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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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North vs Vitality: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 EU 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

North Gaming

North Gaming Roster:

  • Philip “aizy” Aistrup
  • Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså
  • Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye
  • Casper “cadiaN” Møller
  • Nicklas “gade” Gade

The Danish organisation has consistently featured some of the new and upcoming talents in the Danish region. While never reaching the very top, they do show occasional glimpses of excellence. Indeed, they were one of the few teams to manage to defeat Astralis at their peak during a big LAN event in 2018. The North roster is made up of several well-known Danish players, but they seem to be unable to make a huge impact with their current roster.


Kjaerbye has been consistent on the North roster.

The biggest problem for North Gaming remains their inability to hit their shots. Despite having strong players on their team such as Valde, Kjaerbye and Cadian; the team is not able to win their aim duels. This leads to the rest of the team playing from a disadvantage for most of the times. It results in a huge gap for the rest of the team to fill.

The team won the IEM Katowice Closed qualifier after defeating Space Soldiers with ease. Their strength lies in their map pool which is significantly better than most of their teams. However, they need to ensure better implementation of their strategies in order to win their matches. They are up against Team Vitality, which is increasingly looking like a force to contend with. The player Zywoo has been making waves on the team and reaching upwards of 80 frags in a series to lead the team to victory, despite having poor performances from the rest of the team.


Cadian is leading the North roster as they head into the Minor.

Gade is another payer who has lifted the team’s performance over the past year. He has been able to make huge plays for the team as they move past others in their performance. However, with North Gaming, the biggest impact has to be their shot-calling and the team’s performance.

North Gaming is strong on a certain set of maps. Their performance on maps such as Dust2, Nuke and Inferno are extremely strong. The team’s performance on these maps stems from their excellent CT squad. Their ability to hold down certain areas of the map in a very defensive format is what allows the opponents to make mistakes. North Gaming rarely makes mistakes on their CT side and their defensive approach to their CT side is what ensures that they rarely make mistakes. However, it also allows for opponents to read them thoroughly.

Vitality


Vitality Roster:

  • Nathan “NBK-“ Schmitt
  • Dan “apEX” Madesclaire
  • Cédric “RpK” Guipouy
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Alex “ALEX” McMeekin

Vitality is the team that is the talk of the current season. The team’s performance has evoked some really strong responses from the community. However, it is not the entire team that is receiving all the praise right now. After all, Zywoo is doing most of the heavy lifting on the team. He was able to single-handedly help Team Vitality win their previous matches in the EU Minor. Zywoo is a talent that has shown exceptional individual skill level and we hope to see more of him in the future.

However, all is not good for Team Vitality. The remainder of the team seems unable to make an impact. This stems from the bigger French problem where we have multiple stars having no impact on the International scene. Players like NBK, Apex and RPk have been impressive in the past for France, but their current performance is way below their average.


Apex is the player that we will focus our attention on. The player is one of the most talented individual players in the French scene. However, he has not lived up to his expectations in recent months. The lack of performance from the player inadvertently affects any team that he is a member of. The player requires the attention and the support of the rest of the team. As such the organisations tend to field a very supportive roster around him. But when Apex continues to disappoint as a player, it becomes the root of the problem for the team. We tend to see Apex as a star player, but he does not have performances like Zywoo does currently for the team.


Coming to Zywoo, what happens to Vitality when Zywoo does not have God-like performances? The player has been individually carrying the team on his shoulders for a long time. He has been reaching nearly 80 frags in three maps and that is not an easy number against quality opposition. How do we see Vitaliy moving forward, they are definitely major attendees by judging their calibre. The team’s performance relies heavily on Zywoo stepping up. We have seen a French team implement this playstyle in the past. However, as we see this team move forward, we have seen the previous playstyle not work out great for Titan, which had KennyS as the world’s best player on their team. Right now, Vitality is probably the favourites to win this match over their opponents. They have the momentum going for them and Zywoo is definitely in great form. However, we have to see how the two teams interact with each other especially when it comes to the map picks.

Prediction:

Vitality is the better team amongst the two. They do have a very weird playstyle which relies heavily on Zywoo putting up huge numbers. However, the team has been doing quite well, because Zywoo is performing at near the top of his game. He might not be the most articulate when it comes to post-matches interviews, but within the server, it is his domain. The player will remain the principal focus for the team as they want to enable him to perform at his peak.

We recommend a bet on Team Vitality 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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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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Mousesports vs Valiance : 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

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

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

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

The Mousesports roster is one of the most interesting CS: GO teams right now. They have brought together the former roster with the hopes of replicating their success in the past. However, the new roster [ or the old roster as is in this case] has not been able to replicate their past performance.

The team already has several well-known players on their roster. The likes of ChrisJ, Ropz, Oskar, Sunny and Styko; each of them has proven their worth in the past. ChrisJ is the crucial element in the team. He has donned multiple roles for the organisation and has gone from being the star on the roster to taking a backbench on the team. In the current roster, there was little doubt that he was the person to oversee the performances of the players. His individual performance does not speak volumes and is not comparable to his past. However, he can help the team develop and grow into a much stronger team as the In-Game leader.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

The Mousesports roster is relatively young. With the likes of Ropz and Styko on their team, they do not lack firepower. Ropz is a player who has been relatively quiet on the team. However, that is only because he is not needed to make a huge impact on the team’s performance. The rest of the team does seem to be carrying most of the weight of the team’s efforts on their shoulders. What they do need is a stable performer and the team has several players capable of the same.

Oskar has been one of the most consistent performers in the game for mousesports. For multiple years, Oskar’s addition has enabled the Mousesports roster not to worry about his performance. He can have a huge impact on the round when necessary, but what is more important is that his low is also not that bad. The player can play with the rifle as well as the AWP. His versatility and consistency make him a very important player for the Mousesports roster. At the same time, I’ve heard rumours that he is difficult to play with making him a staple on the Mousesports roster. Whether it is due to his nature or otherwise, Oskar remains an integral part of the Mousesports roster.

Styko recently came back to Mousesports from Cloud9. It is important that the player can ensure good performances overall. Before he left the team, [ was replaced by Snax] he was a star performer on the team. However, once he made his trip to North America and back, he does not seem to be at the same level of performance anymore. The player has the capability to make it big in CS: GO, but he needs the adequate support infrastructure and synergy with the team to succeed.

Valiance

Valiance roster:

  • Nestor “LETN1” Tanić
  • Nemanja “huNter” Kovač
  • Nemanja “nexa” Isaković
  • Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas
  • Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo

The Valiance team is a mixed team made up of several relatively unknown and lower skilled individuals than their counterparts in this particular match. The Valiance roster has players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Lithuania.

The team has a diverse map pool and they have a focus on maps such as Nuke and Cache. On Nuke, they have an 88% win-rate. Their comfort on this map stems from their excellent CT side. They have excellent communications and it can vary between very aggressive CT side on Ivy or the B Bomb site. They can also play passively allowing the enemy to come into their trap. This variety in their playstyle enables them to have a huge advantage over their opponents.  

They are also equally good on Cache, however, here it is their T side and the chaos that they sow into the opponents that puts them ahead. The Valiance roster, however, does not have much practice against stronger teams. They are usually put up against much weaker rosters in the Tier ⅔ scene and that is the result of their insanely high map win rate. As such, their performance in this match should always be taken with a grain of salt. They are not at the same level as Mousepsorts in this match and if they lose [ which they should ] it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Valiance has their task cut out for them if they do end up making an impact. This particular match is a Best of One matchup. We have already seen a few upsets at the esports tournaments and hence this match becomes all the more important. There is a possibility for Valiance to make an upset, but realistically they shouldn’t stand a chance.  

Prediction:

There is little doubt that Mousepsorts is the better team in this matchup. On paper, they should easily win this match and have no chances of losing. However, this is a Best of One match-up and as such the chances for an upset are always there. Recently Syman won their match against Gambit and that was a massive upset

Mousesports should take this game as seriously as they can. They are a team which has great potential. The team’s success in the past year has seen them emerge as a strong contender. However irrational decisions by the management and the lack of voice amongst the players meant that the team’s results came down to almost nil by end of 2018. They will look to start 2019 on a high and this is their first match of 2019. We recommend a bet on Mousesports for this match.