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Faze Clan vs Cloud9: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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The Eleague CS: GO Invitational is the last Premier LAN event before the commencement of the CS: GO Major. However, it is not as stacked as some of the other Eleague tournaments. In fact, it has only four teams in attendance, and not all of them are Tier one teams.  

The tournament features four teams namely BIG Gaming, Team Liquid, Complexity Gaming and Faze Clan. These four teams are not representative of the best teams in the world. However, there is a sort of delicacy in the balance of the teams’ rankings. Faze Clan has recently introduced a new player and coach. This definitely makes them one of the unknown performers at this event. On the other hand, BIG Gaming is a team that is rarely seen at multiple LAN events. However, they always have a great grenade usage in the games that they are involved in. The team always receives praise from the casters and analysts for their strategies and their playstyle.

Complexity might not be one of the strongest teams, but it has a loyal fanbase. They have Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert as a stand-in for this event. It is a four-team event and there is technically a 25% chance for this team. The last and final team in this event is Team Liquid. Coming hot off their win at the IBuyPower Masters; Team liquid are the hot favourites to win Eleague CS: GO Invitational.

The Eleague CS: GO Invitational will take place from the 25th to 27th of January, 2019. It takes place at the Eleague Arena in Atlanta. All the matches will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Commentators & Analysts:
  • Observer:
    • TBA

Format[edit]

  • Playoffs: January 25th – 27th, 2018
    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
  • åvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson

Faze Clan remains one of the strongest teams in the CS: GO scene on paper. However, in reality; the team has not been able to put forth strong results. The team has been riddled with poor results and they seemed to place the blame with their In-Game Leader ‘Karrigan’. With the new changes on the team; they have added Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev as their fifth player to replace Karrigan. He is well-known for being a part of the Gambit roster that won the PGL Krakow 2017 Major. He is well-known as a team player and not for putting up flashy performances. However, despite the fact that he was on a relatively weaker team, AdreN has years of experience playing CS: GO along the best players in the world. He was a part of the CIS Virtus Pro roster which gained critical acclaim during their time. He is a thinking player and that makes him a very good fit for Faze Clan. Ofcourse there is the added synergy with Guardian and Faze Clan hopes to take advantage of the same.


The team has the likes of Niko on their roster. His position as the World’s best player is obviously gone, thanks to the team’s miserable performance. But he remains one of the most skilled players in CS: GO. His individual level of performance is at a high and he can ensure that the team gets out of sticky situations. However, he had taken on the role of the In-Game Leader for several months now, and that was obviously affecting him on an individual level.

Apart from Niko; however, Faze Clan has players such as Guardian and Olofmeister. These are well-known players who have been at the top of the CS: GO scene in their best days. Ofcourse, their current form is a glimmer of their former selves. However, it is still very capable of ensuring some amazing plays. Guardian’s playstyle relies on him being able to provide aggressive peaks He makes these aggressive peeks which usually rely upon a frag. Ultimately, it provides a big advantage to the team as they are able to ensure amazing plays.


GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The Faze Clan is one of the most talented teams in the CS: GO scene, however lack of results definitely hurts them a lot. Faze Clan’s new roster is definitely capable of being one of the best teams in the world. They can ensure that they will choose to improve their statistics and become a better team with more depth than just their firepower.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Logo

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro
  • Timothy “autimatic” Ta
  • Will “RUSH” Wierzba
  • Robin “flusha” Rönnquist
  • Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey

The Cloud9 roster has made several changes to their team. They have brought on Zellsis as a stand-in. However, things don’t seem to be going too well for the team as they already have announced that they will try out a new player for their team. They will try out Ronald “Rambo” Kim for their team as reported by HLTV.

Autimatic is one of the most exciting In-Game Leaders in North America. The In-Game Leader has proven himself capable of leading the players to success. He has a way with the team and it definitely shows in the way the team seems to present itself in the way the team plays. Cloud9’s playstyle is reminiscent of the entire Cloud9’s playstyle and his effect is clearly seen.


Can Kioshima help the team move to greater heights?

However, Cloud9 is not entirely North American roster. They have Flusha and Kioshima; two players who are exceptionally talented. Flusha is not playing at the same level as before, but his experience in positioning and granting a huge advantage to the team is what makes him essential for the team. However, he does end up losing several key fights and that might be the bane for the team.

Kioshima is not the player who has consistently found himself on a roster for a long time. The player has talent and we have repeatedly seen himself out of some of the best teams in the world. The player has a good awareness of the team’s situation and can take sensible decisions. What is truly wonderful of this player is that since he has not been on an active roster for so long, his focus is on being stable right now. He is a reliable player, a player whom Cloud9 can count to be the rock behind their flashy roster.


Flusha is now on Cloud9’s roster and is a signficant part of their firepower

Ofcourse the star on this team remains Rush who has made a name for himself in the North American scene. He has a high skill ceiling and this remains his USP to the team. He can definitely make a bigger impact on the team provided the rest of the team provide him the space to make his moves.

Cloud9 is a decent team, but they have not been together in many LAN events to provide decent performance. The Cloud9 roster can possibly reach deep in this tournament, especially because of its format and the lack of top tier teams.

Prediction:

The two teams are very new when it comes to their current roster. Faze Clan recently made some changes when they brought in AdreN and YNK as a player and coach respectively. These changes definitely add a perspective to their new roster and we hope to see some structure around their gameplay. The Faze Clan roster is still mostly the same and they have some amazing individual players on their team.

On the other hand, we have Cloud9 a team that had to make changes out of necessity. The absence of Golden definitely skews the balance of the team and the new roster definitely is capable of reaching great heights. However, as a team, Cloud9 has not proven anything and it is a long shot to just say that they will suddenly defeat Faze Clan in this match.


We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match. They have the proven track record and their matches and results have definitely secured a bet on this International team for this match.

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Winsrike vs Team Spirit: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor.

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Introduction

IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

Team Winstrike

Roster:

  • Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov
  • Aurimas “Kvik” Kvaksis
  • David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan
  • Georgi “WorldEdit” Yaskin
  • Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen

The Winstrike roster has two very experienced members of the CIS scene. Between WorldEdit and Waylander, they do not lack any experience than the very best CS: GO players in the region. However, the rest of the team is relatively new, and they also have very low experience with the duo of Worldedit and WayLander.

The Winstrike roster has not had the best time in recent months. They were unable to make an impact in the Starseries Europe qualifiers and they finished next to the bottom at the event. Team Wintrike has potential, but they have not produced results and do not have any momentum on their side.


The biggest advantage for the team comes in the form of Worldedit, who will be responsible for making the strategies and the tactics for the team. As they face off against a local opponent, they have a decent understanding of the meta and the way of their gameplay. They can counter Team Spirit’s playstyle, however, ultimately it does come down to who hits their shots.

Players like BoombI4 and Kvik have had an influence on the shape of the CIS region in recent years. Their performance is not stand-out performance, but they have steadily improved over the past few months. The Winstrike team without any notable reuslts, however, remains a huge underdog. They are definitely not favoured to win this match under any circumstances.

Team Spirit

Roster:

  • Pavel “COLDYY1” Veklenko
  • Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko
  • Vadim “DavCost” Vasilyev
  • Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka
  • Victor “somedieyoung” Orudzhev

Team Spirit is one of the most well-recognised roster in the CIS team. They have the likes of ColdYY1, S0tF1k, DavCost and Dima. These players have played together for multiple y ears and have a great understanding of each other’s playstyle and synergy. Their ability to coordinate well outdoes their lack of individual skill at the highest level. Ofcourse, they are not the best team in the world and have never claimed to be one. But they remain a roster which is woefully inconsistent despite being a top tier CIS team.

DavCost has had a decent run at the Minor so far. He is able to hold down a site very well and is responsible for making huge plays once they get control of the site. On the CT side, we have not seen him under pressure a lot at the Minor. So while we do have an idea of how Team Spirit likes to play, Davcost is not always the one under pressure for the team.

Team Spirit has extra reliability on Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka to provide an opening for the roster. This is the kind of play that gets repetitive and it gives out Team Spirit’s playstyle. They need to work on their ability to put forth inroads on other players as well. Their inability to shift from this 2014 Titan playstyle definitely hurts them the most. While D1ma does an excellent job of providing an opening he is not flawless at it. There are often rounds when D1ma is just unable to have an impact and becomes the entry frag for the opponent. In these situations, one realises the folly of the Team Spirit’s playstyle. They are unable to account for opening on other players.


This is mostly to do with the shot-calling than the individual performance of players. Their inability to make inroads using whatever resources they have at their disposal is because they want D1ma to be the more frontline. However, the lack of flexibility in trying to bait the opponent with a strategy is what makes Team Spirit extremely rigid. They are an easy team to read and if their individual players are not performing up to the mark, the team becomes extremely weak in their performances.

Prediction:

There is no doubt that the skill ceiling of Team Liquid is much higher than that of Winstrike. The team Spirit is a team that relies on their individual as well as the leadership of their IN-Game Leader to help them tide over their opponents. For the most part, they are able to put up strong individual plays and win their aim duels. The early advantage that these victories in the aim duels bring to the team is unparalleled and Team Spiti makes use o these advantages very well.

The roster has the potential to win the CIS minor, and they have a few strong teams to contend with. They are up against Winstrike in this match-up; a team that has not produced any notable results int he past few weeks. This should be an easy tiding for Team Spirit; however, they are one of the most inconsistent CIS teams in history. As such; there is always going to be the element of doubt, especially depending on the map packs and the manner of their loss [ on Team Winstrike’s Map pick]. For now, we recommend a bet on Team Spirit for this match.

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Mousesports vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 European Minor.

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IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

Mousesports

Mousepsorts Roster:

  • Chris “chrisJ” de Jong.
  • Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný.
  • Robin “ropz” Kool.
  • Miikka “suNny” Kemppi.
  • Martin “STYKO” Styk.

Mousesports is a team that has not found its groove after they brought back Styko to their roster. The mistakes of the organisation cost the roster deeply in 2018 as not only did they lose their groove, but they can’t seem to find it anymore. The mousesports organisation thought that adding Snax to their team would easily mean more tournaments, more victories and silverware. The reality was a harsh check for the team they are definitely not putting up big numbers anymore.


The Mousesports roster lost to Valiance 14-16. While the scoreline might suggest that it was a close match, the fact that they lost Mirage presents a worrisome indicator for most of the team. Mirage is always considered to be a favourable map for Mousesports and they have traditionally defeated some of the best team in the world on this map. You can never count out Mousepsorts on Mirage and so their loss to a lowly team such as valiance definitely raises some eyebrows.


The map was extremely close with 7-8 scorelines on both sides of the half.Unfortunately for Mousepsorts they only managed 7 rounds on either side of the map ensuring that they reached only 14 rounds. Surprisingly, it was ChrisJ who was leading the scoreboard for the Mousesports organisation. The stars on the team definitely failed to have a huge impact in this match. In fact, the youngsters in Sunny and Ropz highlighted the bottom two spots on the table. They were unable to win several of their aim duels and more often than not were the entry frags when it comes to Valiance. The mousesports roster lost several easy and economy rounds which should have been easy wins for the team. Their inability to be prepared for the surprise tactics and gameplay by Valiance cot them dearly. Some would even argue that the team was giving too much respect to their opponents, something that is great against stronger teams.


However, when you are up against a team like valiance which has little to no International LAN experience, you need to prepare yourself for their style of play. ChrisJ is carrying the team’s weight on his shoulders; however, for the team to succeed, it is necessary that he can comfortably sink back into his role as the In-Game Leader. The other players on eth team namely Oksar, Sunny and Styko need to start getting more rags and their names up on the scoreboard. Ropz has mostly been a support player who performs well, so his individual performance is not something that is under question right now.

However, Sunny’s lack of aim at Katowice is definitely surprising and more so it is perplexing for the team. Maybe Mousesports should start changing his position on the map in order to provide him with favourable matchups. If Optic Gaming identifies the weakness on the Mousepsorts we will have ourselves a strong series here.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke.
  • René “cajunb” Borg.
  • Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer.
  • Jakob “JUGi” Hansen.
  • Ismail “refrezh” Ali.

Optic Gaming had a very poor start to their EU Minor after they ran into Team Vitality. The French team does not have much experience in big LAN events, but they are definitely showing whey they can be one of the best teams in the world. With Zywoo on their team, they are putting up huge numbers in their matches [ match ] so far. Despite having only 22 kills, it was the nature of these kills which brought Zywoo to the forefront in everyone’s attention.

However, this match involves Optic Gaming and the Danish roster is not really as bad as their previous match suggests. The team displayed excellent synergy on most occasions, but they would lose their individual aim-duels to the French team. For example, a classic take on Dust 2 A-Long meant that they needed the Tunnels control. However, as soon as they lost the Tunnel control, they were stuck on the Long side of the map. They had some questionable usage of grenades such as deciding not to smoke the cross-over from A-long to the site. But their knowledge that Vitality was on the eco [ and they just needed to clear out the close range angles] meant that this was a wise decision. It worked out splendidly in their favour, something that cannot be said for the rest of the map.


Individually, we did not see K0nfig step up in a big way. He is one of the heavy hitters on this roster and it is imperative that the player puts up big numbers for Optic Gaming. Surprisingly, Refrezh was also absent from the scoreboard and was giving company to Snappi at the bottom. His inability to put up big numbers meant that the team could never get the head-start that they required in order to take down Zywoo and co.

The Optic Gaming roster has had just a fortnight with Refrezh [ possibly less time of practice]. As such their performance needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The lack of practice clearly shows as they must have prepared only on a handful of maps. Their decision to go forth with Dust 2 against Team Vitality is a decision that was taken after Dust 2 I considered to be a relatively neutral map. However, the French have always been strong on Dust 2, back from 2013 days. They were always favoured to win on Dust 2, even against some of the best teams in the world at the time. As we head into this match, it is necessary for the Optic Gaming roster to bring forth their best game forward.


CajunB has played alongside some of the best Danish players in the region. He has been a part of most of the strongest teams in the Danish region, including several of the current Astralis roster. The player is a decent aim with the rifle and he maintains his consistency on the team. His ability to hold down certain areas of the map on his own and the consistent trade frags mean that he is crucial to the team’s performance. While we don’t expect him to start leading the board anytime soon for Optic Gaming, the level-headed player needs to maintain his performance to ensure that Optic do not suffer a loss once more.

Overall Optic Gaming is a well-rounded team. They have the necessary elements to make it past the Group stage, however, they also have several faulty pieces right now. A lot is expected off Refrezh; but if he fails to deliver once more, it is up to the rest of the squad to pick up their individual performance and give him the space necessary to find his own groove.

Prediction:

On paper, it does seem like Mousesport should win this match. They have better talent, better pas results and are a more consistent lineup. Their experience of playing with each other in the past when they were a much stronger roster will definitely come in handy as they prepare for this elimination match. However, the fact remains that the Moseports roster is not having the best results of late. They are a team that can achieve much more, statistically, they are easily favoured to win the EU Minor. However, their individual players are not in form right now; which is why we are witnessing ChrisJ at the helm of the scoreboard.


Despite having players such as Sunny, Styko and Oskar, it is surprising to see ChrisJ at the top. He needs to concentrate on his In-Game Leadership more as much as allowing the others to find more favourable trades and boost their confidence. If the team starts performing, there is little that others [ except for Zywoo and co. ] can do to stop the Mousesports roster.

Optic Gaming is a team that is still very fresh and raw. They have added Refrezh to their team on December 31st. While that was the day the announcement was made, the team has been playing with him for a few more weeks. That hardly gives them 1 month with the new roster. It is not enough time for them to prepare themselves on multiple maps. So this match will come down to how the team has prepared on certain maps and whether they are able to take on Mousesports on these maps. The Optic Gaming roster is strong on certain CT sided maps. SoMousepsorts will need to veto to their strengths and not try to counter draft the Optic Gaming side.

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Faze Clan vs Ghost Gaming : Esports Betting Analysis @ IBuyPower Cup Masters IV

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Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

  • Håvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
  • Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

The Faze Clan roster is one team which always garners a lot of attention of the Counter-Strike community. The members of Faze Clan include some of the best players in Counter-Strike. The likes of Guardian, Niko and Olofmeister have all made a name for themselves in their previous teams.

However, the biggest change tot eh team is two-fold. They recently let go of Karrigan [ who is on Team Envy ]. Replacing him on the team is AdreN who has been instrumental and a key component of several CIS teams. His experience and different style of play will be crucial to determining the next course of action for Faze Clan in the future months. The team has provided us with some amazing plays over the past year. They have been able to make exciting plays which are helped the individual skill ceiling on the team.

Guardian is one of the best AWpers in the game and over the past year, we have seen him improve his individual performance. Guardian’s performance in 2018 has been steady which is not the same that can be said for the rest of the team. Guardian is known to play extremely aggressive when it comes to the AWP. It really depends on his individual confidence, however, the player is at a much higher skill level than his counterparts.

What would be really interesting would be the performance of the team in synergy with AdreN. The Kazakh player has not had much experience playing on an international team. He is a veteran in Counter-Strike coming from various top tier CIS teams in the past. He is also a Major winner [ after winning the PGL Krakow Major 2017]. However, of late, his individual performance has seen a downward trend. It possibly has to do more with Gambit’s overall lack of performance than an individual downward trend.

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

There are many elements at play in this new-look Faze Clan roster. The team’s performance over the past few months notwithstanding, we do expect them to easily win over Ghost Gaming. However, the manner of their victory will be crucial to determining the final outcome of the tournament. Faze Clan is a top tier contender for the tournament and if they are not able to comfortably win against a weaker team such as Ghost Gaming, then they have a problem on their hands for the upcoming IEM Katowice 2019 Major.

Ghost Gaming

Ghost Gaming roster :

  • Matthew “Wardell” Yu
  • Yassine “Subroza”‘ Taoufik
  • Joshua “steel” Nissan
  • Kenneth “koosta” Suen
  • Jason “neptune” Tran

The Ghost Gaming team is made up of several well-known North American players. Players such as Wardell, Subroza and Koosta are interesting additions to the team. At the same time, they also have Steel, a player who has received bans by Valve due to his involvement in the IBuyPower incident [ several years ago ]. Since this is not a Valve event, John Nissan will be able to play in the tournament without any problems.

Steel is the In-Game Leader of the team and that is a very interesting move. The player has a lot of experience. He was one of the members of the original IBP roster which made huge waves for North American counter strike. With time, ofcourse there have been other teams putting up big results in the scene, but Steel has been a consistent involvement in the scene. It is only recently that he was allowed to play on the team and Ghost Gaming picked him up.

Several of the team’s members had a promising future a few years ago. They have high individual skill ceiling. But their current roster does not help them achieve the type of results that we have known them to produce. The team has a good upper limit, but they need Koosta to step up his individual game. We know he can put up big numbers as an individual. The player has played for several teams in the past such as  Team Liquid, CLG, Torqued etc.

He has an uncanny ability to have a good spatial sense of the opposition’s positioning.

Overall, this team has the capability to turn into a strong roster, but their current form is nowhere near to close to take down Faze Clan.

Prediction

On paper, the two teams might have a chance against each other. However, Faze Clan has a lot of practice with the top teams of the world. They have produced excellent results and the addition of YNK as their coach and AdreN as their new player will definitely help the team to provide better results. They have had individual performances but as a team, they need to put forth the best foot forward.

Faze Clan is the best roster on paper and they should be able to take down Ghost Gaming with relative ease. The skill difference is just too wide for Ghost Gaming to overcome. Considering how important it is for Ghost Gaming to make it deep in this tournament [it’s their last with this lineup before the Major] we will see some spirited action by the NA team.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

Gambit Gaming vs Syman Esports : Esports Betting Analysis @ CIS Minor Championship – Katowice 2019

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IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

    • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has four teams
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • natu (Joona Leppänen)
    • Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)

Gambit Gaming.

Gambit Gaming Roster:

  • Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov.
  • Rustem “mou” Telepov.
  • Nikolay “mir” Bityukov.
  • Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov.
  • Vlаdуslаv “bondik” Nеchуроrchuk.

Gambit Gaming is considered to be one of the premier esports organisations in the CIS region. The team’s performance has not really been up to par to the calibre of their players. Yes, they did win the PGL Krakow Major 2017, but that was almost two years ago now. The organisation has failed to impress on the International stage.

The current roster on the team has Dosia, Mou, Mir, Ax1le and Bondik on the team. Now, Bond1k is on trial for the roster and will be looking to develop synergy and coordination on the team.

Mou’s role on the team is the stable player. He needs to step up his control on CT sided maps.

Dosia is the X-factor on the roster as it is he who makes the impressive and often illogical plays on the team. During the PGL Krakow Major,  Dosia was one of the single biggest reasons for the team’s performance during the major. He made some impressive plays. They are usually instinctive calls which essentially can have a huge impact on the team’s chances. Dosia is a very aggressive and often flamboyant player on the team. His performances can make huge advantages for Gambit Gaming in a round. Ultimately, however, it is up to the In-Game Leader to decide how to move forward with the team.

Dosia is the IGL of the Gambit Gaming roster.

There is one thing that the Gambit roster seems to follow to the last letter. They are very adept at following the plan and their In-Game leader’s strategy. As such a lot rests on Dosia, who is their In-Game Leader for now. His playstyle is considerably different from the previous In-Game leaders on the team. However, he has been with the team for a very long time and this roster has had enough time to practice and develop a basic style of gameplay.

The team also has other members, including the on-trial Bondik. He brings with himself a lot of talent and experience. He has helped several youngsters in the past and has made a name for himself with his guidance and help. Bond1k has not really had much time together and that is one of the biggest reasons why he is not taking the point in this team. While Dosia remains the In-Game leader on paper, there are implications that Bond1k has a higher involvement in the team’s strategy and chemistry than the titles suggest.

Ax1le is the young fresh blood on the roster, his performance can have a huge impact on Gambit’s performance.

The firepower on the team has Ax1le, Mou and Mir. These three players are considered to be the pillar of the team. Their performance has a direct relationship on the team’s performance. If the team has not been performing up to the mark in their recent endeavours it is because of the lack of performance by the individual members. The Gambit Gaming roster is definitely coming out ahead of this match-up against Syman. They are one of the favourites to move out past the CIS Minor, despite their lack of results in recent months.

Syman

Roster:

  • Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev.
  • Sanzhar “neaLaN” Ishkakov.
  • Maksim “t0rick” Zaikin.
  • Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy.
  • Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov.

The Syman team is not really a well-known roster in the CIS region. Yes, they have had a few wins in the regional tournaments, however; they do not have the names or the results to show for themselves.

Most of the team is unknown to the International CS: GO stage. Players such as Sanji, neaLan and t0rick have made a name for themselves in smaller tournaments. The team has a very wide coverage of maps and it can play almost every map. In fact, in the past few months, they have dabbled in all the maps except Dust 2. They have a high win-rate on maps such as Inferno and Nuke. These two maps are really strong for the team. However, their lack of action [ judging from the single digits as the number of times they played on these maps] does not raise much confidence.

Train and Overpass are their best maps by far. They have a near 70% win-rate on these two maps. They are able to make the right calls and the correct decisions when it comes to these CT sided maps. They do have an aggressive CT side at times, but they have a perfect balance between their aggression and their passive approach to the game. This is why they are a difficult team to read. In addition to their novelty and their unpredictability, this particular match is the Best one. As such the chances of an upset happening are quite high in this match.

Prediction:

Despite Gambit Gaming being relatively new, especially with the addition of Bond1k; they are still a very strong team. The likes of Dosia, Mir, Mou on the team makes them one of the strongest CIS teams at the qualifier. However, they are up against a team which is relatively unknown and has very little experience at this stage.

This is the best of One match and that definitely changes the odds of the game. There is a high chance of making it an upset, however, we still feel that Gambit Gaming has enough to make it to the next stage. We recommend a medium sized bet on Gambit Gaming for this match.