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Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. mousesports CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

Prize Distribution

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Format

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

Credit to Liquipedia

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Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden GeT_RiGhT
  • Sweden REZ
  • Sweden draken
  • Sweden f0rest
  • Sweden dennis
  • Sweden pita (coach)

Two of the 2012 Ninjas in Pyjamas core is left: the legendary duo of GeT_RiGhT and f0rest. Having swapped Xizt for dennis after an abysmal cs_summit 2 run, Ninjas in Pyjamas went on to the playoffs of IEM Katowice, eventually losing to Team Liquid in a best of three. One could say that their results have slightly improved, as the Ninjas in Pyjamas have secured their spot in the ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas; ECS has been different for them, as they’re currently in the middle of the pack with a slim chance to make the finals.

Having removed Xizt should be seen as a huge improvement for Ninjas in Pyjamas. An IGL with inconsistent individual performances and team results overall, it was time for NiP to throw a spanner of the works and shake up their lineup. With the addition of dennis, not only does the team bring a refreshed structure with new coach pita, dennis himself is a pivotal player that can single-handily win rounds with his pistol play. fnatic’s dominant run with dennis on the roster was contributed to by his high kill rate on pistol rounds, which helped fnatic on the majority of their dominating games and comebacks.

 

dennis at the helm may be the breath of life the Ninjas needed (Credit: Fragbite)

Over time, with the additions of REZ and draken beforehand, we’ve seen a shift in roles for the old guards too. GeT_RiGhT has moved on towards a traditional supportive role, whereas f0rest has been shown to play anchor and entry fragger when needed. On the other hand, most of the star roles have been handed upon the youngsters of REZ and draken, both of whom have shown signs of individual brilliance—especially draken—at major events in the past. On T side, expect the Ninjas to play slowly and wait for REZ/draken to get a pick, then playoff the man advantage and enemy information.

Can draken single handedly power Ninjas in Pyjamas to a win and win you your esports betting money? (Credit: Metro)

The Ninjas are best when teams give openings or try to exploit them with aggression, to which the Ninjas counter easily. On the CT side, REZ and draken generally play anchor roles, with both of them being part of the NiP double AWP setup whenever utilized. On the other hand, GeT_RiGhT and f0rest play anchor roles on sites, with dennis usually opting to play rotational spots such as arch on de_inferno.

Albeit, their opening match against SK Gaming was very shaky, with the Brazilians capitalizing on the Ninjas’ mistakes and making a mini-comeback on SK Gaming’s CT side. Luckily, thanks to some even more costlier mistakes from the Brazilians, the Ninjas capitalized on SK’s weak economy and strung together some rounds. If Ninjas in Pyjamas can’t find a way to single handedly dominate a game without having to rely on a star performance from draken, they might be in trouble against an all-out slug-fest mousesports.

Ninjas in Pyjamas’ trademark maps so far have been de_cache and de_train. Surprisingly enough, their form has deteriorated from their trademark map, de_nuke, as shown by recent losses to North and LDLC in the ESL Pro League. Yet, de_cache has also been an ace in the sleeve, which might be pulled out, should their opponents be unwise.

 

Europe mousesports (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Netherlands chrisJ
  • Czech Republic oskar
  • Estonia ropz
  • Finland suNny
  • Slovakia STYKO
  • Ukraine lmbt (coach)

mousesports, in terms of recent form and achievements, are actually the team that should be the favorites to win Dreamhack Marseille. In 2018 alone, they are one of the two teams (along with fnatic to have won more than one international event on a tier 1 scale (V4 Future Esports Festival and StarLadder i-Series) and have yet to make a roster change to their current lineup since then. Consistently, they have proven time and time again to be a deadly roster to this date.

When you think about stars on this team, it’s usually oskar that is considered to be the hard carry. But, anyone on this team can pop off, and even chrisJ has proved to do it on his specialty map, de_mirage. ropz is the cool headed clutch player, suNny can be a mad dash fragger and pop off absurdly on crunch-time maps, and STYKO is that support rifler who can support and frag on a consistent basis. Overall, the team relies on unusual setups and aggression, as seen from their aggressive pushes on de_mirage mid and their forward A hold against Valiance in their opener.

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

The opener was a bit of a shocker, as Valiance almost pulled it back from a 13-2 deficit (flashbacks to QBF if you’re a mouz fan) to defeat mousesports. Luckily, mousesports won 16-13, but it was a match that was way too close for comfort. Albeit, mousesports were in control for most of the game, but it is clear that nerves and cockiness did get in their hands throughout the match.

On their map pool, mousesports are the strongest when it comes to de_mirage or de_inferno, whereas they handle themselves considerably on the rest. de_mirage has been their staple map for a long time, but mousesports have been known to play all 7 maps in the current pool with general consistency.

Arguably, esports betting odds will have them as the favorites for this match, and don’t be surprised to see esports sites and percentages in favor of them. mousesports are arguably the strongest team coming into Marseille, and their esports results and form recently have to show for it.

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EPICENTER CS:GO: G2 vs. North Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

EPICENTER 2017 will be the top tier tournament to finish out October. EPICENTER 2016 was filled of many surprising storylines to end the tournament. We saw a Dignitas start to evolve into the team known as North, Natus Vincere beginning their downfall after winning ESL New York, and many close matches that could have gone either way.

EPICENTER 2016 featured teams at the peak of their levels, and EPICENTER 2016 will feature the same teams; but, these teams’ forms are a shadow of the ones showcased at EPICENTER 2016. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Astralis, and G2 Esports will be looking to end their struggle after the great roster shuffle of 2017. On the other hand, Gambit Gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and North—especially North considering they won EPICENTER 2016 under Dignitas—will all be looking to continue their rising forms from the start of 2017. Last, look to the underdogs of TyLoo and Vega Squadron as they struggle to find a way to qualify in the EPICENTER Wildcard against their respective opponents.

Once again, look forward to a great tournament of CS:GO! EPICENTER may determine which teams will change, and whose fans will be left in broken pieces or in temporary joy.

Format

EPICENTER Wild Card:

  • Two best of 3s
  • Each winner of the respective best of 3 qualifies for the main event EPICENTER 2017

Group Stage

  • Best of 3 format
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to playoffs

Playoffs

  • Start at semi-finals pitting against the top of Group A/B against the runner up of the opposite group in a bo3
  • Grand Finals is a bo5

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G2

  • shox, apEX, NBK, bodyy, kennyS

G2, much like North, had been struggling before EPICENTER. In online matches, they had dropped maps to BIG and Virtus.Pro, and were seen struggling against their counterparts in Natus Vincere and Heroic. This followed in suit of their early ELEAGUE playoff exit to Cloud9, a team G2 has a storied history of struggling against. Many fingers pointed towards their aim-heavy style being the problem, as it left no room for complex strategies to catch off opponents.

Regardless, they somehow exploded into EPICENTER by destroying an also-recovering Astralis to make their debut. Even after a demoralizing start to the first map (de_cache)–from a Xyp9x ace clutch in the pistol–, G2 pulled back from a 9-2 deficit to take the map. Much to Astralis’ dismay, G2 proceeded to destroy the Danes as G2 won the majority of the aim duels.

G2, against North, have a bit of a rivalry stemming from the ESL Pro League LAN Finals. In the two grand finals they’ve faced North, G2 have won 5 out of the 6 maps played. Essentially, this should give G2 the upper hand. But, with both teams lacking the form they had a month or two ago, this match can be decided with a coin toss.

 

North

  • valde, k0nfig, MSL, cajunb, aizy

North come into this tournament after a string of good results, and it seems that adding valde to the team has added the synergy lost during the time with Magisk. Having valde play a lurk role on T side whereas MSL and k0nfig work together to entry-frag has proved wonders for the North side. Plus, with valde, they find a flexible rotate/anchor player on the CT side. To the agenda of North, valde fits in perfectly with MSL’s leadership plans.

Their online results and EPICENTER win versus Liquid have been very shaky and close. Even though they beat Liquid in their opening bo3 at EPICENTER, all maps had very close/similar sides on both CT and T for each teams. Only in the late stages of the final map (de_cobblestone) did North start to pull away the game from Liquid. Even online, they struggled against a Natus Vincere–who had their coach standing in–and barely scraped wins off of their matches against fnatic. While this may be a honeymoon from the recent influx of LAN tournaments, North look vulnerable at EPICENTER.

Nonetheless, k0nfig was on fire for their match against Liquid, and surprisingly, MSL too. The main question for North is if valde will do his part, seeing as he bottom-fragged and played poorly in their bo3 against Liquid. Nonetheless, expect North to play their best to defend their EPICENTER title of last year.

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ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier Playoffs: Astralis vs. fnatic Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

Welcome back to ELEAGUE! Back for its 3rd season, ELEAGUE features its top performers from ELEAGUE Season 2 to clash for $1,000,000 USD. Hosted in the Turner G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena, teams will be battling it out in 4 separate group stages. The reward is 1 of the 8 spots in the playoffs. Some groups are stacked with top tier teams like SK Gaming, fnatic, FaZe, G2 Esports, and more top tier teams. Teams such as the Cloud9 were expected to disappoint, but these teams surprised and snuck their way to the playoffs. Now, we reach the playoffs to determine the winner of ELEAGUE’s CS:GO Premier tournament.

Format

Opening group stage matches & winner match: best of 1

Elimination match and group stage decider: best of 3

2 teams eliminated and 2 teams advance.

Astralis

Astralis have been an oddball within the past months. For the first time in a long time, they were eliminated in the group stages of an international event. Losing to Liquid in a best of 3, this marked the first time since ESL New York 2016. In an interview with device, it is said that Astralis are still trying to find their groove. As the saying goes, you can’t win a game solely on brains; the current CS:GO meta is very heavy on skilled aimers.

Astralis’ last 3 events (including the PGL Krakow Major) have been deflating, but it does not refute the fact they’re a top 3 team. Having the best of Denmark, there is a guarantee that Astralis can bounce back from this. But, with a dominating look and topping group D at ELEAGUE, Astralis look to shine and claim another championship at ELEAGUE.

fnatic

fnatic have looked like a structured team again. Recently beating their about-to-be opponents (Astralis) 2-0 in the ESL Pro League a few days ago, fnatic has seen their players rising to their prime levels slowly.

Composed of Golden, Lekr0, JW, flusha, and KRiMZ, fnatic have had their ups and lows in recent LAN and online tournaments. But, as of recent, success has been heading their way. That includes qualifying for the ELEAGUE playoffs after beating Immortals by the skin of their teeth.

Historically, throughout the various lineups fnatic have fielded, they have a better head-to-head record versus Astralis. But, it is safe to say that this current lineup is more inferior to Astralis’ level as of current. But, having beat the Danes online recently, fnatic could be looking to turn the tables on LAN. Considering that they are on par in terms of map pools, fnatic could upset.

 

 

 

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ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier: Astralis vs. Heroic Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

Welcome back to ELEAGUE! Back for its 3rd season, ELEAGUE features its top performers from ELEAGUE Season 2 to clash for $1,000,000 USD. Hosted in the Turner G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena, teams will be battling it out in 4 separate group stages. The reward is 1 of the 8 spots in the playoffs. Some groups are stacked with top tier teams like SK Gaming, fnatic, FaZe, G2 Esports, and more top tier teams. Teams such as the Cloud9 were expected to disappoint, but these teams surprised and snuck their way to the playoffs. Now, we reach the concluding group stage with Heroic, Team Liquid, Astralis, and SK Gaming.

SK Gaming have been falling down from their title as the #1 team in the world. Even then, they still feature one of the strongest lineups of firepower in the game. SK Gaming look to dominate the group stage and prove they are still a contending force.

Team Liquid have been on the rise ever since the addition of Twistzz. Since their failure at the PGL Major Qualifier, they’ve been on a rise in international showings. Making playoffs consistently, their last two tournaments against european competition saw them make the finals twice. They have yet to claim a championship, but will ELEAGUE be their first?

Astralis have been in a similar case to SK Gaming. Both failed to reach a major championship at PGL Krakow, and they are slowly losing their touch of individual form. Even then, they boast the IGL leader gla1ve and a supporting cast of Kjaerbye, device, dupreeh, and Xyp9x. What change will they make to reach the stars? Can they grab another championship at yet another ELEAGUE event?

Heroic are the outlier of this group. Being the 3rd best team in Denmark, Heroic come into this event with much to be fulfilled. Beforehand, they grabbed es3tag and lost valde, one of the rising talents of Denmark. After an overhaul in the Heroic system, they have looked weaker since the shuffle. Historically, they have been regarded as another dark horse team, but can this new lineup carry on the legacy? How will they perform in their first ELEAGUE tournament?

Format

Opening group stage matches & winner match: best of 1

Elimination match and group stage decider: best of 3

2 teams eliminated and 2 teams advance.

Astralis

Astralis have been an oddball within the past months. For the first time in a long time, they were eliminated in the group stages of an international event. Losing to Liquid in a best of 3, this marked the first time since ESL New York 2016. In an interview with device, it is said that Astralis are still trying to find their groove. As the saying goes, you can’t win a game solely on brains; the current CS:GO meta is very heavy on skilled aimers.

Astralis’ last 3 events (including the PGL Krakow Major) have been deflating, but it does not refute the fact they’re a top 3 team. Having the best of Denmark, there is a guarantee that Astralis can bounce back from this. But, against their kryptonite (Liquid), no one knows how their first day at ELEAGUE will go.

Heroic

Heroic are a huge underdog in this group. Ever since their addition of es3tag, results have been looking shaky before ELEAGUE. Of their last 4 tournaments, two were group stage eliminations (ESL Cologne 2017 & ESG Tour Mykonos 2017). The other two were a semifinalist and runner up finish, but both tournaments featured easier competition (Dreamhack Atlanta & Valencia).

The problem with es3tag lies on the role he has to fill. Losing valde is huge, as his roles were more of a backstabbing/sneaky type of lurking/defense. Consistently, valde was topping the leaderboard because he was the star player of Heroic. With es3tag, he can also lurk, but his gamesense and ability to frag is not up to par.

Snappi’s IGLing, niko’s explosive fragging, and JUGI’s flashy AWPing are the selling points of Heroic. But, when it comes to playing on LAN against top competition, Heroic always seem to fall apart. The x-factors of their lineup will be MODDII and es3tag, since they are prone to inconsistent performances. Both of them have high skill ceilings, but they have a problem performing at that consistent level.

Regardless, Heroic’s team play and individual level will be up to par against the opponents of their group. It’s still a learning progress for this team to fully develop into a top level team. ELEAGUE will be great experience for them, considering the level of the teams of their group. All 3 of the other teams in their ELEAGUE group have seen considerable success within the past 3 months. When they travel back to evaluate their performance, Heroic’s demos will have plentiful learning material.

 

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