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Astralis vs Team Liquid : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

IEM Chicago is down to the last two teams and Team Liquid and Astralis will come together in the final matchup. It will be interesting to see how the two teams place against each other. If Team Liquid manages to defeat Astralis, it will definitely call for a new world order. For Astralis, it is a time for them to continue their dominant performance, however, they are not looking too hot right now.

IEM Chicago 2018 will be broadcast live on Twitch. The winner takes home a prize pool of $100,000.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

The two teams will face off once again in what is shaping up to become a rivalry in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Astralis has been near the top of the scene for a long time. However, post their FaceIT London Major and Blast Pro Series 2018 the Danish squad does not look so strong anymore.

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • MagisK

The Danish squad has never been the best when it comes to sheer firepower. However, what they lacked in their firepower and skill; they more than made up for in terms of their synergy and coordination. The playstyle for the team emphasises on ensuring that they cover their mistakes and their weaknesses. The Astralis roster has been able to ensure that their weaknesses are not taken advantage of, at least not without Astralis’ knowledge.

Device has been near the top of the scene for a very long time. He has been able to guide the team into victory on multiple occasions because of his high skill talent. However, he is one of the first players to study his own heatmap in an attempt to stop others from countering his playstyle. Nicolai has become a strong player on a regular basis with his performance. He can emphasise the team’s strengths by shutting down entire regions on his own. The player’s ability to shut down certain sections of the map is what makes him a strong player for the team. In addition to this, he has excellent chemistry with Xyp9x and Dupreeh. The trio has been together for a long time, from their Dignitas days.

Dupreeh is the other player on the team who is constantly making the flashy plays and allowing Astralis to take the lead when it comes to the early part of the rounds. After getting the initial advantage, Astralis players often fall back and allow the opponents to make the mistakes. The Astralis roster has orchestrated this kind of play to perfection over the past few months. They have dominated their opponents with their systemic playstyle and precision.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

For this kind of play, the credit has to go to Zonic. The Astralis Coach has been a former player. He initiated a similar kind of play with his former team mTw. The team made sure that they are able to provide the necessary backup required by the team. As we see the performance of Astralis in the past few weeks, however, we see that they are not the unbeatable team that they were before. Right now, we have seen Faze Clan and almost Fnatic defeat Team Astralis at IEM Chicago 2018. Team Liquid definitely has a much better chance for this match.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO

Team Liquid decimated Faze Clan in the semifinals. The aim of Twistzz and Elige coming together displayed just how strong Team Liquid can be a very strong team when all their pieces are working in tandem. Against Faze Clan, that is exactly what happened. That being said, Faze did make multiple mistakes like pushing in alone when they have an advantage. They were literally giving Team Liquid the chance to neutralize and later win the maps with relative ease. After the drudging of the second map, Faze Clan looked down and out. They were simply unable to make an impact on the outcome of the match.

Twistzz remains the most talented player on the team and it is not without reason. The player has been exceptional in his aim and he has been able to hit insane shots from seemingly impossible situations. The player’s ability to move into position fast and then gain an advantage over his opponents is unmatched. The team’s performance depends heavily on Twistzz and Elige’s performance and if either of them put up good performances, then we can see the entire team thrive.

However, as we look forth to the Grand finals, Twistzz alone cannot ensure the best performance for the team. We will see Elige come alive as he has throughout the tournament with his excellent performance. The team\s performance throughout IEM Chicago 2018 has been heavily dependent on Elige and how he manages his role at the forefront of the attack. He has been able to ensure that the team constantly gets an advantage going into the round by getting the opening kill. Elige is crucial to Team Liquid’s success over the past few months and has slowly developed into the most important player for the team. He is constantly at the top of the scoreboard for Team Liquid.

Prediction :

On paper, Astralis does seem to be the stronger team. They have the experience, the momentum as well as the players needed to win this match. However, that being said, we are also witnessing Astralis is not a team that is as dominant as before. The team’s performance through the last few weeks has been very underwhelming. They are losing to many of the top teams, they are also not able to finish their matches against lower ranked teams.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

The drubbing that they got from Fnatic definitely did not make them a favourite to win this tournament. The team’s performance in the latter half of the match was great and inspirational, but it also masks the lack of performance by the team during the normal match. They were simply at their wits end with regards to how the team can possibly make an impact on their T side. Fnatic had a very dominant performance, and their match loss was only due to their inability to close out the match.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, seems to be on an upward trajectory. Their performance through the tournament has been very strong and they have both Twistzz and Elige performing at their peak level. The North American Squad has been able to dominate teams like Faze Clan and the manner in which they did so definitely inspires confidence in the team. Team Liquid’s performance through the tournament sees them emerge as the favourite in this tournament for the Grand finals.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs Astralis

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • JW
  • Krimz
  • Brollan
  • Xizt
  • Twist

The Fnatic roster has undergone a lot of changes in the recent months. The Swedish team’s performance has improved over time and at a rapid pace at that. Ofcourse the team still requires the individual members to put up some strong numbers when it comes to their firepower. The biggest problem for the team was the lack of performance from several of their ‘famed’ members.

Fnatic included Twist and Brollan on their team in the recent rounds of roster change. The two players were formerly on Red Reserve and have great chemistry with each other. The addition of Brollan ofcourse comes with the recommendation of Twist. He believes in the youngster and feels like Brollan could be a potential star for the Swedish scene in the future. We have not seen Brollan pull off some really strong performances so far. But the rest of the team is definitely stepping it up, giving him the space needed to become more comfortable on the roster.

Fnatic also has Xizt on their roster as the In-Game Leader. For most of his career, he has been associated with NIP. During his time on NIP, he made some questionable decisions when it comes to their map vetoes as well as strategies. However, what did not work with the NIP players might just work with these Fnatic players. For now, Xizt is the key to enabling the strategic advantage for Fnatic. For a long time, the Fnatic players have relied on their firepower and their talent to win matches. So far in 2018, we have seen that having great tactics is probably more important than just raw firepower.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

With JW on the AWP, Fnatic needs the player to put up amazing performances in order to win this match. They are up against the best team in the world and if their main AWper does not have a good performance then Fnatic might just losing the entire match. They need to secure the best possible map veto in order to possibly stand a chance. Their poor map pool is going to hurt them coming into this match. They are up against a team which has one of the best and widest map pools in the entire game.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Glaive
  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis had a very dominating performance against Mousepsorts yesterday. Their ability to kite the Mousepsorts roster for its inexperience and especially in their predictions on the Mousesports positioning in the map. Speaking of positioning and their ability to outmanoeuvre the Swedish roster, Fnatic will need to understand and thoroughly review Xizt’s, movements through the map in the past. With Zonic and Glaive at the helm, we can be sure of this review.

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map.

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Xyp9x is a silent player on the team and he has been consistent with his result. The team’s performance in recent months has been able due to Xyp9x providing the supporting play from behind. He is a rock for the team and he provides much more than just his score on the server. His admittance to guiding the young players and keeping them calm on the roster is so crucial for Astralis’ playstyle. Without him, the whole team falls apart. Overall, Astralis is a well-rounded roster with a lot of potential and firepower. They still require to their current form if they are to compete against the likes of Faze Clan. However, for this match against Team Liquid, Astralis will need to have Dupreeh come out ahead.

Prediction:

Despite Fnatic’s strengths and their potential to come out ahead on open-sided maps, Astralis still remains the stronger team. They have the firepower and the necessary skill and experience to easily overcome Fnatic.

The fact that Fnatic did manage to reach the semifinals especially against teams like Mibr, Na’Vi etc is truly surprising. However, against Astralis it would take a heroic effort for the Swedish side to come out ahead.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Mousesports

Astralis

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

Astralis Roster :

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • MagisK
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster has not looked at their strongest self so far at IEM Chicago 2018. The team which was once considered unbeatable due to their dominance on the map is now facing a situation where they might be losing a lot of their lustre. During the FaceiT London Major, Astralis had a plan and they executed it to perfection. However, since then, Valve has made changes to the playstyle and the general economy of the game. This includes more money to the CT sides, providing an opportunity for teams to keep buying into the third round as well.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1 (Credit: Redbull)

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team, one that is capable of making excellent performances throughout the tournament. However, as we look into the team’s performance in the future we will see how they can keep up with all the new teams that try their best to counter them.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Sunny
  • Styko
  • Oskar
  • Ropz

The Mousesports roster recently made some changes to their team. They decided to get rid of Snax and get back Styko on their roster. This move is excellent cause they were one of the best teams with Styko on their team. But they decided, for whatever reason, to get Snax onto their team. The team’s performance since the addition of Styko has been somewhat better than their performance with Snax.

Styko’s performance on this team will be crucial to the team’s overall performance. The team’s performance has definitely improved in the past few weeks. With Styko on this team, they have a much better chemistry with the old player back on the team. The playstyle that the players adopt with Styko back on the roster plays to their strengths. They don’t have to cater to Snax’s ego anymore and we see how that has affected their performance.

Overall, we will see Ropz also play a crucial role int he team’s future. He was a bright player who got onto the team from the FaceIT Pro League. His high level of skill is the reason why he is so consistent despite not playing at his peak level. The young player learns a lot from the other players on the roster such as ChrisJ and Oskar. They will be very useful in guiding the young player in nurturing his talent and enabling the way he behaves on the roster.

The X-factor on the team remains Oskar. He has been indefinitely consistent and yet he has been able to put up big numbers on the team. His ability to constantly be near the top of the scoreboard irrespective of his opponents is what makes him a staple feature on this team. He has excellent aim and while his temperament might not be the best in all times, we can see how he is crucial to the team’s overall results.

So far, Mousesports do look quite strong and they are definitely a team that can possibly defeat the likes of Astralis.  

Prediction:

Astralis is looking decent, but they are definitely not unbeatable as they were a few months ago. The Danish roster looks very vulnerable right now, especially after the drudging they got from Faze Clan. The Astralis roster is a team that has been near the top of the scene for so long. As such other teams can easily understand their gameplay and how to counter them. Despite this, the Astrlias roster still has a very good skill-ceiling when it comes to their talent.

The Mousesports roster is on an upward trajectory. They are definitely improving when it comes to their performance with Styko. This is mostly due to the comfort that the players feel with Styko on the roster. This current batch of players has little to no ego, and they understand the way the others on the teams think. Mousesports is also looking to make sure that they make big results with this current roster. If they succeed with this roster, it would only make them stronger when it comes to the future with the roster. It would instil confidence in the team’s management when it comes to this roster.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mousesports. Not only do they have better odds but they can also have a decent chance of winning this match.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Faze Clan

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Glaive
  • Magisk
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster is one of the strongest teams in the game. Their dominance over their opponents is not only in their skill but also in their understanding of the opponents’ gameplay. They know their limitations on the players and constantly position and ensure playstyles that suit their strengths. This is why, the Astralis team, despite not being the strongest team in the scene is definitely the one with the best performances.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

The Astralis roster consists of an all-Danish team, but the star on the team has to be Zonic, their coach. The former MTW Player has been able to mould astralis in his particular style and that has resulted in Astralis being miles ahead of the competition. While the like of Faze Clan and Na’Vi might theoretically be much stronger on paper, Astralis is able to mask their weaknesses and ensure that their opponents do not take advantage of the same. One characteristic playstyle for the team is their ability to push through one area of the map in pairs. This often gains them valuable information which is then used to act in other areas of the map. If the team pushes through A site on Overpass, and find no one or a minimal number of people, they know the positioning of the remaining members will be nearer to B bomb site. This allows them to reinforce the B Bombsite or play defensively according to their read of the game.

This is why the Astralis roster remains very strong and yet exceptionally skilled. Their individual aim is very high thanks tot he inclusion of Device, a top-tier player on the roster. Device with the AWP is well known to trace his own steps and work on eliminating any gaps in his playstyle. He does not believe himself to be the best AWper in the world, so he works to secure an advantage in the aim duels. This can be through smokes or just a very passive angle for Nicolai.

However, it has to be Glaive who has truly transformed this team. After Kjaerbye’s departure in January, Glaive was able to transform this team into its current position. We can clearly see the effect Glaive has as an In-Game Leader. He is able to put forth strong opinions and amazing mid-round calls. His quick assessment of the situation and his ability to read the opponents positioning correctly is not something that many can emulate.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan roster is comprised of the best players in Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in recent months has been somewhat lukewarm, but there is a tendency to start showing results of late. The team’s performance has slowly increased in performance especially with Guardian also starting to get the AWP kills he is most well-known for.

The Faze Clan roster contains several big names, however, it has not always been a merry journey for them. The team’s performance has slowly improved in results after a slow start to their journey in 2018. For the most part of 2018, the team’s performance has been lacklustre. They played with a stand-in [ or several ] for many months when Olofmeister was taking a break. However, when he did return for the FaceIT London Major, we had only olofmeister as the best performing player. The entire team seemed burnt out and they were unable to make the same impact as they did a few months earlier.

Guardian remains a player who is extremely strong on the AWP. Recently, we have seen Guardian pull out amazing shots with the AWP, often ones that remain the highlights of the game irrespective of the final results. If Guardian starts reaching his peak level, the player can truly become a menace for their opponents. He remains an extremely skilled player with lightning fast reflexes. The player’s ability to read the situation and be intelligent with the AWP performance

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

In addition to Guardian, Olofmeister is also another potent player who has been extremely strong on the lurk role. The player’s performance remains one of the highlights for the team. The team’s performance in the past months has been successful [ of sorts ] only because of Olofmeister’s skill and presence. Faze Clan does not need Olofmeister to constantly put up the big numbers on the server. However, the Swedish player’s mere presence can evoke fear in the opponents.

Overall, Faze Clan will have a tough time against Astralis. Thankfully for them, the Faze Clan roster is still in the upper bracket, so even if they lose this match they will have more chances to qualify for the Playoffs.

Prediction:

Despite their recent loss of form, Astralis still remains a very strong team. They have a much better map pool and have a thorough understanding of Faze Clan. For the early part of 2018, the Faze Clan roster was the primary opponent for Glaive. As such he has a very good read on the opponents and positioning. The performance of Astralis in the past few tournaments has been largely underwhelming. This is mostly because teams have begun to spot chinks in their armour. The astralis roster is no longer unbeatable and that is partly due to the loss in form for the players.

Faze Clan will look towards ensuring that they can play a very strong, pug style play. They will need to ensure strong pushes on their T side to cripple the opponents’ performance. The Faze Clan has better aim, however, they also need a much better strategic gameplay against Astralis. We have seen Faze Clan put up big numbers before, but with Niko on their leadership role right now, we have seen the team falter when it comes to their tactics and strategy.

For now, we recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: 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:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi Roster:

  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • Electronic
  • Flamie

Natus Vincere won three consecutive tournaments prior to coming in for the London FaceIT Major. They won the Starseries I-League Season 5, CS: GO Asia Championships as well as the ESL One Cologne 2018. This put them firmly amongst the top teams’ radar as Na’Vi was suddenly a huge threat to the top teams. With the likes of Electronic and S1mple on their roster, it would be foolhardy to dismiss this current version of Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi has two of the best players in Counter-Strike right now. With Electronic and S1mple, Na’Vi remains one of the most talented teams in the scene. Both Electronic and S1mple are in amazing form. Indeed yesterday, Electronic had a rating of 1.3 while S1mple went even further with a 1.7 rating. These numbers are actually quite huge, and it is surprising to see both of them on one team.

S1mple : The World’s best player.

S1mple mentioned in an Interview yesterday that the focus of the team remains on their strategy and synergy. However, post the team practice the team relies on enhancing individual player performances. The current meta heavily favours clutches ensuring that teams with highly skilled players S1mple is the best player in the world ofcourse and it is much easier for him to clutch in really tight and almost impossible situations. By now, it is not surprising to see s1mple post 30 + frags in a single map regularly. His high skill level just outclasses so many of his opponents. Entire opposition strategies can fall apart due to his ability to shut down certain sections of the map. He does not only rely on his aim as we have seen him readjust after the first kill in order to secure an advantage for the second kill. Often on the CT side, one kill isn’t enough as the team needs to ensure that they have a decent personnel advantage when it comes to the retake. S1mple has seen the most change when it comes to his playstyle and his dependence on the team’s well-being in a round. The earlier s1mple would often just rush down into the enemy. He would get more than 2-3 kills, however, he would leave a side of the mao exposed ensuring that this team finds it very difficult to retake the side or even get any more frags.

Electronic is one of the best players in the world, but he lives in the shadow of S1mple.

S1mple is not the only skilled player on this roster. Electronic is one of the best talents to come up from the CIS region. With S1mple definitely helping the team in terms of frags, Electronic is not far behind. Indeed if it were not for S1mple’s amazingly high KDA ratings, Electronic would be the star on this roster. But S1mple being S1mple means that he is always one of the flashiest and yet effective players on the server. Electronic has a very stable performance and he shines on the CT side of the map. Not known as much for his entry frags, Electronic can definitely be the most clutch player in certain disadvantageous situations. His ability to hold clutch can be the single most impactful type of play for Na’Vi. With their consistent force buys, it is imperative for Na’Vi to have top class aimers on their team.

Edward has steadily improved his personal performance at the CSGO FaceIT Major.

Speaking of force buys and success it seems Zeus is the key to Na’Vi’s success. The player who has been a part of four Major finals is one of the best brains in Counter-Strike. Knowing the fact that he has so much talent on his roster, Zeus often calls for force buys allowing his team to take the monetary advantage and cripple the opponents. It is not only on the T side where he calls for a force-buy but also on the CT side. The risks of a failed force-buy can be devastating for the team’s economy, but Na’Vi has a very high success rate with their force buys. Zeus has rallied his troops around him and he can truly study the tactics of any team. Their ability to make the correct kind of plays is exactly what makes them a strong team. In the instances where the round does not go according to plan, it is often S1mple and Electronic who step up and put up stellar performances.

Natus Vincere is one of the strongest teams at the Major. They seem to be a real contender for the trophy especially with Astralis waiting in the Finals.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Astralis bandwagon has shown no signs of stopping at the FaceIT London Major. There is just too much going in Astralis’ favour right now. From having a very deep map pool, great individual skill as well as amazingly good mid-round calls, the Astralis roster seems to have it all in their favour.

Consistently a candidate for the title of the World’s best player, Device.

We all know of Device’s capabilities. The player has been consistently amongst the best players in the world for a long time. His ability to hold down sections of the map is what makes him one of the best players in the world. Device has a very unique style of preparation. After winning the Eleague Major 2017, the core of the team realised that they had fulfilled one of their long-standing dreams. They won a Major, something that had eluded them for a long time. However, what followed was very difficult. The team was simply not prepared for becoming the best team in the world. They had no experience of what to do while staying on top, how to handle the countermeasures against their playstyle. Device is a regular user of CS: GO Heat Maps. This gives him a timeline of player movements on certain maps and their timings. This is exactly what he uses in his gameplay and gives him the peek advantage. Device does his homework on what his opponents could use against him, this ensures that he has a knowledge of what might come his way. It is not without intense preparation that Astralis has managed to earn the title of the best team in the world.

Dupreeh has been a constant figure in the Astralis core roster.

However, it is one of the most underestimated players on the roster who has started showing up in tournament matches. Xyp9x is often regarded as the core of this roster. He might not be the flashiest player in the team, but his ability to dissect the opponent gameplay and position himself perfectly makes him one of the most valuable assets on the team. Indeed, he provides so much space to the rest of the team. Xyp9x is crucial to the team maintaining its temperament and ensuring the plays that only Astralis can manage.

Glaive has been the reason for Astralis’ excellent mid-game calls

Glaive is the In-Game Leader for Astralis. The player has brought with him an excellent read of their opposition. Despite being an In-game Leader, Glaive is not the worst player on this roster in terms of frags. Indeed, the player has often put up strong performances on an individual skill level repeatedly for the team. However, his trademark capabilities are felt when it comes to the mid-round calls on Astralis. Astralis have some of the best mid-round calls constantly evaluating their options and making excellent use of their grenades. While they are not at the same levels as BIG Gaming, Astralis also has a very high-efficiency ration.

Prediction:

The two teams are very evenly matched with a lot of skill on either side. AStralis has maintained its position as the world’s best team repeatedly. But the team has also shown a lot of its hand and playstyle on a myriad of maps. Magisk and Xy9x will be crucial for Astralis as they are the ‘weak links’ despite being so strong individual players themselves. Astralis has shown amazing mid-round calls which just goes to show how well Glaive knows their opponents. This is crucial for the team as any positional advantage could mean a round win or a round loss in this match.

Their opponents Na’Vi are not someone to be scoffed at. The Na’Vi roster is improving with each match. This includes their team synergy and individual aim. For a team that peaks at the right team, Na’Vi could really put forth some really strong performances. With Electronic and S1mple on the team, Na’Vi as no lack of aim. Edward has also shown up so far in the FaceiT London Major playoffs. His performance can be crucial to how effective Astralis is against Na’Vi.

For the most part, Na’Vi has a disadvantage when it comes to the map veto. Na’Vi and Astralis almost share a common map veto, in Cache. I would assume that Astralis lets Na’Vi ban Cache instead of banning it themselves. This is because Na’Vi’s Cache has been weak since several years now. There is almost no way that Na’Vi will suddenly become decent on this map. That being said, Na’Vi has definitely looked strong on their T sides with constant force-buys to break the CT economy. They have also practised new maps at the bootcamp. This might suggest the possibility of an improvement on Cache, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

We recommend a low bet on Na’Vi despite the map disadvantage. They have the individual players who have proven time and again that they can compete with and win against the best players on other teams. Astralis is no different and Na’Vi definitely have a slight chance at this Major.

 

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