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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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Faze Clan vs Ghost Gaming : Esports Betting Analysis @ IBuyPower Cup Masters IV

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Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

  • Håvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
  • Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

The Faze Clan roster is one team which always garners a lot of attention of the Counter-Strike community. The members of Faze Clan include some of the best players in Counter-Strike. The likes of Guardian, Niko and Olofmeister have all made a name for themselves in their previous teams.

However, the biggest change tot eh team is two-fold. They recently let go of Karrigan [ who is on Team Envy ]. Replacing him on the team is AdreN who has been instrumental and a key component of several CIS teams. His experience and different style of play will be crucial to determining the next course of action for Faze Clan in the future months. The team has provided us with some amazing plays over the past year. They have been able to make exciting plays which are helped the individual skill ceiling on the team.

Guardian is one of the best AWpers in the game and over the past year, we have seen him improve his individual performance. Guardian’s performance in 2018 has been steady which is not the same that can be said for the rest of the team. Guardian is known to play extremely aggressive when it comes to the AWP. It really depends on his individual confidence, however, the player is at a much higher skill level than his counterparts.

What would be really interesting would be the performance of the team in synergy with AdreN. The Kazakh player has not had much experience playing on an international team. He is a veteran in Counter-Strike coming from various top tier CIS teams in the past. He is also a Major winner [ after winning the PGL Krakow Major 2017]. However, of late, his individual performance has seen a downward trend. It possibly has to do more with Gambit’s overall lack of performance than an individual downward trend.

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

There are many elements at play in this new-look Faze Clan roster. The team’s performance over the past few months notwithstanding, we do expect them to easily win over Ghost Gaming. However, the manner of their victory will be crucial to determining the final outcome of the tournament. Faze Clan is a top tier contender for the tournament and if they are not able to comfortably win against a weaker team such as Ghost Gaming, then they have a problem on their hands for the upcoming IEM Katowice 2019 Major.

Ghost Gaming

Ghost Gaming roster :

  • Matthew “Wardell” Yu
  • Yassine “Subroza”‘ Taoufik
  • Joshua “steel” Nissan
  • Kenneth “koosta” Suen
  • Jason “neptune” Tran

The Ghost Gaming team is made up of several well-known North American players. Players such as Wardell, Subroza and Koosta are interesting additions to the team. At the same time, they also have Steel, a player who has received bans by Valve due to his involvement in the IBuyPower incident [ several years ago ]. Since this is not a Valve event, John Nissan will be able to play in the tournament without any problems.

Steel is the In-Game Leader of the team and that is a very interesting move. The player has a lot of experience. He was one of the members of the original IBP roster which made huge waves for North American counter strike. With time, ofcourse there have been other teams putting up big results in the scene, but Steel has been a consistent involvement in the scene. It is only recently that he was allowed to play on the team and Ghost Gaming picked him up.

Several of the team’s members had a promising future a few years ago. They have high individual skill ceiling. But their current roster does not help them achieve the type of results that we have known them to produce. The team has a good upper limit, but they need Koosta to step up his individual game. We know he can put up big numbers as an individual. The player has played for several teams in the past such as  Team Liquid, CLG, Torqued etc.

He has an uncanny ability to have a good spatial sense of the opposition’s positioning.

Overall, this team has the capability to turn into a strong roster, but their current form is nowhere near to close to take down Faze Clan.

Prediction

On paper, the two teams might have a chance against each other. However, Faze Clan has a lot of practice with the top teams of the world. They have produced excellent results and the addition of YNK as their coach and AdreN as their new player will definitely help the team to provide better results. They have had individual performances but as a team, they need to put forth the best foot forward.

Faze Clan is the best roster on paper and they should be able to take down Ghost Gaming with relative ease. The skill difference is just too wide for Ghost Gaming to overcome. Considering how important it is for Ghost Gaming to make it deep in this tournament [it’s their last with this lineup before the Major] we will see some spirited action by the NA team.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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.

NRG vs Bravado: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Mumbai 2018

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The Dreamhack Mumbai 2018 is Dreamhack’s first venture into esports in Asia. It is a momentous occasion since the event organiser is responsible for some of the biggest esports events across the world. Dreamhack Mumbai comes at a crucial juncture for the Indian esports community. They recently received a huge setback with Nikhil ‘Forsaken’ Khumawat caught cheating live on LAN. The incident has scarred the Indian industry. It also led to Optic’s departure from the Indian CS: GO scene.

Dreamhack Mumbai 2018 will take place at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Goregaon, Mumbai. The venue is well-known for hosting huge events. However, it will also be the first time that we will see an esports event on such scale in Mumbai, India. The tournament features cosplay competitions as well as BYOC events. In fact, the two Indian teams will have to compete via the BYOC qualifiers in order to earn their spot at the event. The BYOC events take place starting from 21st December 2018.

The CS: GO Invitational will feature a total of four teams. There will be two International teams, Bravado and eNergy Gaming. They will join the two Indian teams [ through the qualifiers] to compete at the event. The total prize pool for the event is ₹2,500,000 INR
(≃ $34,911.21 USD). The tournament will see a few familiar faces in the Broadcast talent. We have Stunna as the Desk host and Bleh will also be joining as a caster for the event. In addition, there are several local players and talent who will participate in Dreamhack Mumbai 2018.

BroadCast Talent

Stage Host.

  • God5layer (Vageesh Bhan)

Desk Host:

  • Stunna (Tres Saranthus)

Analysts:

  • Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)
  • dsn (Harley Örwall)
  • StrykerX (Prasad Paramajothi)

Commentators:

  • Ad1 (Aditya Shah)
  • Fett (Archishman Pradhan)
  • Mamba (Ranjit Patel)

Format

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • Upper-bracket matches are Bo3
  • Lower-bracket matches are Bo1
  • Grand Finals is Bo3

eNergy

NRG Roster :

 

  • MisteM
  • Flexeee
  • Domsterr
  • kaNibalistic
  • bLackpoiSon

The eNergy organisation has been one of the best teams in South Africa for some time. They have several well-known players such as bLackpoison on their roster. At one point in time, he was widely regarded as the best player in the South African scene. Robby “bLacKpoisoN” da Loca has a high skill ceiling and can undertake aggressive moves to make plays for the team. He is one of the key elements of the Bravado roster. Like most of top South African players, Robby has also moved between eNergy and Bravado. His skill-set means that he is always a top team in the scene. However, he needs to find the right mixture of players in order to help him succeed. For now, Blackpoison is playing on team eNergy along with members such as kaNibalistic and Domsterr.

The core of this squad has been together since 2017. MisteM joined the team in April this year and they have been playing together since then. The squad has developed great chemistry and is definitely punching above their waist. The team has helped scout many well-known players from the region. We all remember the highlight clips we would see of Sonic in previous years. eNergy Gaming might not have as deep pockets as Bravado, but they definitely have a knack for finding and nurturing talent in the right way.

Bravado

Bravado Roster:

  • Sonic
  • Fadey
  • DetronY
  • JT
  • Elusive

The Bravado team is the cream of the South African Counter-Strike scene. Comprising of multiple well-known players, this team has already proved itself on the world stage. The team has players like Elusive, DetronY and Sonic. They are some of the best players in the scene and we think they have a legitimate chance at making inroads into the International scene very soon.

Sonic is a revelation in the South African scene. Formerly of eNergy esports, he has slowly carved a huge fan following in the region. His extremely high aim often is unreal. He makes very aggressive plays and yet comes out on top in a disadvantageous situation. His quick reactions and ability to convert difficult situations into wins is what makes him the MVP on this roster.

In addition to this, they also have Detrony on the team. THe is a veteran in the South African Counter strike scene and has helped the development of young players from the region. South African has a bustling CS: GO scene, but they need to start producing talent and opportunities rivalling that of Europe. In recent years, we are definitely seeing teams rise up to the occasion.

Bravado recently played in the Dreamhack Open Winter where they lost to ENCE in the Grand Finals. Despite losing meekly to ENCE, Bravado gained a lot of experience. They were definitely noticed by the rest of the world for their ability to stand their ground against some of the better teams from the regions. Bravado Gaming has also won most of their head to head matches against eNergy in their recent outings.

Prediction:

The two teams have a lot of history dating back to several years. Even when the players and the rosters were not the same, there was clearly a rivalry between the two organizations. As we look back at their most recent outings, we can definitely see how Bravado features as the better team. They are extremely comfortable playing against BlackPoison and co. The high skill ceiling on the Bravado roster coupled with their current confidence level ensures that they always put up a win against eNergy.

We recommend a bet on eNergy for this match.

Heroic vs Red Reserve: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 7 EU Qualifier

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The Starseries & I-League tournament returns in 2019 with a bigger prize pool and excitement for the event. It has a prize pool of $500,000 which is a significant improvement over its previous editions. The increase in the prize pool mainly comes from wanting to stay relevant in the CS: GO scene. We will see many top teams participating in the event. The event has a total of sixteen teams. Twelve teams have received a direct invite to the tournament. The remaining four teams come via online qualifiers. Each of the following regions has its own online qualifier and will send one team to the Main event.

  1. North America
  2. European Qualifier
  3. CIS Qualifier
  4. Asian Qualifier

This match is the semifinals of the Starseries & I-League Season 7 European Qualifiers. The winner of this match gets a chance to possibly qualify for the Main event. They still will have to win more matches if they win against their opponents. Heroic and Red reserve play after defeating their opponents with relative comfort in the quarterfinals.

The StarSeries & i-League returns for its 7th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Season. The tournament will feature an increased prize pool of $500,000 USD. For the seventh season, StarSeries will return to the best-of-three format for the Swiss stage – which StarLadder describes as “the most successful and objective system” – after the previous event used a best-of-one format in the opening stage.

BroadCast Talent

Format

Group Stage:

  • March 30th – April 4th, 2019
  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • All matches are Bo3
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated

    Playoffs:
  • April 5th – 7th, 2019
  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

Heroic

Heroic Roster:

  • MODDII
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Aciilion
  • Mertz

The Danish and Swedish mixture of players makes up the heroic roster. This team has seen the addition of Friberg and Moddii as they make up for a fantastic mixture of Swedish and Danish players.

Mertz is the player who can make or break this team. While they might not crumble if Mertz does not perform to his best. However, when he does put up a big number, Heroic looks exemplary and really strong. The Heroic roster has the talent and the necessary experience to possibly even take down some Tier One teams. But they are woefully inconsistent and that is the biggest reason why they are not yet a Tier one team right now.

Friberg’s presence on the team shows how the team can gel together. They are extremely strong and Friberg always keeps the team’s spirits at a high level. His attitude is the reason why the younger players will come together and try their best to perform really strong.

For Heroic, their map pool is significant opposite that of Red reserve. While Red Red Reserve is good on maps like Cache, Dust 2, Train and Overpass; Heroic’s performance is better on maps such as Inferno and Nuke.

Red Reserve

Red Reserve Roster:

  • Hampus
  • Disco Doplan
  • FreddieB
  • Draken
  • RustY

The Red Reserve team recently lost two members to Fnatic. Although it’s been almost two months since the roster change, they are definitely feeling the impact of the roster change till now. The loss of Brollan and Twist took away considerable firepower from the roster. Their inability to play at the same level if quite evident in their recent matches.

The current roster for Red Reserve still sees a lot of hope. They have likes of Disco Doplan. freddieB, Draken on their team. Many of these players are on the verge of transitioning into becoming the best players for Sweden. As such, it is important for them to assert their dominance in this match and lower tier tournaments.

Draken has already played on top-tier teams such Fantc in the past. His experience and raw skill with the AWP has been crucial to Red Reserve’s performance. They need Draken to make aggressive plays on multiple areas of the map. As such it is important for Draken to set the pace of the series. Without him putting up big numbers or at least putting up the pressure on their opponents, it is important for the team to provide Draken with the space needed to make such plays. However, Draken can be a very inconsistent player. He is very vocal on social media about their opponents, he adds a certain flair to the game. However, his inconsistency does not allow Draken to always put up the same face. He is responsible for his own game and we hope to see him perform really well, especially when it comes to lower tier teams such as their opponents for today.

Now the Red Reserve team is made up of several other members. They succeed cause they have the ability to provide the best synergy amongst themselves. Hampus Poser is the In-Game leader on this team. His role does not receive its due exposure as he is responsible for making the team perform together. Red Reserve’s roster is a symbol of great performance and synergy. Their map pool is very good.

The Red Reserve team is extremely comfortable on maps such as Cache, Dust 2, Train and Overpass. The team’s superior aim comes in effect during the matches on these maps. The open nature of Cache and Dust 2 allows for the team to play to its strengths. On Train and Overpass, Hampus definitely has the bigger role as he is responsible for making some amazing mid-round calls.

Prediction:

Nuke will be a key element of this matchup. The Danish – Swedish mix is very good on Nuke and as such it will be a key veto for Red reserve. They have not much experience when it comes to Nuke. it shows in their past performances. Since every team only gets one veto, we wonder where Red Reserve will decide to veto. They can choose to veto Nuke and then heroic will pick Inferno. Or Red Reserve could decide for the third and final map. Their advantage comes in the map pool and they need to use their superior map pool to their advantage.

However, all is not lost for Heroic as their experience is significantly higher than that of Red reserve. While the players are currently strong on only a few maps, they are not really ignorant or weak on other maps. Over the course of their careers, they have played on almost every map with a huge significance. They are also looking very strong right now, as the core of the roster has been together for quite some time. We recommend a bet on Heroic for this match.