Astralis vs Team Liquid : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

IEM Chicago is down to the last two teams and Team Liquid and Astralis will come together in the final matchup. It will be interesting to see how the two teams place against each other. If Team Liquid manages to defeat Astralis, it will definitely call for a new world order. For Astralis, it is a time for them to continue their dominant performance, however, they are not looking too hot right now.

IEM Chicago 2018 will be broadcast live on Twitch. The winner takes home a prize pool of $100,000.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast


  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

The two teams will face off once again in what is shaping up to become a rivalry in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Astralis has been near the top of the scene for a long time. However, post their FaceIT London Major and Blast Pro Series 2018 the Danish squad does not look so strong anymore.


Astralis Roster:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • MagisK

The Danish squad has never been the best when it comes to sheer firepower. However, what they lacked in their firepower and skill; they more than made up for in terms of their synergy and coordination. The playstyle for the team emphasises on ensuring that they cover their mistakes and their weaknesses. The Astralis roster has been able to ensure that their weaknesses are not taken advantage of, at least not without Astralis’ knowledge.

Device has been near the top of the scene for a very long time. He has been able to guide the team into victory on multiple occasions because of his high skill talent. However, he is one of the first players to study his own heatmap in an attempt to stop others from countering his playstyle. Nicolai has become a strong player on a regular basis with his performance. He can emphasise the team’s strengths by shutting down entire regions on his own. The player’s ability to shut down certain sections of the map is what makes him a strong player for the team. In addition to this, he has excellent chemistry with Xyp9x and Dupreeh. The trio has been together for a long time, from their Dignitas days.

Dupreeh is the other player on the team who is constantly making the flashy plays and allowing Astralis to take the lead when it comes to the early part of the rounds. After getting the initial advantage, Astralis players often fall back and allow the opponents to make the mistakes. The Astralis roster has orchestrated this kind of play to perfection over the past few months. They have dominated their opponents with their systemic playstyle and precision.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

For this kind of play, the credit has to go to Zonic. The Astralis Coach has been a former player. He initiated a similar kind of play with his former team mTw. The team made sure that they are able to provide the necessary backup required by the team. As we see the performance of Astralis in the past few weeks, however, we see that they are not the unbeatable team that they were before. Right now, we have seen Faze Clan and almost Fnatic defeat Team Astralis at IEM Chicago 2018. Team Liquid definitely has a much better chance for this match.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO

Team Liquid decimated Faze Clan in the semifinals. The aim of Twistzz and Elige coming together displayed just how strong Team Liquid can be a very strong team when all their pieces are working in tandem. Against Faze Clan, that is exactly what happened. That being said, Faze did make multiple mistakes like pushing in alone when they have an advantage. They were literally giving Team Liquid the chance to neutralize and later win the maps with relative ease. After the drudging of the second map, Faze Clan looked down and out. They were simply unable to make an impact on the outcome of the match.

Twistzz remains the most talented player on the team and it is not without reason. The player has been exceptional in his aim and he has been able to hit insane shots from seemingly impossible situations. The player’s ability to move into position fast and then gain an advantage over his opponents is unmatched. The team’s performance depends heavily on Twistzz and Elige’s performance and if either of them put up good performances, then we can see the entire team thrive.

However, as we look forth to the Grand finals, Twistzz alone cannot ensure the best performance for the team. We will see Elige come alive as he has throughout the tournament with his excellent performance. The team\s performance throughout IEM Chicago 2018 has been heavily dependent on Elige and how he manages his role at the forefront of the attack. He has been able to ensure that the team constantly gets an advantage going into the round by getting the opening kill. Elige is crucial to Team Liquid’s success over the past few months and has slowly developed into the most important player for the team. He is constantly at the top of the scoreboard for Team Liquid.

Prediction :

On paper, Astralis does seem to be the stronger team. They have the experience, the momentum as well as the players needed to win this match. However, that being said, we are also witnessing Astralis is not a team that is as dominant as before. The team’s performance through the last few weeks has been very underwhelming. They are losing to many of the top teams, they are also not able to finish their matches against lower ranked teams.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

The drubbing that they got from Fnatic definitely did not make them a favourite to win this tournament. The team’s performance in the latter half of the match was great and inspirational, but it also masks the lack of performance by the team during the normal match. They were simply at their wits end with regards to how the team can possibly make an impact on their T side. Fnatic had a very dominant performance, and their match loss was only due to their inability to close out the match.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, seems to be on an upward trajectory. Their performance through the tournament has been very strong and they have both Twistzz and Elige performing at their peak level. The North American Squad has been able to dominate teams like Faze Clan and the manner in which they did so definitely inspires confidence in the team. Team Liquid’s performance through the tournament sees them emerge as the favourite in this tournament for the Grand finals.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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