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OpTic Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses: Esports Betting Prediction @ DOTA Summit 9

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Tournament Introduction:

The ninth instalment of The Summit is taking place in Los Angeles, where six teams will be testing their strategies and tactics before The International 8 arrives.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Bo2 Round Robin;
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of Playoffs;
    • Bottom four teams advance to the Lower Bracket of Playoffs.
  • Playoffs
    • Double Elimination;
    • All games except Grand Finals are Bo3;
    • Grand Finals is Bo5.

source: liquidpedia.net

OpTic Gaming

 

  • Sweden Per “Pajkatt” Olsson Lille
  • USA Quinn “CC&C” Callahan
  • Israel Neta “33” Shapira
  • Sweden Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
  • USA Peter “ppd” Dager

OpTic Gaming’s recent ability to adapt to certain line-ups could prove to a path worth investing in. Also, the team’s coordination in fights is looking better and better after each game, which could lead to OpTic Gaming becoming a favourable contender in the upcoming TI.

33 and zai prove to quite a fearsome combination in the laning phase, as 33’s recent early-game aggression with Necrophos (aided by zai’s Skywrath Mage) really put the heat onto EE and pieliedie for the first ten minutes. 33’s creeping pestilence is what we would’ve like to see going into the mid-game, but with a crippled top and mid lane, the game quickly turned in favour of Fnatic.

OpTic Gaming’s aforementioned adaptability to the opponents draft came into play the second game:  game 1 had Meepo, played by Abed, come in to sweep a fairly unprepared OpTiC, but the second game started with a strong „anti-meepo” and resilient draft coming for the black and green squad.

And it worked, although with some failing here and there, OpTic Gaming managed to withstand most of the early game onslaught (even bringing some fights in the top lane)  and the „crashing tide” that was Meepo in game 1, turned more into a breeze-blown wave by minute 20.
The dramatic shift of pace from one game to another should encourage OpTic to further experiment with counter-draftings that can execute to shut down the star player of a team, although only focusing on these kinds of strats could end up handicapping them. We hope they find the right balance and see even more aces up their sleeves.

Evil Geniuses

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan
  • Gustav “s4” Magnusson
  • Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
  • Tal “Fly”Aizik

EG’s returning plays are promising as Sumail’s mid-presence recalls the days of glory that made EG, alongside other factors, a TI champion.

Although we have yet to see EG face-off against a more demanding opponent, what we’ve seen so far in the first day of the DOTA Summit 9 Group Stage has us wanting for more.

EG is checking a lot of boxes when it comes to making good play-by-play decisions, rotating naturally between farming, applying pressure and securing objective around the map, although this view might be slightly inflated by the slightly lower tier in which they are playing in, at the moment.

Sumail’s positioning has been fairly spot on, so far, although we saw some moments of overconfidence and risky dives for some kills that were neither needed, nor really worth the consequence of dying.

We have high hopes for this team. It seems that these past few moments were put into enhancing the new team synergy and creating proper conditions for its players to fully execute some highly entertaining and impressive plays.

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OpTic Gaming vs. paiN Gaming: Esports Betting Prediction @ DOTA Summit 9

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Tournament Introduction:

The ninth instalment of The Summit is taking place in Los Angeles, where six teams will be testing their strategies and tactics before The International 8 arrives.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Bo2 Round Robin;
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of Playoffs;
    • Bottom four teams advance to the Lower Bracket of Playoffs.
  • Playoffs
    • Double Elimination;
    • All games except Grand Finals are Bo3;
    • Grand Finals is Bo5.

source: liquidpedia.net

OpTic Gaming

 

  • Sweden Per “Pajkatt” Olsson Lille
  • USA Quinn “CC&C” Callahan
  • Israel Neta “33” Shapira
  • Sweden Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
  • USA Peter “ppd” Dager

OpTic Gaming’s recent ability to adapt to certain line-ups could prove to a path worth investing in. Also, the team’s coordination in fights is looking better and better after each game, which could lead to OpTic Gaming becoming a favourable contender in the upcoming TI.

33 and zai prove to quite a fearsome combination in the laning phase, as 33’s recent early-game aggression with Necrophos (aided by zai’s Skywrath Mage) really put the heat onto EE and pieliedie for the first ten minutes. 33’s creeping pestilence is what we would’ve like to see going into the mid-game, but with a crippled top and mid lane, the game quickly turned in favour of Fnatic.

OpTic Gaming’s aforementioned adaptability to the opponents draft came into play the second game:  game 1 had Meepo, played by Abed, come in to sweep a fairly unprepared OpTiC, but the second game started with a strong „anti-meepo” and resilient draft coming for the black and green squad.

And it worked, although with some failing here and there, OpTic Gaming managed to withstand most of the early game onslaught (even bringing some fights in the top lane)  and the „crashing tide” that was Meepo in game 1, turned more into a breeze-blown wave by minute 20.
The dramatic shift of pace from one game to another should encourage OpTic to further experiment with counter-draftings that can execute to shut down the star player of a team, although only focusing on these kinds of strats could end up handicapping them. We hope they find the right balance and see even more aces up their sleeves.

paiN Gaming

  • Brazil William “hFn” Medeiros
  • Romania Aliwi “w33” omar
  • Brazil Otavio “tavo” Gabriel
  • Brazil Danylo “Kingrd” Nascimento
  • Brazil Heitor “Duster” Pereira

paiN Gaming’s still struggling to turn their early-game advantage into anything meaningful in the later stages of the game. While some players can, individually, push the odds in their favour, it seems that is far from enough for the team to succeed.

The Brazilian squad has a rough time gaining any control of the mid-game, due to a  somewhat unintentional reliance on individual players to succed. In their latest matchups, we saw some moments of greatness coming from paiN, but also a fair amount of mistakes, misplays and bad positioning that closely followed the previous and these hurt the most.

w33’s been a dominating presence in all games, be it in-lane or in teamfights as well as tavo, but it seems that paiN Gaming’s individual prowess doesn’t translate at all into team success. paiN’s chaotic wandering and the sometimes confusing positioning end up rendering all that farm that it’s players gathered pointless, as the enemy team can recover from one or two botched teamfights.

It saddens us to see these kinds of developments, but we are hopeful that paiN Gaming can improve their act before TI.

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PSG.LGD vs. Team Liquid: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 EPICENTER XL

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Tournament Introduction:

The third instalment of EPICENTER is a tournament by Epic Esports Events that will be held in Moscow from April 27th to May 6th. The main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace on May 4–6.

Four direct invites and 8 qualified teams, for a total of 12, will be competing in this epic tournament for the $1,000,000 USD and 1500 Pro Circuit Points prize pool.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Two groups of six teams each[4]
    • Bo3 Round robin
    • Top two of each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the main event
    • 3rd and 4th placed teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the main event
    • Bottom two teams of both groups are eliminated
  • Main event
    • Double elimination
    • First two rounds of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    • All other games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

source: liquidpedia.net

PSG.LGD

  • China Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  • China Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao
  • China Yang “Chalice” Shenyi
  • China Xu “fy” Linsen
  • Malaysia Yap Jian “xNova: Wei

LGD has been steaming through this tournament, through some spectacular player-synergies as well really powerful hero drafts.

Chalice and fy have been the bain of mid-players, due to their fantastic stun and CC timings on just the heroes that needed to be held down. Be it a double stun or a mix-up with silences, these two players were a nightmare for each and every player they set their sights on.

Meanwhile, Somnus and Ame were extraordinary in their 1v1 matchups, with Somnus excelling in the mid-lane,  Ame was a dangerous adversary to meet anywhere on the map, but every now and then, Ame would find himself bitting more than he could chew, as the enemy team would cascade upon him,

Last, but not least, we have XNova, who, in our eyes, seemed like that one cog that is needed to make everything tick. xNova’s rotations on Chen or Bounty Hunter were instrumental in the rise to power of his team.

Drafting-wise, PSG.LGD is sporting some serious firepower, aiming for a potent mix to lock-down and harass their opposition, while reaping as much as they can from each objective and each kill.

Team Liquid

 

  • Finland Lasse ”MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Jordan Amer ”Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
  • Bulgaria Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov
  • Lebanon Maroun “GH” Merhej
  • Germany Kuro Salehi “KuroKY” Takhasomi
  • Russia  Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Ukraine Bogdan “Iceberg”Vasilenko
  • Russia Alexey “nongrata” Vasilev
  • Russia Aleksander “nofear” Churochkin
  • Ukraine Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko

“High risk, high reward” seems to be the motto of Team Liquid, as the squad has taken the tournament by force through some impressive and ludicrous moves.

Despite the spectacular results, this newfound mantra has also cost them dearly, as seen in the Winner Finals. Team Liquid continues to find itself punished due to odd positioning and overextending, but no the extent that we are used to.

TL is starting to integrate their flaws into their playstyle, hoping to bate players who want to go for the apparently easy zone and kill. TL seems to able to identify what player is at a risk of getting jumped on and will stay ready to retaliate and counter-gank the aggressor – a manoeuvre that works to some extent.

Player-wise, we grew fond of GH’s more calculated playstyle, looking for safer kills and ganks, rather than risking a dive, as well the more “poke and retreat” style of combat.

 

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Astralis vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Denmark gla1ve
  • Denmark device
  • Denmark dupreeh
  • Denmark Xyp9x
  • Denmark Magisk
  • Denmark zonic (coach)

Astralis have been looking stronger since Kjaerbye’s departure in favor of Magisk, having refreshed their new system; Magisk is also a clearly stronger fragger than that of the former. With that, we’ve seen the return of the device carry on the AWP alongside stellar performances from his partner-in-crime, dupreeh.

But, at this event, we’ve seen the star play of Magisk, carrying Astralis towards a semifinal birth against their nordic rivals. There shouldn’t be any discredit for gla1ve, though, as his tactical prowess has led to Astralis making very minimal mistakes. Luckily, Astralis did not have to make any changes to their structure, as shown in an interview with Magisk. This allowed gla1ve to continue from where he left off, making very little changes while improving Astralis from a strategic standpoint.

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

In terms of current form, Astralis may as well be considered top 3 in the world (alongside mousesports, fnatic, and possibly FaZe). They’re clearly the strongest team that has made a recent roster change, and their semifinal placing at StarLadder i-Series is the most latest of results to prove it. Their ability to play off each other so well while also preventing the enemy from making any openings is impeccable. Astralis’ tactical prowess is shown to be the strongest on a map like de_overpass or de_cache, as shown when they completely obliterated Liquid.

As per their current performance at Dreamhack (obliterating FaZe, Liquid, and Gambit with less than 6 rounds lost in 4 of the 5 maps played between the 2) Astralis are a team that allow very little exploits in their gameplan. The only problem Astralis have is in regards to their ability to close out games or perform against individual star power, which has been mitigated since their choking days, but still show (like in the 1st map against Liquid). Right now, though, Astralis are probably one of the most consistent and strongest teams out there,

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic has been powering through their last few tournament appearances, which include becoming one of the two teams to win 2 major tournaments in 2018. IEM Katowice was thanks to some late-game heroics from flusha, whereas WESG 2018 saw them defeat the Turkish contenders Space Soldiers.

So far, the main catalyst for fnatic’s success is not Golden’s ability to bring structure and tacticality to the roster, but KRiMZ himself. In their quarterfinals win against Ninjas in Pyjamas, KRiMZ scored 70 kills across 3 maps that ended with a CT-train comeback from fnatic. If that isn’t enough to say how KRiMZ has been performing in 2018 so far, there’s no telling as to what can describe KRiMZ so far. He has been the clear star of the team, whereas Lekr0 and co. are supporting him from the backlines.

Golden came, saw, and conquered fnatic with two championship wins (credit: Daily Dot Esports)

fnatic try to give KRiMZ opportunities to trade frags and get multi-kills while anchoring on CT side. This usually leads to Golden and JW creating space for KRiMZ, whereas Lekr0 comes in and does some work here and there with the trusty deagle/AK-47. flusha, staying in his usual lurk spot, can be seen creating space, albeit doing it alone and on the other side of the map. This is to be expected from a player of flusha’s playstyle, and works best with a player as intelligent as him.

The only problem that rises around fnatic is their inconsistent map pool. While de_cobblestone has proven to be an ace up in the sleeve against Na`Vi and Renegades, they’ve been faltering on one of their other trademark maps, de_inferno, and only have de_mirage to rely on. While they have beat FaZe and Ninjas in Pyjamas on de_train, it’s really hard to say that it’s a map to be relied on when fnatic have a spotty history around in. Considering it’s against Astralis, it may not work.

It doesn’t help that Golden can’t hold his own while fragging, but it’s hard to fragout when a player like KRiMZ is playing like an MVP each game.

 

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Gambit vs. Team Liquid CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Kazakhstan Gambit (powered by EsportsBet)

 

  • Kazakhstan AdreN
  • Kazakhstan mou
  • Kazakhstan Hobbit
  • Russia seized
  • Russia Dosia
  • Ukraine Andi (coach)

Gambit themselves are going through a very rough patch, with poor results that included Hobbit stepping down from the IGL position (and seized returning to it!). This is in an attempt to bring Hobbit back to star-form (by focusing on his own game) and bring Gambit back to its former glory. It hasn’t been successful so far, as they lost to BIG in the qualifying match for ESL One Belo Horizonte, but it seems that Gambit are still working out the kinks.

Albeit, Gambit aren’t necessarily known as an online team, and seem to perform way better on LAN. From their matches against Liquid and Space Soldiers, seized seems to be replicating Zeus’ very slow paced style on Na`Vi. Rather than with old Gambit, where AdreN and Hobbit were relied on to open up sites, this new Gambit works around the AWP of mou. If it doesn’t work, they’ll play a very slow and turtley style while putting presence all around the map. This is to confuse enemies and the CT setup, that is, until Gambit burst out and completely catch the CTs off guard.

mou is now a gambit in the plans, having gone from a supportive to an AWP role in Gambit (credit: ESL)

In recent times, Gambit have started relying on mou to perform on the AWP as the star of the team. On the other hand, Hobbit and AdreN are definitely not the same as  they were on the old Gambit, whereas seized has been hindered by the micromanaging role of the IGL. Dosia, once again, continues to play a supportive/lurking role, but it seems to have not changed Gambit one bit. If Hobbit and AdreN magically return to their star roles of fragging and entry fragging, though, Gambit can definitely pull one out of the bag.

One hindrance to Gambit is their shallow map pool. Apart from de_train, Gambit are in the middle of the pack on other maps. Assuming Liquid vetoes de_train in this bo3, Gambit should be looking towards vetoing de_inferno and aiming for de_overpass. Otherwise, if they don’t get any good maps and screw up the veto, they’re going to lose BADLY.

North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil TACO
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid made one small change before Marseille, adding TACO in place of steel, who left due to personal reasons undisclosed. Albeit, there isn’t much structure change, other than slotting TACO into steel’s roles. TACO, on SK Gaming, played a similar support role to that of steel’s, but is being put into a more opportunistic role to that of his old team.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

nitr0 still continues to hold the IGL’ing helm, and Liquid haven’t looked half bad in their performance at Marseille so far. Liquid beat Gambit on Liquid’s trademark map, de_cobblestone, and took a map off of Astralis is a closely contested series. Albeit, the next 2 maps thereafter were a rout from the Danish side, with poor performances from the Liquid side altogether. The main takeaway from their 4 maps so far is that Team Liquid’s cohesion doesn’t seem to have changed. Actually, it feels like it’s the same Liquid of old; the only reason they faced 2 routs against Astralis is that gla1ve’s individual performance and Astralis’ overall play-style is hard to beat with Magisk on the lineup.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1 (Credit: Redbull)

Liquid follows a very methodical play-style, relying on exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses on CT and T side and using EliGE to get up in their faces. On occasion, they’ll utilize nitr0/Twistzz to push A or certain positions on the map, looking to play a very aggressive style in order to catch the enemy off guard. NAF is usually seen on the other side, making space for his team, whereas TACO plays with the team to setup openings.

The only weakness that can be seen before betting on Liquid is that they won’t be following too many complex strategies. It’s best to assume that there wasn’t much preparation with TACO (not having played an official before Dreamhack) before this event, which may affect the Liquid roster as a whole. This could lead to stupid mistakes and blow huge holes in their overall game-plan, but their diverse map pool should be the counter to that. Especially, against a team like Gambit, whose map pool is not the strongest of the best.

 

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