Fnatic vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast


  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs Astralis


Fnatic Roster:

  • JW
  • Krimz
  • Brollan
  • Xizt
  • Twist

The Fnatic roster has undergone a lot of changes in the recent months. The Swedish team’s performance has improved over time and at a rapid pace at that. Ofcourse the team still requires the individual members to put up some strong numbers when it comes to their firepower. The biggest problem for the team was the lack of performance from several of their ‘famed’ members.

Fnatic included Twist and Brollan on their team in the recent rounds of roster change. The two players were formerly on Red Reserve and have great chemistry with each other. The addition of Brollan ofcourse comes with the recommendation of Twist. He believes in the youngster and feels like Brollan could be a potential star for the Swedish scene in the future. We have not seen Brollan pull off some really strong performances so far. But the rest of the team is definitely stepping it up, giving him the space needed to become more comfortable on the roster.

Fnatic also has Xizt on their roster as the In-Game Leader. For most of his career, he has been associated with NIP. During his time on NIP, he made some questionable decisions when it comes to their map vetoes as well as strategies. However, what did not work with the NIP players might just work with these Fnatic players. For now, Xizt is the key to enabling the strategic advantage for Fnatic. For a long time, the Fnatic players have relied on their firepower and their talent to win matches. So far in 2018, we have seen that having great tactics is probably more important than just raw firepower.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

With JW on the AWP, Fnatic needs the player to put up amazing performances in order to win this match. They are up against the best team in the world and if their main AWper does not have a good performance then Fnatic might just losing the entire match. They need to secure the best possible map veto in order to possibly stand a chance. Their poor map pool is going to hurt them coming into this match. They are up against a team which has one of the best and widest map pools in the entire game.


Astralis roster:

  • Glaive
  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis had a very dominating performance against Mousepsorts yesterday. Their ability to kite the Mousepsorts roster for its inexperience and especially in their predictions on the Mousesports positioning in the map. Speaking of positioning and their ability to outmanoeuvre the Swedish roster, Fnatic will need to understand and thoroughly review Xizt’s, movements through the map in the past. With Zonic and Glaive at the helm, we can be sure of this review.

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map.

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Xyp9x is a silent player on the team and he has been consistent with his result. The team’s performance in recent months has been able due to Xyp9x providing the supporting play from behind. He is a rock for the team and he provides much more than just his score on the server. His admittance to guiding the young players and keeping them calm on the roster is so crucial for Astralis’ playstyle. Without him, the whole team falls apart. Overall, Astralis is a well-rounded roster with a lot of potential and firepower. They still require to their current form if they are to compete against the likes of Faze Clan. However, for this match against Team Liquid, Astralis will need to have Dupreeh come out ahead.


Despite Fnatic’s strengths and their potential to come out ahead on open-sided maps, Astralis still remains the stronger team. They have the firepower and the necessary skill and experience to easily overcome Fnatic.

The fact that Fnatic did manage to reach the semifinals especially against teams like Mibr, Na’Vi etc is truly surprising. However, against Astralis it would take a heroic effort for the Swedish side to come out ahead.

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