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Space Soldiers vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis at WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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Turkey Space Soldiers (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Turkey XANTARES
  • Turkey Calyx
  • Turkey ngiN
  • Turkey paz
  • Turkey MAJ3R
  • Turkey hardstyle (coach)

Space Soldiers are essentially the FlipSid3 Tactics of this era, barely losing to any tier 2 teams or underdogs. They’re that team that have the potential to upset a tier 1 team, but that can happy once in a blue moon. This era started to see a rise with the addition of MAJ3R, who provides a stable IGL to execute strategies and tactics (something the DESPE-era Space Soldiers lacked heavily).

Space Soldiers are a team that can make it far into events like these, having proven that they lack the ability to lose when they’re considered to be one of the favorites. This has been proven to be countered by AGO Gaming, who have beat Space Soldiers in their last two finals appearances between the two. Regardless, the distance between the other teams and Space Soldiers is very distant, and they’re a reliable pick when choosing to throw your esports bet on an overdog.

Space Soldiers: Soldiers who only know brute force aggression (StarLadder)

It was expected that they would make a deep run into WESG, as they had proven at the WESG 2016 LAN Finals, losing to Virtus.Pro in the 3rd place decider. They completely dominated all of their opponents so far, having only dropped a map to Team One is the second group stage (bo2). Spectators have yet to see what Space Soldiers can offer up against a team considered better than them, though, and we’ll be able to see that against fnatic.

Space Soldiers are a team that follow a setup heavily reminiscent of the golden era fnatic lineup. They have two star hitters they can consistently rely on (XANTARES and Calyx) whereas as a backup plan, any of the other players on the lineup can show up (primarily paz). Space Soldiers have been gradually straying away from the usual 4 rifle + 1 AWP setup, opting for a more aggressive approach by having all 5 players rifle.  Should that not be the case, ngiN is usually the first option for picking up the AWP.

Also to note, that Space Soldiers are currently on an 8 game winning streak with their current lineup (17 counting the past lineup) on de_cache at LAN, having gained notoriety for it since their upset against SK Gaming. Most likely, fnatic will be wanting to veto this map.

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

The Swedish roster and esports bettors alike headed into WESG over a cloud of worry and mystery, as media outlets reported that ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas IGL Xizt would be joining over the removal of Golden—just after winning IEM Katowice 2018 over FaZe Clan.

Ignoring that, let’s face the fact that fnatic won IEM Katowice purely from some individual stand out performances from KRiMZ and flusha. Of course, let’s not discredit Golden, as the addition of a pure IGL like Golden help restructure fnatic in a way that utilized each player’s strength correctly. fnatic team coordination really works off of their individual play-styles. For example, flusha is usually seen soloing and holding/gaining control of a certain portion of the map. On the other hand, Golden and Lekr0 work together to take control and entry with the team, whereas KRiMZ and JW work very well as trade fraggers (and JW’s AWP serves another entry threat).

fnatic’s IEM Katowice victory is shrouded by roster rumors looming over IGL Golden (ESL)

Personally, there is nothing wrong with this team, as long as flusha can continue his major-form and KRiMZ plays as stellar as he has so far. The team structure works really well, and each player plays off another very well. The only question that remains is how consistent fnatic can remain with this roster, as their IEM Katowice win is preceded by a 0-3 group stage at StarLadder. Also to note that fnatic’s grand final win over FaZe could have not been a possibility had flusha not clutched out two crucial rounds (1 & 2).

In that same grand final, it become clear that fnatic’s map pool is not in-depth, having to play a map like de_train as one of the decider maps. Had they chosen to expand their playability to 6 of the 7 map pools, they could have been a very strong team overall.

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EnVyUs vs. Team Russia CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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France Team EnVyUs  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • France kioshiMa
  • France Happy
  • France hAdji
  • France SIXER
  • France RpK
  • France maLek (coach)

EnVyUs come into this tournament with very little practice, as hAdji’s interview with HLTV commented on EnVyUs’ preparation for the event.

We practiced with our team, the main lineup with ScreaM, one or two weeks. Then we were about to start the ESL Pro League matches and I had personal issues, I couldn’t be there for a week to play the matches or play CS at all. So they played with xms during that period, and we didn’t play with SIXER at all for this tournament, we never practiced with this team.

hAdji talking about EnVyUs’ circumstances before WESG

hAdji moved up from the academy squad, and is one of the rising stars from France (Flickshot.fr)

WESG is also the first tournament of this altered EnVyUs lineup (with the closest rendition being WESG Europe w/ kioshiMa); albeit, this lineup is a bit altered, as SIXER is playing instead of kioshiMa due to nationality restrictions. There is no telling as to how they’ll perform with this new lineup, considering that their only match with this lineup was against a lower skilled Bravado team for seeding purposes (due to the other 2 teams dropping out of their group).

From what we’ve watched, we can safely assume that they’re following the old structure of EnVyUs, with SIXER reassuming the AWPing role, and hAdji filling in for xms’ entry role. On the other hand, kioshiMa will also be playing entry, whereas Happy will be lurking and RpK will serve to either take map control/trade frag with the lineup.

For now, expect EnVyUs’ map pool to be shotty, but it’s clear that one map they’re very strong on is de_inferno. Another map that they could be good on is probably de_cobblestone (considering historical context).

 

Russia Team Russia (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Russia Dosia
  • Russia seized
  • Russia WorldEdit
  • Russia electronic
  • Russia hooch
  • Russia MSE (coach)

Team Russia lost a firepower when original 5th man, flamie of Natus Vincere, declined to attend WESG, presumably due to Na`Vi’s failure to qualify for ECS after losing to GODSENT. Luckily, their original coach for WESG, hooch, was able to make amends and attend last-minute for Russia. This seems to have worked out for them greatly, as they were able to beat SK Gaming and nearly defeated BIG (who defeated SK, allowing Russia to advance).

While hooch does not have the same firepower as flamie, he has the respect of the other players on this lineup, having been their coach for previous iterations for Russia; hooch also has a general reputation of being one of the godfathers of Russia, with his CS career dating back to 1.6 teams such as Virtus.Pro and so on.

hooch is a pioneer of the Russian scene, and brings leadership to Team Russia

Luckily, for Russia, hooch has been able to keep up with his teammates in the fragging department, as the kills were distributed evenly between the 5 Russians across their two matches at WESG.

The only problem with Russia, much alike to EnVyUs, is their CT side. With a sudden change in hooch, their CT roles may take a little more time to be cohesive with each other. Albeit, this shouldn’t be too much of a worry as this Russian lineup has played together for two games already. Plus, on the other hand, hooch is a traditional IGL who is most likely going to be shot-calling along with Gambit IGL Dosia. Due to that, the roles are more likely set and the chemistry is there between the players, making them a very dangerous team to fight against.

 

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Team Liquid vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil steel
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid have rebranded themselves completely since the addition of Renegades star NAF. Unarguably, one could say that this is probably the best Liquid lineup since the one that took the world by storm at ESL Cologne 2016.

NAF himself has taken Liquid under the reigns of his firepower. He’s boasted the highest rating in Team Liquid in the 3 LAN events he’s participated, boasting an average rating equating to ~1.24 at cs_summit 2, StarLadder, and IEM Katowice. In that run, he secured Team Liquid their first international championship at cs_summit 2, and also made a running for one of the top 5 players of the year in CS:GO.

Also, I dare say this day may have come already – NAF is[, in my opinion,] currently a top 5 player in the world. Based on how he’s playing and how much impact he’s having in these big events, against the very top teams, I can’t argue myself out of it.

– Peter “Twgri1s” Milovanovic, Twitter

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

With that, EliGE and Twistzz prove to be one of the best fragging duos for Liquid, as they have proven to be stable riflers and masters of their own trades. Twistzz has been renowned for his eco play with the desert eagle, whereas EliGE continues to impress with his improbable rifle play when it’s needed most. Count in the supporting brains of nitr0, steel, and zews, and you have a world-class team. While nitr0 has the potential as seen at ELEAGUE, he and steel have been working well in providing opportunities both on the CT and T side. steel is a great lurker and support who is willing to throw himself for the team, and a brain like zews’ instills discipline and teamwork altogether.

If Liquid keep this up, they are sure to overtake Cloud9 as North America’s best.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic completely resurged from a poor showing at StarLadder, which saw them go out without a single best of 3 win while losing to the likes of TyLoo and Renegades. The Swedes, who were fishing for a solution, have reeled in a great one as they displayed themselves at Katowice with utter superiority, destroying FaZe Clan and G2 Esports along the way.

fnatic completely reverted from the well-known aim-style fnatic that was seen during the “fnatic era” of CS:GO, picking up Golden to bring in a more in-depth tactical style to the squad. It has worked very well so far, but the true star over the last few stints is comes with huge surprise: KRiMZ. KRiMZ has absolutely been phenomenal in fnatic’s LAN runs, performing well above anyone else in crucial matches and moments. The man, who has been revered as one of the best anchors and all-around players in CS:GO, has come back to form.

KRiMZ and flusha have renowned themselves as fnatic’s frontrunners (StarLadder)

Of course, the roles have been structured to fit fnatic’s individual play-styles. flusha has been lurking and playing anchor like KRiMZ, with Golden and Lekr0 playing clean-up and support roles, and JW has been playing a hybrid entry-AWPer role to suit the aggressiveness of his play-style. fnatic look completely revitalized with this lineup, and we’re starting to see the prime of these players come out in a time where fnatic need to resurge as one of the best.

 

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

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  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

For a preview of Cloud9 before this event, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

Cloud9 at the cs_summit LAN have had two convincing best of 3s against Team Liquid and Heroic. While they are not necessarily at the caliber of Cloud9 yet, these wins solidify C9’s ranking at this event and from the previous major.

During the bo3s, Cloud9 played with no absolute care in the world. What’s more important is that even though Cloud9 lost most pistol rounds, they converted the majority of their force buys and clutch rounds, which is the reason they were able to defeat Heroic and Team Liquid so handily. Breaking the opponent’s economy and morale are very important psychological factors to winning, as this can demoralize an unprepared team very easily.

tarik and co. manhandled their opponents with relative ease at cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

The question will be against SK Gaming, who they’ve had mixed results with when playing against SK at full strength. Generally, SK Gaming are the favorites here, but recent events may just turn the tide for Cloud9 against SK Gaming. Of course, most people still remember the shroud and n0thing C9 who defeated this SK Gaming lineup (w/o boltz) and the ESL Pro League Finals, but that is from a time that has long passed.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

SK Gaming were marred by the roster lock troubles at the major, but were able to secure a semifinalist finishing with the help of ex-member felps. Before, they were practicing with boltz, and ended up continuing their dynasty under a newly reformed roster.  Considering recent form with boltz and their win against FaZe in the latest ESL Pro League Finals, there’s no doubting that with this lineup, SK Gaming are the best in the world (currently). Cloud9 are on the rise, but an asterisk remains, for they have yet to face a strengthened SK Gaming.

The Librarian almost had his library disrupted by the roar of the North (Beyond the Summit)

SK’s cs_summit 2 run has very little to say apart from their bo3 against North. Against North, it was an uphill struggle, as a massive performance by valde kept both maps close. In the end, it was SK Gaming taking it 2-0 on de_inferno and de_cobblestone 22-20 and 16-13. Of course, this can be attributed to SK Gaming shaking off the rust and FalleN having the inability to read into this newly formed North lineup. Yet, they might want to stop having to rely on FalleN’s clutch entries and openings with the AWP if they want to beat Cloud9 handily.

SK, as usual, prefer to rely on fer’s relentless and hard-to-counter aggression, whereas TACO generally plays bait and opens up avenues for boltz/FalleN/coldzera to trade. In reality, apart from boltz’ lurking, each SK player “share” all other roles in retrospect, and this makes them a very dangerous team. Their chemistry and synergy together is on another level, and it’s what makes them one of the hardest teams to beat. A team can predict their plays, their strats, and each player’s tendencies, but their skill and teamwork together is unparalleled to many others. That is why SK Gaming is one of the best teams in the world.

 

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Natus Vincere (NaVi) vs. FaZe Clan (FaZe) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

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  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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Natus Vincere

  • s1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • flamie
  • electronic
  • kane (coach)

Natus Vincere have been looking superb with the addition of electronic. As said before, they won Dreamhack Open Winter 2017 dominantly, destroying their current opponent (mousesports) in the grand finals. NaVi, with so much firepower, are absolutely scary right now. Unlike their old lineup with seized, they have a dedicated IGL (Zeus) who knows how to control and micromanage these talents. Now, with boot camp and added practice, Natus Vincere are truly scary.

Natus Vincere relies on brute aggression and a mix of slow T sides. This is purely for information gaining and to leave opponents guessing. With opponents guessing, this leaves them prone to making mistakes, which NaVi are great at capitalizing on. When it comes to entering bombsites, anyone on this team plays the entry fragger. But, in general, one would expect electronic and s1mple to be the heavy hitters. flamie, Edward, and Zeus are not players to slouch on, as their performances–especially flamie’s–can rise on some occasions. Add s1mple’s AWP, and no one can stay off NaVi’s sight lines. On CT side, Edward and s1mple generally play together on the B site, whereas Zeus/flamie/electronic play together on A. On mid-crucial maps, s1mple will be put at mid with the AWP, whereas Zeus and Edward will play B and flamie and electronic play on A.

Natus Vincere are traditionally a de_mirage team. This has shifted through the evolution of the Natus Vincere lineup. As of current, their best maps are de_inferno and de_overpass, whereas their worst map is on de_cache. On other maps, Natus Vincere can play well against competition on the same level.

 

FaZe Clan

  • NiKo
  • karrigan
  • olofmeister
  • rain
  • GuardiaN
  • RobbaN (coach)

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the second best team in the world, rolling the competition across the entirety of 2017. Their peak event was at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro. Since then, they’ve been continuously stopped in their tracks by SK Gaming, who karrigan is currently winless against in a bo3.

Albeit, at Blast Pro Series, they fell pressure to the dennis-vitalized Astralis (like many other teams). This same Astralis lineup went on to barely lose the grand finals with dennis standing in for star player device though. Instead, FaZe placed 3rd. FaZe’s consistent results throughout their past tournaments show a true top contender, but how long can it last?

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

The most interesting thing about FaZe is their ability to bring back man disadvantages (3v5, 2v5, 2v4, etc.) through sheer firepower and individual play. It has come to the point where FaZe has been dubbed the “team with too many playmakers,” as time and time again FaZe’s players have rose to the occasion and dug their team out of a round they were supposed to lose.

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