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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