Fragsters vs Vega Squadron: 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.

Vega Squadron vs Fragsters

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • Hutji
  • JR
  • Crush
  • TonyBlack

Vega Squadron is a surprise entry in the Starseries & I-League Season 6 playoffs. The CIS team has had a few good games and even their loss to NRG was an overtime 17-19 loss. The CIS team is not the most consistent rosters in Counter-Strike. Their performance at the FaceIT London Major saw them bowing out in the Group Stage securing a 12-14th place finish.

The team has several well-known players from the CIS region who have been playing together for several years. They have not been always under the Vega Squadron roster all along. The team’s Unique Selling point remains their synergy and coordination. Years of playing together either in one team or against one another have cultivated a very unified roster. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for several years.

TonyBlack is the latest addition to the team and we see him performing well on this roster. The 25-year-old is a late addition to the team having just joined the roster a few months back. He has played on several rosters prior to his time on Vega Squadron, most notably on Forze. He is really good with the rifle and is able to put forth strong performances for the team. He is constantly pushing in other parts of the map gaining information of the opponents’ whereabouts. Even in cases where he has contact with the enemy, he is often able to take down multiple opponents before going down. This gives a huge advantage to his team in the early part of the round.

jR has been exceptional in his leadership on this team. He is able to have a great presence on the map and has a decent read of the opponents. It is his mid-round calls on the T side, however, which make him a strong In Game Leader. The player has amazing firepower as well which is what makes his leadership unique in the CIS region. It is rare for CS: GO In Game Leaders to have In-Game Leaders with a strong presence on the scoreboard.

The Vega Squadron roster is not really the best when it comes to synergy, firepower. They have had a good run at the StarSeries & I-League Season 6. However, they are up against North Gaming, one of the stronger teams at the tournament.

Fragsters

Fragsters Roster:

  • StavN
  • DragoNfly
  • torben
  • Bubski
  • Refrezh

Fragsters is made up of several Danish players who are pretty new to the top scene in Counter-Strike. These players have just come onto the top level of the Counter-Strike scene. Fragsters has had semifinal finishes in several of their local tournaments such as Dreamhack Open Austin 2018 and Dreamhack Open Valencia 2018.

What is interesting for this team is their ability to stick together and have a very diverse map pool. In this tournament alone, we have seen them on three to four maps and yet pull out a strong performance on all the maps.

Fragsters has three core members since 2016 and it is only recently after two new members joined the team that we are witnessing better performances. The addition of Bubzki and Refrezh has definitely seen a boost in their performances.

The team has a very unique playstyle which surprises their opponents on a regular basis. The team is not a very tactics dependent team, but they are able to win their individual duels which gives them a huge positional and player advantage. At the same time, they do not rely heavily on force buys which allows them to have a strong economy for subsequent rounds.

Prediction:

Both the teams are not regular features in big tournaments. They don’t have the experience of playing on LAN and that can be a huge factor coming into this tournament. Players often underperform when playing on the big stage in front of live viewers. It is an experience that comes with time and repeated exposure.

Vega Squadron is a team with a lot of veterans from the CIS region. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for quite some time although not always under the same banner. Their opponents, Fragsters do not have the same level of experience of playting on the big stage. For this team, the fact that they have reached the playoffs is big news. While they will still obviously try to win the series and move on to the semifinals, it is already a successful tournament for Fragsters.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match. They are the stronger team and have excellent synergy and coordination with each other.

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