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LDLC vs Heroic : Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Winter 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

LDLC

LDLC Roster:

  • To1nou
  • Alex
  • Logan
  • Amanek
  • Devoduvek

The LDLC roster is plagued with a perennial problem. Their players cannot advance in the French scene mainly cause of the friendship and the closely knit community at the top of the scene. The experienced and veteran French players are usually loathed to change and it is evident in their poor results. However, LDLC has slowly been nurturing a generation of new and upcoming players who can be crucial to putting France back on the world map in Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

Over the past few months, we have seen multiple players from LDLC move onto the better French teams. However, LDLC still remains within reach of the top teams in France. With the likes of Amanek, Devoduvek and To1nou, this team has a lot of firepowers. They have an increased focus on their tactics and have a strategic point of view when it comes to their playstyle. In addition to strategy, LDLC also has a great focus on their firepower and their individual level has never disappointed fans and themselves.

The team remains inconsistent, however, and that comes due to the dip in individual player performances. With time, we expect the players to put together much better performances over the years. However, for now, LDLC remains an excellent team with conditions attached. The team needs to find consistency in its performance which will help boost its standings in the CS: GO Community.

Heroic

Heroic Roster:

  • Moddii
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Mertz
  • Aciilion

Heroic is a Danish team comprising of multiple well-known Danish veterans. The likes of Moddii, Friberg, e3tag, Aciilion and Mertz are a formidable lot when it comes to Counter-Strike. They have all played in the best teams in the world at one point in time. However, as we see them right now, this team has a lot of potentials to make it big in CS: GO.

Heroic is exceptionally good on standard maps like Mirage, Inferno and Nuke. Nuke is a staple for the team. Being a Danish roster it would be surprising if the team did not manage to win Nuke comfortably, especially against LDLC. With Friberg on this roster, the focus of the team remains on their synergy and coordination. He is a person who believes in enhancing team chemistry. He did the same on NIP for many years before his departure. His focus on helping the team and the ultimate goal of the win is unparalleled in CS: GO.

They also have the mastermind in Moddii. He can help the team to develop its persona and strategical approach. With their limited map pool, Heroic rely heavily on Moddii to guide them through their matches. They don’t lack firepower, especially with players like Mertz showing up in a big way. Mertz’ performance has been spectacular recently with some really amazing individual plays by the Danish youngster.

Prediction:

Both the teams have experienced players on their roster. They have been together for quite some time and their synergy is bound to be the X-factor coming into this match. With Heroic, we are seeing a mixture of Danish and Swedish players. These players have a lot of experience under their belt. Their focus on strategy, however, requires Mertz to put up splendid performances.

On the other hand, we have LDLC which is full of young players. These players can put up splendid performances. However, they are very inconsistent which makes it extremely difficult to place your trust on this team.

For now, we recommend a bet on Heroic due to their stability and their focus on strategy. Nuke being a staple map for the team enables them to direct how the veto will proceed further.

 

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: Heroic vs. Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

Heroic

  • JUGi, MODDII, Snappi, niko, es3tag

Heroic have revitalized themselves ever since the addition of peacemaker as a coach. Qualifying for WCA and boasting hopeful wins to finish off their runs in ECS and ESL Pro League’s online leagues, Heroic are looking stronger than ever after having a coach restructure the team from the inside and outside.

Snappi’s IGLing, niko’s explosive fragging, and JUGI’s flashy AWPing are the selling points of Heroic. But, when it comes to playing on LAN against top competition, Heroic always seem to fall apart. The x-factors of their lineup will be MODDII and es3tag, since they are prone to inconsistent performances. Both of them have high skill ceilings, but they have a problem performing at that consistent level.

Regardless, Heroic’s team play and individual level will be up to par against the opponents of their group. It’s still a learning progress for this team to fully develop into a top level team. But, with the addition of peacemaker, their ability to evolve into a top team should be hastened faster with the knowledge and tactical diversity peacemaker can bring to the team. And, with his strict way of coaching, Heroic are sure to be able to fix their mistakes with relative ease and pop off at this event.

Natus Vincere

 

 

  • Zeus, Edward, s1mple, electronic, flamie

The addition of electronic adds firepower that seized did not have Natus Vincere, but does it necessarily resolve the problems of Natus Vincere? Even with the addition of Zeus, Natus Vincere’s strategies, defaults, and play under the helm of Zeus have not improved even after the loss of GuardiaN and seized. Even if s1mple, star AWPer for Natus Vincere, has stressed the fact that the addition of electronic has improved Natus Vincere’s practice ahead of Dreamhack, will it be enough for Natus Vincere to rebound and contest the best?

With the lineup Na`Vi has, it’s undeniable that brute force and slow executes are the way this team flows. This contributes to the facts of Zeus’ past tendencies as an IGL with NaVi and superstar capabilities s1mple, electronic, and flamie possess. While we have yet to see this NaVi lineup truly perform to its expectations, there is no denying that there is so much raw firepower amassed with this roster. It’s only a matter of time as to when the results will come. SO far, they are delegated to the EPL Pro League Relegation Qualifier, and do not have a secured spot in ECS. Their LAN results are yet to be disputed, though.

 

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: mousesports (mouz) vs. North Academy Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

mousesports

  • oskar, suNny, ropz, chrisJ, STYKO

mousesports have seen very little LAN activity since their win at ESG Tour Mykonos, only appearing at 3 LAN events since then (ROG EMEA Qualifier, ELEAGUE, and Dreamhack Denver). That should not determine the form they will appear at during this LAN, considering how explosive mousesports have been since the roster change that saw the entrance of STYKO and suNny.

Featuring the monstrous oskar at the AWP and the talented rookie of ropz, mousesports recently rose among many international European lineups to the tier 1 scene in CS:GO. The originators of the mixed-European nationality lineup, mousesports’ latest lineup has greatly increased in firepower.

With STYKO and chrisJ sharing the IGL and calling roles, it has freed up the stars of mousesports to frag heavily. Relying on the opening picks of oskar, ropz, and suNny, mousesports combine that with their ability to read opponents and entry bombsites with great timing to defeat their opponents. In addition, mousesports’ deagles and ecos are one to be feared, in addition to their ability to change their tempo and become a slow or fast paced team.

For Dreamhack, this will be their event to win alongside Gambit’s. Anything but a grand final appearance is a failure for mousesports.

North Academy

 

 

  • mertz, B0RUP, sycrone, acoR, gade

North’s Academy team have made a splash with their qualification for WESG and Dreamhack. Albeit, their first true LAN run (with this lineup) at WESG ended in huge disappointment, but mertz has stated that North Academy would not be demoralized by this event. Ended the group stage with no wins at all, it could be considered a crash course for the Danes, and is a great learning experience as they head into Dreamhack Winter. Albeit, they should experience similar extremities at this event, considering the great offset of skill and experience between them and their opponents.

With sycrone as the IGl, the main highlight of this team is their AWPer, mertz. Their star and AWPer, mertz has put up magnificent performances regardless of his team’s performance or the result of the match. Also headed by North Academy is sycrone’s IGLing and acoR & gade’s tag team duo. Most of North Academy’s strategies rely on defaults and mertz’ opening picks, whereas one will see a mix of untested aggression and reliance of pistol/ecos to drain the opponent’s economy.

North Academy’s skill is easily overshadowed by inexperience and jitters against top level teams. Much like the Dane curse, it seems that they will repeat the Danish tale of LAN jitters and the inability to perform on LAN, though.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: BIG vs. EnVyUs (nV) Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

BIG

  • tabseN, LEGIJA, gob b, keev, nex

BIG have been overhyped, to say the least. Their major run was decided by the jump bug and the fact they only played on de_inferno, and it goes to show based on their events since then. Featuring multiple group stage exits in LAN events and closed qualifiers online, their most significant event was a 2nd place finish at Dreamhack Denver. That event, they lost to C9 in the finals, and it was an event where only C9 and Renegades (with NAF at the time) could have been considered formidable events. It doesn’t help either that at the recent WESG event, BIG lost to a Na`Vi-Ukraine mix squad and just barely qualified for the WESG China LAN Finals at that.

A squad that relies on gob b’s tactician mindset and powered by the stars in nex and tabseN, BIG are a very intricate team to understand. While a dark horse to most, many have criticized their choice in keeping LEGIJA. Not to mention, with LEGIJA’s “sub-par” fragging performance, is keev’s wildly inconsistent AWPing. keev can almost be compared to that of JW, who can have AWPing performances that can be a huge hit or miss. Regardless, this roster is the same one that hold a major legends spot after their Cinderella Run at PGL Krakow.

For the first time since their exit at ESG Mykonos, BIG will be facing opponents from their division in the ESL Pro League and of the same level to BIG. The question is, if BIG will be known as that team that played superbly once, or a team that can truly compete with the best.

 

EnVyUs

 

 

  • Happy, RpK, SIXER, ScreaM, xms

This past month for EnVyUs, and historically, has been a weird one for them. This team has been marred by poor LAN performance, which highly contrasts their ability to be on form online. Their only LAN tournament win was back in July after winning Dreamhack to Heroic. As IGL Happy has said before, EnVyUs is a team that lacks faith and confidence in themselves, rather than a top tier French team that can truly take the throne of the best French team in CS:GO.

A team built on the foundation of Happy’s lurking and IGLing, EnVyUs host a variety of sheer firepower. Supported by SIXER’s “support AWP’ role, RpK and ScreaM can be considered the two stars of the team. Since this roster’s creation, RpK has popped off and evolved into EnVyUs’ “NiKo,” whereas Happy has superseded ScreaM’s performance on a multitude of times. Even then, ScreaM still has his performances, while xms and SIXER can also support on the entry-side from time-to-time.

EnVyUs are still conflicted (economy management wise), and that is because of Happy’s mindset of the force-buy concept. While not as abused as before, EnVyUs are a team that can be tilted from poor economical management and poor performances in ensuing rounds. This can be seen most by SIXER’s ability to tilt easily, and does not spell good for the team.

Even then, they are a team to be feared at this LAN, but they will need to make it out of the groups at this event to boost confidence in themselves as a whole.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: Gambit vs. Rise Nation Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

_________

Gambit

  • AdreN, mou, Dosia, fitch, HObbit

Gambit come off the back of a quarterfinals finish at IEM Oakland. While not the result they expected, it is the best they could have gotten after starting out their appearance with 3 straight losses. Their 2 wins came in the form of FaZe and Renegades, both of whom were top notch at that respective event.

Gambit’s play-style can work against certain teams, but easily be countered by other teams when other team has a set strategy that Gambit cannot outcall with sheer firepower and brute executes. The main driving force that makes this team an incredible one is their loose style, much like that of C9’s and FaZe’s. They hold so much firepower in mou–whose AWP has been deadly consistent this tournament–, HObbit, and AdreN alone. With Dosia and mou at the back supporting the trio, Gambit has been defined as the Kryptonite of FaZe. Of all the teams, Gambit is the only one who has consistently beaten FaZe in every bo1/bo3 matchup they’ve had against the All Star lineup.

Regardless, considering the competition at this event and the form Gambit has been, you could consider them the running candidates (alongside mousesports) to take this event’s trophy. No less than a grand final appearance can be considered a disappointing run at this event for Gambit.

 

Rise Nation

 

 

  • Ace, moose, vSa, Jonji, dazzLe

Rise Nation, on LAN, don’t really have much coming to them in this event. Qualifying for this event through the online North American Closed Qualifier, Rise Nation have made a splash in the NA scene after promising runs in online qualifiers and their strong performance in ESEA MDL S26. Featuring talents like the heavily aggressive and talented Ace and anchor/lurker moose, Rise Nation have also made it to the semifinals of the last MDL season, losing to Space Soldiers in the ensuing bo3.

Rise Nation should not make it far in this event, considering their play-style is one that can be decimated by the aim-heavy and experience-based players and teams from the upper European echelon. You can almost consider this event for them as a learning experience for them, as they lack a sizable portfolio of LAN experience. Nonetheless, they’ll be relying on their “unknown” team and individual skill factors to carry them through this event.

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