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Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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

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

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

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

Format

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

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

 

Broadcast Talent

 

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

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

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

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

The world’s best player: S1mple

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

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

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

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

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

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

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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

 

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Mousesports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

 

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

 

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

 

Format

 

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

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

 

Broadcast Talent

 

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

Observer:

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Snax
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny

The mousesports roster added Snax to their CS: GO team with the hopes that his addition will drastically improve their results. Prior to the roster change, Mousesports was comfortably securing 5-6 places in premier tournaments. But as we see with their most recent placements, the team has not really improved in their performances.

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

If anything, the team looked much weaker in their initial days as they were unable to ensure good team chemistry and synergy. The performance of the team has not deteriorated, however, and we see that in the way they have improved in the most recent weeks. The Mousesports roster has some really big talent on their lineup, but we can see how the team will evolve in the weeks to come.

Under the guidance of ChrisJ, the team has been able to adapt to their latest player, Snax. At one point in time, ChrisJ was the star on this roster. His performance over time has adjusted to the needs of the team. The stars on the current Mousesports roster are Ropz, Snax and Oskar.

Oskar is known to have a very unusual behaviour, however, there is no doubt that he is one of the most consistent performers on the Mousesports roster. Oskar remains a reliable player on the team and his performance has not degraded over time. Oskar is not really your flashy kind of player, but he has been very stable on the team.

Ropz is a new young talent on the Mousesports roster. Picked from the FaceIT Pro League, he has already proved himself worthy of playing against the top teams in the scene.

But the big question remains on how fast Snax can put up the big numbers on this roster. Once known for his decisive gameplay, Snax in 2016 was the most fearsome player on the team. He was able to decide where and when to take his duels and accordingly win those duels in order to take a big fight.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_right
  • F0rest
  • Dennis
  • Rez
  • Lekro

The Ninjas in Pyjamas are one of the most loved CS: GO teams in history. Their early dominance earned them a lot of fans which has stayed with them ever since. The team has been going through some tough times of late. They have been unable to make an inroad into top tournaments. Indeed, they have been having lots of trouble in their matches against lower-tier opponents as well.

The NIP team has made several changes to its roster. The most recent ones include adding Llekro Dennis to their CS: GO, team. While Dennis has played for NIP earlier, Lekro is a totally new addition to the team.

 

So far, the new NIP looks very good and promising. They have shown us the results at the top level with Lekro and Dennis leading the scoreboard. However, the old guards in F0rest and Get_RIght have not been far behind which is one of the main reasons for the success of this team. The Ninjas in Pyjamas have traditionally been a team that did not rely on tactics as much as their superior firepower. But as we see now, they have a lot of focus on strategies and ensuring the best playing conditions for the players.

This has resulted in NIP often getting the upper hand even against strong individual players on other teams. Their dominance against Astralis just demonstrated how strategy can help the team gain an advantage. They did struggle to close out Mirage against Astralis on multiple occasions,m but they ended up winning in the end. It was one of the longest matches in Majors and that is a testimony to the resilience from the NIP roster.

F0rest and Get_Right need to adjust their playstyle in accordance with the new roster. They do have to get their frags, but they can no longer be the superstars on the team. With Lekro and Dennis taking the lead when it comes to the frags, Get_Right often has to look out for the backlines and ensure that the team is not surprised by a flank.

Dennis has been amazing with his individual aim over the years. His ability to provide consistency on the front lines makes him a reliable bet for the MVP at least on NInjas in Pyjamas. NIP have problems with their map pool though and that is bound to hurt them in this match against Mousesports. Choosing the right map is very important and can often decide the course and speed of the match. For NIP, it is imperative that they get a map that they are comfortable on. They have been bootcamping for several weeks now and we might just see something totally different from the team. It will not be a big surprise, but it is important to see how the team prepares against the top teams.

Prediction

Mousesports, despite their dip in performance, has managed to maintain its position as a Top 6 team in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. They still have the raw talent amongst its players and they are rapidly advancing on their team synergy and coordination. The performance of the team is one which can always pose a challenge to the best teams in the world. And yet, it is a team that is not easily surprised by the new upcoming rosters. They rarely are at the end of an upset which is why they are a very reliable team.

NIP, on the other hand, have only had a few matches against relatively weaker rosters en route to the Legends stage. The NIP roster will need to ensure that they can possibly compete at this level once again. However, for that they will need to punch above their weight in the current form.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports simply becaue of their confidence coming into this match.

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko

North has long been considered to be the second best Danish team. They have always been in the shadows of the Danish powerhouse, Astralis. As a roster this team has the potential to become really big, however, they are often shadowed by the big names in CS:GO.

However, North’s win against Astralis at Dreamhack Stockholm definitely was a big surprise to everyone. North is a team that has amazing chemistry. With MSL at the helm, this team is not averse to providing insightful and meticulous strategies by the player. His personal performance might not be the best, however, he has an arsenal of great players at his disposal.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

Kjaerbye moved to join this team after leaving Astralis a few months ago. His role on this team definitely is very important, but apart from his leadership abilities, it is his personal firepower that gets the team to be as strong as it is right now. North have a decent map pool, one that can be used to make the team much better than it is right now.

In this tournament so far, North has won matches against Astralis (2-1) and Tyloo (16-7). Their series against Astralis was relatively close. While it could have gone either way it points to their ability to close out matches.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

 

  • S1mple
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • Zeus


The Natus Vincere roster has two of the most promising talents in CS:GO. S1mple and electronic are exceptional players. While S1mple is largely considered to be the best player in the world, Electronic is not far behind.

Na’Vi has put up strong performances in the past few months. But their three tournament winning streak is stigmatized by the lack of strong teams. The team has not been able to provide consistent results and that is something that will bother them. With Zeus at the helm, they could not ask for a better In Game Leader. However, they need the other players to put up decent performances.

Flamie is one such player who has the capacity to go big, but of late his performances have lacked firepower. If Flamie were to stick to great results, the Na’Vi team is truly unstoppable. S1mple has been moulded into a team player by the veterans in Na’Vi. We have witnessed S1mple being able to win matches on his own, especially against lower-tier teams. But when it comes to the team’s potential winnings against top teams, he has to play according to the plan.

Even restrained S1mple remains a very strong performer and can single-handedly turn the outcome of the match. The player’s restraint on his aggressiveness has enabled the rest of the team to be much more effective.

Prediction:

North and Na’Vi come as two different styles of play. North has a very defensive approach to their game. The North roster won their Best of Three series against Astralis and that puts their performance into perspective. This team has the potential to win against top teams but they have consistency issues. As a Danish roster, they always have a set of maps where they are better than other teams. Such maps like Nuke, Overpass etc provide them with a strong map arsenal, which is handy while going into the veto phase.

Natus Vincere is a team that potentially can defeat the likes of Astralis and Faze Clan. But they have not been able to maintain their consistency despite showing dominance over Tier 2 teams and somewhat decent result against Tier 1 teams. The team has been doing decent so far at the Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 tournament. But their real test will come now

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny
  • Snax

The Mousesports roster lost 0-2 to MiBr in the Group stage. While the 0-2 loss might not be a huge surprise,  but they were unable to secure even a grand total of 15 rounds in the match. Mousesports does not seem to be as strong as they were just a few months ago.

The biggest reason for their ‘loss of form’ is the roster change. They added Snax to the team with the hopes of ensuring a better performance. They were constantly having deep placements in big tournaments but were simply unable to overcome the strongest teams in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. So they brought in Snax, from Virtus Pro as soon as he was available. The decision as hasty as it seems right now might not have been the best decision. As we can see, Mousesports is not a strong team anymore.

ChrisJ has the knack to bring together different rosters in the past. He takes on different roles for himself if it means that the team gets better. However, as we have seen in the past it takes time for the team to improve performance. With the London Major looming over the heads of top professional teams, it is a risky bet on Mousesports’ supposed improvement in performance.

Oskar and Sunny form the core of this team. Oskar has been a very consistent player in the game. His performance has been very consistent over the past few years. The player apparently has an attitude problem which puts him squarely against playing for the best teams in the world. As we can see how the team improves, Oskar and Sunny’s performance will be under a lot of scrutinies.

But for this team to become strong once more, Snax’s integration into the roster forms an important link. Even in Virtus Pro, Snax was not really doing well in the past year. His performance on the team definitely has to improve in order for the player to become relevant again. In addition to his individual performance, it is also important that he integrates well with the team.

Mousesports can become a strong team. It will not take a long time for them to just flip the switch. However, whether they can actually improve or not is something that no one can answer right now.

Faze Clan

Faze clan roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan has looked deceptively good so far in this tournament. We have to remember that their performance is despite Olofmeister just coming back from a self-imposed break. The former Fnatic player has been exceptional ever since his comeback into the roster.

Faze Clan are probably the only team in the world who can consistently challenge the like of Astralis. While Na’Vi has put forth some decent performances in the recent months, including three back to back tournaments wins, they seem very inconsistent. Faze Clan is a star-studded team, one that can easily defeat the best team in the world. But Faze Clan has struggled mainly due to lack of time together. The Faze roster comprises of some of the best players in the world. The likes of Guardian, Olofmeister have shown what they are capable of on several previous rosters.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian is a player who loves being aggressive in his performance. But his aggressive gameplay is something that comes based off success in his performance. Faze Clan have not had much success in the past few months, mainly because they have been using several different stand-ins to replace Olofmeister.

One of the common factors holding together the team is Karrigan. The player has a lot of experience in holding together a team comprised of superstars. He has moulded several superstars in his Danish past. The biggest problem of an international team is never the skill or the firepower. It is the management of the personnel which often makes or breaks the team. Controlling the egos of top-level players from various teams is a difficult task and there very few In game leaders who can handle this. Karrigan is one such IGL who has proven himself to be up to the task.

Olofmeister will also have to step up and maintain his positioning and performance. Having a player of Olofmeister’s calibre as a lurker definitely helps the team. The opponents cannot simply ignore Olofmeister and he often has insanely good rounds where he can destroy the enemy team single-handedly.

Prediction.

Mousesports still looks very weak right now. The team has a long way to go before they can fully integrate Snax into the team. Right now, they are decent based mostly on individual plays, but as a team, they are seen to be struggling right now.

The team’s performance over the past few months has not been something that can be proud of. On the contrary, Faze Clan has been quite decent despite not having Olofmeister on their roster. We have seen the team become strong and despite not having Olofeister, they have also won some matches.

For now, we recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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