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NRG esports vs North Gaming: 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.

NRG vs North

NRG and North round up the list of quarterfinalists at Starseries & I-League Season 6. The two teams are definitely struggling when it comes to show off their consistency. NRG has a lot of talent but transitioning into strong performances has been a problem. North, on the other hand, has recently made changes to their leadership. This tournament will be a true test for Cadian as he attempts to establish North firmly in the Tier two scene once more.

NRG Gaming

NRG Roster:

  • Cerq
  • Daps
  • Nahte
  • Brehze
  • Fugly

NRG is a very young roster with some veterans from the North American scene. First making a splash at IEM Sydney, this team has a lot of potentials. The addition of CERQ has definitely inspired the team’s recent success and scripted their name as an upcoming team.

However, they have not had the best results in most of their LAN events. Their online success story seems very decoupled from their LAN performance. The NRG team requires great coordination in order to improve their standings. Right now, we see a broad playstyle which is helped immensely by individual performances from the like so Cerq, Fugly and NahtE.

 

NRG needs to have a much better map pool when it comes to their map veto. Currently, the NRG roster is reliant on maps like Mirage, Inferno and Cache. The NRG roster seems to be very well versed on Inferno, however, it is no longer a surprise. For North, this should be a very good map veto as they have a map pool diametrically opposite to that of NRG.

NRG will rely on excellent individual performances to try to win this match. However, that is a tough task especially as it would require multiple members to perform at their peak.

 

North Gaming.

North Roster:

  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Cadian
  • Gade

North Gaming is one of the strongest Tier two Counter-Strike teams. However, they are not a regular feature in all CS: GO tournaments. Despite winning a few tournaments in between, we cannot really lay claim to North being the best Tier two CS: GO team. They recently won Dreamhack Stockholm defeating Astralis in the Grand finals [ and in the Group stages itself]. Considering how dominant the Astralis performance in the FaceIT London Major was, this is actually a great feat. However, North has been unable to replicate the same level of performance in other tournaments and online matches.

Most recently they brought in Cadian to replace Niko on the roster. Niko goes back to Optic Gaming in what was the end period of his loan. Cadian’s addition to the team is a mixed bag. He does not really have a lot of experience in leading a ‘veteran’ team like North. The likes of K0nfig, CajunB and Valde have been around in the Danish scene much before Cadian. Cadian will have to dig out better strategies and tactics as North aims to become a strong team once more. For now, it does not look good for the Danish roster. Despite qualifying to the Playoffs at Starseries & I-League Season 6, North is not really considered to be a huge favourite to win the tournament. This is because of the inconsistencies in their performance in the recent weeks.

North is a team that is lacking results for the type and quality of their players. On paper, this team takes Starseries easily, however, the reality is quite different. They need to ensure a better map pool along with better team coordination for them to achieve results.

Prediction:

NRG is a team that has been quite on and off of late. They don’t have the consistency that is required of a top level team. First highlighted during IEM Sydney, the team sunk into lack of performance after that. This tournament is actually a very good opportunity for them to come online. The quality of their opposition is not the best. It presents a perfect chance for the North American team to use its skill.

However, they are up against North, a very experienced roster with the likes of Aizy, Valde and CajunB. Each of these players

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Mousesports vs North Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene. The tournament is already down to just four teams and these teams do not include Faze Clan. THere will be a new team in the finals and we just wait and watch to see if it will be Mousesports or North Gaming. 

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Snax
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • SUnny

The mousesports roster recently underwent a change when they added Snax and replaced Styko on the team. The addition of Snax is from a winner’s perspective since they want to ensure wins and deep runs at big tournaments. Prior to this event, Mousesports as a team was not really bad, but they always failed to ensure a good finish. Their inability to finish their matches led to crucial losses at the business end of tournaments.

The roster has come together after years of tinkering and tampering with the lineup. The only consistent feature in all of this is ChrisJ who has retained his position and his leadership skills. Despite being the constant, ChrisJ has always adapted himself to the needs of the team. Mousesports is a very flexible team made up of elements which probably wouldn’t have thrived in other teams.

Case in Point is Oskar, the most consistent player on the Mousepsorts roster. His consistency might make him a suitable candidate for other top teams. But according to rumours, he has a difficult personality to go along with it. Oskar’s involvement in the team is crucial for the success of this roster. He has a very high success rate in the clutch situation as well as 1v1’s. This makes him one of the most valuable players on the team for the most part.

Ropz is a young talent and he found a home on Mousesports. His talent was recognized via FPL and Mouz were quick to sign him on. Guiding and advising him on his way to a top-tier roster, Mousesports has enabled the discovery of a true talent. They have great synergy with the young player and allow him a lot of freedom and flexibility in his playstyle. He also gains considerable experience from the likes of Snax, ChrisJ and Sunny.

The X-factor on this team, at least for Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 will be Snax. The veteran player who has a Major title under his belt along with years of experience recently transferred from Virtus pro to Mouz. This move was a surprise but not really totally unexpected. After all, Virtus Pro was on the decline and they have been losing players left and right. But for most of the last year, Snax has not had the best of form. His inability to dissect clutch situations with as much effectiveness as before makes him lose considerable sheen as a player. But there is no doubt about his personal talent and skill level on this roster. If he can get himself to be a top-tier team once more, Mousesports will truly be scary.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko
  • Ave ( Coach)

North Gaming has traditionally been seen as the second bestDanish roster. This has not been without cause since North has traditionally been unable to win matches against Astralis and their players. It has mostly been a mental block for the players when they go up against Astralis.

But they have already managed to defeat Astralis once in this tournament. Their ability to defeatAStralis in a Best of Three series is what makes them a very strong contender for the finals. The North Gaming roster has some very skilled and talented players. The likes of Aizy, CajunB, Kjaerbye provide years of experience of playing at the top level. Each one of these players has played with members from Astralis at the top level.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

MSL has notorious for his great tactics and good mid-round calls. While his personal skill level might be the source of memes, there are few who question his leadership abilities. After all, the player has proven himself repeatedly over the years.

The two big factors on this team who can ensure great coordination and firepower are Niko ( on loan from Heroic) and Kjaerbye ( moved from Astralis.). Kjaerbye who was the IGL for Astralis during his time on that roster has experience with developing new strategies for himself and the team. His experience of being a top level player on a consistent basis is what makes him the most valuable addition to the team. With Niko added to the team, it also provides them with a lot of firepower and skill.

Prediction:

This match will be a very interesting match to watch as both the teams have been moving forth the rankings. They have seen a dip in their performance during the last few months, but the recent changes to their team either in form of roster changes or tactics definitely helped them a lot.

Both the teams have won matches against really strong teams in this tournament itself. Mousesports won their series against Faze Clan despite being demolished in the first map. After all, it is not every day that you see your team winning a series after being down 1-16 in the first map. Their resilience and strength in performance definitely help them as they proceed to this match. Mousesports seems well-coordinated and seems to have great synergy on their team right now. They are obviously focussing on enabling the team to work together before trying to win matches. Luckily for them, it is already working wonders for them as they have reached the semifinals of Dreamhack Masters Stockholm and are en route to the finals as well.

North Gaming’s win over Astralis was definitely a big shock. It might point towards North becoming good or just bad play by Astralis. North has a great combination of firepower along with leadership which enables them to outmanoeuvre skilled rosters. But they will have to face off against a team which has great synergy and coordination. With Snax on the roster, they have the burst in firepower and experience needed at this level as well.

For now, we recommend a bet on North Gaming because of their performance. This series will almost surely go to three maps.

 

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Heroic vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Heroic

  • JUGi
  • Snappi
  • MODDII
  • es3tag
  • niko
  • peacemaker (coach)

With RUBINO coming in to presumably pick up in place of es3tag, Heroic are currently in the “fight-or-flight” period of this current roster. This time, it’s all loose with a tint of strategy here and there from Snappi and MODDII, while unleashing the likes of a (possibly) departing es3tag, JUGi, and niko.

JUGi, Denmark’s next rising AWP, is clearly at the top of the cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

JUGi, time and time again, has proven to be the star of this Heroic squad. Their bo3 upset against Ninjas in Pyjamas and their qualifying run for IEM Katowice is all thanks to his cerebral AWP play. In just the past few weeks, they’ve defeated North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even against Cloud9, when Heroic were at their wits’ end, JUGi’s flashy AWP plays and clutches is what kept them in the game. His performance determines how competitive Heroic are coming into every match, and it showed yet again as he led the fragging board against NInjas in Pyjamas. Even in the past two weeks, he’s helped Heroic defeat North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the other members of the team should be downplayed, as all the others have their plays of brilliance. But, inconsistency and poor performance is the bane of this lineup, primarily for niko and es3tag. Both of them have great potential, but can’t transfer that into the biggest matches of their careers. But, with the experience of Snappi and MODDII, and bringing in a strict and experienced coach of peacemaker, they may be able to flap their wings and shine once again–maybe except for the potentially leaving es3tag.

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

For EsportsBet’s original preview of North, click here.

While some’s expectations (including mine) were downplaying North, the roar of the North can be heard loud and clear. Exploding straight out of the gates, they have provided one of the most tense and exciting bo3s in this tournament.

valde-mort was a tough villain for SK Gaming to overcome (Beyond the Summit)

Against SK Gaming, you’d expect North to have been completely blown out of the waters. Of course, completely demolishing Vega Squadron is no small feat, but defeating SK Gaming may have been too tall of a tasks for the lions of Denmark. That wasn’t the case, as valde powered SK to the brink of defeat, but the efforts of his teammates couldn’t recuperate a win for North. Even then, the map scorelines (13-16, 20-22) tell that North may be looking a lot better from the shuffle than we truly think.

valde is starting to shine as a star on this team, and mertz’ unaccounted aggression makes it hard for teams to truly shut North down. One can tell that the synergy for North at this LAN is way better than the dead-eyed North at the ELEAGUE Major, and that a new breath of life has touched this new lineup. Kjaerbye entrying and clutching, valde’s lurk working to perfection, and MSL’s leadership have all been gathering the pieces together for North. What remains to be a mystery is aizy, whose consistency has risen, but his true place in the team remains to be one in question. Regardless, his ability to support his teammates and frag when needed is something that MSL sees as very important to the core function of North.

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Vega Squadron vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Vega Squadron

  • jR
  • mir
  • keshandr
  • hutji
  • chopper
  • Fierce (coach)

Vega Squadron’s ultra-aggressive style completely caught opponents off guard, as they stormed through the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier. In that Qualifier, they upset the major finalists FaZe on de_inferno (16-6), and nearly completing the comeback against G2 on de_overpass (16-19). Their overall performance at the ELEAGUE Major was a bit underwhelming in comparison, just missing the playoffs. Still, the CIS squadron are a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Vega Squadron’s play-style is unorthodox, electing to play a hyper-aggressive style on both the CT and T side. Their strength is actually on the CT side, whereas their T side in comparison is significantly weaker. Their primary strength relies on their unpredictability and their tendency to win on unusual buys/aggression. Their strategical depth, on the flipside, is one that seeks improvement.

The roster, which remains to be the longest unchanged roster, practiced non-stop in preparation for the major

The stars for this team are mir (generally a lurker), chopper (anchor), and is led by jR as the primary AWP and IGL. The firepower this team amasses is sufficing enough to compete at high levels of competition, but their ability to comeback from large deficits remains to be a question in consistency.

 

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

North are in a bit of a groove right now. They come straight out of the Danish shuffle looking completely jumbled up, having benched k0nfig and cajunb in favor of Kjaerbye and mertz. Obviously, this seems to be a huge downgrade. Though, when you look at their performance in recent times and at the major, there had be a change to keep them from going south.

mertz himself is an AWPer hailing from the Academy team, a team that was marred with issues of performing on LAN. While a capable AWPer and rising talent himself, he has yet to perform like a star. Kjaerbye, on the other hand, was one of the key pieces of Astralis’ major championship. An entry fragger by trade, Kjaerbye in the last few months hasn’t been performing at that MVP level for a while.

cs_summit 2 will be mertz’ first true test against high level opposition on LAN

It’s completely evident that North lack a lot of firepower in comparison to the old roster, especially with aizy and MSL still in the team. But, that doesn’t mean they’re completely out of title contention at the cs_summit. Having already played the IEM Katowice 2018 Closed Qualifier, they were able to qualify, beating AGO Gaming, Natus Vincere and HellRaisers to make it. Having MSL up his fragging game and garnering whatever experience they could muster before the LAN event, North are not a team to sleep on.

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: North vs. SK Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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North

  • MSL, aizy, k0nfig, valde, cajunb

North come into this tournament after a string of good results, and it seems that adding valde to the team has added the synergy lost during the time with Magisk. Having valde play a lurk role on T side whereas MSL and k0nfig work together to entry-frag has proved wonders for the North side. Plus, with valde, they find a flexible rotate/anchor player on the CT side. To the agenda of North, valde fits in perfectly with MSL’s leadership plans.

Their last results have been considerably subpar, considering the peak form that this North lineup once showed at ELEAGUE and with the old roster that had Magisk instead of valde. Group stage exits at EPICENTER and not making it to the grand finals after a great start at Blast Pro Series surely will disappoint a lineup like North’s. They’ll be looking to bounce back at the EPL Finals, and in a month that will precede the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston Major in January.

North’s strategies are based off of MSL’s calls, and can be seen in their matches at Blast Pro Series wins against FaZe and Astralis. Playing the entry-fragger and calling role, MSL leads by example, while the supporting cast of k0nfig, valde/aizy, and cajunb will be working right behind him. Depending on the map, either aizy or k0nfig will play the lurk role on the other side of the map, catching off rotating CTs or going for potential opening picks at their intuition. The lineup of North is a grey line in terms of their position among the best, seeing as one day can be the EPICENTER 2016 North (then Dignitas), or a North that looked nearly demolished at the last two major showings. Nonetheless, brains, pure aggression and aim, and the clutch ability of cajunb work together to form a great trio for the Danish lineup.

SK Gaming

 

  • coldzera, TACO, FalleN, fer, boltz

SK Gaming came in swinging in their first event with boltz, surprisingly winning the event at EPICENTER 2017. Beating FaZe Clan and a revolted Virtus.Pro along the way, the SK Gaming seen at the event saw a huge difference with boltz at the lurking position instead of felps. coldzera and FalleN returned to form, whereas boltz and fer seemed to fit their roles respectively. Same happened at Blast Pro Series, where they exacted their revenge on Astralis to take the grand finals in an otherwise-flawed format.

Many have critiqued TACO’s play at IEM Oakland. Being caught out on rotations and in many positions in SK Gaming’s time to play on the stage, many have questioned if he is still adjusting to the old SK play style. Regardless, SK Gaming are winning, but very uncomfortably. Most of their wins and losses have gone down to the wire, and shows a very vulnerable SK Gaming compared to the one at EPICENTER. Can SK Gaming pick it up?

But, much like with the addition of boltz, both TACO and the former have been fulfilling roles that are necessarily for fer’s timely aggression, FalleN’s control-game AWP, and coldzera’s fragging power to succeed in a match. With boltz and TACO’s team roles taken into consideration, it’s the reason as to why SK Gaming have been very successful and the reasons for FalleN and coldzera’s MVPs at their last two tournament wins. Having a passive and entry lurker like boltz and a sacrificial entry fragger like TACO can do wonders for an SK Gaming lineup whose team-oriented style is regarded as one of the best in the entirety of CS:GO’s history.

 

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