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ENCE vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries &; I-League Season 6 Grand Finals.

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. 

The Grand finals is a matchup between ENCE and Vega Squadron. These are not two teams that many expected to reach the Grand finals. As such it will be interesting to see this unique matchup between the two teams. ENCE is a very young roster with several highly skilled players on their team. Vega Squadron, on the other hand, represents a team that is experienced, calm and composed. They have the knowledge of being exceptionally strong in their playstyle and this is what makes them a very strong force.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

ENCE vs Vega Squadron.

The Starseries I-league Season 6 is down to its last two contestants. Neither of these two contestants was favourites to win the event especially in the presence of other teams such a BIG Clan and North Gaming. However, after a tedious group stage process and a dominant performance in the playoffs, we have Vega Squadron and ENCE in the Grand finals.

The Grand finals is a Best of Five series and the winner takes home $125,000 in cash prize. However, for either of these teams, a win is crucial as it would cement their playstyle and position in the Tier 2 scene.

We take a look at the two teams, their individual players and playstyle in this article.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has already made an impact at this tournament. Following some stellar performances, ENCE has been able to put forth strong performances against some quality opposition. The ENCE team has developed its own style of play and they are not afraid to try new things. Leading from the front is AleksiB who has been able to make the plays necessary for the team.

The team is comprised of a mixture of experienced players such as Allu as well as several young players but with a high skill ceiling. The likes of Sergej and AleksiB bring something new to the team’s playstyle. AleksiB has been able to change ENCE’s map pool. Their map pool in this tournament has seen a wide array of maps ranging from Cache to CT heavy maps like Train and Nuke. For now, it is not sure what they prefer since they seem to ban a map as well as pick it depending on the opposition. AleksiB has been really strong on a personal level, often taking the lead in making plays for the team. During their match against BIG Gaming, AleksiB was solely responsible for obliterating the CT defence on two separate occasions. While the direct impact of his playstyle was on the immediate round win, it also crippled the CT economy and defence. Ultimately ENCE won the map & the series with comfortable ease.

The ENCE team is filled with talented inexperienced young individuals.

For an In-Game leader to provide such daredevil plays and performance is really rare. To see aleksiB constantly near the top of the scoreboard is very impressive. He has many players who have risen along with him and are very new to the scene. As such, he has a good understanding of their thought process. He is able to convey his thoughts and ideas to the rest of the team clearly.

Allu, despite being the veteran on this roster is also the player who is constantly leading from the front. Allu is especially important for the team’s performance as he is able to provide the same level of consistency on LAN as well as in Online matches. At Starseries, his confidence seems to be at an all-time high. He is making aggressive peeks with the AWP pushing down squeaky doors in Cache. He even pushed down mid in an eco round all the way to T spawn to gain valuable information of Optic Gaming’s positioning. Ofcourse that was a mistake by Optic Gaming as well who completely ignored him and allowed him the space to move around the map freely. However, for Allu to drop 25 frags in just 15 rounds of the map, it is really a testament to his current form.

Allu had 25 kills in 15 rounds during the semifinal match against NRG.

Sergej has been very quiet at Starseries so far. His online presence is usually quite good and he is the one leading the scoreboard with relative ease. However, in this tournament, Sergej seems to be suffering from on-stage problems. While he is still putting forth decent results, his individual performance is just not as good as his average performance is.

Sergej has been visibly absent from the Starseries scoreboard.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team that has repeatedly put forth strong performances. They seem to be in great form right now and they should continue in their current form. The Grand finals is a Best of Five and this is where ENCE might have a decent advantage when it comes to their match against Vega Squadron.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Jr
  • HutJi
  • TonyBlack
  • Chopper
  • Crush

The CIS roster has looked extremely dominant in this tournament and this comes from their ability to play to their strengths. The team has been able tp put forth some really strong individual performances throughout the tournament. This team is not always present in various LAN tournaments and that is evident from their online qualifier results.

jR is a very calm and composed In game Leader. He does not disappoint with the AWP either.

The team’s performance on LAN has always been a challenging prediction, as they are able to defeat the best teams int he world on their day. However, long-term consistency has been a problem for the team, especially in the wake of new recruits to the roster.

One of their most recent additions is TonyBlack who joined the team in May 2018 from Forze. He is an exceptional rifler and has been able to make several aggressive plays for the team. His timing with his peeks is what makes him one of the better players to hold down particular bombsites. TonyBlack is extremely effective with his rifle providing entries to the team on the Terrorist side.

Chopper is the star on the team when it comes to positioning on the scoreboard. Leonid ‘Chopper’ Vishnyakov shines in disadvantageous situations and enables the Vega Squadron team to have positional as well as a manual advantage. He has been able to win multiple clutch rounds and provide entry frags on others. He might not have the flashiest playstyle, however, he has been a consistent high-fragger for the team Throughout this tournament, Chopper has been one of the best players for Vega Squadron. Their success as they reach the Grand finals is partly due to Chopper and his rifle.

One of the most important players for the team is JR. Not only is he the In-Game leader in the roster but he is also the AWPer. He is not afraid to take duels at short range and is able to win several 1v1 situations. Jr is a very calm and composed player who keeps the team on its toes. The Vega Squadron roster is rarely seen to be shouting on the stage. The team is always composed and has a cool demeanour on-stage. The performance of the team reflects this as they are rarely rattled by losses and it only makes them more determined to win the next map.

Vega Squadron will face-off against ENCE in the Grand Finals at the Kiev Cybersport Arena.

Prediction :

The biggest factor in the Grand finals of Starseries I-League Season 6 has to be the Best of Five series. There are only a handful of maps in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Even the best teams often have a few maps that they generally avoid in order to increase the output on the other maps.

Vega Squadron has the experience of playing together for several years. All the players on this roster might not be on the same team, however, they have moved between teams. They have a good understanding of each others’ playstyle as well as excellent communication. From what we saw yesterday, the map pool for Vega is a big mystery. NRG picked Overpass assuming Vega would not be able to compete on the map. After all, Vega does not have any official matches on the map for the last four months. But Vega Squadron surprised NRG with some excellent movement throughout the map. Jr was not afraid to take single aggressive shots, he would often connect with the opponent. Even if he did not connect with the opponent, it was a low-risk move. Ultimately NRG were forced to clear out aggressive AWP spots, which essentially resulted in the usage of grenades and utility much before the actual bomb site.

Even in wins, Vega Squadron is collected and calm.

ENCE has already shown us their superior map pool. We have not been able to see their dominance on most of the maps, but their readiness to play on any map in the pool makes the map veto an extremely tough task for Vega Squadron. ENCE also seem to have trouble in closing out maps especially from a sizeable lead. However, the team has the talent required to easily win the grand finals. Their star player on the roster, Sergej, however, has been underperforming so far in the tournament. Allu has picked up his slack of sorts, but we cannot expect the same superpower performance from the former NIP player. He was able to make extremely aggressive plays and was unpunished for the same. Against Vega Squadron, this playstyle will cripple the ENCE roster.

For now, we recommend a low to medium sized bet on Vega Squadron. They are the more experienced roster along with the local crowd support. This is bound to give them an advantage especially as many of the ENCE players are inexperienced on the big stage.

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Vega Squadron vs NRG esports: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • JR
  • Hutji
  • TonyBlack
  • Crush

Vega Squadron has come forth as the strongest CIS squad at this tournament. Their route to the playoffs saw them compete against other CIS rosters as well. They were able to take them down with ease and without any sort of hiccups. The Vega Squadron team has been together for quite some time. The CIS roster has been able to make deep runs at various tournaments, but they don’t really have the necessary consistency at the top level to make this performance.

Chopper has been fantastic in his Quarterfinal matchup. The player is a very skilled player but often takes a beating when it comes to his positioning. The player has a good spatial sense of his individual performance however when it comes to the grand scheme of things, he is not often in the best of position. Irrespective of this, Chopper is always a factor when it comes to any Vega Squadron match. His individual performance has helped the Vega Squadron team make deep forays in their most recent matches. They have been able to take advantage of the first picks created by him and ensure an economy advantage later in the game.

JR has helped the team develop into its current form and that is largely responsible for shutting down opponents on their CT side. His positioning with the AWP is really good and he can shut down entire sections of the map with just his presence. The performance of the team remains extremely strong as long as JR maintains his consistency. From a macro perspective, JR might not have a deep strat-book; however, he always has an understanding of what is best for his team and what works for the players. His understanding of his players gives JR the right amount of ammunition to make take on other teams.

TonyBlack is another player who had emerged from the CIS scene recently. He has been able to make surprising plays and is reminiscent of some Fallen like plays TonyBlack has really strong performances intermittently and forms a crucial part of the team.

Vega Squadron is a very well rounded team and just like other CIS rosters, Vega Squadron has periods of excellence. Right now at Starseries, it does seem like they are having a good form.

NRG Esports

NRG esports roster:

  • Fugly
  • Daps
  • Brehze
  • Cerq
  • NahtE

The North American roster has been making waves with their performances in recent times. They were first noticed during IEM Sydney on the International stage. However, this was prefaced by months of good performances in the North American scene.

The team has brought on Cerq to their roster, and while he is a very good player it is not this player who has been making the moves for NRG. On the other hand, we are witnessing players like Fugly and NahtE bring out really strong performances on their rifles. NahtE has been really strong with the rifle and his positioning allows him to take multiple frags and cripple the opponents economy. NahtE’s performance in this tournament has helped offset the lacklustre showing by Cerq. Despite being the star performer on this roster, Cerq seems to have a problem with consistent results and showing. We remember his great shots and insane plays, but being consistent is often more important than splashes of brilliance.

The whole team comes together due to Daps and his leadership qualities. He has been able to maintain composure while still being able to read his opponents and force them to play at his pace. NRG esports has been very comfortable in their game so far at Starseries, this is primarily because their opponents seem to be comfortable in playing their game.

We don’t see their opponents try something new which will force NRG to put forth a new approach to their game. Fugly and Daps present the ‘veteran\ aspect of this roster and we can see them constantly talking and evaluating their options. NG is still a very young roster and they have miles to go before they can truly be considered to be a top tier team. Right now, NRG has the firepower and the leadership to proceed further. A win at Starseries would go miles in enabling the NRG roster to become stronger and better with whatever resources they have.

The NRG roster has a lot of potentials but has failed to always convert it into results. They have had periodic bursts of performances, mostly helped by Cerq carrying the team. However, as an individual player, he needs to start becoming more consistent in his performance, even if it comes at the cost of not seeing godlike performances again.

Prediction:

NRG might have impressed a few with their performances at Starseries & I-League. However, the team definitely needs to ensure better and more consistent performances if they are to be taken seriously. Add to this the fact that they do not have their star performing on point at this tournament, so their potential for a deep finish at the tournament looks unlikely. Right now it is NahtE who is making strong forays deep into the enemy. NRG also has a proclivity for strategic maps like Train and Inferno. While this is great, their map pool falls squarely opposite that of Vega Squadron.

The Vega squad has a lot of experience together with each other. Each of these players has been on some of the best Tier 2 rosters and has intermittently risen to the top. They might not always be the best team in the CIS region, however, they do have their periods of excellence. Right now, it does seem like Vega is having multiple members in good form.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match.

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ENCE vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

ENCE esports vs Optic Gaming

ENCE

ENCE roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Aerial
  • Sergej
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has shown us a dominance in their quarterfinal match against BIG Gaming. Despite being so young, ENCE has remained capable of putting out big tactics and being the superior team when it comes to their positioning and firepower.

Allu and Sergej are usually the top fraggers on this team throughout the tournament. The veteran and the youngster combination has provided ENCE with several winning rounds. Allu has been very consistent with the AWP throughout the tournament often even hitting shots through the smoke. Allu’s performance does take some time to go through which is evident in the way his score reflects in the game. Even in the quarterfinals, Allu was underperforming in the first map but later picked up steam to start steamrolling his opponents. Along with his individual skill, Allu also provides insight into the team’s composure often ensuring that the entire roster is on one page. As a type of mentor, it takes a lot of pressure off AleksiB who can focus on ensuring decent strategies and his individual performance.

Sergej also has been quite underwhelming on the big stage till now. His group and online performance are one of the best in the industry, however, it does seem that pressure gets to him especially on LAN. If ENCE are to continue their current form and have a good performance at Starseries & I-League Season 6, they need Sergej to start performing better. He remains a player with exceptional aim and positioning.

The one man who brings the entire roster together is AleksiB with his In Game leadership. He has a very deep strat book yet is always able to pull out the best and most effective strategies against their opponents. Apart from his tactics, AleksiB is one of the most explosive In GAme Leaders in recent times. It is not uncommon to see him take the reins of the round in his own hands via a quick Vent rush on Nuke. BIG Gaming was caught out unawares on two occasions where AleksiB was down in the B Bomb site and BIG had no idea about it. In both the rounds,   initial frag was crucial to secure ENCE the round win and ultimately the map.

The Finnish organisation has supported local players for a long time. Despite being a region with exceptional talent, Finland has not really produced any legendary Counter-Strike teams. This is their opportunity to create a Finnish team which can truly develop the scene and provide a boost to the grassroots scene as well. ENCE will face off against Optic Gaming in the semifinals at Starseries & I-League Season 6.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Snappi
  • Jugi
  • Niko

Optic Gaming has made its presence felt in Tier 2 European scene after putting forth some great results. Most of these results have been possible because of the influx of skill and talent on this roster. Niko\s return from North Gaming provided the adequate boost that the Optic Gaming squad requires. Niko, for his part on North gaming, has come back with considerable experience and expertise of playing against top teams. He does not rush out and put his own team at risk with his positioning, but we see a very calculated response from the player. He is very efficient with his movement and grenade usage which makes him all the more effective in clutch situations.

Optic Gaming has a plethora of talented individuals on this roster. Each player on this team has been on Tier 1 Danish squad [ read current Astralis] in some form or the other. K0nfig is a very brazen player often not afraid to make risky plays to secure an advantage for the team. His ability to push through smokes and lock down the opponents’ set strategies is what makes him a real threat to any team. He has great synergy and coordination with the rest of the team and even if he goes down, it is often because the rest of the team is backing him up.

Optic Gaming has not appeared in many LAN tournaments after Nko\s return. This will be the perfect opportunity for them to start building their legacy. For now, optic does seem to somewhat lack coordination especially with the new member on their roster. They need to start building their map pool and ensure a good start to the series in the map veto itself. However, the team is built around fragging and they include some of the best Tier 2 talents in the scene.

Prediction:

While Optic does look strong on paper, the lack of proper coordination and synergy is plainly evident, especially on CT heavy maps. They are often caught unawares due to either lack of communication or lack of preparation. We have seen amazing individual performances from almost every player of the Danish squad and that is the saving grace for the roster.

ENCE esports, on the other hand, has shown us a very talented and skilled roster. Their match yesterday should have ended in 2-0 victory, especially since they were up 15-11 at one point. But BIG was able to  make a comeback and take the map to Overtime and win. This did not deter the ENCE roster as they made an even stronger comeback on the second map. ENCE looked very dominant and had great control over their economy. One of the biggest flaws of even the top teams in the scene is their inability to correctly estimate their economy and how a force buy could cripple them in the rounds to come.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on ENCE as they have looked very dominant at Starseries & I-League Season 6.

 

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

NRG vs North

NRG and North round up the list of quarterfinalists at Starseries & I-League Season 6. The two teams are definitely struggling when it comes to show off their consistency. NRG has a lot of talent but transitioning into strong performances has been a problem. North, on the other hand, has recently made changes to their leadership. This tournament will be a true test for Cadian as he attempts to establish North firmly in the Tier two scene once more.

NRG Gaming

NRG Roster:

  • Cerq
  • Daps
  • Nahte
  • Brehze
  • Fugly

NRG is a very young roster with some veterans from the North American scene. First making a splash at IEM Sydney, this team has a lot of potentials. The addition of CERQ has definitely inspired the team’s recent success and scripted their name as an upcoming team.

However, they have not had the best results in most of their LAN events. Their online success story seems very decoupled from their LAN performance. The NRG team requires great coordination in order to improve their standings. Right now, we see a broad playstyle which is helped immensely by individual performances from the like so Cerq, Fugly and NahtE.

 

NRG needs to have a much better map pool when it comes to their map veto. Currently, the NRG roster is reliant on maps like Mirage, Inferno and Cache. The NRG roster seems to be very well versed on Inferno, however, it is no longer a surprise. For North, this should be a very good map veto as they have a map pool diametrically opposite to that of NRG.

NRG will rely on excellent individual performances to try to win this match. However, that is a tough task especially as it would require multiple members to perform at their peak.

 

North Gaming.

North Roster:

  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Cadian
  • Gade

North Gaming is one of the strongest Tier two Counter-Strike teams. However, they are not a regular feature in all CS: GO tournaments. Despite winning a few tournaments in between, we cannot really lay claim to North being the best Tier two CS: GO team. They recently won Dreamhack Stockholm defeating Astralis in the Grand finals [ and in the Group stages itself]. Considering how dominant the Astralis performance in the FaceIT London Major was, this is actually a great feat. However, North has been unable to replicate the same level of performance in other tournaments and online matches.

Most recently they brought in Cadian to replace Niko on the roster. Niko goes back to Optic Gaming in what was the end period of his loan. Cadian’s addition to the team is a mixed bag. He does not really have a lot of experience in leading a ‘veteran’ team like North. The likes of K0nfig, CajunB and Valde have been around in the Danish scene much before Cadian. Cadian will have to dig out better strategies and tactics as North aims to become a strong team once more. For now, it does not look good for the Danish roster. Despite qualifying to the Playoffs at Starseries & I-League Season 6, North is not really considered to be a huge favourite to win the tournament. This is because of the inconsistencies in their performance in the recent weeks.

North is a team that is lacking results for the type and quality of their players. On paper, this team takes Starseries easily, however, the reality is quite different. They need to ensure a better map pool along with better team coordination for them to achieve results.

Prediction:

NRG is a team that has been quite on and off of late. They don’t have the consistency that is required of a top level team. First highlighted during IEM Sydney, the team sunk into lack of performance after that. This tournament is actually a very good opportunity for them to come online. The quality of their opposition is not the best. It presents a perfect chance for the North American team to use its skill.

However, they are up against North, a very experienced roster with the likes of Aizy, Valde and CajunB. Each of these players

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Fragsters vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

Vega Squadron vs Fragsters

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • Hutji
  • JR
  • Crush
  • TonyBlack

Vega Squadron is a surprise entry in the Starseries & I-League Season 6 playoffs. The CIS team has had a few good games and even their loss to NRG was an overtime 17-19 loss. The CIS team is not the most consistent rosters in Counter-Strike. Their performance at the FaceIT London Major saw them bowing out in the Group Stage securing a 12-14th place finish.

The team has several well-known players from the CIS region who have been playing together for several years. They have not been always under the Vega Squadron roster all along. The team’s Unique Selling point remains their synergy and coordination. Years of playing together either in one team or against one another have cultivated a very unified roster. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for several years.

TonyBlack is the latest addition to the team and we see him performing well on this roster. The 25-year-old is a late addition to the team having just joined the roster a few months back. He has played on several rosters prior to his time on Vega Squadron, most notably on Forze. He is really good with the rifle and is able to put forth strong performances for the team. He is constantly pushing in other parts of the map gaining information of the opponents’ whereabouts. Even in cases where he has contact with the enemy, he is often able to take down multiple opponents before going down. This gives a huge advantage to his team in the early part of the round.

jR has been exceptional in his leadership on this team. He is able to have a great presence on the map and has a decent read of the opponents. It is his mid-round calls on the T side, however, which make him a strong In Game Leader. The player has amazing firepower as well which is what makes his leadership unique in the CIS region. It is rare for CS: GO In Game Leaders to have In-Game Leaders with a strong presence on the scoreboard.

The Vega Squadron roster is not really the best when it comes to synergy, firepower. They have had a good run at the StarSeries & I-League Season 6. However, they are up against North Gaming, one of the stronger teams at the tournament.

Fragsters

Fragsters Roster:

  • StavN
  • DragoNfly
  • torben
  • Bubski
  • Refrezh

Fragsters is made up of several Danish players who are pretty new to the top scene in Counter-Strike. These players have just come onto the top level of the Counter-Strike scene. Fragsters has had semifinal finishes in several of their local tournaments such as Dreamhack Open Austin 2018 and Dreamhack Open Valencia 2018.

What is interesting for this team is their ability to stick together and have a very diverse map pool. In this tournament alone, we have seen them on three to four maps and yet pull out a strong performance on all the maps.

Fragsters has three core members since 2016 and it is only recently after two new members joined the team that we are witnessing better performances. The addition of Bubzki and Refrezh has definitely seen a boost in their performances.

The team has a very unique playstyle which surprises their opponents on a regular basis. The team is not a very tactics dependent team, but they are able to win their individual duels which gives them a huge positional and player advantage. At the same time, they do not rely heavily on force buys which allows them to have a strong economy for subsequent rounds.

Prediction:

Both the teams are not regular features in big tournaments. They don’t have the experience of playing on LAN and that can be a huge factor coming into this tournament. Players often underperform when playing on the big stage in front of live viewers. It is an experience that comes with time and repeated exposure.

Vega Squadron is a team with a lot of veterans from the CIS region. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for quite some time although not always under the same banner. Their opponents, Fragsters do not have the same level of experience of playting on the big stage. For this team, the fact that they have reached the playoffs is big news. While they will still obviously try to win the series and move on to the semifinals, it is already a successful tournament for Fragsters.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match. They are the stronger team and have excellent synergy and coordination with each other.

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