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BIG Gaming vs Complexity: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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The Eleague CS: GO Invitational is the last Premier LAN event before the commencement of the CS: GO Major. However, it is not as stacked as some of the other Eleague tournaments. In fact, it has only four teams in attendance, and not all of them are Tier one teams.  

The tournament features four teams namely BIG Gaming, Cloud9, Complexity Gaming and Faze Clan. These four teams are not representative of the best teams in the world. However, there is a sort of delicacy in the balance of the teams’ rankings. Faze Clan has recently introduced a new player and coach. This definitely makes them one of the unknown performers at this event. On the other hand, BIG Gaming is a team that is rarely seen at multiple LAN events. However, they always have a great grenade usage in the games that they are involved in. The team always receives praise from the casters and analysts for their strategies and their playstyle.

Complexity might not be one of the strongest teams, but it has a loyal fanbase. They have Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert as a stand-in for this event. It is a four-team event and there is technically a 25% chance for this team. The last and final team in this event is Cloud9. Cloud9 is a team that has made changes to its team recently and they are an unknown force in the tournament. Judging from their roster; they have the potential to defeat Faze Clan and take home the trophy.

The Eleague CS: GO Invitational will take place from the 25th to 27th of January, 2019. It takes place at the Eleague Arena in Atlanta. All the matches will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Commentators & Analysts:
  • Observer:
    • TBA

Format

  • Playoffs: January 25th – 27th, 2018
    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming Roster

  • Fatih “gob b” Dayik
  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
  • Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
  • Owen “smooya” Butterfield
  • İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

BIG Gaming is the German organisation which has ensured some really high quality and strategic gameplay in the past. BIG Gaming does not play in all the LAN tournaments; however, when they do, the team has provided us with some really complex yet perfectly executed performances.

The team comprises players from Germany as well as Smooya, from the UK. Together the team has a unique combination of firepower as well as a greater focus on strategy. The BIG Gaming roster is has provided us and casters with a lot of excitement in the past. Their grenade usage has been one of the best and they can deal a lot of damage to the opponents much before the actual contact play begins.


Gob B is the inspiration on this roster and is solely responsible for ensuring the success of the BIG Gaming team. He does not always have an impact with the firepower, but he is seen to be extremely aggressive on eco rounds. Most of his frags are usually eco frags with the SMG weapons. His positioning in key rounds is such that he can have knowledge of the opponents’ whereabouts and take mid-round calls accordingly. The player has shown himself to be capable of ensuring strong success on multiple fronts. He commands the respect of the players and it is instilled out of admiration for his performance and his attitude with the rest of the team.


There are many veterans on the BIG Gaming roster such as Tizian and Tabsen. The skill ceiling of these players is exceptionally high and we have seen them practice certain positions and shots to suit their muscle memory. They can ensure decent positions and multiple frags in a round depending on their movement across and around smoke grenades. Playing intelligently; they often ensure better performance and results than the other teams in a similar situation.

However, one of the most impactful players on the team remains their primary AWP player Smooya. The player has shown himself capable of handling himself in high-pressure situations. He can ensure very strong performances on multiple occasions. The team’s results are often in sync with Smooya’s overall performance in the match. Gob B allows him the freedom to make plays on his own. If he is successful, Smooya goes for more aggressive plays. He can often turn the outcome of the round on his own by racking up several important kills for the team.

Complexity


Complexity Roster:

  • Rory “dephh” Jackson
  • Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
  • Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan
  • Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland
  • Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert ( stand-in)

The Complexity Roster looks like a Tier two team on paper. They do have n0thing on their team and that is a significant addition to the roster [ he is still a stand-in ]. However, the rest of the team, despite their skill is at best a Tier two team. However, we have seen this ‘Tier two’ team cause huge upsets in the pat. They reached high in the FaceIT London Major, despite not being in a favourable situation in their matches. The team relies on Stanislaw, one of the best In Game Leader that North America has to offer.


Stanislaw’s leadership presents the biggest advantage that Complexity has in this match. The North American side is not really a contender for this tournament and is probably the worst team in the tournament. Complexity’s fortunes rely on their ability to surprise their opponents and win this match. They have Shahzam who was once the best AWPer in North America. However, the player has not been in excellent form for quite sometime. It might have to do with the remainder of the team not giving him the same amount of space as he needs. Or it might just be that he has just lost touch with his form. Either ways, the key to Complexity’s success and their chances of securing a win at this tournament remain in the hands of Shahzam.


He has developed a very passive style of AWPing of late. The passive style is fine, however, unless he changes his angles and understands the dangers of his positioning, he will remain under threat. N0thing will need to ensure some really out of the ordinary performances in order to uplift the team’s results. However, despite N0thing putting up big results, we don’t expect Complexity to post a real threat to the likes of Cloud9 / Faze Clan in this tournament.

Prediction :

The two teams are the weakest teams in the event and they are up against two heavy-weight teams in the tournament. Whoever wins this match will go up against the winner of the other match between Faze Clan and Cloud9. Despite the strength of the two teams on paper, there is no clear cut winner in this particular tournament. Faze Clah has made roster changes and they did not have a significant impact during IBuyPower Masters IV.

This particular match between BIG Gaming and Complexity will come down to the performances of individual players. On BIG Gaming; Smooya forms the most important asset on the roster. His AWP performance can make or break the entire round and it can result in the team’s confidence going up or down. The team has provided us with quality Counter-Strike in the past and it has come on the backs of Smooya and excellent performances by the other members on the roster.

Their opponents, Complexity Gaming is a roster that is playing with a stand-in. Ofcourse this move seems to be a placeholder, at least until the actual roster changes start after the Major. We are also seeing Tarik sit out the current period in an attempt to form a stronger team post-IEM Katowice 2019 Major. Complexity Gaming’s performance has not really been exemplary so far, and we think that they should not really have a decent chance in this match-up. They will not be able to match-up to BIG Gaming’s strategic approach. Despite having Stanislaw on the team, the stand-in will affect their overall gameplay and communication on the team. As such, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming for this match.

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Complexity vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Complexity

Complexity Roster:

  • Dephh
  • Android
  • Yay
  • Stanislaw
  • Shahzam

Complexity is one of the biggest names in Counterstrike. However, most of their successes have been only in the earlier version of the game. In Global Offensive, Complexity has not been a strong team. But in this major, they have surprised everyone with some really strong performances.

The biggest advantage that Complexity has going for them is their mystery. They have played a surprisingly large amount of Inferno and a couple of maps here and there. This basically means that teams do not know the full extent of their map pool. If Complexity can get a good veto they have a realistic chance with this matchup.

Dephh has been a revelation at this tournament. The player, who received multiple offers from various teams has put up great performances so far at the Major. Ofcourse it is not an individual talent, but the team enables him to play as he does. His efficiency with the rifle and his superior positioning often get him into an advantageous situation. However, we have only seen him much on Inferno and we do not know how he will perform on other maps per se.

Shahzam is the primary AWPer on the team. The former Cloud9 member has seen a return to form, although not at his peak levels. His ability to take a single aggressive peak and win the duel is what makes him so strong. He puts himself at minimal risk while checking up on a place and he still manages to often win the duel. Getting an early advantage for the team, Shahzam has been crucial to Complexity’s CT Side. Right now, we can only hope that he maintains the current form and continues to play as well.

Another potential candidate for the AWP role on the team is Stanislaw. We have seen Stanislaw pick up the AWP on his previous rosters to relative success. Stanislaw also helps the team in their tactics, which we have seen to be very successful so far at the Major. Complexity has a decent understanding of their opponents and can easily read them for their playstyle. This is especially important for top-tier teams who rely on great strategies in order to create an advantage for themselves. The fact that Complexity could actually manage to easily defeat BIG Gaming proves this point. Stanislaw has had ample time to prepare for Mibr and this should be a slight advantage for the team. But is it enough? That’s something that only time can tell.

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil roster:

  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

The Made in Brazil roster won a very convincing match against Ninjas in Pyjamas. But they have not looked extremely strong as their lineup suggests. For the most part of the past three months, MiBr has looked weak and without deep strategies against top teams. Even now, they did lose a 0-16 on Dust 2 to astralis. Ofcourse Astralis being the best team and having the level of preparation that they do was a crucial part in the final result.

MiBr’s roster consists of five Major champions. They include three Brazilian players in Fallen, Fer and Coldzera. Each of these players is extremely well known for their very aggressive and yet accurate plays. Fallen has seen a resurgence of sorts with his aggressive style of AWPing. He would push through smokes in unimaginable situations get a kill and fall back safely. Of course with the playoffs and the much better teams, it won’t work all the time. Their opponents will have studied Fallen’s playstyle and will expect such plays from him. If he dares to repeat such aggressive plays, then he will definitely have a problem in the upcoming matches.

However, despite his risky plays, Fallen is getting his job done. It is the other two Brazilian players, Coldzera and Fer who are definitely not playing at the same level as before. Coldzera who also has a signage in CS:GO according to his name is no longer playing at the same level as before. His performance on this team needs to be much better if Coldzera will need to contest against the best teams.

Fer too has been rather lacklustre so far in the tournament. His lack of performance could hurt the MiBr roster which is seeing improving performances from the two NA players in Stewie2k and Tarik. Those two players are improving and the latest Video on Stewie2k will definitely help improve the players’ morale. In a way, the 16-0 loss to Astralis can actually turn into a boon for the team as they will be more motivated to not let such a situation arise again.

Prediction:

Complexity has definitely surprised everyone with their performance at this Major. The boot camp prior to the Major has paid off. They were at best a middle-tier team in the NA Region. They weren’t even the strongest team in the North American region, however, they look extremely strong at this Major so far. But they have to face off against a resurgent Made in Brazil roster. This team has all the necessary components to win the Major. They have the best quality players and an amazing coach.

YNK’s addition to the team definitely makes them a much more tactical team than before. They have always had the individual skill set necessary to enable a great performance. But their strategies were getting old and not as effective as before. For this game, we recommend a bet on Made in Brazil roster. They have the experience and the firepower necessary to overcome Complexity.