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NRG vs Team Envy: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 Americas 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 Americas Minor will see several well-known players in contention. As we head into the Minors, every match assumes significance. Each minor has only eight teams in attendance. The top two teams from the Minor will advance to the Katowice Major. One team from each minor [ the third-place team] will move to the 3rd Place Play-in stage.

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.

The event is already underway and is down to its last four teams. They are NRG Esports, Team Envy, Furia and INTZ esports. Two out of these teams will get a spot at the upcoming Major. This match is critically important for either team. While it is not an elimination match, it will decide the course of future for many of these teams.

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

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Jacob “FugLy” Medina
  • Damian “daps” Steele
  • Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
  • Vetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
  • Ethan “nahtE” Arnold

The NRG roster made waves during IEM Sydney 2018. They looked extremely strong and did actually make a big impact during that tournament. However, NRG has since fallen off their peak and they do not look anywhere close to their former selves. The team can potentially become a contender in the North American region. However, the NA scene is filled with irregular teams. These teams do not have the consistency required of a top tier roster.


NRG’s roster, despite having a superstar player like Cerq actually sees Fugle and Brehze put up most of the work. Vincent and Ethan have been able to bring about tremendous changes to their gameplay and are taking the assertive role quite well on the roster. However, there are times when Cerq performs exceptionally well and these are instances when NRG looks like a top-tier team. However, the young player is not used to the LAN environment on a regular basis.

Daps is yet another player who has proven himself capable of standing up to the very best in the North American region. The player has been able to lead the team to success in the past. As we see NRG putting up a defence against NRG, there will be a battle between NRG and Envy in this match. Both the In-Game Leaders are veterans and have a lot of experience behind them.

However, despite their best efforts, NRG does seem to be the slightly better team in this match. They have the synergy and have been together for a long time.

Envy

Envy roster:

  • Tayler “Drone” Johnson
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen [ Loan ].

Team Envy’s roster has made a recent change when they brought in Karrigan from Faze Clan [ technically he was already on the bench]. The organisation has a rich history in CS: GO and was even the winner of the Dreamhack Winter 2014 Major. However, their current roster wears a very different look and will see the North American players attempting to secure a place at the upcoming Major.


The Envy roster has several talented players from the North American scene. Players like reltuC and JDM have proven track records of being in the best teams in North America. Cutler has been in CLG for a long time and together with his teammates, he was one of the most influential players in the North American region. The player has great synergy with the rest of the teammates and works towards ensuring that the team puts forth the best results. However, it does mean that his individual performance at times, suffers from this attitude. But he is a great influence on the overall team chemistry and coordination.

They also have JDM on the roster, who was known as the best AWP player in North America for a long time. JDM has the ability to constantly hold down certain areas of the map. However, we have also seen him take an aggressive course of action when required by the rest of the team. JDM has since lost his peak performance and is not as impactful as he was before. However, he remains a very skilled player and his experience will come in handy for the team going forward in the tournament.

Team Envy has a mixture of talent as well as firepower. With Drone, Nifty they have the necessary firepower. They are counting on JDM to show up in a big way. The team’s fortunes are directly related to the AWPers capability to get some frags done. The team has an overall good vibe around it, and they need to bring up their individual performances to match their potential.


With Karrigan’s addition to the team, we have a great in-game leader. There is little to no doubt that the Envy organisation will be working with karrigan in order to help develop the current roster. If that is not possible, then we might see changes for the team in the time post the major [ or minor itself]. If Karrigan can outmanoeuvre his opponents, then we will see Envy come out on top of the entire concept with a very strong performance overall.

The team has a good mixture of young North American talent and several other players. The team definitely can prove to be a contender in the the North American scene. However, we will have to wait and see their impact on the scene with this match. After all the North American minors are usually a good representation of their performance and the team rankings in the scene.

Prediction:

Team Envy does have the advantage of having big names on the team. However, Karrigan’s recent addition to the team suggests that the team might not be as well coordinated as many believe. His style of leadership is much different from that of others. He can herd his team and enable them to perform to the best of their abilities. The team has potential, but they have also lost to their opponents multiple times in the past.

The skill ceiling of the NRG team is much higher than that of Team Envy. Even when they are not at their peak, NRG is a much better roster than that of Envy. They should be able to defeat Team Envy and proceed to the semifinals of the Minor. We recommend a bet on Team NRG for this match.

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Made in Brazil vs NRG Esports: 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.

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

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

The made in Brazil roster is definitely showing signs of improvement with their current form. They added Coach YNK to the team a few months ago. While the immediate impact was somewhat visible with Fallen’s playstyle, we are just witnessing the full impact in this tournament. During their ECS Season 6 LAN run, MiBr had a strong showing even against teams like Astralis. They managed to defeat Astralis in the Group stage. Although they could not repeat their performance in the Grand finals, this does raise hope for a potential competitor to the Astralis dominance era.

Coldzera is the player with the maximum room to grow on this team. We have all seen how dominant Coldzera can be at his peak. He was the best player in the world for well over a year. However, with subsequent roster changes and the loss in form, he does not look the same as his former self. It is also partially due to his personal lack in confidence. The player lacks the ability to make invasive plays and secure kills right now. While a lack of form is definitely true, it is also important for the player to realise that he needs to retain his own style of play. He is playing extremely cautiously. While that is not a bad thing in itself, the rest of the team has not adjusted their gameplay according to his change. The lack of synergy among the team especially the Brazilian players is painfully evident. With time, we might see roster changes on this team, but for now, they remain committed to each other.

Fallen will play a big role in the team’s development going forward. The In-Game Leader is constantly in close talks with YNK in order to analyze their own performance. Their ability to make invasive plays remains linked to their confidence. With their strong ECS Season 6 LAN showing, we expect this team to be much more confident than before. Tarik and Stewie2k are already putting up big numbers for the team and that is encouraging for the coach, YNK.

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Daps
  • NahTe
  • Cerq
  • Fugly
  • BrehZe

NRG has to be an enigma in Counter-Strike. The team has so many talented players and at times it looks competent enough to defeat even Astralis. However, they have been unable to keep up their consistent performance. The lack of consistency on part of NRG is truly the biggest obstacle to the team’s progress. They have a high skill ceiling when it comes to sheer firepower. While they do have Cerq, who is a prodigy in himself, it is the other members on the team who show a more consistent showing. Players like Nahte and Brehze have been instrumental in enabling the progress of NRG.

NRG is led by Daps, a player who has a lot of experience in the North American scene. For Daps, NRG has made significant progress as a team. His recent interview with HLTV showcased his thoughts on the matter.

The ideal situation is we win the event, but I’m always a realist in interviews, and I think if we won here it would be a huge upset, a Cinderella story because I don’t think we’re playing at maximum capacity right now. A lot of our players are burnt out from going to so many back-to-back LANs. I think the first goal is playoffs, and if we beat MIBR convincingly tomorrow then I think we do have a shot at making the finals, 100%. If we play, like, Astralis in the finals, then I just hope we can keep the form up. [laughs]

As you can clearly see Daps himself mentions that burnout is a serious problem on the team. With the level of players on this roster and their constant endeavour to become the best team in the world, it is no surprise to see their players suffering from burnout. Nahte is still a very young player and his position on the team is crucial to the results. He has improved with time and it was only a year ago that he first managed to win against a European team in any capacity [ Bo1 or BO3]. As such the player’s confidence has seen a significant increase over the past few years.

 

The team skyrockets when Cerq has a good game. Unfortunately for NRG, Cerq has not proven to be as good on LAN. Maybe it is the nerves and the pressure of performing on LAN, but he does not have the same LAN presence as his online domination. Ofcourse there are still games where the player does exceedingly well, but they are few and far between. However, it is these games which show us a glimpse of the team’s potential. It is important for the team to find the right balance between excessive play and their ability to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. This is what separates the best teams from the have-nots. As such NRG needs a good support staff and possibly player management coaches. Right now, we don’t want to see this team feeling the burnout on a regular basis.

Their match against Made in Brazil will be a really tough one since MIBr looks stronger than ever.

Prediction :

This match is a Best of Three series and the map picks become important. NRG as a team has a very limited map pool and this is going to be a big problem for the North American side. In addition to this, the team does suffer from consistency issues, which can change from one match to another. So NRG needs to get the right matches and maps in order to possibly proceed further in this series. Their performance will need to come from multiple areas in the map. Fallen being the shrewd in Game Leader that he is, will readily exploit any weakness shown on part of NRG.

The made in Brazil roster has five of the best players in the world at their peak. Each player has won a Major and a dominant period in Counter-Strike scene. With YNK added as their coach, this team already looks very strong. Their recent efforts also saw them win against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals. Coming into ESL Pro League, we expect MiBr to put up a strong performance, possibly even winning the tournament.

NRG vs Team Liquid: Esports Betting Analysis @ SuperNova Malta 2018

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The Dreamhack open Winter is one of the most prestigious and staple events in the CS: GO Calendar year. Over the years, we have seen the Dreamhack Winter be a CS: GO major for more one time. There are very few tournaments who can claim to such fame and opportunities as Dreamhack Winter.

The current edition of Dreamhack Winter will enable many Tier, two teams, to come together in an attempt to win the trophy. Winning a Dreamhack Winter tournament is not only about the prize pool but also the dignity and the prestige that comes along with it. There are a total of eight teams attending the tournament and we will see them clashing head-on at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Coming to the roots of Dreamhack, they have always helped the growth and development of local talent in CS: GO.

The prize pool for this event is $100,000. The teams will compete in a GSL styled format and the winner takes home a prize money of $50,000.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination (GSL) format groups (4 teams each)
  • Opening & Winners’ matches are Bo1
  • Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3

Prize Pool

  • 1st Place: $50,000
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd – 4th Place: $10,000
  • 5th-6th Place: $3000
  • 7th-8th Place: $2000

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Fugly
  • NahTe
  • Brehze
  • Cerq
  • daps

The NRG team is a very mysterious team in North America. On their good days, this team can be one of the best teams in the region. The NRG roster is made up of several high performing individuals. From Cerq to Brehze to NahtE, this team does not lack individuals who can turn the outcome of the game around. However, they do lack consistency which has become a sore point for the roster. As they head deeper into tournaments, it is essential for them to show some semblance of a normal playstyle, one that can earn them the consistent tag. Right now, this team is a huge risk since they can perform exceptionally well in one match and then have a really poor performance in the next.

So far at SuperNova Malta 2018, Cerq has looked really good. Although he is not at the top of the scoreboard normally, he is still a consistent performer. He regularly contributes to the team’s success with many impactful frags. The player relies on confidence and requires a bit of momentum going into the match. With the Grand Finals and the trophy in their sight, NRG requires Cerq to be on his best performance against Team Liquid. They will definitely need it because they lack the experience and the map pool of Tem liquid.

However, Brehze and NahtE are the players to watch out in this team. The players have been on a great streak since the last few months. The two players are exceptionally good and they are not afraid to make strong and aggressive plays into the enemy backlines. With their superior aim, they win most of their duels which puts NRG in a hugely advantageous position.

Fugly is yet another veteran player who has been performing really well on NRG. The player has a lot of experience playing for some of the best teams in the North American region. His belief in this current roster stems from the sheer talent on this team. With adequate training and oversight, NRG can become a strong and possibly the best team in North America. However, for now, they do have their insane firepower and skill to fall back on. They can definitely win matches based on their skill and firepower alone. The team’s performance as we head into the Grand Finals will need to be on their best and peak performance in order to win. They are up against Team Liquid, which at one point in time was considered the only team to rival Astralis.

Team Liquid

Team liquid roster:

  • Twistzz
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO
  • Nitro

Team Liquid is one of the best North American teams right now. The level of talent on this team coupled with their playoff experience gives them a huge advantage coming into this match. Their skill ceiling might not be as high as that of NRG, but they are a much more consistent and well-performing team. The team’s current form, however, does not inspire much confidence. But is it enough to defeat NRG in the Grand finals of the SuperNova Malta Cup?

Twistzz is the key factor for Team Liquid. Widely considered to be the best player in North America, Twistzz is great with the rifle. The initial shot accuracy of the player means that he can deal a lot of damage without taking much himself. His aim is almost always at the head and this comes from thousands of hours of practice. The muscle memory on the player is clearly evident in his playstyle. Along with his aim, Twistzz is also a fast learner. We have seen the player mould himself into a very valuable asset for Team Liquid.

At the same time, TACO is a player who can make this team to be one of the biggest team when it comes to firepower. However, he realises that his role on this team is not to be the superstar but a silent supportive player. And he has executed his role to perfection. The former SK Gaming player is one of the best in the business when it comes to firepower. However, when we witness how the team is looking extremely strong despite TaCO not being on the top of the scoreboard, you have to marvel at the depth in the team’s talent pool.

Overall, Team Liquid is a well-rounded team, one that can truly become the best team in the world. However, they need to be more consistent especially against equally ranked teams such as NRG. they might have great results against the best teams in the world, but if they cannot defeat the likes of NRG, there will be doubts about their performance and standing.

Prediction

We recommend a bet on Team liquid for this match. They might not be in the best of form, but even their out of form performance is much better than the average NRG performance. Team liquid has more experience and synergy when it comes COunter Strike. They have many veterans and also the best North American rifler in their roster. For NRG, they do have two players carrying the weight of the team on their shoulders. This is not meant as a spite to the rest of the team, as they enable these two players to play as aggressively as they can.

But this also means that it is much easier to counter Team NRG once you have knowledge of their positioning and movement across the map. We recommend a bet on Team liquid for this match.

Vega Squadron vs NRG esports: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • JR
  • Hutji
  • TonyBlack
  • Crush

Vega Squadron has come forth as the strongest CIS squad at this tournament. Their route to the playoffs saw them compete against other CIS rosters as well. They were able to take them down with ease and without any sort of hiccups. The Vega Squadron team has been together for quite some time. The CIS roster has been able to make deep runs at various tournaments, but they don’t really have the necessary consistency at the top level to make this performance.

Chopper has been fantastic in his Quarterfinal matchup. The player is a very skilled player but often takes a beating when it comes to his positioning. The player has a good spatial sense of his individual performance however when it comes to the grand scheme of things, he is not often in the best of position. Irrespective of this, Chopper is always a factor when it comes to any Vega Squadron match. His individual performance has helped the Vega Squadron team make deep forays in their most recent matches. They have been able to take advantage of the first picks created by him and ensure an economy advantage later in the game.

JR has helped the team develop into its current form and that is largely responsible for shutting down opponents on their CT side. His positioning with the AWP is really good and he can shut down entire sections of the map with just his presence. The performance of the team remains extremely strong as long as JR maintains his consistency. From a macro perspective, JR might not have a deep strat-book; however, he always has an understanding of what is best for his team and what works for the players. His understanding of his players gives JR the right amount of ammunition to make take on other teams.

TonyBlack is another player who had emerged from the CIS scene recently. He has been able to make surprising plays and is reminiscent of some Fallen like plays TonyBlack has really strong performances intermittently and forms a crucial part of the team.

Vega Squadron is a very well rounded team and just like other CIS rosters, Vega Squadron has periods of excellence. Right now at Starseries, it does seem like they are having a good form.

NRG Esports

NRG esports roster:

  • Fugly
  • Daps
  • Brehze
  • Cerq
  • NahtE

The North American roster has been making waves with their performances in recent times. They were first noticed during IEM Sydney on the International stage. However, this was prefaced by months of good performances in the North American scene.

The team has brought on Cerq to their roster, and while he is a very good player it is not this player who has been making the moves for NRG. On the other hand, we are witnessing players like Fugly and NahtE bring out really strong performances on their rifles. NahtE has been really strong with the rifle and his positioning allows him to take multiple frags and cripple the opponents economy. NahtE’s performance in this tournament has helped offset the lacklustre showing by Cerq. Despite being the star performer on this roster, Cerq seems to have a problem with consistent results and showing. We remember his great shots and insane plays, but being consistent is often more important than splashes of brilliance.

The whole team comes together due to Daps and his leadership qualities. He has been able to maintain composure while still being able to read his opponents and force them to play at his pace. NRG esports has been very comfortable in their game so far at Starseries, this is primarily because their opponents seem to be comfortable in playing their game.

We don’t see their opponents try something new which will force NRG to put forth a new approach to their game. Fugly and Daps present the ‘veteran\ aspect of this roster and we can see them constantly talking and evaluating their options. NG is still a very young roster and they have miles to go before they can truly be considered to be a top tier team. Right now, NRG has the firepower and the leadership to proceed further. A win at Starseries would go miles in enabling the NRG roster to become stronger and better with whatever resources they have.

The NRG roster has a lot of potentials but has failed to always convert it into results. They have had periodic bursts of performances, mostly helped by Cerq carrying the team. However, as an individual player, he needs to start becoming more consistent in his performance, even if it comes at the cost of not seeing godlike performances again.

Prediction:

NRG might have impressed a few with their performances at Starseries & I-League. However, the team definitely needs to ensure better and more consistent performances if they are to be taken seriously. Add to this the fact that they do not have their star performing on point at this tournament, so their potential for a deep finish at the tournament looks unlikely. Right now it is NahtE who is making strong forays deep into the enemy. NRG also has a proclivity for strategic maps like Train and Inferno. While this is great, their map pool falls squarely opposite that of Vega Squadron.

The Vega squad has a lot of experience together with each other. Each of these players has been on some of the best Tier 2 rosters and has intermittently risen to the top. They might not always be the best team in the CIS region, however, they do have their periods of excellence. Right now, it does seem like Vega is having multiple members in good form.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match.

NRG esports vs North Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

NRG vs North

NRG and North round up the list of quarterfinalists at Starseries & I-League Season 6. The two teams are definitely struggling when it comes to show off their consistency. NRG has a lot of talent but transitioning into strong performances has been a problem. North, on the other hand, has recently made changes to their leadership. This tournament will be a true test for Cadian as he attempts to establish North firmly in the Tier two scene once more.

NRG Gaming

NRG Roster:

  • Cerq
  • Daps
  • Nahte
  • Brehze
  • Fugly

NRG is a very young roster with some veterans from the North American scene. First making a splash at IEM Sydney, this team has a lot of potentials. The addition of CERQ has definitely inspired the team’s recent success and scripted their name as an upcoming team.

However, they have not had the best results in most of their LAN events. Their online success story seems very decoupled from their LAN performance. The NRG team requires great coordination in order to improve their standings. Right now, we see a broad playstyle which is helped immensely by individual performances from the like so Cerq, Fugly and NahtE.

 

NRG needs to have a much better map pool when it comes to their map veto. Currently, the NRG roster is reliant on maps like Mirage, Inferno and Cache. The NRG roster seems to be very well versed on Inferno, however, it is no longer a surprise. For North, this should be a very good map veto as they have a map pool diametrically opposite to that of NRG.

NRG will rely on excellent individual performances to try to win this match. However, that is a tough task especially as it would require multiple members to perform at their peak.

 

North Gaming.

North Roster:

  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Cadian
  • Gade

North Gaming is one of the strongest Tier two Counter-Strike teams. However, they are not a regular feature in all CS: GO tournaments. Despite winning a few tournaments in between, we cannot really lay claim to North being the best Tier two CS: GO team. They recently won Dreamhack Stockholm defeating Astralis in the Grand finals [ and in the Group stages itself]. Considering how dominant the Astralis performance in the FaceIT London Major was, this is actually a great feat. However, North has been unable to replicate the same level of performance in other tournaments and online matches.

Most recently they brought in Cadian to replace Niko on the roster. Niko goes back to Optic Gaming in what was the end period of his loan. Cadian’s addition to the team is a mixed bag. He does not really have a lot of experience in leading a ‘veteran’ team like North. The likes of K0nfig, CajunB and Valde have been around in the Danish scene much before Cadian. Cadian will have to dig out better strategies and tactics as North aims to become a strong team once more. For now, it does not look good for the Danish roster. Despite qualifying to the Playoffs at Starseries & I-League Season 6, North is not really considered to be a huge favourite to win the tournament. This is because of the inconsistencies in their performance in the recent weeks.

North is a team that is lacking results for the type and quality of their players. On paper, this team takes Starseries easily, however, the reality is quite different. They need to ensure a better map pool along with better team coordination for them to achieve results.

Prediction:

NRG is a team that has been quite on and off of late. They don’t have the consistency that is required of a top level team. First highlighted during IEM Sydney, the team sunk into lack of performance after that. This tournament is actually a very good opportunity for them to come online. The quality of their opposition is not the best. It presents a perfect chance for the North American team to use its skill.

However, they are up against North, a very experienced roster with the likes of Aizy, Valde and CajunB. Each of these players