Gambit vs Grayhound : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Shanghai 2018

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Introduction

IEM Shanghai 2018 was postponed well into the player break due to certain logistical hurdles. This is one of the first stops in China for the Event organizer. They are looking to tap into the Asian market, especially with their recent appointment of new personnel heading the division. IEM Shanghai features a prize pool of $250,000 and will see eight teams compete at the tournament.

This tournament is aptly called as the race amongst Tier 2 teams, there are so many teams which are striving to break into the top scene. Teams like NRG, Grayhound, Tyloo and Virtus pro are all capable teams. We have seen them cause upsets in the past and create chaos amongst the rankings. But in this tournament, amongst equals, it is going to be a true test for several of these teams.

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Analysts:
    • Norway vENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
    • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • India Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)
  • Observers:
    • United Kingdom Rushly (Alex Rush)
    • Australia MC (Michael Campagna)

Format

  • Group Stage: August 1st – 3rd, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 4 teams
      • The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: August 4th – 6th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia for the Broadcast talent and the format.

Gambit Gaming

Gambit Gaming Roster:

  • Dosia
  • Adren
  • Mou
  • Hobbit
  • Mir

Gambit Gaming is the winners of PGL Krakow 2017. The former Major winners were struck with tragedy soon after as Zeus decided to leave the team. The team has not really been strong since then, despite having talented players were able to lead them to victory in the past.

The current Gambit Gaming roster has many components of the former roster, but they have not had anywhere close to the result that the former roster achieved. Dosia, Adren, Mou and Hobbit are household names in the CIS region. Dosia has definitely seen a huge drop in form and is no longer the same brazen attitude player that we are used to seeing in the server. This is also due to his lack of confidence as a player on an individual level.

While this can be said about the remainder of the players as well, the general consensus is that the team lacks the confidence required. This stems from repeated failures in the recent past. Gambit Gamign recently added B1ade as their coach. The coach has helped several superstar players in the recent past and that is something that is going to work for them. However, he just recently joined the team and we don’t expect any big changes from the coach yet. Gambit can improve, but it’s not in this tournament.

Grayhound Gaming

Grayhound Gaming roster:

  • Erkast
  • Dexter
  • Dickstacy
  • Maita
  • Gratisfactoin

The Grayhound roster first appeared on the International scene a few tournaments ago. The team rose to prominence after a spirited performance during IEM sydney. The team is not really the best team in Australia, but they are definitely quite handy. Now, on Paper Grayhound is probably the weaker of the two teams. We have seen Grayhound mostly play in their local scene against the Australian teams.

The star on the team is obviously Gratisfaction. The player is lethal with his AWP often turning the outcome of games on his own. Gratisfaction’s ability to control certain sections of the map ensures that Grayhound have decent spread on the rest of the part. While Grayhound plays extremely aggressive on their CT side, they tend to gather information first on their Terrorist side. Grayhound, is a team that has a much even spread of kills through the leaderboard. While Gratisfaction is often the player at the top, his performance on the team is not something that outclasses the remainder.

Following up close to Gratisfaction and probably the most popular on the team is DickStacy. The player who became famous during IEM Sydney thanks to his unique username is also a force to reckon with in the server. DickStacy has a very aggressive, often risky style of play. Against weaker teams or teams of the same skill level, this works wonders; but when Grayhound are up against stronger teams, this is often their undoing.

The Grayhound roster is not really a world class roster, but they are improving with each passing tournament. They have been able to make a name for themselves partly due to their perofrmance and partly due to their attitude and charisma.

Prediction:

We have to recommend a bet on Grayhound for this match. While Gambit Gaming does seem strong on paper, they don’t really have the necessary confidence to warrant a bet on them. The odds for a Grayhound bet are also much better and that should be a relatively low risk bet for us.

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