BIG gaming vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

 

  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Karrigan
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan is back to playing on its full roster. The performance of the even without Olofmeister was still worthy of a top-class team. They played with several stand-ins during this time and still came out with a few trophies.

But the core of the roster has remained constant throughout the past few months. This is what enables the team to form its tactics and still be effective on them. When Olofmeister returned to the active roster recently, there were doubts about his form and whether he would be able to fit into the team again. But Olofmeister was spectacular with his individual performance. When a player of Olofmeister’s calibre is on the lurk, it is impossible for the enemy to avoid him. They need a plan to deal with the lurker, or else they will have big problems.

There is lack of talent on the Faze Clan roster. The team has some of the best talents from other teams. The likes of Guardian, Karrigan and Niuko definitely make this team one to be feared. Guardian has found his form in recent weeks but he has not been lights out blazing as he was during his peak on Na’Vi. Regardless Guardian’s form and consistency are crucial for the team’s potential success. He is not supposed to be the star on this roster.

Speaking of stars, Niko is easily within the top 3 players in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The player’s aim and his understanding of the game require no introduction. He has the best game sense and is extremely skilled with a very high skill ceiling. Niko’s position on the team, however, is only possible due to the space and the support of his teammates. This team, regardless of how diverse it looks on paper just works. Karrigan is probably the only leader who can actually keep such big superstars together.

Karrigan is one of the few IGLs who can hold such a star studded team together

Being on a previous top team such as Dignitas, Karrigan has the right mentality and attitude to keep big egos together. He has been able to guide this team to success. They did not win the Eleague Boston Major, but this is their best chance to win a Counterstrike Global Offensive Major.  

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming roster:

  • Gob B
  • Tabsen
  • Nex
  • Tizian
  • Smooya

BIG Gaming somehow just pops up during CS: GO Majors. The team led by Gob B has one of the best Grenade usages in all of. They are very well trained by their IGL as well as coach on how and when to use the grenades. We have not seen the same level of grenade usage even from the best team in the world, Astralis.

But BIG Gaming does have a problem and that is ensuring a consistent level of skill on the roster. The likes of Tizian and Tabsen definitely have the talent required to make BIG a top-level team once more. However, they have not been consistent in their performances and that affects BIG’s standings. They recently won ESL One Cologne 2018, a home match for the team. It was one of the first time that the Cologne crowd had a home team to cheer for.

Gob B has always been a great leader, one who can help his team get into an advantageous situation irrespective of their individual skill level. He puts in a lot of hours in reviewing other teams and he always has a strategy on how to counter them. We have seen BIG gaming win eco rounds or rounds with lesser weaponry on a consistent basis. Most of it is due to their grenade usage and some really good individual calls by Gob B.

But that is not to say that the BIG Gaming roster does not have talent. They have some really talented individuals in the form of Tizian and Tabsen. The two have been excellent so far at the Major and are really responsible for multiple kills in crucial rounds. Without the performance of these two players, BIG would not have been able to reach the stage that they are at now.

But it is Smooya who forms the biggest concern for the team. The best UK AWPer who shone during ESL One Cologne has been visibly absent during the major. His lack of performance has not gone unnoticed since even Gob B has been handing him the rifle. Smooya needs to be back in form if BIG Gaming is to proceed further into the Champions stage.

Prediction

The two teams present really diverse playstyles. Faze Clan is a team that does not have very deep strategies but it is covered thanks to their amazing individual skill. The Faze Clan is obviously the better team mainly because they have proven themselves over the last few months. The Faze Clan is so strong that even without a core member of their roster they still won several tournaments and stayed relevant. For any other team, this would have been an uphill task.

BIG Gaming is a team that comes into prominence only after several months. The team did win ESL One cologne, but that was on the back of Smooya having a really good tournament. And frankly, he does not look at the same level during FaceiT Major. For Smooya, this is a home match, since he hails from Great Britain too, but he needs to step up his performance if BIG is to have a chance at winning and moving forth.

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