Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

 

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • Glaive
  • Magisk

The Astralis roster is the best team in the world. After winning the FaceIT Major, they continued their victories with the IEM Chicago, ESL Pro League Season 8 and the ECS Season 6 LAN finals. This team has the capacity to adapt to their opponents and modify their gameplay on any particular day. During their Grand final match against Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN finals, Device had a very poor start to the series. The player was not able to hit any shots and in fact, at the end of the first half on Mirage, he only managed to get 4 kills for himself. This was definitely way below the average for the player.

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

So Astralis decided to take away the AWP from his hands and move it to Dupreeh and Glaive. Granted they only used the double AWP set-up for just one round, but even in subsequent rounds, Glaive continued with the AWP instead of Device. This definitely provided the necessary change for the team as Glaive was able to get multiple frags and turn the tide of the game. His multi-frags on a couple of rounds turned the direction of the map. He often gets kills through smokes as well which was a bit of luck but it definitely fired up the rest of the squad.

The Astralis roster is made up of Zonic as one of the best coaches to coach a CS: GO team. His ideas about the game and how Astralis should prepare to stay on the top have helped the Danish team to reach their current position. After all, the Astralis roster has made it to the top and stayed there for so long. Zonic’s influence on the team is one of the biggest reasons for this. He has helped the team stay on top and despite their recent lack of form, they still look as strong as ever.

 

The other factor contributing to the Danish team is Glaive. The player who took on the In-Game Leader when Kjaerbye left the team has been a natural fit for the team. He has made some incredible mid-round calls on maps such as Nuke and Mirage. The team transitions quickly to making grand decisions which can alter the course of the round. Glaive also top frags consistently as we saw during their Grand finals against Team liquid. It was Glaive who managed to help Astralis recover from the poor performance on Map 1 and most of the first half of Map 2.

Overall, Astralis is one of the better teams in the world and they have reached there after making some impressive performances. This tournament will be just another stop for the Danish team as there is little that they can do to lose the tournament. After all, they are the heavy favourites.

 

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain

The Faze Clan roster, once upon a time was the only team with the potential to topple Astralis of their pedestal. After all, they are a team that is made up of five amazing individuals. Each player is one of the best in his role and there is little that the Faze Clan can do wrong in order to lose easily. However, they keep on making mistakes and the ego is one of the biggest factors which comes into play when Faze Clan plays. Made up of five individuals from different countries, this team has seen a lot of friction amongst its players.

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

Niko has taken over the In-Game Leader right now and that has altered the structure of the team. His role as the In-Game Leader comes as the team felt that Karrigan was no longer well-equipped to lead the team. After all, the Faze Clan was on the verge of being eliminated from the FaceIT London Major with just two early losses. But is that really a big deal? There was no way for others to say whether Faze Clan would have been eliminated or gone forth to win the entire tournament under Karrigan. After all, Cloud9 in January did the same thing where they were able to bounce back from a 0-2 deficit in the Group stage to win the entire tournament. And it was against Faze Clan, the team in question right now.

For most of the past few months, Olofmeister has been the player in form for Faze Clan. He had taken a sabbatical for the earlier part of the year and his return saw him in exceptional form. Some analysts equated it with his form during Fnatic of 2015. However, the rest of the team seemed to be out of sync and not in form. They seemed to be burnt out in a big way and there was no one except Olofmeister hitting their shots. Now don’t get me wrong, Faze Clan, even the team not in form is an excellent team. Their skill ceiling is so high and we are used to see them perform at a very high level. So when we see them not in form, it does become a big disappointment for many. Unfortunately for Faze Clan, their team results have been a mixture of poor performance, bad luck as well as lack of synergy. Their timings have been way off and often it is individual performances which result in making this team a success.

They go up against Astralis, a very familiar team for the Faze Clan. However, the fact that they are meeting Astralis early in the Group stage does not bode well for the team. They are not a team that can simply challenge Astralis anymore. Astralis has transcended into being a much better team right now.

Prediction:

Faze Clan might look good on paper, but we all know how the team seems to implode in difficult situations. Unfortunately for the team, they have not been able to win matches in order to boost the confidence of their players. Without confidence, the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister are not the best when it comes to slogging around and winning matches. The lack of synergy on this team also makes a big problem for the team especially going against a well-established and in-sync team such as Astralis.

The map for this matchup is Dust 2, a very open map which is based on aim punch. Astralis is decent on Dust 2 and we have seen them defeat their opponents with ease on this map. Despite not always choosing Dust 2, they are able to make a huge impact, especially when it comes to their T side. Their dominance with their AK 47’s makes it difficult for the CT economy to build up. Indeed in a recent LAN event, we saw Astralis constantly switch up the AWP role based on their spawns. Since Dust 2 is such a spawn based map, it becomes necessary for the team to ensure excellent communication and an overall good performance.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are doing quite well for themselves and there is little that others can do to dethrone Astarlis. Faze clan definitely needs to solve a lot more of their own problems before they can dream of making it past Astralis on Dust 2.

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