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Gambit vs. Team Liquid CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Kazakhstan Gambit (powered by EsportsBet)

 

  • Kazakhstan AdreN
  • Kazakhstan mou
  • Kazakhstan Hobbit
  • Russia seized
  • Russia Dosia
  • Ukraine Andi (coach)

Gambit themselves are going through a very rough patch, with poor results that included Hobbit stepping down from the IGL position (and seized returning to it!). This is in an attempt to bring Hobbit back to star-form (by focusing on his own game) and bring Gambit back to its former glory. It hasn’t been successful so far, as they lost to BIG in the qualifying match for ESL One Belo Horizonte, but it seems that Gambit are still working out the kinks.

Albeit, Gambit aren’t necessarily known as an online team, and seem to perform way better on LAN. From their matches against Liquid and Space Soldiers, seized seems to be replicating Zeus’ very slow paced style on Na`Vi. Rather than with old Gambit, where AdreN and Hobbit were relied on to open up sites, this new Gambit works around the AWP of mou. If it doesn’t work, they’ll play a very slow and turtley style while putting presence all around the map. This is to confuse enemies and the CT setup, that is, until Gambit burst out and completely catch the CTs off guard.

mou is now a gambit in the plans, having gone from a supportive to an AWP role in Gambit (credit: ESL)

In recent times, Gambit have started relying on mou to perform on the AWP as the star of the team. On the other hand, Hobbit and AdreN are definitely not the same as  they were on the old Gambit, whereas seized has been hindered by the micromanaging role of the IGL. Dosia, once again, continues to play a supportive/lurking role, but it seems to have not changed Gambit one bit. If Hobbit and AdreN magically return to their star roles of fragging and entry fragging, though, Gambit can definitely pull one out of the bag.

One hindrance to Gambit is their shallow map pool. Apart from de_train, Gambit are in the middle of the pack on other maps. Assuming Liquid vetoes de_train in this bo3, Gambit should be looking towards vetoing de_inferno and aiming for de_overpass. Otherwise, if they don’t get any good maps and screw up the veto, they’re going to lose BADLY.

North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil TACO
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid made one small change before Marseille, adding TACO in place of steel, who left due to personal reasons undisclosed. Albeit, there isn’t much structure change, other than slotting TACO into steel’s roles. TACO, on SK Gaming, played a similar support role to that of steel’s, but is being put into a more opportunistic role to that of his old team.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

nitr0 still continues to hold the IGL’ing helm, and Liquid haven’t looked half bad in their performance at Marseille so far. Liquid beat Gambit on Liquid’s trademark map, de_cobblestone, and took a map off of Astralis is a closely contested series. Albeit, the next 2 maps thereafter were a rout from the Danish side, with poor performances from the Liquid side altogether. The main takeaway from their 4 maps so far is that Team Liquid’s cohesion doesn’t seem to have changed. Actually, it feels like it’s the same Liquid of old; the only reason they faced 2 routs against Astralis is that gla1ve’s individual performance and Astralis’ overall play-style is hard to beat with Magisk on the lineup.

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

Liquid follows a very methodical play-style, relying on exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses on CT and T side and using EliGE to get up in their faces. On occasion, they’ll utilize nitr0/Twistzz to push A or certain positions on the map, looking to play a very aggressive style in order to catch the enemy off guard. NAF is usually seen on the other side, making space for his team, whereas TACO plays with the team to setup openings.

The only weakness that can be seen before betting on Liquid is that they won’t be following too many complex strategies. It’s best to assume that there wasn’t much preparation with TACO (not having played an official before Dreamhack) before this event, which may affect the Liquid roster as a whole. This could lead to stupid mistakes and blow huge holes in their overall game-plan, but their diverse map pool should be the counter to that. Especially, against a team like Gambit, whose map pool is not the strongest of the best.

 

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Team One vs. Team Russia CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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Brazil Team One (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Brazil Maluk3
  • Brazil mch
  • Brazil caike
  • Brazil iDk
  • Brazil trk
  • Brazil cky (coach)

Nobody would have expected the backup Brazilian team at WESG to make splashes. Some could argue that their win against Cloud9 was a bigger surprise at this esports tournament over SK Gaming going out in the group stage to Team Russia and BIG (who are tough opponents). Just the sheer fact that they rocked the major champions in a best of 3 rocked many’s predictions, and many esports bettors’ wallets.

 

The defeat against Cloud9 came at a surprise. Team One, though, were the best South American team (outside of SK Gaming, who was in NA). They had been dominating most tournaments over there, and had recently made the move to North America. They had participated in the recent ECS NA Cup, but failed to qualify after losing to now-eUnited in the qualifier match to make it past.

 

Team One on the way to WESG

Even then, traveling to WESG was a surprise, as they made it through the first two group stages, having defeated teams around their caliber. trk and iDk have shown up as the true stars of the team, while Maluk3 plays a very stationary (but aggressive) AWP role. mch and caike are serving as the experience/support of the team, providing insights and shot-calling as they go. But, what makes them so dangerous is the Brazilian motivation. Once the Brazilians get hyped, and they know they’re the underdogs, it’s just too hard to stop them.

Of course, Team One couldn’t be betting on their underdog status to take them to the grand finals, as they got overpowered by a more experienced and tantalizing fnatic (who did beat C9 earlier).

Nonetheless, this team is going to be a surprising one to watch. Albeit, it is going to be hard to see how they do against Team Russia, who, unlike Cloud9, are a mix of experienced top Russian players and have very limited demos to watch from.

Looking at their maps won at WESG, it is safe to say that their go-to maps are de_train, de_cache, and de_mirage, having compiled 2 wins on each map at WESG. If Team Russia want to avoid the Team One scare, it’s best to try to restrict iDk, trk, and to try to get the map veto towards de_cobblestone and de_inferno.

 

 

Russia Team Russia (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Russia Dosia
  • Russia seized
  • Russia WorldEdit
  • Russia electronic
  • Russia hooch
  • Russia MSE (coach)

You can check out EsportsBet’s last betting analysis and team preview for Russia for their esports match against EnVyUs here.

Russia’s playoff match against AGO was a very rough one for the Russians, as they lost their map pick. Surprisingly enough, they brought it back on two maps that AGO were much stronger on (in retrospect): de_mirage and de_train. While Russia did defeat EnVyUs 16-0 on de_train, AGO have a positive stat sheet on de_train against multiple teams of similar caliber, so Russia’s win was very impactful for the squad.

seized has his eyes on the prize (WESG)

Albeit, their match against Space Soldiers showed the worst out of both teams, especially on de_nuke. Both teams’ T-sides were sloppy, and the only reason Space Soldiers crushed Team Russia on de_cobblestone was a patented star performance from XANTARES, who completely crushed the Russian side with 30+ kills. de_nuke could be considered an outlier for this match, as it was clear that both teams barely practiced on it (and rarely play it in officials for their respective teams).

What’s clear from Russia’s performance so far is that they’re all fragging evenly between each other (with an outlier in that). That outlier comes from electronic, who is leading in second at the WESG event in terms of rating (behind XANTARES). It’s clear that while Russia lacks any tactical depth to their play, they have the basic defaults and smokes down on each map, and their teamwork is impeccable (apart from playing on de_nuke).

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EnVyUs vs. Team Russia CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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France Team EnVyUs  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • France kioshiMa
  • France Happy
  • France hAdji
  • France SIXER
  • France RpK
  • France maLek (coach)

EnVyUs come into this tournament with very little practice, as hAdji’s interview with HLTV commented on EnVyUs’ preparation for the event.

We practiced with our team, the main lineup with ScreaM, one or two weeks. Then we were about to start the ESL Pro League matches and I had personal issues, I couldn’t be there for a week to play the matches or play CS at all. So they played with xms during that period, and we didn’t play with SIXER at all for this tournament, we never practiced with this team.

hAdji talking about EnVyUs’ circumstances before WESG

hAdji moved up from the academy squad, and is one of the rising stars from France (Flickshot.fr)

WESG is also the first tournament of this altered EnVyUs lineup (with the closest rendition being WESG Europe w/ kioshiMa); albeit, this lineup is a bit altered, as SIXER is playing instead of kioshiMa due to nationality restrictions. There is no telling as to how they’ll perform with this new lineup, considering that their only match with this lineup was against a lower skilled Bravado team for seeding purposes (due to the other 2 teams dropping out of their group).

From what we’ve watched, we can safely assume that they’re following the old structure of EnVyUs, with SIXER reassuming the AWPing role, and hAdji filling in for xms’ entry role. On the other hand, kioshiMa will also be playing entry, whereas Happy will be lurking and RpK will serve to either take map control/trade frag with the lineup.

For now, expect EnVyUs’ map pool to be shotty, but it’s clear that one map they’re very strong on is de_inferno. Another map that they could be good on is probably de_cobblestone (considering historical context).

 

Russia Team Russia (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Russia Dosia
  • Russia seized
  • Russia WorldEdit
  • Russia electronic
  • Russia hooch
  • Russia MSE (coach)

Team Russia lost a firepower when original 5th man, flamie of Natus Vincere, declined to attend WESG, presumably due to Na`Vi’s failure to qualify for ECS after losing to GODSENT. Luckily, their original coach for WESG, hooch, was able to make amends and attend last-minute for Russia. This seems to have worked out for them greatly, as they were able to beat SK Gaming and nearly defeated BIG (who defeated SK, allowing Russia to advance).

While hooch does not have the same firepower as flamie, he has the respect of the other players on this lineup, having been their coach for previous iterations for Russia; hooch also has a general reputation of being one of the godfathers of Russia, with his CS career dating back to 1.6 teams such as Virtus.Pro and so on.

hooch is a pioneer of the Russian scene, and brings leadership to Team Russia

Luckily, for Russia, hooch has been able to keep up with his teammates in the fragging department, as the kills were distributed evenly between the 5 Russians across their two matches at WESG.

The only problem with Russia, much alike to EnVyUs, is their CT side. With a sudden change in hooch, their CT roles may take a little more time to be cohesive with each other. Albeit, this shouldn’t be too much of a worry as this Russian lineup has played together for two games already. Plus, on the other hand, hooch is a traditional IGL who is most likely going to be shot-calling along with Gambit IGL Dosia. Due to that, the roles are more likely set and the chemistry is there between the players, making them a very dangerous team to fight against.

 

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Heroic vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Heroic

  • JUGi
  • Snappi
  • MODDII
  • es3tag
  • niko
  • peacemaker (coach)

With RUBINO coming in to presumably pick up in place of es3tag, Heroic are currently in the “fight-or-flight” period of this current roster. This time, it’s all loose with a tint of strategy here and there from Snappi and MODDII, while unleashing the likes of a (possibly) departing es3tag, JUGi, and niko.

JUGi, Denmark’s next rising AWP, is clearly at the top of the cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

JUGi, time and time again, has proven to be the star of this Heroic squad. Their bo3 upset against Ninjas in Pyjamas and their qualifying run for IEM Katowice is all thanks to his cerebral AWP play. In just the past few weeks, they’ve defeated North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even against Cloud9, when Heroic were at their wits’ end, JUGi’s flashy AWP plays and clutches is what kept them in the game. His performance determines how competitive Heroic are coming into every match, and it showed yet again as he led the fragging board against NInjas in Pyjamas. Even in the past two weeks, he’s helped Heroic defeat North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the other members of the team should be downplayed, as all the others have their plays of brilliance. But, inconsistency and poor performance is the bane of this lineup, primarily for niko and es3tag. Both of them have great potential, but can’t transfer that into the biggest matches of their careers. But, with the experience of Snappi and MODDII, and bringing in a strict and experienced coach of peacemaker, they may be able to flap their wings and shine once again–maybe except for the potentially leaving es3tag.

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

For EsportsBet’s original preview of North, click here.

While some’s expectations (including mine) were downplaying North, the roar of the North can be heard loud and clear. Exploding straight out of the gates, they have provided one of the most tense and exciting bo3s in this tournament.

valde-mort was a tough villain for SK Gaming to overcome (Beyond the Summit)

Against SK Gaming, you’d expect North to have been completely blown out of the waters. Of course, completely demolishing Vega Squadron is no small feat, but defeating SK Gaming may have been too tall of a tasks for the lions of Denmark. That wasn’t the case, as valde powered SK to the brink of defeat, but the efforts of his teammates couldn’t recuperate a win for North. Even then, the map scorelines (13-16, 20-22) tell that North may be looking a lot better from the shuffle than we truly think.

valde is starting to shine as a star on this team, and mertz’ unaccounted aggression makes it hard for teams to truly shut North down. One can tell that the synergy for North at this LAN is way better than the dead-eyed North at the ELEAGUE Major, and that a new breath of life has touched this new lineup. Kjaerbye entrying and clutching, valde’s lurk working to perfection, and MSL’s leadership have all been gathering the pieces together for North. What remains to be a mystery is aizy, whose consistency has risen, but his true place in the team remains to be one in question. Regardless, his ability to support his teammates and frag when needed is something that MSL sees as very important to the core function of North.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: BIG vs. EnVyUs (nV) Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

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  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

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BIG

  • tabseN, LEGIJA, gob b, keev, nex

BIG have been overhyped, to say the least. Their major run was decided by the jump bug and the fact they only played on de_inferno, and it goes to show based on their events since then. Featuring multiple group stage exits in LAN events and closed qualifiers online, their most significant event was a 2nd place finish at Dreamhack Denver. That event, they lost to C9 in the finals, and it was an event where only C9 and Renegades (with NAF at the time) could have been considered formidable events. It doesn’t help either that at the recent WESG event, BIG lost to a Na`Vi-Ukraine mix squad and just barely qualified for the WESG China LAN Finals at that.

A squad that relies on gob b’s tactician mindset and powered by the stars in nex and tabseN, BIG are a very intricate team to understand. While a dark horse to most, many have criticized their choice in keeping LEGIJA. Not to mention, with LEGIJA’s “sub-par” fragging performance, is keev’s wildly inconsistent AWPing. keev can almost be compared to that of JW, who can have AWPing performances that can be a huge hit or miss. Regardless, this roster is the same one that hold a major legends spot after their Cinderella Run at PGL Krakow.

For the first time since their exit at ESG Mykonos, BIG will be facing opponents from their division in the ESL Pro League and of the same level to BIG. The question is, if BIG will be known as that team that played superbly once, or a team that can truly compete with the best.

 

EnVyUs

 

 

  • Happy, RpK, SIXER, ScreaM, xms

This past month for EnVyUs, and historically, has been a weird one for them. This team has been marred by poor LAN performance, which highly contrasts their ability to be on form online. Their only LAN tournament win was back in July after winning Dreamhack to Heroic. As IGL Happy has said before, EnVyUs is a team that lacks faith and confidence in themselves, rather than a top tier French team that can truly take the throne of the best French team in CS:GO.

A team built on the foundation of Happy’s lurking and IGLing, EnVyUs host a variety of sheer firepower. Supported by SIXER’s “support AWP’ role, RpK and ScreaM can be considered the two stars of the team. Since this roster’s creation, RpK has popped off and evolved into EnVyUs’ “NiKo,” whereas Happy has superseded ScreaM’s performance on a multitude of times. Even then, ScreaM still has his performances, while xms and SIXER can also support on the entry-side from time-to-time.

EnVyUs are still conflicted (economy management wise), and that is because of Happy’s mindset of the force-buy concept. While not as abused as before, EnVyUs are a team that can be tilted from poor economical management and poor performances in ensuing rounds. This can be seen most by SIXER’s ability to tilt easily, and does not spell good for the team.

Even then, they are a team to be feared at this LAN, but they will need to make it out of the groups at this event to boost confidence in themselves as a whole.

Prediction

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