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Natus Vincere vs Avangar: 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.

Natus Vincere vs Avangar

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi Roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

The Natus Vincere roster is one of the most promising rosters in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. It has two of the world’s best players on its payroll. Electronic and S1mple are both exceptionally talented individuals and they are able to carry the team on their backs. The team’s performance, unfortunately, is often correlated to the players’ individual performance.

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.

This is another question with regards to Natus Vincere which seems very peculiar. Their resilience to give S1mple and Electronic the better weaponry has been very surprising from a fan viewpoint. Why would you not give the best players on your team the best weaponry? The answer, according to the community seems to be because they want to give the entire team the best possibility. With S1mple and Electronic being equally efficient on the pistols, the rest of the team can use the AKs and improved weaponry to win the round.

Na’Vi is very inconsistent when it comes to their performance against top teams. The team relies on individual prowess to propel them forward. For now, Na’Vi does look very strong [ at least as long as S1mple and Electronic are performing well].

Avangar

Avangar Roster:

  • Buster
  • Krizen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

Avangar is a relatively new team on the International scene. The team’s performance has definitely surprised several analysts in this tournament so far. The likes of Buster and Qikert have been able to pull forth seemingly impossible rounds.

Buster in particular, has been a no-name till now. The player’s performance has only improved in this tournament, which points to a surge in his confidence. Buster has a great individual skill and is constantly on the winning side of the individual aim duels.

However, the selling point for Avangar remains their unique grenade usage as well as their ability to trade frags.

Prediction:

Natus Vincere is obviously the better choice in this matchup. They have the experience and are widely considered to be the best team in the world. The Na’Vi squad decimated Faze Clan in two maps and that is a team with a very high skill ceiling. When it comes to Avangar, we do expect Avangar to show us a few surprises in their map pick and the choice of performance via grenades and positioning. However, as we head into the Best of three series, we also realise that Na’Vi has a much better map pool compared to Avangar.

Jame will need to come clutch if Avangar is to have any chance of an upset in this match. Their win against Hellraiser was also partly due to hellraisers underperforming. The star players ISSAA and Woxic were both negative in their second map.

For now, we recommend a bet on Na’Vi. They have the experience as well as talent required to win against Avangar.

 

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Hellraisers vs Avangar: 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.

Hellraisers vs Avangar

Hellraisers.

Hellraisers Roster :

  • Bond1k
  • Deadfox
  • ISSAA
  • Woxic
  • Ange1

The Hellraisers team is a very interesting one when it comes to their performance on the big stage. No top team can count this roster out of contention as they are always a big threat to any roster. Woxic and ISSAA are the new members of the team who take most of the glory, but it is the remaining members who seem to be the reasons for the team’s success.

Ange1 and Bond1k have a lot of experience between them. They might not have been the most successful players when it comes to their individual performance. However, there is no doubt of their experience on the big stage. Ange1 has been involved in the CIS Scene for long. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of most of the players in the local region. His performance at this tournament has been mediocre, but his role as a player helping the youngsters has been spot on. Ange1 provides a lot of brainstorming with Bond1k and together they have been able to reach the Major Playoffs.

However, the team remains very inconsistent when it comes to getting results. Becoming a Legend at the major is very good, but they were not able to replicate the same performance through the next tournaments. Indeed, Hellraisers suffered a group stage exit early in the next tournament. Woxic with his AWP is extremely efficient and is not afraid to take duels against the best WAPers in the world. His positioning and understanding the limitations of his position is crucial for his AWP play. He also has great timings on his peeks possibly via relayed information from teammates. Deadfox is also another player who has been underperforming massively on the roster. If Deadfox starts performing along with the likes of ISSAA and Woxic, Hellraisers will become a very strong roster once more.

Overall, the Hellraisers roster is very raw and has a lot of potentials to become a top contender in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. However, they need to iron out several problems in their playstyle. This includes their horrific map pool, their inability to hold down CT sides consistently as well as just overall individual performances from the players. If they are able to sort out these problems, Hellraisers can become a top-tier team once more.

Avangar

Avangar Roster:

  • Buster
  • Krizzen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

The Avangar team has a few surprise boosts and Grenades. They showed off these surprise tactics efficiently against NIP. What is more crucial is the fact that they can use them in important rounds. Often times, the NIP economy was broken due to an excellent positioning play by Avangar. The team is not really the most well-known roster, but the players can frag. More importantly, it is their In-Game Leader who has the toughest task on hand.

This roster does not have the skill necessary to defeat the top teams in the world. Their match against Team Liquid was evident that they are in this tournament just to secure a playoff Spot. For them, coming so far into the tournament is a victory in turn. However, as we proceed to the next stage, we will see Hellraisers as their opponent.

Jame will need to come up with not only innovative tactics on individual maps, but also a better map pool coming into this match. The roster thrives on playing via trade frags and then using the lower numbers to their advantage. Against Hellraisers, their biggest challenge will be to stop giving out the entry frag to ISSAA or Woxic.

Prediction:

Hellraisers is obviously the better team in this matchup. The team’s performance so far has been inconsistent with the players sometimes performing to their best while at other teams they are not playing as good.

The fact that Avangar is almost like a local team to Hellraisers also does not bode well for the Avangar players. They have not been able to oust Hellraisers in the past despite repeated attempts. We don’t expect HR to let go of this opportunity to take a step closer to the trophy.

We recommend a big bet on Hellraisers for this match.

 

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Avangar vs Team Liquid: 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

Avangar

  • Buster
  • Krizzen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

Avangar is not a team that many expected to see at this tournament. More so, they are not a roster that technically should have defeated NIP. However, the Ninjas definitely let go of their stranglehold multiple times in the series. They allowed Avangar to get back into the match and ultimately the series.

The Avangar team has a few surprise boosts and Grenades. They showed off these surprise tactics efficiently against NIP. What is more crucial is the fact that they can use them in important rounds. Often times, the NIP economy was broken due to an excellent positioning play by Avangar. The team is not really the most well-known roster, but the players can frag. More importantly, it is their In-Game Leader who has the toughest task on hand.

When they are up against Team Liquid, they cannot rely on their individual aim to put together the best of performances. They have to fall back on excellent strategy and positioning in order to gain the advantage. For Avangar, this is going to be a tough match, especially since their map pool does not seem to be the best. They did perform exceedingly well on Overpass as well as Dust 2, however, these maps are Team liquid strongholds. It is unrealistic to expect Team Liquid to be surprised by any plays from the Kazakhstan roster.

Team Liquid.

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team Liquid is one of the strongest teams at this tournament, they are indeed considered to be a favourite to win EPICENTER 2018. The roster is characterized by one player, who has had the most impact on the team. Twistzz has been able to consistently put up great numbers and amazing clutches to help the team move forward.

His individual style of play is quite different from the normal player, it allows him to use his positioning to the best of his advantage. He is also the player with an exceptionally good aim, which allows him to often take down multiple members from the same spot. Even if the enemy knows where he is, it is not always a guaranteed kill for the opponent.

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

However, Twistzz is not always the highest fragger on this team. We consistently see Elige put up big impact numbers for the team. He is able to maintain his consistency with the rifle. His movement through the map exhibits the team’s communications and their information. As soon as they spot multiple members on one side of the map, they often start getting aggressive on the other side of the map. This gives them more map space, while still maintaining their defensive position on the other bomb site. This is a strategy that is very common, but Team Liquid’s execution is one of the best in the industry. The team is constantly able to put forth an advantageous situation for themselves.

Team liquid will probably reach the Grand finals in this tournament, no matter who their opponent is. They are a team that has shown us significant improvement and does not look like it is coming to a stop.

Prediction:

The two teams are mismatched, there is no doubt about this., Team Liquid remains a top-tier roster with aspirations of winning the entire trophy. Avangar, on the other hand, is a roster which is more than content to reach the playoffs. For Avangar, this is a learning experience they get to play against the best in the world [ or close to the best at least.].

Avangar’s performance in this match will provide us a glimpse into how this team develops in the future. However, for Team Liquid this should be more like a practice range where they can foolproof their aim and tactics.

We recommend a large bet on Team Liquid for this match. There should be no doubts of a victory for Team Liquid.

 

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Faze Clan vs Na’Vi: 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 and Na’Vi match up against each other in this game, however, the rivalry runs deeper. Astralis is the best team in the world and there is a fierce competition amongst the others to establish themselves as the next best teams.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan is the most successful International roster in CS:GO. The team has been put together with a lot of input from Karrigan who remains one of the few In-Game Leaders who can manage such a star-studded team. He has ample experience doing so in previous editions of Faze Clan as well as on other teams like TSM, Astralis etc.

Karrigan’s position on the Faze Clan CS: GO team is in danger. With Niko taking over the role of the In-Game Leader, one is left wondering what is Karrigan’s role on the team. After all, he is not a superstar individual performer like the likes of Niko, Rain and Olofmeister. He is most well known for being an In-Game Leader and often having decent runs with the AWP. With the IGL position no longer available, Karrigan needs to consistently put up big numbers or else he is getting the boot from the team.

Olofmeister has put up great numbers in the past month.

It is this knowledge that weights heavily on Faze Clan and their performance in any of their upcoming matches. The fact that any poor performance by Faze Clan is going to cut down heavily on Karrigan is always going to be an awkward topic for Faze Clan.

Niko, himself is going to be under tremendous pressure in the upcoming months. The role of an IN Game leader essentially forces you to think about the macro game and it often results in weak individual performances. This is exactly why we see multiple CS: GO teams axe their IGLs after a few weak performances. But almost always, this does not work in their favour. Niko is still expected to be the star player on this roster putting up the big numbers. If he fails on an individual level, it is bound to affect the overall results of the team. For Faze Clan, they are a very momentum based roster. Constant losses would mean a depreciating confidence level on the part of the Faze Clan players. This does not bode well for the team and for the organisation.

Niko has taken over the role of the In Game Leader.

One shining light for Faze Clan remains Olofmeister. The player is seeing excellent individual performances and is almost always performing for the team. His extended break might have been necessary, but it proved to be a very useful means of enabling the player’s abilities. However, he is the only one performing at a high level on this roster. The remained of the team looks to be underutilized and not as impactful as they can be.

Faze Clan has the excellent individual skill and this is what always makes them a threat no matter their current form. For now, they will face off against Na’Vi in the winners match. The winner of this match will go directly into the semifinals, the loser faces NIP in the quarterfinals.

Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi roster:

  • Zeus
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • S1mple
  • Edward.

Natus Vincere won ESL One Cologne 2018, but they have not shown us any dominant performances since then. In fact, other teams like ENCE, Team Liquid is definitely much better placed than NA’Vi when it comes to results. For Na’Vi the biggest question for the roster remains the ability to be consistent in their aim.

Despite having S1mple and Electronic, two of the world’s best players on their roster, Zeus is unable to capture the essential victories required for Na’Vi. So how does Na’Vi manage to become a consistent threat in all of their tournaments? The fact remains in their individual skill.

For Na’Vi even if they are at a weapon disadvantage or man disadvantage in a particular round, one can never count them out. We have seen numerous times when Na’Vi is able to pull through with inferior buys and from severe disadvantages. These type of rounds determine the final outcome especially as they often break the other team’s economy. S1mple is one of the best players in the world when it comes to individual prowess. It is not uncommon to see him able to pull off great performances despite being at a disadvantage. The player has also seen his temper become smoother and is more of a team player right now. His time on Na’Vi has taught him the temperament required to play at the top level of the game. Even if Na’Vi has a force buy it does not mean that S1mple gets the gun. There is no pressure on him to perform and that is one of the key reasons for his excellent performances.

For Na’Vi, they need to start to learn how to win the gun rounds with ease. A team cannot rely on force buys and winning impossible rounds to get back into the game. This does not make for a good counter strike and that is a reason why Na’Vi consistently fails against top tier teams. They might decimate lower ranked teams, but their inability to make it deep in a stacked tournament is what holds them back.

Prediction :

Both Faze Clan and Na’Vi have not achieved their peak potential. The two teams have shown us glimpses of excellence, but neither has been able to inspire us as Astralis does. Na’Vi’s performance has a heavy dependence on S1mple and Electronic. The two players are amongst the world’s best, but despite having such calibre on their roster the team is unable to dominate the CS: GO scene. The problem arises in the team’s approach to the game which often is borderline arrogant.

Their opponents for this match are Faze Clan, a team riddled with an identity question. When the roster was formed, Karrigan was the In-Game Leader while others were superstars with their weapons of choice or on their positions. However, with the Major Group stage debacle, Faze Clan has now decided to put Niko in the Leadership role. It might be a honeymoon period for the young star, however, it remains to be seen how this will affect his individual skill level and performance.

For now, we have to recommend a bet on Na’Vi as they look much better and composed.

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

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. 

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

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

ENCE vs Vega Squadron.

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

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

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

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

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

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

The ENCE team is filled with talented inexperienced young individuals.

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

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

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

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

Sergej has been visibly absent from the Starseries scoreboard.

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

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Jr
  • HutJi
  • TonyBlack
  • Chopper
  • Crush

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction :

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

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

Even in wins, Vega Squadron is collected and calm.

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

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

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