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Fnatic vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs Astralis

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • JW
  • Krimz
  • Brollan
  • Xizt
  • Twist

The Fnatic roster has undergone a lot of changes in the recent months. The Swedish team’s performance has improved over time and at a rapid pace at that. Ofcourse the team still requires the individual members to put up some strong numbers when it comes to their firepower. The biggest problem for the team was the lack of performance from several of their ‘famed’ members.

Fnatic included Twist and Brollan on their team in the recent rounds of roster change. The two players were formerly on Red Reserve and have great chemistry with each other. The addition of Brollan ofcourse comes with the recommendation of Twist. He believes in the youngster and feels like Brollan could be a potential star for the Swedish scene in the future. We have not seen Brollan pull off some really strong performances so far. But the rest of the team is definitely stepping it up, giving him the space needed to become more comfortable on the roster.

Fnatic also has Xizt on their roster as the In-Game Leader. For most of his career, he has been associated with NIP. During his time on NIP, he made some questionable decisions when it comes to their map vetoes as well as strategies. However, what did not work with the NIP players might just work with these Fnatic players. For now, Xizt is the key to enabling the strategic advantage for Fnatic. For a long time, the Fnatic players have relied on their firepower and their talent to win matches. So far in 2018, we have seen that having great tactics is probably more important than just raw firepower.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

With JW on the AWP, Fnatic needs the player to put up amazing performances in order to win this match. They are up against the best team in the world and if their main AWper does not have a good performance then Fnatic might just losing the entire match. They need to secure the best possible map veto in order to possibly stand a chance. Their poor map pool is going to hurt them coming into this match. They are up against a team which has one of the best and widest map pools in the entire game.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Glaive
  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis had a very dominating performance against Mousepsorts yesterday. Their ability to kite the Mousepsorts roster for its inexperience and especially in their predictions on the Mousesports positioning in the map. Speaking of positioning and their ability to outmanoeuvre the Swedish roster, Fnatic will need to understand and thoroughly review Xizt’s, movements through the map in the past. With Zonic and Glaive at the helm, we can be sure of this review.

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map.

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Xyp9x is a silent player on the team and he has been consistent with his result. The team’s performance in recent months has been able due to Xyp9x providing the supporting play from behind. He is a rock for the team and he provides much more than just his score on the server. His admittance to guiding the young players and keeping them calm on the roster is so crucial for Astralis’ playstyle. Without him, the whole team falls apart. Overall, Astralis is a well-rounded roster with a lot of potential and firepower. They still require to their current form if they are to compete against the likes of Faze Clan. However, for this match against Team Liquid, Astralis will need to have Dupreeh come out ahead.

Prediction:

Despite Fnatic’s strengths and their potential to come out ahead on open-sided maps, Astralis still remains the stronger team. They have the firepower and the necessary skill and experience to easily overcome Fnatic.

The fact that Fnatic did manage to reach the semifinals especially against teams like Mibr, Na’Vi etc is truly surprising. However, against Astralis it would take a heroic effort for the Swedish side to come out ahead.

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Faze Clan vs Team Liquid : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan roster is the first truly international team when it comes to Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in the recent months has seen a significant uptick after multiple members of this team have started performing well. With Guardian’s performance showing a huge boost, we can expect Faze Clan to become a strong dominant force once more. For most of 2018, they did not have their full lineup, especially as Olofmeister was away from the game for a significant period of time. When he did come back, he was in excellent form. Unfortunately for the team, the rest of the team did not look so strong at the Major.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian’s aggressive AWP playstyle is exactly what Faze Clan needs. It provides the rest of the team with space and the necessary advantage to further secure the round. Guardian is one of the best AWPers in the game. He has extremely fast reaction times and that is what makes him such a force. He can get kills even in situations where it might seem impossible to do so. This is because of his years of experience and predicting the movements of the opponent professional players. For now, Guardian is one of the key members of Faze Clan and their results are directly linked to Guardian’s.

The lurker on this roster, Olofmeister has put up great performances since his return. But for the most part, he has been one of the best performing players on this team. There was a time during the Major when people were comparing his 2018 performance with that of his 2015 performance, which is a compliment in itself. Olfomeister has excelled his role as the lurker. Not only does he evoke fear in the minds of his opponents, but he is also one of the top fraggers on the team. If left unchecked he can single-handedly eliminate the opposing team due to his positioning. Understanding the timing of his movement and the decision-making process behind all of this is crucial to learning how to counter Olofmiester. IT is a task that not many teams and players have been able to do till now.

The biggest change to the team comes in the form of their In-Game Leadership. With Karrigan mourning the lack of time for himself on this team, we might see a few changes on this roster. However, we also have to keep in mind that Faze Clan won EPICENTEr 2018. This does buy them time as well as the confidence to take on other teams. Their match is against Team Liquid, another team which plays heavily based on their fragging capability. For Faze Clan this is a suitable matchup as long as they can get the proper map vetoes in.

We expect Faze Clan to have a splendid performance, judging from their Group Stage performance. If they can have multiple members being as lethal as they were, then this team has the potential to easily be the best team in the world.

Team Liquid

 

  • Twistzz
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO

While Faze Clan has seen a significant improvement in their performance, Team Liquid is quite the opposite. They seem to be quite underwhelming, so far in the tournament. With Elige failing to perform as per usual, Team Liquid lost to Fnatic in the Group stage. Regardless no one can discount this team due to the sheer strength of the team’s individual fragging capability.

Led by Nitro, the team has developed its unique style of play. They are a team that relies overly on their communication and their ability to play off each other. This is truly great as that can be the sole reason for Faze Clan’s defeat. Nitro is not the flashy player on the team, but he has taken a passive role on the roster. He wants to allow the youngsters on the team to perform to their full extent. His ability to customise the gameplay according to the playstyle of certain players is important to instil confidence in the youngsters.

Over the past months, we have seen Team Liquid make changes and yet be extremely comfortable playing around each other. The team’s performance through the Major, however, has suffered, mainly due to Elige not performing as per usual. Elige is one of those players who consistently tops the scoreboard, no matter which team Liquid plays. His insane fragging capability is equivalent to the Get_rights of 2012. He can turn 180 degrees and still headshot you, leaving you awestruck. However, as with any star player, it is always difficult to maintain their peak form. For now, Elige does not look as good and we might just be witness to the start of a slump for the player.

Joining Elige near the top of the scoreboard is almost always Twistzz. The player is widely regarded as the best player in North America. His positioning and aim with the rifle are what makes him truly inspirational and a dominant force against the top teams. For now, Team  Team is the slight underdog in this matchup. However, considering how volatile Faze Clan can be, despite being one of the top teams in the world, this might be Team Liquid’s chance to get into the Grand finals at IEM Chicago.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is definitely looking menacing so far in this tournament. They have a fantastic lineup with some of the biggest names in the world. But it is indeed rare to see multiple players performing at their peak on this roster. The Faze Clan roster has remained one of the strongest lineups on paper, but they have failed miserably so far. The Faze Clan team has not been able to dominate the professional scene as one would expect. However, in the recent few tournaments, we are witnessing multiple players, especially Guardian and Olofmeister put forth strong performances. These two form the strongest members on the team and if they both perform well, there is little that can stop the Faze Clan in sheer firepower. This is exactly why we saw Faze Clan play a very casual run and gun approach to the game when it comes to their match against Astralis.

Team Liquid\s performance, on the other hand, has been somewhat lacklustre. They have had a much easier route to the playoffs, however, we have seen that this team can perform well against the top echelons of Counter-Strike. It depends heavily on Elige and his individual score in this match-up.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Astralis vs Mousesports : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Mousesports

Astralis

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

Astralis Roster :

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • MagisK
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster has not looked at their strongest self so far at IEM Chicago 2018. The team which was once considered unbeatable due to their dominance on the map is now facing a situation where they might be losing a lot of their lustre. During the FaceiT London Major, Astralis had a plan and they executed it to perfection. However, since then, Valve has made changes to the playstyle and the general economy of the game. This includes more money to the CT sides, providing an opportunity for teams to keep buying into the third round as well.

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

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team, one that is capable of making excellent performances throughout the tournament. However, as we look into the team’s performance in the future we will see how they can keep up with all the new teams that try their best to counter them.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Sunny
  • Styko
  • Oskar
  • Ropz

The Mousesports roster recently made some changes to their team. They decided to get rid of Snax and get back Styko on their roster. This move is excellent cause they were one of the best teams with Styko on their team. But they decided, for whatever reason, to get Snax onto their team. The team’s performance since the addition of Styko has been somewhat better than their performance with Snax.

Styko’s performance on this team will be crucial to the team’s overall performance. The team’s performance has definitely improved in the past few weeks. With Styko on this team, they have a much better chemistry with the old player back on the team. The playstyle that the players adopt with Styko back on the roster plays to their strengths. They don’t have to cater to Snax’s ego anymore and we see how that has affected their performance.

Overall, we will see Ropz also play a crucial role int he team’s future. He was a bright player who got onto the team from the FaceIT Pro League. His high level of skill is the reason why he is so consistent despite not playing at his peak level. The young player learns a lot from the other players on the roster such as ChrisJ and Oskar. They will be very useful in guiding the young player in nurturing his talent and enabling the way he behaves on the roster.

The X-factor on the team remains Oskar. He has been indefinitely consistent and yet he has been able to put up big numbers on the team. His ability to constantly be near the top of the scoreboard irrespective of his opponents is what makes him a staple feature on this team. He has excellent aim and while his temperament might not be the best in all times, we can see how he is crucial to the team’s overall results.

So far, Mousesports do look quite strong and they are definitely a team that can possibly defeat the likes of Astralis.  

Prediction:

Astralis is looking decent, but they are definitely not unbeatable as they were a few months ago. The Danish roster looks very vulnerable right now, especially after the drudging they got from Faze Clan. The Astralis roster is a team that has been near the top of the scene for so long. As such other teams can easily understand their gameplay and how to counter them. Despite this, the Astrlias roster still has a very good skill-ceiling when it comes to their talent.

The Mousesports roster is on an upward trajectory. They are definitely improving when it comes to their performance with Styko. This is mostly due to the comfort that the players feel with Styko on the roster. This current batch of players has little to no ego, and they understand the way the others on the teams think. Mousesports is also looking to make sure that they make big results with this current roster. If they succeed with this roster, it would only make them stronger when it comes to the future with the roster. It would instil confidence in the team’s management when it comes to this roster.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mousesports. Not only do they have better odds but they can also have a decent chance of winning this match.

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BIG Gaming vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ CS_Summit 3

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The CS_Summit 3 is the third event for Beyond the Summit in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The tournament is well known for its chilled atmosphere where the talent and sometimes the players on the cast are on a couch. The background is filled with players and production crew moving around constantly in the house. It is a very casual approach to esports tournaments and it has seen massive success in Dota 2 and now Counter-Strike.

Beyond the Summit is made up of several avid gamers and they understand the production viewpoint of an average fan. This particular event will see a prize pool of $150,000. It was initially supposed to be held in the second week of October. However, due to unspecified reasons, the organisers decided to push it further. We assume it is to accommodate the teams’ schedules. Ofcourse owning the venue has its advantages as all the matches are played at the Summit Arena.

Broadcast Talent

Format

  • Playoffs:
    • Double-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (excl. Grand Final) are Bo3 series
    • The Grand Final is a Bo5 series; the upper bracket team has a 1 map advantage

The CS_Summit 3 format is definitely an interesting one. The tournament will see double elimination bracket where the teams have to prove themselves multiple times to advance to the next stage. The Grand finals is a Best of Five series, and if recent tournaments are any standards, we should be in for an exciting finish. However, the team coming into the Grand finals from the upper bracket receives a One map advantage. This is a big advantage and it could essentially lead to a lopsided Grand finals.

BIG Gaming vs Optic Gaming.

BIG Clan

BIG Clan Roster:

  • Nex
  • Smooya
  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Gob B

BIG Clan is one of the few teams that does not play almost every tournament. And yet they impress us in whatever tournaments they do decide to play. The team led by legendary In-Game leader Gob B has seen great progress over the past few months. Gob B’s effect on the team’s performance transcends just in-game. He is a guide to several of the young talent and is constantly helping them to advance in their career.

On the team, we have several well-known players who have made a name for themselves due to their superior firepower and performance. Players like Tabsen, Tizian and Smooya are all capable of turning the tide of the match on its head. Their performance is crucial to the final outcome of their matches. Tabsen is a very experienced player who has been alongside Gob B for a long time. Not only is he a player who can turn up great performances repeatedly, but his experience also provides valuable insight into the team’s functioning. In a way, you can say that Tabsen is the glue that cements the firepower and the leadership. His influence as the deputy to Gob B of sorts is important as we head into this match.

Smooya ofcourse remains the X-factor on this team. His ability with the AWP is well-known, but we do not get to see the same level of performance across multiple tournaments. On the occasion where Smooya is performing well, we see him being hyped up on stage, shouting and often doing as much damage verbally as he does with the AWP. However, when he is not feeling it, we see the player being extremely calm and often absent on the server’s scoreboard. Smooya is crucial to the team’s performance because his AWP playstyle suits the rest of the team. He does have a healthy mixture of aggressive as well as defensive positions. It keeps the opponent guessing as to BIG’s plan on the next round.

Another supporting player for the team, Nex has been very quiet, yet consistent in his performances. The player’s ability to constantly support the big heavyweights on the team such as Tizian and Smooya is what makes him such a silent performance. If we actually look at the statistics, we see that Nex is not really doing bad, but he is not your flashy kind of player.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Snappi
  • Jugi
  • Niko

Optic Gaming recently got back Niko from their Danish counterparts. For the organisation, this has proven to be a bright light. In an otherwise bad period for the parent organisation, their CS: GO division is probably the best news.

Optic gaming has had good performance in recent weeks. While most of their matches are online matches, the victories and the margins of these victories is what inspires confidence in the team. They are a very skill-focussed lineup who rely on individual performances to gain the early advantage. This is in contrast to that of BIG gaming, so timing is extremely important in this matchup. Their performance amongst North American teams has been nothing short of exciting and exemplary.

For K0nfig, this match is extremely important. The player has the ability to constantly lift up individual matches on his shoulders. He has a very high skill-ceiling and is almost a consistent performer for the team. He is not afraid to make exceptionally aggressive plays, ensuring a great advantage for Optic Gaming. K0nfig is a person who has won innumerable Man of the Match awards. His experience and timing are crucial in most of his duels. He is responsible for the team’s performance especially on open maps such as Cache and Dust 2.

On any other map, we see how strong the Danish CT side is. They are not one to stick to the ‘traditional Danish maps’. We see them constantly play different maps with a wider map pool. However, their map pool being wide does not guarantee a win for the team. More often than not, we would have liked to see them being extremely proficient on certain maps. For now, Snappi has his task cut out as he leads the team against BIG Gaming, one of the more tactics focussed roster out there.

Prediction:

The two teams present a very diverse approach to the game. While BIG gaming has a focus on strategy and grenade usage, Optic Gaming is not on a similar level when it comes to the tactical focus within the game. Gob B’s influence on BIG gaming’s performance is painfully evident and it is one of the reasons for their success in recent months.

Optic Gaming’s performance in this tournament as well as in the upcoming months depends on how quickly Niko integrates with the team. So far, in online matches, the results have been satisfactory. It will be interesting to see whether the greater firepower on Optic Gaming prevails over BIG Clan’s strategical approach to the game.

For now, we recommend a bet on BIG gaming because they always have a chance of Smooya going off on the AWP. His performance is crucial to the outcome of this match.

 

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Natus Vincere vs Faze Clan: 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 Natus Vincere

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Olofmeister
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Rain

Faze Clan’s performance has been very dominant in their map against Natus Vincere. The Faze Clan roster is made up of several star players on the team. The team includes the likes of Olofmeister, Karrigan and Niko. Each player is a world class player who can be the reason for a strong team.

Together, the team does look very strong as it is, however it still lacks a lot of functionality. The team recently made changes to their roles in-game. As a result, we now see Niko leading the team in place of Karrigan. This does put into question, Karrigan’s role on the roster. Can he really improve in his individual skill level? Or will Niko be able to keep performing well individual despite being the In-Game Leader?

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian has been performing really at the top of his game at EPICENTER. A lot of his plays stem from confidence plays which comes via the strong AWP skills. He keeps taking aggressive peaks and winning most of the duels. He is not afraid to go for repeeks even if he sees multiple opponents in front of him. This aggressive gameplay is exactly what had made him a fearsome AWPer when he was on Na’Vi. For Guardian, this will be a bittersweet moment. He will face off against his former team and compatriots. They are a strong roster in themselves, but there is always something about facing off against your former team. We should expect Guardian to have a very aggressive style of play in order to win this match.

However, Faze Clan also has one more member who is performing really well. Olofmeister might have taken a break in the middle part of 2018, however, he has become a very strong player ever since he returned from the break. Olofmeister’s performance puts forth a strong base for Faze Clan. They have Guardian and Niko looking for entry frags, and Olofmeister who has mastered the role of a lurk player. Once considered to be the best player in the world, Olofmeister still retains a lot of experience and skill on an individual level.

Faze Clan’s performance will depend heavily on the map in question. They are still in a transition from Karrigan to Niko and that is never easy. For Niko, he has donned the role of the In-Game leader on previous teams like ination. However, his attempt to fulfil two roles at the same time is always going to be a tough task,

Faze Clan has already suffered defeat at the hands of Natus Vincere. How can they keep up with the same level of performance?

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • Flamie
  • Edward
  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Zeus

Na’Vi is a very player dominated team. They have S1mple and Electronic who regularly put up strong performances on this roster. However, it is the experience of players like Zeus which keeps this roster going forth.

Zeus has taken over the leadership role on this team. And we can definitely see the impact of the player’s leadership style. After leading Gambit to a victory at the previous Major, Zeus has been able to muster the respect and awe of the players. We can see how Zeus was able to help the team continuously force-buy and still win almost impossible rounds. This obviously stems from the fact that Na’Vi has a very high skill ceiling.

S1mple’s performance is crucial to the team’s results. He has been able to put forth really strong results so far at EPICENTER 2018. However, when we see S1mple’s performance in isolation, we realise that the Na’Vi team seems to be depending heavily on the player. However, recently we have also seen Electronic put up really amazing performances. Between the two of them, they seem to be able to turn the game on its head. They are adept with inferior weapons as well and they can win rounds despite having just a few pistols.

Prediction :

Na’Vi is looking much calmer and composed when it comes to this match. They have the experience and have already pulled forth strong wins against Faze Clan in the past. The Na’Vi roster will need to be very composed when playing this series, mostly because they have a worse map pool.

Faze Clan’s potential is very high, but they rarely play at their full potential. For Faze Clan, Guardian will be key as his performance or lack thereof can directly impact the round and the outcome of the series.

For now, we recommend a small bet on Na’Vi for this match.

 

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