ENCE vs Heroic: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Winter 2018

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The Dreamhack open Winter is one of the most prestigious and staple events in the CS: GO Calendar year. Over the years, we have seen the Dreamhack Winter be a CS: GO major for more one time. There are very few tournaments who can claim to such fame and opportunities as Dreamhack Winter.

The current edition of Dreamhack Winter will enable many Tier, two teams, to come together in an attempt to win the trophy. Winning a Dreamhack Winter tournament is not only about the prize pool but also the dignity and the prestige that comes along with it. There are a total of eight teams attending the tournament and we will see them clashing head-on at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Coming to the roots of Dreamhack, they have always helped the growth and development of local talent in CS: GO.

The prize pool for this event is $100,000. The teams will compete in a GSL styled format and the winner takes home a prize money of $50,000.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination (GSL) format groups (4 teams each)
  • Opening & Winners’ matches are Bo1
  • Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3

Prize Pool

  • 1st Place: $50,000
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd – 4th Place: $10,000
  • 5th-6th Place: $3000
  • 7th-8th Place: $2000

Heroic

Heroic CS:GO roster:

  • MODDII
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Aciilion
  • Mertz

The Danish roster is undefeated at Dreamhack Winter 2018  so far. With some excellent synergy and a decent map pool, Heroic looks like a formidable team in this tournament. They have played only two matches, but the margin with which they won these matches makes us believe in a strong showing from the Danish team at the tournament. They won their matches against LDLC and Complexity, defeating these teams in under 10 rounds easily.

The Heroic roster is a mixture of Swedish and Danish players, however, these are some of the more experienced players in Europe. They have been playing CS: GO and some of them together for a very long time. Their experience of playing at the top level and alongside/against each other does come in handy when they go against the younger generation.

Moddii is one of the more influential players in the game and his experience as an In-Game Leader does come in handy when it is against the other teams in this tournament. With Friberg and the likes of Acilion on the team, this team represents a lot of talent. However, their map pool is quite limited which does become a big factor when going into this match. They need to find out the right synergy between the best maps and the maps that they think will likely be picked. The team’s chemistry and its presence on the big stage is a matter of concern. They don’t have much LAN playoff experience and we have seen how it can bother the bests players especially in their initial few LANs. Players like Mertz, who are crucial to Heroic’s performance will get an opportunity today against ENCE.

ENCE

ENCE CS:GO Roster:

  • Sergej
  • AleksiB
  • Allu
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has shown a resilience not seen in other teams. The team is made up of multiple young players who have a lot of firepower between them. The likes of Sergej, AleksiB have come up in the professional scene via the long route of FPL and a lot of grinding. As such, they know the value of their position here. This team promises a lot and for the most part, they deliver on their promises. The strength of the team lies is a different style of play, which can be attributed to AleksiB, the In-Game Leader of ENCE esports.

The 21-year-old has played on several teams such as Skitlite, ENCORE, HAVU before joining ENCE in this roster. Along with the veteran Allu, AleksiB gains a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to playing internationally. However, it is his unique approach to the game and the way he manages the players at his disposal which make ENCE a very difficult team to read. However, for ENCE, they do seem like they have a set plan going into the round. The level of execution and synergy between players as they run down the set plan is truly astonishing for a new team.

However, it is not a very rigid system as we have seen Allu take unnecessarily aggressive risks with the AWP. For the most part, it works wonders for ENCE since Allu is a very capable AWP Player. His ability to take a frag and fall back without any consequences ensure that ENCE gains the advantage very early on in the round. However, it can backfire if Allu falls into a pattern and other teams are able to read him. For now, it works and there is no reason for him to change his playstyle.

25-year-old Jani “Aerial” Jussila is a very silent and often inconspicuous player. The young rifler has had high impact kills often opening the round for the team. Especially on the T Side, Aerial is a big force to reckon with. His first shot aim is one of the best in Europe and that makes him a deadly force with the AK47 where a single bullet can result in a kill if it’s on the head.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team, one that can provide us with a lot of exciting plays. The young nature of the team means that they only have a lot to gain and learn from these matches. However, knowing ENCE and seeing how well they can perform [ they won Starseries & I-league Season 6] we think ENCE has a real shot at this match.

Prediction:

The Finnish roster has a unique style of play which can set off Heroic when it comes to certain maps. AleksiB has proven himself to be an able leader, one who is not afraid to take risky decisions when it comes to certain matches. At the same time, Allu adds a unique flavor to the team’s performance. Together they form a formidable duo, capable of taking their own decisions but it often turns out to be the right one.

On the other hand we have Heroic, a team with limited LAN presence on the big stage. However, there is no doubt about the experience and the nerves on this team. With the likes of Friberg, Moddii and Aciilion, they can guide the youngster Mertz and help him develop his individual playstyle.

We recommend a bet on ENCE because they seem to be much more structured and AleksiB presents a very unique style of leadership.

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