle plays a stationary turret AWP, and can easily be relied on to hold a portion of the map.

With de_mirage and de_train being mentioned, these are C9’s best maps. In fact, their map pool is very similar with most European teams. mousesports, their opponent shares similar interests except for de_train. They are also dangerous on de_cache, having beaten de_cache-eccentric teams EnVyUs and Ninjas in Pyjamas consistently on that map. Aside from that, the only map C9 could be considered weak on is de_nuke, which is a map they have spoken against playing.

Their run at the ELEAGUE Major so far has been smooth, defeating EnVyUs on de_cache and Sprout on de_inferno. While the competition isn’t necessarily up to par, this will be their first true test at the major.

mousesports

  • ropz
  • chrisJ
  • oskar
  • suNny
  • STYKO
  • lmbt (coach)

mousesports themselves pulled out a monstrous performance at the final event of 2017: ECS Season 4 LAN Finals. They took FaZe the full distance, barely losing on the final map on a 17-19 scoreline (de_mirage). What’s important to note is that they won 51 rounds to FaZe’s 55 rounds, which is a phenomenal statistic considering the ranking of FaZe in the current CS:GO era.

mousesports are a very awkward team. They perform incredibly well against certain teams that are higher than their caliber, yet fail to beat some teams of the same caliber in close contests. Even then, they’ve slowly been improving to the point where they can consistently beat teams that they’ve failed to beat before.

mousesports play an aggressive style on T side branching from default setups called by the IGL/secondary AWP chrisJ. This revolves around suNny lurking and oskar’s AWP, which are the two pinpoints to an opening pick for mouz. After that, they’ll assess the situation and hit a bombsite with chrisJ/STYKO entrying. In most clutch situations, mousesports’ oskar and ropz excel with their solid game sense. Apart from that, suNny and ropz have very high peaks of potential at certain moments in the game. CT side is a similar case, where oskar’s AWP is a very vital part of mousesports’ ability to defend. ropz is a very solid anchor in his own right, whereas STYKO/chrisJ can be seen anchoring the b site alone or in a pair.

mousesports are traditionally strong on de_mirage and de_cache. But, in recent times, they have been leaning towards adding de_nuke as one of their stronger maps. Their perma veto is de_overpass or de_inferno, and can play well on de_train at times–but prefer not to play the map when possible.

mousesports surprisingly crushed Natus Vincere 16-2 on de_mirage. While this branches off the victorious history they’ve had on this particular map against Natus Vincere, C9 should be vetoing this to avoid it.

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Renegades (RNG) vs. EnVyUs (nV) CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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Renegades

  • Nifty
  • USTILO
  • AZR
  • jks
  • NAF-FLY
  • kassad (coach)

Renegades have been looking stellar in their recent LAN showings. The best this current lineup has to boast is their win at StarLadder, taking the grand finals win over Virtus.Pro in a dominant performance by NAF and Nifty.

That being one of their 3 most recent LAN performances, Renegades are at their best ever since the Australians took flight to North America. With a stable star player in NAF, NAF can handle the inconsistent performances of the bunch. Thus, Renegades have found solace in finding consistency. Nifty remains to be a huge question mark, though. Burdening him with the dual role of AWPing and IGLing has led to inconsistent performances. Though, when Nifty shows up, he has proven to be an absolute beast. jks is the secondary star of the team, playing a lurk role and using his exemplary game sense to catch enemies off guard in lurker-favored positions (e.g. de_mirage palace). AZR works primarily as an entry fragger, whereas USTILO plays a support role on T side and an anchor role on A site defenses.

Renegades’ best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. They have proven to show strong performances on de_mirage and on de_train, but are prone to faltering to an underdog team like Vega Squadron. That being mentioned, the loss to Vega Squadron tells that the Renegades aren’t exactly in top notch form. If NAF and Nifty do not show up for the match against EnVyUs, things are going to look very scary for Renegades.

 

EnVyUs

  • RpK
  • Happy
  • ScreaM
  • SIXER
  • xms
  • maLeK (coach)

EnVyUs are the sleeper team of the ELEAGUE Major. While one would generally expect them to bomb out, they have always proven to be a tough dinner course for top tier teams across many LAN competitions.

The team’s mainly composed of infusing Happy’s lurking with ScreaM and xms’ entry potential. SIXER plays a supportive AWP role, while RpK is considered to be the cleanup/trade on this team. xms is considered the B site anchor for the team on CT side, whereas ScreaM and RpK; Happy and SIXER work together at A site/mid. In some cases, Happy/SIXER will partner up with SIXER at the B site defense. Two things hinder this EnVyUs lineup. For one thing, EnVyUs is affected Happy’s lurking, as it can completely leave him out of the round’s foray if things go awry. On the other hand, SIXER as a support AWPer has been a hit or miss, but this is due to a lack of potent AWPers in the French scene.

nV, on LAN, while generally better online, are not one to slouch on. Much like their opponents, their best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. In some cases, they are very strong on de_inferno, having taken FaZe and Astralis to close matches on it. de_cache and de_cobblestone are arguably their trademark maps, having defeated teams like fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Cloud9 on it.  Coincidentally, they lost to C9 on that very map (de_cache), but EnVyUs definitely looked way better against a much tougher opponents than Renegades against Vega Squadron. Had a few clutches gone the way of EnVyUs on T side, they could have beaten Cloud9 in a close affair.

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Los Angeles Valiant vs Dallas Fuel: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction



The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

 

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Dallas Fuel

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • XQC
  • Chipsajen
  • Harryhook
  • Custa

Dallas Fuel is the only western team to be picked up in its entirety for the inaugural season of Overwatch league. The former EnVyUs roster has a huge fan following in North America as well as the Korean mainland. This comes after the team was able to win the inaugural OGN Apex Season scoring an emphatic 4-0 series win over Afreeca Freecs Blue in the finals. Their stellar performance saw a lot of Korean fans respect the western team that came to Korea and obliterated their best team. The fact that they were the first western team to win an international tournament in Korea in a team based game made the win special.

The Dallas Fuels are considered to be one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League. Their stellar track record with their core lineup presents a team which is not afraid to try out team compositions in important matches. The team has survived through several meta changes in the game, whereas we cannot say the same for other non-Korean teams. The best European team in Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely had a dip in their performance post the triple tank meta.

Effect showed us his Widowmaker skills in their first OWL match

Dallas added three new players to their OWL Lineup. Custa, XQC & Seagull definitely add to the firepower of the roster while also adding a significant increase in their fanbase. These players are extremely talented but are also big streamers who bring their fans along with them for the team.

The team has two of the best players in their DPS and Tank roles. Mickie’s D’va is legendary for the aggressive stance he takes with the off-tank. Lately, he has been peeling back for his supports a lot more than previous and that allows a lot of help for the supports as they deal with the opponent DPS.

Los Angeles Valiant

  • Grimreality
  • Soon
  • Agilities
  • Silkthread
  • EnVy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unkoe
  • Verbo
  • Kariv

The Los Angeles Valiant is the former Immortals team and were one of the first teams to join the Overwatch league. Noah Whinston is extremely optimistic about the Overwatch league, the league format, and its success. The team did not make any changes to their roster when they announced their OWL roster.

The Valiants lineup is made up of a lot of specialist DPS players. They have Soon and Agilities, two of the best on Tracer & Genji respectively. Agilities has a very aggressive Genji, one who works well with the team. The team peels for their Genji when he has his ultimate online which enables Genji to get a lot of Dash resets.

Agilities’ Genji is very aggressive and creates opportunities for the team

The hitscan player on the roster is Grimreality who is well known for his Mcree. His High Noon usage gets him multiple kills which swings the fight in favor of the Valiants. The player plays a very passive style with Mcree, which ensures he can always peel for his support and backline. While Silkthread is very good Tracer and Genji, but his skill level is not as high as that of Soon or Agilities on the hero. While Agilities plays a very aggressive game with the tanks with his Genji, Silkthread likes to hold on to his ultimate. His passive gameplay is quite contrasting to that of Agilities.

The Preseason saw Valiant come out on top of their local counterparts, Los Angeles Gladiators. They were also able to win against San Francisco Shock albeit with much less comfort. They have already played one match on the first day of the OWL and impressed everyone with their performance. A clean sweep of the San Francisco Shock in the opening match of the season definitely puts them as a strong team and a potential Playoffs Contender.

 

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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.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: mousesports (mouz) vs. Gambit Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

mousesports

  • oskar, suNny, ropz, chrisJ, STYKO

mousesports have seen very little LAN activity since their win at ESG Tour Mykonos, only appearing at 3 LAN events since then (ROG EMEA Qualifier, ELEAGUE, and Dreamhack Denver). That should not determine the form they will appear at during this LAN, considering how explosive mousesports have been since the roster change that saw the entrance of STYKO and suNny.

Featuring the monstrous oskar at the AWP and the talented rookie of ropz, mousesports recently rose among many international European lineups to the tier 1 scene in CS:GO. The originators of the mixed-European nationality lineup, mousesports’ latest lineup has greatly increased in firepower.

With STYKO and chrisJ sharing the IGL and calling roles, it has freed up the stars of mousesports to frag heavily. Relying on the opening picks of oskar, ropz, and suNny, mousesports combine that with their ability to read opponents and entry bombsites with great timing to defeat their opponents. In addition, mousesports’ deagles and ecos are one to be feared, in addition to their ability to change their tempo and become a slow or fast paced team.

For Dreamhack, this will be their event to win alongside Gambit’s. Anything but a grand final appearance is a failure for mousesports.

Gambit

 

  • AdreN, mou, Dosia, fitch, HObbit

Gambit come off the back of a quarterfinals finish at IEM Oakland. While not the result they expected, it is the best they could have gotten after starting out their appearance with 3 straight losses. Their 2 wins came in the form of FaZe and Renegades, both of whom were top notch at that respective event.

Gambit’s play-style can work against certain teams, but easily be countered by other teams when other team has a set strategy that Gambit cannot outcall with sheer firepower and brute executes. The main driving force that makes this team an incredible one is their loose style, much like that of C9’s and FaZe’s. They hold so much firepower in mou–whose AWP has been deadly consistent this tournament–, HObbit, and AdreN alone. With Dosia and mou at the back supporting the trio, Gambit has been defined as the Kryptonite of FaZe. Of all the teams, Gambit is the only one who has consistently beaten FaZe in every bo1/bo3 matchup they’ve had against the All Star lineup.

Regardless, considering the competition at this event and the form Gambit has been, you could consider them the running candidates (alongside mousesports) to take this event’s trophy. No less than a grand final appearance can be considered a disappointing run at this event for Gambit.

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: North vs. SK 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

_________

North

  • MSL, aizy, k0nfig, valde, cajunb

North come into this tournament after a string of good results, and it seems that adding valde to the team has added the synergy lost during the time with Magisk. Having valde play a lurk role on T side whereas MSL and k0nfig work together to entry-frag has proved wonders for the North side. Plus, with valde, they find a flexible rotate/anchor player on the CT side. To the agenda of North, valde fits in perfectly with MSL’s leadership plans.

Their last results have been considerably subpar, considering the peak form that this North lineup once showed at ELEAGUE and with the old roster that had Magisk instead of valde. Group stage exits at EPICENTER and not making it to the grand finals after a great start at Blast Pro Series surely will disappoint a lineup like North’s. They’ll be looking to bounce back at the EPL Finals, and in a month that will precede the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston Major in January.

North’s strategies are based off of MSL’s calls, and can be seen in their matches at Blast Pro Series wins against FaZe and Astralis. Playing the entry-fragger and calling role, MSL leads by example, while the supporting cast of k0nfig, valde/aizy, and cajunb will be working right behind him. Depending on the map, either aizy or k0nfig will play the lurk role on the other side of the map, catching off rotating CTs or going for potential opening picks at their intuition. The lineup of North is a grey line in terms of their position among the best, seeing as one day can be the EPICENTER 2016 North (then Dignitas), or a North that looked nearly demolished at the last two major showings. Nonetheless, brains, pure aggression and aim, and the clutch ability of cajunb work together to form a great trio for the Danish lineup.

SK Gaming

 

  • coldzera, TACO, FalleN, fer, boltz

SK Gaming came in swinging in their first event with boltz, surprisingly winning the event at EPICENTER 2017. Beating FaZe Clan and a revolted Virtus.Pro along the way, the SK Gaming seen at the event saw a huge difference with boltz at the lurking position instead of felps. coldzera and FalleN returned to form, whereas boltz and fer seemed to fit their roles respectively. Same happened at Blast Pro Series, where they exacted their revenge on Astralis to take the grand finals in an otherwise-flawed format.

Many have critiqued TACO’s play at IEM Oakland. Being caught out on rotations and in many positions in SK Gaming’s time to play on the stage, many have questioned if he is still adjusting to the old SK play style. Regardless, SK Gaming are winning, but very uncomfortably. Most of their wins and losses have gone down to the wire, and shows a very vulnerable SK Gaming compared to the one at EPICENTER. Can SK Gaming pick it up?

But, much like with the addition of boltz, both TACO and the former have been fulfilling roles that are necessarily for fer’s timely aggression, FalleN’s control-game AWP, and coldzera’s fragging power to succeed in a match. With boltz and TACO’s team roles taken into consideration, it’s the reason as to why SK Gaming have been very successful and the reasons for FalleN and coldzera’s MVPs at their last two tournament wins. Having a passive and entry lurker like boltz and a sacrificial entry fragger like TACO can do wonders for an SK Gaming lineup whose team-oriented style is regarded as one of the best in the entirety of CS:GO’s history.

 

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) vs. OpTic 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

_________

Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, Xizt, draken, REZ

IEM Oakland saw a repeat of Ninjas in Pyjamas’ championship run of the past iteration in similar fashion, upsetting teams that the Ninjas wouldn’t beat normally. The highlights of their tournament was their bo3 win against SK Gaming and full-distance bo5 versus FaZe to claim the championship. This tournament saw the rise of REZ, the latest addition of NiP as his secondary AWP and pistol play had huge impact in the Ninjas’ tournament play.

The Ninjas of draken and REZ continue to have their highs and lows, whereas f0rest has made himself the clear cut star of the team alongside draken. GeT_RiGhT and Xizt put up admirable performances on occasion, but it’s now a matter of finding consistency and translating it into results. GeT_RiGhT has since transitioned into a support role alongside Xizt, relying on draken’s wild AWPing and REZ and f0rest’s ability to tag team entry multiple bombsites on various occasions.

Luckily, the Ninjas come into the tournament off the back of some considerable results. Albeit, finishing next-to-last place at the Blast Pro Odense Finals must have been offsetting considering their recent championship. Even then, It puts a huge break to the Ninjas, who have long sought a considerable result—considering the standards and expectations pressured towards the Swedes. But, considering their inconsistency and their ability to find a fluid strategy/aim based style, this may be a re-learning experience for the Ninjas.

OpTic

 

 

  • friberg, HS, mixwell, allu, Magisk

OpTic are a huge enigma, considering that they have had wildly inconsistent results with this roster. Another attempt at a European lineup, this OpTic lineup has failed to qualify for the major, but have finished in the semifinals of the domestic iBUYPOWER Masters LAN Tournament and got knocked out of the quarterfinals of IEM Oakland to SK Gaming. There is no telling as to how far this roster can go, seeing as they have very limited LAN results to go from with this lineup.

With friberg as the IGL, OpTic have very questionable T sides, having been shown to struggle more significantly on the terrorist side in comparison to the CT side. Whether it is due to friberg being shifted into an IGL role (which he is not known for) or the inability for the team to cohere with each other as a unit, OpTic have been known to resort to brute force. Their CT side is one to note though, as allu/mixwell’s double AWP/single AWP setup can work wonders in opening picks and bombsite holds for the aim-heavy roster. The only questions of this lineup are Magisk and HS, both of whom have performed inconsistent and below expectations given to them.

More notably, after their exit at IEM Oakland, it was declared that allu would be main rifling and that mixwell would take the helm of the main AWP role again. Considering mixwell’s touted aggression and consistency with the AWP and allu’s past star rifling role in very old CS:GO rosters (e.g. mousesports), this may turn out to work beautifully for the international roster.

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: fnatic vs. FaZe 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

_________

FaZe

  • NiKo, karrigan, olofmeister, rain, GuardiaN

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the undisputed best team after rolling the competition at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro.

Albeit, at Blast Pro Series, they fell pressure to the dennis-vitalized Astralis (like many other teams). This same Astralis lineup went on to barely lose the grand finals with dennis standing in for star player device though. Instead, FaZe placed 3rd. FaZe’s consistent results throughout their past tournaments show a true top contender, but how long can it last?

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

The most interesting thing about FaZe is their ability to bring back man disadvantages (3v5, 2v5, 2v4, etc.) through sheer firepower and individual play. It has come to the point where FaZe has been dubbed the “team with too many playmakers,” as time and time again FaZe’s players have rose to the occasion and dug their team out of a round they were supposed to lose.

fnatic

 

 

  • JW, flusha, KRiMZ, Golden, Lekr0

fnatic, surprisingly, finished as the 1st seed for both the ECS and EPL online leagues. This LAN and the upcoming ECS championship will be the first time we see the true fnatic lineup on LAN, with their only LAN being after the recent major shuffle and the WESG LAN having Brollan stand-in for KRiMZ.

Interestingly enough, this lineup sees the entrance of a dedicated IGL in the fnatic lineup, which has not been seen from fnatic ever since pronax’s departure from fnatic. Actually, it has been working out, with Golden being able to get the most out of the fnatic core–mainly KRiMZ, who had been faltering throughout the year of 2016. Lekr0 has shined as the true star of this lineup, almost replicating the role that FaZe star olofmeister shined in on a familiar fnatic lineup.

A team that works of calculated aggression and strong CT sides (following a trend of past fnatic lineups), fnatic will be looking to test the capabilities of this roster in a LAN environment. This being a top tier event, it will be the true test of seeing how far Golden can take an experienced core, as a somewhat inexperienced IGL, into a deep tournament run.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: Heroic vs. Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

Heroic

  • JUGi, MODDII, Snappi, niko, es3tag

Heroic have revitalized themselves ever since the addition of peacemaker as a coach. Qualifying for WCA and boasting hopeful wins to finish off their runs in ECS and ESL Pro League’s online leagues, Heroic are looking stronger than ever after having a coach restructure the team from the inside and outside.

Snappi’s IGLing, niko’s explosive fragging, and JUGI’s flashy AWPing are the selling points of Heroic. But, when it comes to playing on LAN against top competition, Heroic always seem to fall apart. The x-factors of their lineup will be MODDII and es3tag, since they are prone to inconsistent performances. Both of them have high skill ceilings, but they have a problem performing at that consistent level.

Regardless, Heroic’s team play and individual level will be up to par against the opponents of their group. It’s still a learning progress for this team to fully develop into a top level team. But, with the addition of peacemaker, their ability to evolve into a top team should be hastened faster with the knowledge and tactical diversity peacemaker can bring to the team. And, with his strict way of coaching, Heroic are sure to be able to fix their mistakes with relative ease and pop off at this event.

Natus Vincere

 

 

  • Zeus, Edward, s1mple, electronic, flamie

The addition of electronic adds firepower that seized did not have Natus Vincere, but does it necessarily resolve the problems of Natus Vincere? Even with the addition of Zeus, Natus Vincere’s strategies, defaults, and play under the helm of Zeus have not improved even after the loss of GuardiaN and seized. Even if s1mple, star AWPer for Natus Vincere, has stressed the fact that the addition of electronic has improved Natus Vincere’s practice ahead of Dreamhack, will it be enough for Natus Vincere to rebound and contest the best?

With the lineup Na`Vi has, it’s undeniable that brute force and slow executes are the way this team flows. This contributes to the facts of Zeus’ past tendencies as an IGL with NaVi and superstar capabilities s1mple, electronic, and flamie possess. While we have yet to see this NaVi lineup truly perform to its expectations, there is no denying that there is so much raw firepower amassed with this roster. It’s only a matter of time as to when the results will come. SO far, they are delegated to the EPL Pro League Relegation Qualifier, and do not have a secured spot in ECS. Their LAN results are yet to be disputed, though.

 

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