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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

 

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere is one of the top teams in Counter-Strike. They have a rich history and their potential for the future looks even brighter. With two of the best players in the world, S1mple and Electronic on their active roster this team has a lot of potential on paper. However, they have not been able to convert it into results and that is a sore point in their performance.

S1mple joined Na’Vi after a very controversial past with regards to his attitude within the game. The veterans on the Na’Vi roster were able to mould S1mple into being the team player that he is today. His ability to understand the situation of the round and control his movements across the map is something that was a recent addition to the player’s skill set. S1mple remains a player with a lot of firepower and he can single-handedly turn the outcome of a match. He often plays within the confines of the team’s tactics in order to ensure a better team-play and overall coordination. As we have seen multiple times in the past, we have seen S1mple performing really well on an individual level. However, the team does not always live up to his standards which is why they often fail.

The world’s best player: S1mple

Na’Vi is a team that relies heavily on individual performances while striving towards ensuring better team play and coordination. They added Electronic to their team very recently and that is a smart move. Electronic has shown us glimpses of what he is capable of recently. Regularly posting 30 or more frags in matches, Electronic is able to have a big impact on the team’s performance. Recently, he has been improving his individual performance. Electronic and S1mple form the perfect duo who can help Na’Vi become a top-tier team once again.

However, for Na’Vi the bigger problem lies in their map pool and team synergy. The top teams in Counterstrike Global Offensive [ read Astralis and Faze Clan] have very deep map pools. Ofcourse a lot of it had to do with Valve’s decision to remove Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. But regardless, if Na’Vi is to compete at the top level and remain consistent, they need to be able to start winning on a variety of maps. A match’s result can often be decided in the veto phase itself as some teams are just too good on certain maps. But a team like Astralis will always pose a challenge, no matter which map is selected.

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

Na’Vi won three consecutive tournaments recently, which has sparked hopes that the team can pose a serious threat at the FaceIT London Major. However, two of these tournaments were with relatively weaker teams which definitely puts a marker on this performance. Na’Vi is always the team that can defeat the best teams in the world, but they lack the consistency to do it on a regular basis. It is important for a team to be consistent in order to be considered a top three ranked team.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

The Danish powerhouse has been the dominant team in CS: GO for some time now. They did not have a good run at the Eleague Boston major. This led to a roster change with Kjaerbye no longer with the team. However, this proved to be a boon for the Astralis roster since they actually improved their results with the new team. Magisk brought on a lot of firepowers, but he also allowed for changes in the roles.

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

Glaive as the In-game leader is crucial to Astralis’ success as a CS: GO, team. In terms of skill, they are as good as some of the other teams in the scene, however, Glaive’s excellent mid-round calls make up for any potential disadvantage. The core of the roster has been playing together for quite some time. Their level of comfort is unprecedented in esports, so it becomes natural for them to focus on developing the team synergy and coordination. Glaive has excellent control over the team’s game flow and their movement across the map. But what makes the Astralis roster thrive is their ability to change the plan mid-round. It is not always that Astralis gets everything according to plan. So when something goes into in their favour, they take some time to reassess the situation, enemy positions and their strengths. All of this is done within seconds as they have to plan their next attack.

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

The Astralis roster is possible for its success mainly due to the skill level of Dupreeh and Device. The duo is one of the most talented duos in all of Counter-Strike. Device himself is a challenger for the title of the best player in the world. His consistency over the past few years is exactly what is necessary for a top team like Astralis. He is a dependent player on the team and can often hold back certain sections of the map on his own. He is one of the few AWPers who is as effective with the rifle as he is with the AWP.

Prediction:

Astralis is supposed to be the best team in the world. After all, they have been dominating the entire scene for quite some time. The Danish roster has had to fend off challenges from Faze Clan and Na’Vi in the past. But Na’Vi really has only put up strong performances very recently. They won the three tournaments, although, as we said it was against much weaker teams.

But Na’Vi is looking decent so far, although we are not sure if it is enough to defeat a team like Astralis. Astralis has had the dominance and experience to play against the top teams regularly. They are obviously well-versed in Na’Vi’s tactics and strategies which form the core of the team’s success.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. It is because of their past success that we recommend placing a bet on the Danish roster.

 

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Hellraisers vs Mousesports: 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.

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

Hellraisers

Hellraisers Roster:

  • Ange1
  • Bondik
  • Deadfox
  • Woxic
  • Issaa

Hellraisers is a team that causes upsets. But their performance so far in this tournament is upsetting. That being said, Hellraisers were playing without their star performer, Woxic. Due to visa issues, Woxic was unable to visit Sweden. Indeed there were talks that he would be missing out on the London Major as well.

The Hellraisers team is not a top tier team. The best that they can potentially do is to upset another roster. However, with Woxic back on their active roster, Hellraisers does look strong once more. The team depends heavily on Woxic to put up strong performances. But Woxic just arrived and that is bound to affect his individual performance. Hellraisers is, however, a team that relies on their tactics and strategy to put up a strong defence. They have some of the best In Game leaders on the roster, but they lack firepower. This is why the team seems to be overly reliant on Woxic putting up big numbers.

Hellraisers roster has not been able to put up strong results in the past few months. The team looks extremely shaky and inconsistent to a high degree. Hellraisers have produced strong players such as S1mple in the past and it does seem like Woxic will also be a similar breed of players.

The team does have a deep map pool which can come in handy for them during this match. The Mousesports roster is relatively new and it is obvious that they might not have practiced their performances on so many maps. As such this is the only bright shining light for Hellraisers.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Sunny
  • Snax
  • Ropz

The mousesports roster has been one of the best teams in the world for a long time. Their performance as a team has, however, always been slightly lower than that of the top teams in the world. Mousesports’ roster has one constant and that is ChrisJ. The In-Game leader for Mousesports has donned several roles and positions in the team as they changed players in an attempt to find the perfect combination.

In the previous edition of this roster, they would constantly place deep in tournaments and ensure great performances. They would occasionally take down the top teams such as Astralis and Faze Clan as well. However, as the roster has shown, it wants to become the best team in the world. And with their current performance, it does seem that they are moving away from their target.

The addition of Snax was supposed to improve the team’s results and make them a very strong roster once more. However, the team does not look strong at all. The integration of Snax into the team has taken time and they require a lot more synergy if they actually want to become even as good as they were before.

However, the team does not rely only on Snax to provide them with the firepower. Indeed it is the other players on the team who actually can carry the team and make them an extremely strong roster. The Mouseports roster reached the winners’ finals after defeating Gambit. Ofcourse, this was not a big challenge, because Gambit is not a strong team right now. But every win only serves to make them a confident and more syncronised roster. That is essential if the team is to become strong once again.

Prediction :

Mousesports did not look good in their match against the Made in Brazil team. This performance was especially surprising since the team showed a lot of promise in their first match of this tournament. Mousesports’ performance against Gambit was impressive, however, that result might just have been because of Gambit’s poor performance.

Mousesports still don’t look convincing despite having Snax on their roster. The team looks broken and wayward when it comes to their matches. They were unable to win even ten rounds against MiBr. Considering the fact that MiBr themselves are not doing that well, this puts Mousesports performance in perspective.

Hellraisers, however, are not a strong team at all. The team has the potential to cause upsets against top teams. However, their rate of causing upsets has definitely fallen down in the recent past. The team does have a lot of potentials but lack of form definitely hurts them a lot.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. This is their chance to qualify for the playoffs which will be a decent source of motivation for the team and the players individually.

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Mousesport vs MiBr: 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.

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

Mousesorts Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny
  • Snax

The mousesports roster has been one of the best teams in the world for a long time. Their performance as a team has, however, always been slightly lower than that of the top teams in the world. Mousesports’ roster has one constant and that is ChrisJ. The in-game leader for Mousesports has donned several roles and positions in the team as they changed players in an attempt to find the perfect combination.

In the previous edition of this roster, they would constantly place deep in tournaments and ensure great performances. They would occasionally take down the top teams such as Astralis and Faze Clan as well. However, as the roster has shown, it wants to become the best team in the world. And with their current performance, it does seem that they are moving away from their target.

The addition of Snax was supposed to improve the team’s results and make them a very strong roster once more. However, the team does not look strong at all. The integration of Snax into the team has taken time and they require a lot more synergy if they actually want to become even as good as they were before.

However, the team does not rely only on Snax to provide them with the firepower. Indeed it is the other players on the team who actually can carry the team and make them an extremely strong roster. The Mouseports roster reached the winners’ finals after defeating Gambit. Ofcourse, this was not a big challenge, because Gambit is not a strong team right now. But every win only serves to make them a confident and more syncronised roster. That is essential if the team is to become strong once again.

 

MiBr

MiBr Roster:

 

  • Stewie2k
  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Tarik

The Made in Brazil roster is yet another team that should potentially be one of the strongest in the CS: GO scene. Instead, they are having difficulty in getting off the ground. In their more recent tournaments, the MiBR roster was even unable to get past lower Tier 2 teams.

But they have brought in a coach, Ynk. His influence on the team’s strategies and logistics will be crucial for the development of the team. After all, the team has been performing decently individually, but as a roster they are faltering hard. The team’s lack of coordination is exactly the difference between them and the top teams in the world. As we look at their results, we wonder why this team is unable to get off the ground.

The MiBr roster results in this tournament will depend heavily on the combination of Fallen and Ynk. The two players/coach are very intellectual and we have seen innovative strategies from both. Niko has experience and is a familiar face for Ynk and he knows exactly how to utilise him.

Stewie2k and Tarik have gelled well on this roster. Their addition from Cloud9 definitely puts them in a strong roster on paper. But the lack of form, especially on part of Fer has catapulted this team down into the drains. For now, Mibr will have a tough task to defeat Mousesports at Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018.

Prediction:

Mousesports might not be as good as they were before, however, the team has been putting up decent results. Even though Snax cannot implicitly replicate the same performance and role of Styko on the roster, his presence brings a lot of experience to the team.

ChrisJ has proven repeatedly that he can get new members on this team and make them one unit. His ability to ensure great performances from mediocre players is what makes him one of the best In Game Leaders.

But their opponents MiBr don’t really have any good performances to speak for themselves. It is one thing to have a decent team and totally another to ensure a great performance. As we watch this team develop, it is still too early to bet on them. As such we recommend a bet on Mousesports for this matchup.

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