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Winsrike vs Team Spirit: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 CIS Minor.

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Introduction

IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

Team Winstrike

Roster:

  • Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov
  • Aurimas “Kvik” Kvaksis
  • David “n0rb3r7” Danielyan
  • Georgi “WorldEdit” Yaskin
  • Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen

The Winstrike roster has two very experienced members of the CIS scene. Between WorldEdit and Waylander, they do not lack any experience than the very best CS: GO players in the region. However, the rest of the team is relatively new, and they also have very low experience with the duo of Worldedit and WayLander.

The Winstrike roster has not had the best time in recent months. They were unable to make an impact in the Starseries Europe qualifiers and they finished next to the bottom at the event. Team Wintrike has potential, but they have not produced results and do not have any momentum on their side.


The biggest advantage for the team comes in the form of Worldedit, who will be responsible for making the strategies and the tactics for the team. As they face off against a local opponent, they have a decent understanding of the meta and the way of their gameplay. They can counter Team Spirit’s playstyle, however, ultimately it does come down to who hits their shots.

Players like BoombI4 and Kvik have had an influence on the shape of the CIS region in recent years. Their performance is not stand-out performance, but they have steadily improved over the past few months. The Winstrike team without any notable reuslts, however, remains a huge underdog. They are definitely not favoured to win this match under any circumstances.

Team Spirit

Roster:

  • Pavel “COLDYY1” Veklenko
  • Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko
  • Vadim “DavCost” Vasilyev
  • Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka
  • Victor “somedieyoung” Orudzhev

Team Spirit is one of the most well-recognised roster in the CIS team. They have the likes of ColdYY1, S0tF1k, DavCost and Dima. These players have played together for multiple y ears and have a great understanding of each other’s playstyle and synergy. Their ability to coordinate well outdoes their lack of individual skill at the highest level. Ofcourse, they are not the best team in the world and have never claimed to be one. But they remain a roster which is woefully inconsistent despite being a top tier CIS team.

DavCost has had a decent run at the Minor so far. He is able to hold down a site very well and is responsible for making huge plays once they get control of the site. On the CT side, we have not seen him under pressure a lot at the Minor. So while we do have an idea of how Team Spirit likes to play, Davcost is not always the one under pressure for the team.

Team Spirit has extra reliability on Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka to provide an opening for the roster. This is the kind of play that gets repetitive and it gives out Team Spirit’s playstyle. They need to work on their ability to put forth inroads on other players as well. Their inability to shift from this 2014 Titan playstyle definitely hurts them the most. While D1ma does an excellent job of providing an opening he is not flawless at it. There are often rounds when D1ma is just unable to have an impact and becomes the entry frag for the opponent. In these situations, one realises the folly of the Team Spirit’s playstyle. They are unable to account for opening on other players.


This is mostly to do with the shot-calling than the individual performance of players. Their inability to make inroads using whatever resources they have at their disposal is because they want D1ma to be the more frontline. However, the lack of flexibility in trying to bait the opponent with a strategy is what makes Team Spirit extremely rigid. They are an easy team to read and if their individual players are not performing up to the mark, the team becomes extremely weak in their performances.

Prediction:

There is no doubt that the skill ceiling of Team Liquid is much higher than that of Winstrike. The team Spirit is a team that relies on their individual as well as the leadership of their IN-Game Leader to help them tide over their opponents. For the most part, they are able to put up strong individual plays and win their aim duels. The early advantage that these victories in the aim duels bring to the team is unparalleled and Team Spiti makes use o these advantages very well.

The roster has the potential to win the CIS minor, and they have a few strong teams to contend with. They are up against Winstrike in this match-up; a team that has not produced any notable results int he past few weeks. This should be an easy tiding for Team Spirit; however, they are one of the most inconsistent CIS teams in history. As such; there is always going to be the element of doubt, especially depending on the map packs and the manner of their loss [ on Team Winstrike’s Map pick]. For now, we recommend a bet on Team Spirit for this match.

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Cloud9 vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan’s performance will require a good performance from multiple members of the team. The international team has had its hands full in trying to form the correct combination of players and their roles on the team. With the FaceIT London Major, we saw Karrigan give up the In-Game Leader position. Replacing his role on the team was Niko, the best player on the roster. However, taking up the role of the In-Game Leader definitely affects your individual performance. This is exactly what we saw with Niko and his individual performance struggled immensely.

Karrigan’s role on this team comes into question with their current performance. If he is not the In-Game Leader, what is his requirement on the team? He is, after all, one of the best In Game Leaders. But if the team feels like they don’t need him or can do better with him not being on the leadership position, it puts him on the notice. Karrigan is instrumental on certain maps like Inferno and Mirage. We might see him taking on the mantle of the In-Game Leader on these maps. His calls and positioning with whatever elements he has at his disposal are just too good to negate.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The roster has the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister. These two players have proven to be the best in the business and have led their respective former teams to victory. Over the course of the next few months, however, both of them need to start putting up big numbers in order for the team to materialize into the strong roster that it can be. Guardian needs to get a few good performances in order to feel confident once again. If he is confident, he can ensure aggressive plays and still get frags off them. This is what makes him one of the most dangerous AWP players in the world. He can ensure that he puts up big numbers with differing styles of play.

On the other hand, we have Olofmeister. The player did look the only decent player in any shape on the team. However, it has been several months since we saw them in action at the FaceIT London Major. Their recent outings do not inspire confidence as the team has been unable to make it to the Playoffs of the big LAN events that they participate in.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Golden
  • Flusha
  • Kioshima

Cloud9’s CS: GO roster is in peril right now. A recent report suggests that Cloud9 is possibly going to be undergoing a roster change. This would be a huge change for the team going forward. After all, the current roster did show signs of improvement. But Golden’s unavailability force Cloud9 management to make changes. They added Kioshima and if the reports are to be believed then they will be adding Stewie2k very soon. Stewie2k’s return to the team might signal a dramatic shift in the overall team’s performance. After all, he is one of the best players in North America, even though he is currently undergoing a massive slump with MiBr.

The Cloud9 roster for the most part of the past few months has seen one roster change after another. What initially started as a way to develop the team and making it much better than its current performance. For the most part, the team did look as if it was making a sizeable improvement for the most part. But then Golden has his personal problems and would not be able to attend two tournaments alongside Cloud9. The current reports suggest that there might be roster changes and it does not surprise us. Cloud9 is a premier esports organisation and it is unacceptable that they have such a sub-par team. After all, this team won the Boston Eleague Major and then faded into oblivion. It is time for this team to start making a name for themselves and there is no better way than to make changes to their current roster.

autimatic has auto-tuned himself into mid 2016 autimatic (DBLTap)

Kioshima is a player who has been around top-tier teams for a long time now, There is little doubt of his skill level and the cooperation he has with the rest of the team. Unfortunately for him, he was an outcast from the French and later the Faze Clan scene causing him to stay out in the free agency for a very long time. With his inclusion into Cloud9, there are hopes that the Cloud9 roster can make a huge improvement in their current form. Ofcourse we don’t know how Cloud9 will perform when it comes to his particular match against Faze Clan. After all, they are on the verge of a transition and it will definitely affect the confidence and the will-power of the players to give their best for this particular match.

Prediction:

The Cloud9 team might be a good-looking team on paper. They have talented players who have had their fair share of glory on their individual teams. However, on Cloud9, they have not been able to put together their skill and their synergy together. The current Cloud9 roster does not seem like it can compete with the likes of Faze Clan.

Faze Clan might not be in their best form right now, but they are a team that should easily be able to defeat Cloud9 even on their worst day. The Faze Clan team has brought us some quality Counter-Strike in the past and this tournament should not be any worse. After all, despite all their In-Game Leadership and synergy problems, the team still has a lot of firepower and aim. Since we have not seen the team for quite some time, it might just well be a great opportunity for them to have used their practice to develop the team synergy and coordination. The map is Mirage, which is actually quite a good map for both the teams. We expect Karrigan to have more of a say on this team with the map being Mirage. It is one of the best maps for Faze Clan and that is why they are at a huge advantage coming into this match.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match.

Mousesports vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

The initial matches are Bo1. All following matches are Bo3

  • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
  • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
  • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
  • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Playoffs: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil vs Mousesports

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

Made in Brazil had a scare against NRG esports yesterday. The team looked extremely lost on Train and despite their best attempts, they were not able to put up strong results. They did manage a comeback in the end which was a testimony to the raw skill on the team. However, at one point in time, both Stewie2k and Tarik looked extremely lost and sad about their own performance.

Fallen had a wonderful series against NRG, but MiBr would probably have lost without him.

Made in Brazil roster has a lot of talent. They have five former Major Champions and that speaks in itself for their skill level. However, the team’s performance of late has not been the best. With YNK getting almost half a year with the roster, we expected the team to perform much better. After all, they did manage to win a map against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals.

Fallen was exceptional in yesterday’s serious. For many, he was the only reason why Made in Brazil won their series against NRG. Fallen has taken his role and his ability to make aggressive plays seriously. On Inferno, Fallen was responsible for giving away many early frags. This was probably because the team felt confident after their game on Overpass. The team has developed synergy, but their current performance reminds us of a former Virtus Pro without the aim to back them up. The fact that Daps was able to easily understand Fallen’s playstyle and prepare the round accordingly spells doom for the team. They want to ensure that Fallen will have the upper hand when it comes to tactics and strategy. It is only this way that they can further utilise their skill set and ensure the best results for the team.

Tarik and Stewie2k need to be more comfortable on this team.

YNK does have a tough time on his hands as he is constantly seen trying to make the team perform well. However, there obviously seems to be a gap in his understanding of their gameplay and the actual gameplay of the team. There is no lack in the skill ceiling of the players. They are all exceptional players, however, they lack confidence and the current form is not enough to ensure a decent performance in the upcoming tournaments.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar

The Mousesports team looked menacing in their match against Natus Vincere. Not only was the score extremely one-sided, but it was the sheer aim of the Mousesports players which provides a lot of hope for this team. After all, this team has known success with the current roster. Ofcourse the management made a mistake of bringing on Snax to spoil an existing, well-performing team.

The team is looking strong once more with multiple members performing really well on the team. The performance of the team comes from the amazing chemistry between the players. Their aim was always great and as we watch them perform, we can see how the team likes to play with each other. They make aggressive pushes on certain areas of the map, but that is usually coordinated with a passive defensive style on the other. The fact that they can get away with so much space might also be a problem for their opponents.

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

Styko is the young player who has been making waves on this roster. Being in familiar company, Styko is able to make space for himself and provide decent information for the team. He is one of the upcoming players and his movement to Cloud9 and then back to Mousesports definitely signals the fact that he will put in extra efforts to start winning matches for Mousespsorts.

If Mousesports win this match, they will secure a semifinals berth for themselves. That is a huge achievement for the team. They will be back in the playoff of big tournaments and make a name for themselves. With the Katowice Major on the horizon, we can expect this team to have much better results in the future.

Prediction.

Mousesports looks much better both in terms of form and their ability to play off each other. We are seeing a level of synergy similar to that pre-Snax Mousespsorts. Their current form is exciting and the way they defeated Na’Vi in two maps definitely inspires confidence in the team’s ability. They are definitely a team which can challenge Astralis on their day. If they keep their current course of form, Mousesports could be the team that Na’Vi never was.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. They are looking much better than Made in Brazil who seemed lost and confused in their match against NRG.

Astralis vs Team Liquid: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

The initial matches are Bo1. All following matches are Bo3

  • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
  • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
  • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
  • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Playoffs: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid


Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Xyp9x
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • MagisK
  • Glaive

The Danish roster will once again need to fend off this North American attack. Astralis and Team Liquid have faced off against each other so many times in the past. By now, Astralis is well-aware of Team Liquid’s performance, their tendencies and how they like to play certain maps.

The Danish roster has a knack of studying their own gameplay and learning from their mistakes. This allows them to eliminate mistakes and hence make their roster stronger and better. It is done on an individual level as well as on the team level. With Zonic at the helm, he has a clear direction for the team to follow in their practice. And it has worked wonders for the roster, so we don’t expect Astralis to change much in their practice.

Glaive has been the key part that Astralis was missing. When Kjaerbye left the team, it fell on Glaive’s shoulders to ensure that the team stays alive and performs well. And it has worked wonders for the roster as they are easily the best team of 2018. This comes after some crucial in-game leadership by Glaive. His ability to make the right call mid-round and at lightning pace is what makes Astralis such a force to reckon with. On maps like Nuke, they are simply unbeatable mostly due to how Glaive likes to call the T side on this map.

Over time, we expect Durpeeh and Device to continue with their current form. The duo is one of the best duos in Counter-Strike and has repeatedly ensured strong performances from themselves. Device’s ability to constantly lock down certain areas of the map and yet remain extremely volatile and operational when it comes to his performance is what makes him deadly. He rarely misses a shot too, so that makes his aggressive stance on certain maps even scarier.

Astralis is a team that relies on each other and their synergy to succeed. We expect this team to make huge inroads at this tournament, despite not having the best performance in their last two matches. The Astralis roster definitely has the talent to make it to the Grand finals of this tournament. Whether they can continue with their playstyle and still succeed after being on the top for so long will be an interesting question for other teams.

Team Liquid

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

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • NAF
  • Nitr0

Team Liquid book themselves another showdown with the Danish powerhouse. Despite their presence against Astralis, Team Liquid has already booked their berth in the playoffs. This match is more to assert the seeding for the two teams in the playoffs. The winner of the match will get a slot directly in the semifinals and as such, it is an important match for both the teams.

Team Liquid’s journey so far at the ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals has been through G2 and BIG Gaming. Both the teams are not at their best form right now and we expect Team Liquid to have had easy games in these matches. However, Team liquid is not a team that one can take lightly. The North American roster has ensured that they have some of the better placements and positioning of players. They do have Twistzz on their team which makes their job of getting key frags much easier. After all, the player is one of the best players in the world and definitely the best player in North America. His ability to get key frags with a single tap of the Ak makes him deadly no matter the quality of their opponent. However, he also has a great sense of positioning which makes him all the more lethal.

It is also the tactical acumen provided by Nitr0 which has helped the team develop this synergy at the highest level. The very fact that they are eliminated so many times by Astralis speaks volumes of their performance at LAN events. Team Liquid is slowly emerging as one of the best hopes for North America. Nitr0 understands that he is not the fragger on the team. His positioning on maps enables him to take crucial decisions at the nick of time. This ensures that the player is always aware of his surroundings and can also provide for great synergy with the rest of the team.

TACO has slowly developed into a support player on this roster. This is more due to the demands of the team rather than an individual choice. As a support player, TACO has put up decent numbers and has enabled the rest of the team to put up big numbers. His role in enabling ELIGE on the roster is critical. Elige and Twistzz make up the forefront of the team’s attack. Their CT side performance usually relies on trading and providing cross-fires for the opponents.

Team Liquid is one of the stronger teams and they definitely have a chance of defeating Astralis. The fact that these two teams have played each other so many times only ensures that we have a small metagame developing between the games.

Prediction :

The two teams have their own meta-game in development. So it will be interesting to see the map vetoes and the way the teams approach each other in these maps. Team Liquid and Astralis have faced each other multiple times in the recent months, so they are well aware of how the other team plays.


Astralis is the best team in the world, but in the past few LAN events, we have seen their performance take a dip. The Danish roster is not as dominant as it was during the FaceIT London Major days. They are losing maps and even matches [ like they just lost to Made in Brazil].

Team liquid, on the other hand, needs to ensure that it can possibly go past Astralis in LAN finals of tournaments. If not, ti will only serve as a major disappointment tot he team which been making huge strides in their performance of late.

We recommend a small bet on Astralis for this match. Team Liquid got to this point after a close set of matches against teams not in form. As such their performance cannot be judged in Odense based on their initial groups stage matches. With Astralis being in the form that they are, we hope that they can pull together huge numbers for the team.

 

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

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

IEM Chicago is down to the last two teams and Team Liquid and Astralis will come together in the final matchup. It will be interesting to see how the two teams place against each other. If Team Liquid manages to defeat Astralis, it will definitely call for a new world order. For Astralis, it is a time for them to continue their dominant performance, however, they are not looking too hot right now.

IEM Chicago 2018 will be broadcast live on Twitch. The winner takes home a prize pool of $100,000.

Primary Broadcast

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

The two teams will face off once again in what is shaping up to become a rivalry in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Astralis has been near the top of the scene for a long time. However, post their FaceIT London Major and Blast Pro Series 2018 the Danish squad does not look so strong anymore.

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • MagisK

The Danish squad has never been the best when it comes to sheer firepower. However, what they lacked in their firepower and skill; they more than made up for in terms of their synergy and coordination. The playstyle for the team emphasises on ensuring that they cover their mistakes and their weaknesses. The Astralis roster has been able to ensure that their weaknesses are not taken advantage of, at least not without Astralis’ knowledge.

Device has been near the top of the scene for a very long time. He has been able to guide the team into victory on multiple occasions because of his high skill talent. However, he is one of the first players to study his own heatmap in an attempt to stop others from countering his playstyle. Nicolai has become a strong player on a regular basis with his performance. He can emphasise the team’s strengths by shutting down entire regions on his own. The player’s ability to shut down certain sections of the map is what makes him a strong player for the team. In addition to this, he has excellent chemistry with Xyp9x and Dupreeh. The trio has been together for a long time, from their Dignitas days.

Dupreeh is the other player on the team who is constantly making the flashy plays and allowing Astralis to take the lead when it comes to the early part of the rounds. After getting the initial advantage, Astralis players often fall back and allow the opponents to make the mistakes. The Astralis roster has orchestrated this kind of play to perfection over the past few months. They have dominated their opponents with their systemic playstyle and precision.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

For this kind of play, the credit has to go to Zonic. The Astralis Coach has been a former player. He initiated a similar kind of play with his former team mTw. The team made sure that they are able to provide the necessary backup required by the team. As we see the performance of Astralis in the past few weeks, however, we see that they are not the unbeatable team that they were before. Right now, we have seen Faze Clan and almost Fnatic defeat Team Astralis at IEM Chicago 2018. Team Liquid definitely has a much better chance for this match.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO

Team Liquid decimated Faze Clan in the semifinals. The aim of Twistzz and Elige coming together displayed just how strong Team Liquid can be a very strong team when all their pieces are working in tandem. Against Faze Clan, that is exactly what happened. That being said, Faze did make multiple mistakes like pushing in alone when they have an advantage. They were literally giving Team Liquid the chance to neutralize and later win the maps with relative ease. After the drudging of the second map, Faze Clan looked down and out. They were simply unable to make an impact on the outcome of the match.

Twistzz remains the most talented player on the team and it is not without reason. The player has been exceptional in his aim and he has been able to hit insane shots from seemingly impossible situations. The player’s ability to move into position fast and then gain an advantage over his opponents is unmatched. The team’s performance depends heavily on Twistzz and Elige’s performance and if either of them put up good performances, then we can see the entire team thrive.

However, as we look forth to the Grand finals, Twistzz alone cannot ensure the best performance for the team. We will see Elige come alive as he has throughout the tournament with his excellent performance. The team\s performance throughout IEM Chicago 2018 has been heavily dependent on Elige and how he manages his role at the forefront of the attack. He has been able to ensure that the team constantly gets an advantage going into the round by getting the opening kill. Elige is crucial to Team Liquid’s success over the past few months and has slowly developed into the most important player for the team. He is constantly at the top of the scoreboard for Team Liquid.

Prediction :

On paper, Astralis does seem to be the stronger team. They have the experience, the momentum as well as the players needed to win this match. However, that being said, we are also witnessing Astralis is not a team that is as dominant as before. The team’s performance through the last few weeks has been very underwhelming. They are losing to many of the top teams, they are also not able to finish their matches against lower ranked teams.

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

The drubbing that they got from Fnatic definitely did not make them a favourite to win this tournament. The team’s performance in the latter half of the match was great and inspirational, but it also masks the lack of performance by the team during the normal match. They were simply at their wits end with regards to how the team can possibly make an impact on their T side. Fnatic had a very dominant performance, and their match loss was only due to their inability to close out the match.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, seems to be on an upward trajectory. Their performance through the tournament has been very strong and they have both Twistzz and Elige performing at their peak level. The North American Squad has been able to dominate teams like Faze Clan and the manner in which they did so definitely inspires confidence in the team. Team Liquid’s performance through the tournament sees them emerge as the favourite in this tournament for the Grand finals.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Team Liquid for this match.