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ENCE vs Heroic: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Winter 2018

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The Dreamhack open Winter is one of the most prestigious and staple events in the CS: GO Calendar year. Over the years, we have seen the Dreamhack Winter be a CS: GO major for more one time. There are very few tournaments who can claim to such fame and opportunities as Dreamhack Winter.

The current edition of Dreamhack Winter will enable many Tier, two teams, to come together in an attempt to win the trophy. Winning a Dreamhack Winter tournament is not only about the prize pool but also the dignity and the prestige that comes along with it. There are a total of eight teams attending the tournament and we will see them clashing head-on at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Coming to the roots of Dreamhack, they have always helped the growth and development of local talent in CS: GO.

The prize pool for this event is $100,000. The teams will compete in a GSL styled format and the winner takes home a prize money of $50,000.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination (GSL) format groups (4 teams each)
  • Opening & Winners’ matches are Bo1
  • Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3

Prize Pool

  • 1st Place: $50,000
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd – 4th Place: $10,000
  • 5th-6th Place: $3000
  • 7th-8th Place: $2000

Heroic

Heroic CS:GO roster:

  • MODDII
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Aciilion
  • Mertz

The Danish roster is undefeated at Dreamhack Winter 2018  so far. With some excellent synergy and a decent map pool, Heroic looks like a formidable team in this tournament. They have played only two matches, but the margin with which they won these matches makes us believe in a strong showing from the Danish team at the tournament. They won their matches against LDLC and Complexity, defeating these teams in under 10 rounds easily.

The Heroic roster is a mixture of Swedish and Danish players, however, these are some of the more experienced players in Europe. They have been playing CS: GO and some of them together for a very long time. Their experience of playing at the top level and alongside/against each other does come in handy when they go against the younger generation.

Moddii is one of the more influential players in the game and his experience as an In-Game Leader does come in handy when it is against the other teams in this tournament. With Friberg and the likes of Acilion on the team, this team represents a lot of talent. However, their map pool is quite limited which does become a big factor when going into this match. They need to find out the right synergy between the best maps and the maps that they think will likely be picked. The team’s chemistry and its presence on the big stage is a matter of concern. They don’t have much LAN playoff experience and we have seen how it can bother the bests players especially in their initial few LANs. Players like Mertz, who are crucial to Heroic’s performance will get an opportunity today against ENCE.

ENCE

ENCE CS:GO Roster:

  • Sergej
  • AleksiB
  • Allu
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has shown a resilience not seen in other teams. The team is made up of multiple young players who have a lot of firepower between them. The likes of Sergej, AleksiB have come up in the professional scene via the long route of FPL and a lot of grinding. As such, they know the value of their position here. This team promises a lot and for the most part, they deliver on their promises. The strength of the team lies is a different style of play, which can be attributed to AleksiB, the In-Game Leader of ENCE esports.

The 21-year-old has played on several teams such as Skitlite, ENCORE, HAVU before joining ENCE in this roster. Along with the veteran Allu, AleksiB gains a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to playing internationally. However, it is his unique approach to the game and the way he manages the players at his disposal which make ENCE a very difficult team to read. However, for ENCE, they do seem like they have a set plan going into the round. The level of execution and synergy between players as they run down the set plan is truly astonishing for a new team.

However, it is not a very rigid system as we have seen Allu take unnecessarily aggressive risks with the AWP. For the most part, it works wonders for ENCE since Allu is a very capable AWP Player. His ability to take a frag and fall back without any consequences ensure that ENCE gains the advantage very early on in the round. However, it can backfire if Allu falls into a pattern and other teams are able to read him. For now, it works and there is no reason for him to change his playstyle.

25-year-old Jani “Aerial” Jussila is a very silent and often inconspicuous player. The young rifler has had high impact kills often opening the round for the team. Especially on the T Side, Aerial is a big force to reckon with. His first shot aim is one of the best in Europe and that makes him a deadly force with the AK47 where a single bullet can result in a kill if it’s on the head.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team, one that can provide us with a lot of exciting plays. The young nature of the team means that they only have a lot to gain and learn from these matches. However, knowing ENCE and seeing how well they can perform [ they won Starseries & I-league Season 6] we think ENCE has a real shot at this match.

Prediction:

The Finnish roster has a unique style of play which can set off Heroic when it comes to certain maps. AleksiB has proven himself to be an able leader, one who is not afraid to take risky decisions when it comes to certain matches. At the same time, Allu adds a unique flavor to the team’s performance. Together they form a formidable duo, capable of taking their own decisions but it often turns out to be the right one.

On the other hand we have Heroic, a team with limited LAN presence on the big stage. However, there is no doubt about the experience and the nerves on this team. With the likes of Friberg, Moddii and Aciilion, they can guide the youngster Mertz and help him develop his individual playstyle.

We recommend a bet on ENCE because they seem to be much more structured and AleksiB presents a very unique style of leadership.

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Faze Clan vs ENCE: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

 

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

 

  • Host:

Format.

 

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Faze Clan vs ENCE

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan is probably one of the strongest teams in the world on paper. The Sheer talent on this roster is what makes this a fan favourite irrespective of their performance and seeming lack of results. The Faze Clan roster is comprised of several top-tier players from various teams. Players like Guardian, Olofmeister and Niko were some of the best teams on their respective teams. The players were able to have stand-out performances sometimes even in the absence of their teams replicating their performance with success. The Faze Clan roster still has potential, however, there seem to be several problems within the roster. First, let’s take a look at the team’s individual prowess in terms of its players and their synergy.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Niko is the star on this team and he remains one of the top Counter-Strike players in the world. His raw individual skill has one of the highest skill-ceilings in the world He has been able to pull out miraculous wins for his team and his shots often open up the round. His weapon of choice is not always a big problem for the player, whose aim trumps most of his opponents. Recently he has taken over the role of the In-Game leader on the roster and that is bound to severely affect his individual performance.

Guardian and Rain are the backbones of this roster. They are not really the most flamboyant players on the team and don’t regularly top the charts when it comes to the scoreboard. However, that being said the players are extremely vital to Faze Clan’s performance through this tournament. If they falter, the Faze Clan will not be able to produce good results no matter the individual performance of Niko and Olofmeister.

Probably the only in-form player at Faze Clan.

The X-factor on this team, in a way, is Karrigan. He was the In-Game Leader on this team and that was the biggest selling point for the team. However after Faze Clan was unable to win a single match in the Major, and it was staring down a 0-3 elimination, Niko took over the reins from karrigan. Not only does this change the dynamics of the team, but it also puts into question the future of Karrigan on the roster. This team that he helped nurture and develop will all of a sudden be looking to boot him out of the roster. For Karrigan, this is not a new experience as he has been on the receiving end of several superhit teams. For those teams, however, removing Karrigan did not always result in better performance.

This tournament is a perfect opportunity for Faze Clan to put forth strong results. With Astralis and even Mousesports out of the way, Faze Clan’s biggest rivals will be Na’Vi. However, as we have seen in the past we need to ensure that Faze Clan reaches the Grand finals for the same.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Starseries & I-League Season 6 winners will match up against the veterans of Faze Clan in this match. The only player on the Finnish roster who has some decent experience when it comes to international matches is Allu. The player has been a part of multiple top tier teams. His experience of playing on LAN and keeping a calm composure is exactly what the relatively young roster of ENCE requires.

The Finnish roster has a unique combination of players. The first name that stands out and is probably the most popular is Allu. The former NIP player has seen excellent personal skill and is able to match up with the best in the world on the AWP. His positioning and often quite aggressive movements with the AWP is definitely a big surprise to many. It is not uncommon to see Allu push forth with the AWP alone and gain valuable information for the team. However, this can also backfire, especially against a team which has studied the ENCE playstyle and will expect this. Allu’s individual performance has been key to ENCE’s past results. He has been able to stand out amongst his peers almost always ensuring a top berth in the scoreboard. Even in cases where he does not get a single frag, his advance positioning is often a clue to the opponent’s plans for the round. ENCE can then reinforce their defence accordingly, which gives them a big advantage going into the round.

The ENCE 2018 Roster.

The other members on this team are very young. The likes of Sergej, AleksiB and xSeven do not have much experience between them. However, they are extremely talented with Sergej especially considered to be a future Counter Strike Global Offensive star. For Sergej, however, we have seen his performances take a dive in the middle of the tournament. During Starseries there were occasions, especially during the quarterfinal when Sergej was unable to replicate the same level of performance on the big stage as he did during the Group stage. This comes from the nervousness and his inability to adjust to playing in front of thousands of players. This is something that comes with experience and we do not expect Sergej to instantly become comfortable on the big stage after just one Tournament. Regardless, he is going to be a crucial element for the team in the Group stages where we expect him to perform really well.

AleksiB has a great grasp of the team’s limits and their skills.

AleksiB has shuffled between the top Finnish rosters for some time now. His role as the In-Game Leader as well as the lurker on the roster is what makes him a strong candidate for the title of an Impact player. He does not have great mid-round calls, but his understanding of the limitations of his roster and their ability to constantly surprise their opponents is what makes them tick. The surprise is a feature that cannot help ENCE throughout their careers, so we do hope that AleksiB does come up with new strong and innovative tactics in order to keep ENCE on an advantageous position.

ENCE is a roster that is great when it comes to skill. They can defeat the best teams in the world on their best day, however, consistency is a huge issue for the team. In addition to this, they seem to be lost in trying to find their playstyle. This is definitely affecting the team’s overall performance and the final product is a very shabby game for the viewers.

Prediction :

Allu’s positioning with the AWP could mean the difference between Faze and ENCE in this match.

Faze Clan is undoubtedly the better team when it comes to their individual skill and performance. The team has had great results and despite the recent dip in form, we expect Faze Clan to still put up a strong showing against ENCE. Whether or not the key members on the roster start finding their form is still up for debate.

Their opponents, ENCE rely heavily on surprising their opponents with brave [ often borderline foolish playstyle]. Plays such as Allu pushing through the map with no backup and just an AWP is unprecedented for most teams. Once they get a frag, Allu falls back ensuring that the team retains the advantage. But if Niko has done his homework, then he should be able to anticipate such plays. ENCE look restless as the clock wears out and that is something that Faze Clan can play to their advantage.

We recommend a low bet on Faze Clan for this match.

 

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ENCE vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries &; I-League Season 6 Grand Finals.

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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 Grand finals is a matchup between ENCE and Vega Squadron. These are not two teams that many expected to reach the Grand finals. As such it will be interesting to see this unique matchup between the two teams. ENCE is a very young roster with several highly skilled players on their team. Vega Squadron, on the other hand, represents a team that is experienced, calm and composed. They have the knowledge of being exceptionally strong in their playstyle and this is what makes them a very strong force.

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.

ENCE vs Vega Squadron.

The Starseries I-league Season 6 is down to its last two contestants. Neither of these two contestants was favourites to win the event especially in the presence of other teams such a BIG Clan and North Gaming. However, after a tedious group stage process and a dominant performance in the playoffs, we have Vega Squadron and ENCE in the Grand finals.

The Grand finals is a Best of Five series and the winner takes home $125,000 in cash prize. However, for either of these teams, a win is crucial as it would cement their playstyle and position in the Tier 2 scene.

We take a look at the two teams, their individual players and playstyle in this article.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has already made an impact at this tournament. Following some stellar performances, ENCE has been able to put forth strong performances against some quality opposition. The ENCE team has developed its own style of play and they are not afraid to try new things. Leading from the front is AleksiB who has been able to make the plays necessary for the team.

The team is comprised of a mixture of experienced players such as Allu as well as several young players but with a high skill ceiling. The likes of Sergej and AleksiB bring something new to the team’s playstyle. AleksiB has been able to change ENCE’s map pool. Their map pool in this tournament has seen a wide array of maps ranging from Cache to CT heavy maps like Train and Nuke. For now, it is not sure what they prefer since they seem to ban a map as well as pick it depending on the opposition. AleksiB has been really strong on a personal level, often taking the lead in making plays for the team. During their match against BIG Gaming, AleksiB was solely responsible for obliterating the CT defence on two separate occasions. While the direct impact of his playstyle was on the immediate round win, it also crippled the CT economy and defence. Ultimately ENCE won the map & the series with comfortable ease.

The ENCE team is filled with talented inexperienced young individuals.

For an In-Game leader to provide such daredevil plays and performance is really rare. To see aleksiB constantly near the top of the scoreboard is very impressive. He has many players who have risen along with him and are very new to the scene. As such, he has a good understanding of their thought process. He is able to convey his thoughts and ideas to the rest of the team clearly.

Allu, despite being the veteran on this roster is also the player who is constantly leading from the front. Allu is especially important for the team’s performance as he is able to provide the same level of consistency on LAN as well as in Online matches. At Starseries, his confidence seems to be at an all-time high. He is making aggressive peeks with the AWP pushing down squeaky doors in Cache. He even pushed down mid in an eco round all the way to T spawn to gain valuable information of Optic Gaming’s positioning. Ofcourse that was a mistake by Optic Gaming as well who completely ignored him and allowed him the space to move around the map freely. However, for Allu to drop 25 frags in just 15 rounds of the map, it is really a testament to his current form.

Allu had 25 kills in 15 rounds during the semifinal match against NRG.

Sergej has been very quiet at Starseries so far. His online presence is usually quite good and he is the one leading the scoreboard with relative ease. However, in this tournament, Sergej seems to be suffering from on-stage problems. While he is still putting forth decent results, his individual performance is just not as good as his average performance is.

Sergej has been visibly absent from the Starseries scoreboard.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team that has repeatedly put forth strong performances. They seem to be in great form right now and they should continue in their current form. The Grand finals is a Best of Five and this is where ENCE might have a decent advantage when it comes to their match against Vega Squadron.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Jr
  • HutJi
  • TonyBlack
  • Chopper
  • Crush

The CIS roster has looked extremely dominant in this tournament and this comes from their ability to play to their strengths. The team has been able tp put forth some really strong individual performances throughout the tournament. This team is not always present in various LAN tournaments and that is evident from their online qualifier results.

jR is a very calm and composed In game Leader. He does not disappoint with the AWP either.

The team’s performance on LAN has always been a challenging prediction, as they are able to defeat the best teams int he world on their day. However, long-term consistency has been a problem for the team, especially in the wake of new recruits to the roster.

One of their most recent additions is TonyBlack who joined the team in May 2018 from Forze. He is an exceptional rifler and has been able to make several aggressive plays for the team. His timing with his peeks is what makes him one of the better players to hold down particular bombsites. TonyBlack is extremely effective with his rifle providing entries to the team on the Terrorist side.

Chopper is the star on the team when it comes to positioning on the scoreboard. Leonid ‘Chopper’ Vishnyakov shines in disadvantageous situations and enables the Vega Squadron team to have positional as well as a manual advantage. He has been able to win multiple clutch rounds and provide entry frags on others. He might not have the flashiest playstyle, however, he has been a consistent high-fragger for the team Throughout this tournament, Chopper has been one of the best players for Vega Squadron. Their success as they reach the Grand finals is partly due to Chopper and his rifle.

One of the most important players for the team is JR. Not only is he the In-Game leader in the roster but he is also the AWPer. He is not afraid to take duels at short range and is able to win several 1v1 situations. Jr is a very calm and composed player who keeps the team on its toes. The Vega Squadron roster is rarely seen to be shouting on the stage. The team is always composed and has a cool demeanour on-stage. The performance of the team reflects this as they are rarely rattled by losses and it only makes them more determined to win the next map.

Vega Squadron will face-off against ENCE in the Grand Finals at the Kiev Cybersport Arena.

Prediction :

The biggest factor in the Grand finals of Starseries I-League Season 6 has to be the Best of Five series. There are only a handful of maps in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Even the best teams often have a few maps that they generally avoid in order to increase the output on the other maps.

Vega Squadron has the experience of playing together for several years. All the players on this roster might not be on the same team, however, they have moved between teams. They have a good understanding of each others’ playstyle as well as excellent communication. From what we saw yesterday, the map pool for Vega is a big mystery. NRG picked Overpass assuming Vega would not be able to compete on the map. After all, Vega does not have any official matches on the map for the last four months. But Vega Squadron surprised NRG with some excellent movement throughout the map. Jr was not afraid to take single aggressive shots, he would often connect with the opponent. Even if he did not connect with the opponent, it was a low-risk move. Ultimately NRG were forced to clear out aggressive AWP spots, which essentially resulted in the usage of grenades and utility much before the actual bomb site.

Even in wins, Vega Squadron is collected and calm.

ENCE has already shown us their superior map pool. We have not been able to see their dominance on most of the maps, but their readiness to play on any map in the pool makes the map veto an extremely tough task for Vega Squadron. ENCE also seem to have trouble in closing out maps especially from a sizeable lead. However, the team has the talent required to easily win the grand finals. Their star player on the roster, Sergej, however, has been underperforming so far in the tournament. Allu has picked up his slack of sorts, but we cannot expect the same superpower performance from the former NIP player. He was able to make extremely aggressive plays and was unpunished for the same. Against Vega Squadron, this playstyle will cripple the ENCE roster.

For now, we recommend a low to medium sized bet on Vega Squadron. They are the more experienced roster along with the local crowd support. This is bound to give them an advantage especially as many of the ENCE players are inexperienced on the big stage.

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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.

ENCE esports vs Optic Gaming

ENCE

ENCE roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Aerial
  • Sergej
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has shown us a dominance in their quarterfinal match against BIG Gaming. Despite being so young, ENCE has remained capable of putting out big tactics and being the superior team when it comes to their positioning and firepower.

Allu and Sergej are usually the top fraggers on this team throughout the tournament. The veteran and the youngster combination has provided ENCE with several winning rounds. Allu has been very consistent with the AWP throughout the tournament often even hitting shots through the smoke. Allu’s performance does take some time to go through which is evident in the way his score reflects in the game. Even in the quarterfinals, Allu was underperforming in the first map but later picked up steam to start steamrolling his opponents. Along with his individual skill, Allu also provides insight into the team’s composure often ensuring that the entire roster is on one page. As a type of mentor, it takes a lot of pressure off AleksiB who can focus on ensuring decent strategies and his individual performance.

Sergej also has been quite underwhelming on the big stage till now. His group and online performance are one of the best in the industry, however, it does seem that pressure gets to him especially on LAN. If ENCE are to continue their current form and have a good performance at Starseries & I-League Season 6, they need Sergej to start performing better. He remains a player with exceptional aim and positioning.

The one man who brings the entire roster together is AleksiB with his In Game leadership. He has a very deep strat book yet is always able to pull out the best and most effective strategies against their opponents. Apart from his tactics, AleksiB is one of the most explosive In GAme Leaders in recent times. It is not uncommon to see him take the reins of the round in his own hands via a quick Vent rush on Nuke. BIG Gaming was caught out unawares on two occasions where AleksiB was down in the B Bomb site and BIG had no idea about it. In both the rounds,   initial frag was crucial to secure ENCE the round win and ultimately the map.

The Finnish organisation has supported local players for a long time. Despite being a region with exceptional talent, Finland has not really produced any legendary Counter-Strike teams. This is their opportunity to create a Finnish team which can truly develop the scene and provide a boost to the grassroots scene as well. ENCE will face off against Optic Gaming in the semifinals at Starseries & I-League Season 6.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Snappi
  • Jugi
  • Niko

Optic Gaming has made its presence felt in Tier 2 European scene after putting forth some great results. Most of these results have been possible because of the influx of skill and talent on this roster. Niko\s return from North Gaming provided the adequate boost that the Optic Gaming squad requires. Niko, for his part on North gaming, has come back with considerable experience and expertise of playing against top teams. He does not rush out and put his own team at risk with his positioning, but we see a very calculated response from the player. He is very efficient with his movement and grenade usage which makes him all the more effective in clutch situations.

Optic Gaming has a plethora of talented individuals on this roster. Each player on this team has been on Tier 1 Danish squad [ read current Astralis] in some form or the other. K0nfig is a very brazen player often not afraid to make risky plays to secure an advantage for the team. His ability to push through smokes and lock down the opponents’ set strategies is what makes him a real threat to any team. He has great synergy and coordination with the rest of the team and even if he goes down, it is often because the rest of the team is backing him up.

Optic Gaming has not appeared in many LAN tournaments after Nko\s return. This will be the perfect opportunity for them to start building their legacy. For now, optic does seem to somewhat lack coordination especially with the new member on their roster. They need to start building their map pool and ensure a good start to the series in the map veto itself. However, the team is built around fragging and they include some of the best Tier 2 talents in the scene.

Prediction:

While Optic does look strong on paper, the lack of proper coordination and synergy is plainly evident, especially on CT heavy maps. They are often caught unawares due to either lack of communication or lack of preparation. We have seen amazing individual performances from almost every player of the Danish squad and that is the saving grace for the roster.

ENCE esports, on the other hand, has shown us a very talented and skilled roster. Their match yesterday should have ended in 2-0 victory, especially since they were up 15-11 at one point. But BIG was able to  make a comeback and take the map to Overtime and win. This did not deter the ENCE roster as they made an even stronger comeback on the second map. ENCE looked very dominant and had great control over their economy. One of the biggest flaws of even the top teams in the scene is their inability to correctly estimate their economy and how a force buy could cripple them in the rounds to come.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on ENCE as they have looked very dominant at 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.

ENCE Esports

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • Sergej
  • Alexsib
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

ENCE is a Finnish team and is yet another attempt by Allu to create a strong Finnish roster. The ENCE organisation has been at the top of the Finnish Counter-Strike scene for quite some time. This current roster is comprised of several young players who definitely have a very bright future. The likes of Aleksib and Sergej have shown a lot of promise in their individual performance.

ENCE esports has had mixed results in their latest matches. While they have wins over teams like Tyloo and Mousesports, they also have losses to Optic, Complexity and Fragsters. Sergej has been exceptional with the rifle and has been responsible for many of the ENCE success in recent times.

The map pool for this team is quite good and they prefer playing on CT heavy maps like Train. Their CT defence on Train is really good and it stems from strongholds on certain sections of the map. Unlike other teams, ENCE does not always go for an aggressive push in certain regions of the map. The team’s performance is definitely making waves in the Finnish scene, but they have been stuck in the same category for quite some time. The team needs to show consistent improvement if they are to start winning important matches once again.

BIG Gaming. 

BIG roster:

  • Gob B
  • Tabsen
  • Nex
  • Smooya
  • Tizian

BIG Gaming is definitely one of the most consistent teams when it comes to making it out of the Groups. However, their path in the Groups has never been truly astonishing or dominant. The X-factor on this team remains Gob B with his motivational speeches and his ability to rouse his players. He has some of the best strategies in the game, but sometimes we see him rely extra on strategies and tactics.

Counter-Strike is a very diverse game and IGLs need to mix up their strategies. Sometimes a plain B rush can work wonders for the roster, but then it might also result in a shutdown. It is up to the In-Game Leader to determine whether it is worth to take this risk or not.  One of the few In-Game leaders who has done a perfect study of opponents and in understanding the opposite In Game Leader is Glaive. Ofcourse it always helps to have some of the best players and the best coach at their disposal.

BIG Gaming will need Smooya to perform at his peak if they are to be able to put forth strong performances. The individual has seen wide variations in his performances. Sometimes he will be the best player on the server, but against other teams, he might be the person with the lowest number of frags on the server.

There are several other talented players on this team. They include Tizian and Tabsen two players who have seen a resurgence in their individual performance. Tabsen, in particular, has been exceptional with both the AWP and the rifle. His ability to bring home clutch situations with each ensures crucial round victories for BG Gaming.

Overall, BIG Gaming is not the best team when it comes to their performance on the server. They present a steady mixture of tactics and firepower. They also have a higher skill ceiling that they exhibit at most times. The team has the potential to reach greater heights, but they need to find their potential and be consistent with it.

Prediction:

Both ENCE and BIG Gaming have different approaches to the game. ENCE is not strategically oriented as BIG gaming. They have a better map pool and they rely on their individual firepower. This comes on the basis of strong individual performances by the likes of Sergej and AleksiB.

BIG Gaming, on the other hand, has had a lot more experience especially in the playoffs of big tournaments. They have been in several big tournaments of late and they consistently make it to the Playoffs. This is where their experience of playing on the LAN stage will come in handy.

For now, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming for this match.

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