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

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

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

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

Format

Group Stage:

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

Playoffs:

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

Prize Pool:

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

Broadcast Talent

North Gaming

North Gaming Roster:

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

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


Kjaerbye has been consistent on the North roster.

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

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


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

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

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

Vitality


Vitality Roster:

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

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

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


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


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

Prediction:

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

We recommend a bet on Team Vitality for this match.

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Gambit Gaming vs Syman Esports : Esports Betting Analysis @ CIS Minor Championship – Katowice 2019

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

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

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

Format

Group Stage:

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

Playoffs:

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

Prize Pool:

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Gambit Gaming.

Gambit Gaming Roster:

  • Mikhail “Dosia” Stolyarov.
  • Rustem “mou” Telepov.
  • Nikolay “mir” Bityukov.
  • Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov.
  • Vlаdуslаv “bondik” Nеchуроrchuk.

Gambit Gaming is considered to be one of the premier esports organisations in the CIS region. The team’s performance has not really been up to par to the calibre of their players. Yes, they did win the PGL Krakow Major 2017, but that was almost two years ago now. The organisation has failed to impress on the International stage.

The current roster on the team has Dosia, Mou, Mir, Ax1le and Bondik on the team. Now, Bond1k is on trial for the roster and will be looking to develop synergy and coordination on the team.

Mou’s role on the team is the stable player. He needs to step up his control on CT sided maps.

Dosia is the X-factor on the roster as it is he who makes the impressive and often illogical plays on the team. During the PGL Krakow Major,  Dosia was one of the single biggest reasons for the team’s performance during the major. He made some impressive plays. They are usually instinctive calls which essentially can have a huge impact on the team’s chances. Dosia is a very aggressive and often flamboyant player on the team. His performances can make huge advantages for Gambit Gaming in a round. Ultimately, however, it is up to the In-Game Leader to decide how to move forward with the team.

Dosia is the IGL of the Gambit Gaming roster.

There is one thing that the Gambit roster seems to follow to the last letter. They are very adept at following the plan and their In-Game leader’s strategy. As such a lot rests on Dosia, who is their In-Game Leader for now. His playstyle is considerably different from the previous In-Game leaders on the team. However, he has been with the team for a very long time and this roster has had enough time to practice and develop a basic style of gameplay.

The team also has other members, including the on-trial Bondik. He brings with himself a lot of talent and experience. He has helped several youngsters in the past and has made a name for himself with his guidance and help. Bond1k has not really had much time together and that is one of the biggest reasons why he is not taking the point in this team. While Dosia remains the In-Game leader on paper, there are implications that Bond1k has a higher involvement in the team’s strategy and chemistry than the titles suggest.

Ax1le is the young fresh blood on the roster, his performance can have a huge impact on Gambit’s performance.

The firepower on the team has Ax1le, Mou and Mir. These three players are considered to be the pillar of the team. Their performance has a direct relationship on the team’s performance. If the team has not been performing up to the mark in their recent endeavours it is because of the lack of performance by the individual members. The Gambit Gaming roster is definitely coming out ahead of this match-up against Syman. They are one of the favourites to move out past the CIS Minor, despite their lack of results in recent months.

Syman

Roster:

  • Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev.
  • Sanzhar “neaLaN” Ishkakov.
  • Maksim “t0rick” Zaikin.
  • Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy.
  • Artem “iDISBALANCE” Egorov.

The Syman team is not really a well-known roster in the CIS region. Yes, they have had a few wins in the regional tournaments, however; they do not have the names or the results to show for themselves.

Most of the team is unknown to the International CS: GO stage. Players such as Sanji, neaLan and t0rick have made a name for themselves in smaller tournaments. The team has a very wide coverage of maps and it can play almost every map. In fact, in the past few months, they have dabbled in all the maps except Dust 2. They have a high win-rate on maps such as Inferno and Nuke. These two maps are really strong for the team. However, their lack of action [ judging from the single digits as the number of times they played on these maps] does not raise much confidence.

Train and Overpass are their best maps by far. They have a near 70% win-rate on these two maps. They are able to make the right calls and the correct decisions when it comes to these CT sided maps. They do have an aggressive CT side at times, but they have a perfect balance between their aggression and their passive approach to the game. This is why they are a difficult team to read. In addition to their novelty and their unpredictability, this particular match is the Best one. As such the chances of an upset happening are quite high in this match.

Prediction:

Despite Gambit Gaming being relatively new, especially with the addition of Bond1k; they are still a very strong team. The likes of Dosia, Mir, Mou on the team makes them one of the strongest CIS teams at the qualifier. However, they are up against a team which is relatively unknown and has very little experience at this stage.

This is the best of One match and that definitely changes the odds of the game. There is a high chance of making it an upset, however, we still feel that Gambit Gaming has enough to make it to the next stage. We recommend a medium sized bet on Gambit Gaming for this match.

Astralis vs NIP: 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)

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • MagisK

They are the best team in the world and not without reason. After all, Astralis’ dominance has been the talk of the town for much of the past year. Astralis has found excellent synergy with each other and this is what makes them one of the most feared teams in Counter-Strike today. The Danish roster has great mid-round calls by Glaive, their In-Game Leader. His addition to the in-game Leader role following Kjaerbye’s move to North only helped Astralis as they formed the perfect synergy amongst themselves. However, apart from the players, it is the player’s synergy with the coach Zonic which sets him apart from the rest of the competition. He is able to perfectly execute Zonic’s vision of the team’s progress.

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

The Astralis roster is made up of Zonic as one of the best coaches to coach a CS: GO team. His ideas about the game and how Astralis should prepare to stay on the top have helped the Danish team to reach their current position. After all, the Astralis roster has made it to the top and stayed there for so long. Zonic’s influence on the team is one of the biggest reasons for this. He has helped the team stay on top and despite their recent lack of form, they still look as strong as ever.

For this match, we hope to see Device and Dupreeh pull out their best selves. They have a tendency to not perform to their best ability against NIP. Hopefully, after years of remaining on the top, they can overcome this mental block.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP roster:

  • Rez
  • Get_Right
  • F0rest
  • Lekr0
  • Dennis

The Ninjas come into this match as a potential upset against Astralis. The fact that they are playing Astralis on Mirage is something that shuold raise hopes for nIP Fans. The team has managed to defeat Astralis on this map previously. While NIP does have their own issues to sort out, on their best day they can defeat Astralis.

So far in the tournament, NIP has not shown us a good performance. They failed against Na’Vi, but it was a close match. Their match against MiBr was really sad to watch. NIP had no impact on that map of Mirage. They were constantly playing from behind and losing key aim-duels.

There are multiple factors working for the Ninjas, however, one of the most important factors is the return to form for Get_Right. The star player on the team since its inception in CS: GO, Get_Right is instrumental to NIP’s success and their progress as a team. His firepower and the amount of respect he garners from other teams ensures that his impact on the game is much more than just his position on the scoreboard. In addition to this, his never tiring practice regimen can only serve as an inspiration to the others in the team. Get_Right is not the most naturally skilled player in the world. But he has never let this stop him from trying his best to be useful in the team.

Apart from Get_Right its Lekro who has made a huge impact on this team. The young player has carved the team to make it one of the most strategic team under the coaching of Pita. Lekro’s performance in the team is not limited just to the in-game leadership. The player is also the player who usually tops the scoreboard for the team. For one single player to take on so much responsibility is usually a big task. It is untenable many would say, but Lekro has proved his detractors wrong so far.

In order for NIP to start putting up big numbers, they need Get_Right to put up the big numbers. The player is a key component of the NIP Firepower and his performance has a direct impact on NIP’s results.

Prediction:


Astralis has looked extremely confident in their setup. Their dominance in yesterday’s matches against Faze Clan and Na’Vi possibly sums up the entire tournament. The Danish squad is on a roll right now and the high victory margins demonstrate their prowess. For Astralis, this tournament is just another stop en route to their possible victory at the IEM Katowice 2019. Now for many players, beating Astralis is the ultimate goal. For NIP, it is something that they pride themselves on. Since the beginning of CS: GO, NIP always has had an upper hand against Astralis. For many years, they were on a level playing field and the advantage in the mental stage provided a boost for NIP.

However, right now, Astralis is miles ahead of NIP in individual performance as well as he entire team synergy. So despite NIP having a small advantage against Astralis, it is a big question whether they will be able to make anything out of it. For us, Astralis seems to be in a great momentum in order to take home this map. We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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.

Natus Vincere vs NIP: 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)

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • Edward
  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Zeus
  • Flamie

The CIS team Natus Vincere has not shown much in terms of improvement. They recently participated in the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals. They lost 0-2 to Team Liquid in the Quarterfinals. Considering how Team Liquid has repeatedly and consistently shown itself to be a very strong North American CS: GO contender, this result is not entirely bad. However, for the potential of this team, their result s are barely even a fraction.

Natus Vincere has two of the world’s best Aimers on their roster. The likes of S1mple and Electronic definitely add so much value to the team. The sheer talent on this team often covers the mistakes and the extra risk that they end up taking with their force-buys. The Na’Vi Squad is a legendary name, but they need to start consistently posing a challenge to the Astralis domination.

Flamie is a crucial player on this team. When he has a good game, there is little to stop Na’Vi from dominating their opponents. It is in these kinds of matches that we get a glimpse of the true potential of this roster. However, for the most part, Flamie has not had a good string of results. He needs to improve his individual performance if they are to have a legitimate chance of winning against their opponents. For now, the team remains a potentially good team, but the team definitely needs much better performances if they are to be considered a noteworthy team.

For Na’Vi to potentially become a very good team there are two alternatives. One would be if the whole team starts becoming extremely consistent in their performance. The other would be erratic but high skilled performances by the two young players. S1mple has always been the most consistent performer on this team, but he has a tough task ahead of him.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_Right
  • Lekr0
  • F0rest
  • Rez
  • Dennis

The Ninjas in Pyjamas team has a new look, and have been looking quite strong of late. The Swedish roster does have their star players such as Get_RIght and F0rest on the team. However, it is the new influx of young players like Rez and Lekr0 which has made this team stronger than before.

There are multiple factors working for the Ninjas, however, one of the most important factors is the return to form for Get_Right. The star player on the team since its inception in CS: GO, Get_Right is instrumental to NIP’s success and their progress as a team. His firepower and the amount of respect he garners from other teams ensures that his impact on the game is much more than just his position on the scoreboard. In addition to this, his never tiring practice regimen can only serve as an inspiration to the others in the team. Get_Right is not the most naturally skilled player in the world. But he has never let this stop him from trying his best to be useful in the team.

Apart from Get_Right its Lekro who has made a huge impact on this team. The young player has carved the team to make it one of the most strategic team under the coaching of Pita. Lekro’s performance in the team is not limited just to the in-game leadership. The player is also the player who usually tops the scoreboard for the team. For one single player to take on so much responsibility is usually a big task. It is untenable many would say, but Lekro has proved his detractors wrong so far.

The team has a great synergy and as long as Get_Right can make his role on the team impactful. The team’s performance relies on a few pillars in the roster. For now, NIP is extremely well organised and progressive. Whether they can take down Na’Vi, it really depends on which Na’Vi turns up for this particular match.

Prediction

The Natus Vincere roster makes huge inroads in the current Counter-Strike scene with their performance. However, most of their performance stems from their ability to hit their shots and the high skill ceiling of the team. S1mple and Electronic have regularly put up big numbers on the team. However, there are others on the team who regularly seem to be underperforming and dragging the results of the team down.

On the other hand is Ninjas in Pyjamas, the team can surprise Natus Vincere in this match. The true test for Natus Vincere obviously relies on how they turn up for this match. If we see both S1mple and Electronic turn-up and play well, NIP should not have a realistic chance of making it past Na’Vi.

There is one more factor that will affect the outcome of this match. The map is pre-decided and it will be Overpass. NIP is fairly good on Overpass and has actually preferred playing on this map. Ofcourse Na’Vi is no slouches themselves, but when it comes to Overpass and considering how bad Na’Vi is right now, this match might not be as easy as it seems. We therefore have to recommend a low bet on NIP for this match.