Faze Clan vs Astralis: 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

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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