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Faze Clan 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:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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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:

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dev1ce
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Gla1ve
  • Magisk
  • Zonic

Astralis is the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive team in the world. They have a very dominant performance which results from months of great performances. For many months post the Boston Major, Astralis had only one competitor, Faze Clan. But Faze ran afoul with several players not being in any kind of form right now.

Astralis’ performance as a team is what other teams want to emulate. They have great synergy and coordination which comes from months of practice, some great linguistic synergy as well as amazing individual skill. The Astralis team also benefited when Valve decided to take out Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. The performance of the team has definitely improved dramatically over time. Astralis’ strength comes from having some of the most versatile and yet strong players on their roster.

The Astralis roster is looking stronger with each passing tournament

Device has remained consistent with the best player tag for several years now. He is as good with the rifle as he is with the AWP. His CZ kills can also lead to several outcome-altering rounds in the future. As we see Device in his current form is still a terror for enemies. He remains a very strong candidate for what we see as the MVP of the tournament. But Device isn’t alone in the team and the rest of the squad enables his strong performances. They understand their strengths and are ready to capitalize on it in order to achieve success.

Glaive is the In-Game Leader of the team. One of his unique aspects is his ability to make the right calls mid-round. He is able to suddenly change the course of the round via insane mid-round calls. We haIn-Gameve seen Astralis suddenly all swarm down to the B Bomb site in order to be effective in their attack. The quick decision making, as well as being a very high performing IGL [ difficult to find in these times] makes Glaive a crucial aspect of the Astralis roster.

Glaive is the reason for Astralis’ increasingly good tactics and strategy

When Kjaerbye left the team, there was a huge void on the roster. This was filled by Magisk, although not exactly in the same way as Kjaerbye. He came on for his firepower and he remained on the team, albeit not as a leader but as firepower. Magisk has been the silent lurker who does not draw too much attention to himself on the team. He has been consistent through the months, which is exactly why no one bothers with him. His consistency is taken for granted by allies and enemies alike. He is not as flashy as the Dupreehs and Device on the roster, but his consistency enables his teammates to be able to get multiple kills in a round.

The Astralis roster is a perfect example of a team that has worked with what it has and created a world class team. They dominated the CS: GO scene for well over 4 months in the recent history. They had a slow start to the Major with a few hiccups en route to the Legends stage.

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made In Brazil team is a mixture of former Cloud9 members and several players from the former SK Gaming. The team is a Championship team with each player already a winner of a CS: GO, Major. But their form in the recent months has been very uninspiring.

Can Coldzera regain his former form?

Made In Brazil is an iconic brand, one which can truly put forth strong memories of the game’s dominance and reach. The team has been making waves with their performance of late which is partly due to the resurgence on the roster thanks to YNK.

Stewie2k and Tarik’s joining from Cloud9 is the biggest news for the MiBR roster. The two bring with them a lot of firepowers, something that the team previously seemed to lack. With Tarik showing an upswing in his individual performance, we can be sure that the team will look forth to him playing extremely well. Stewie2k is having a slight fall in performance, but if the other son the team pick up the slack, it won’t be noticeable at all. The NA players are very good in their coordination and playing off each other. There is always the extra effort put in to make sure that they end up on the better side of a team fight. The team’s performance has improved dramatically over the past few months, but they are still a long way from their peak.

Tarik is seeing a resurgence in his individual performance

Fallen makes or breaks this team. His ability to play a myriad of roles on the roster is what makes the team as strong as it is. He has recently shown the ability to push through smokes and make really aggressive plays. Usually, when a team smokes off an area, they forget about it. Pushing through smokes is a very risky affair and once teams get a whiff of his playstyle, it can easily be punished pushing MiBr down into a spiralling hole.


The team had one big problem and that was the differences between the players. Coldzera and Fallen were on two sides of the coin when it comes to the team’s direction in strategy and tactics. In order to fix this problem, MiBr added YNK to their coach list. His addition presents the best opportunity for Mibr to be extremely effective in their gameplay. The players can focus on ensuring that their individual performance remains at top of the game. With YNK, MiBr is already looking very good. They have amazing performances in the tournament at the Major and are still looking good for more.

Prediction:

This match is a 2-1 match and the winner will qualify for The Champions stage. It ensures them the prestige of being a Top eight team. Both Astralis and Mibr look extremely strong right now. Astralis as a team definitely has shown us some signs of weaknesses over the past few days. Their inability to crush their opponents definitely raises some questions about their playstyle. They have had a few very close matches which could have gone either way. But they remain the team with the much better map pool. This gives them a big advantage when it comes to their map veto against almost any team.

The Mibr roster will depend heavily on ensuring that they have the tactical advantage over the Danish roster. In terms of firepower, I would rate both the teams equally right now. Especially with Astralis not looking as hot as a few months ago, their performance definitely is something that other teams can overcome. MiBr is seeing an upward tick in their performance. They have had very dominating performances in the recent few days and that raises hopes for a great finish at the Major.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mibr. They are looking good so far and the odds for Mibr definitely are favourable for a bet on the Brazilian team.

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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
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere is one of the top teams in Counter-Strike. They have a rich history and their potential for the future looks even brighter. With two of the best players in the world, S1mple and Electronic on their active roster this team has a lot of potential on paper. However, they have not been able to convert it into results and that is a sore point in their performance.

S1mple joined Na’Vi after a very controversial past with regards to his attitude within the game. The veterans on the Na’Vi roster were able to mould S1mple into being the team player that he is today. His ability to understand the situation of the round and control his movements across the map is something that was a recent addition to the player’s skill set. S1mple remains a player with a lot of firepower and he can single-handedly turn the outcome of a match. He often plays within the confines of the team’s tactics in order to ensure a better team-play and overall coordination. As we have seen multiple times in the past, we have seen S1mple performing really well on an individual level. However, the team does not always live up to his standards which is why they often fail.

The world’s best player: S1mple

Na’Vi is a team that relies heavily on individual performances while striving towards ensuring better team play and coordination. They added Electronic to their team very recently and that is a smart move. Electronic has shown us glimpses of what he is capable of recently. Regularly posting 30 or more frags in matches, Electronic is able to have a big impact on the team’s performance. Recently, he has been improving his individual performance. Electronic and S1mple form the perfect duo who can help Na’Vi become a top-tier team once again.

However, for Na’Vi the bigger problem lies in their map pool and team synergy. The top teams in Counterstrike Global Offensive [ read Astralis and Faze Clan] have very deep map pools. Ofcourse a lot of it had to do with Valve’s decision to remove Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. But regardless, if Na’Vi is to compete at the top level and remain consistent, they need to be able to start winning on a variety of maps. A match’s result can often be decided in the veto phase itself as some teams are just too good on certain maps. But a team like Astralis will always pose a challenge, no matter which map is selected.

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

Na’Vi won three consecutive tournaments recently, which has sparked hopes that the team can pose a serious threat at the FaceIT London Major. However, two of these tournaments were with relatively weaker teams which definitely puts a marker on this performance. Na’Vi is always the team that can defeat the best teams in the world, but they lack the consistency to do it on a regular basis. It is important for a team to be consistent in order to be considered a top three ranked team.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

The Danish powerhouse has been the dominant team in CS: GO for some time now. They did not have a good run at the Eleague Boston major. This led to a roster change with Kjaerbye no longer with the team. However, this proved to be a boon for the Astralis roster since they actually improved their results with the new team. Magisk brought on a lot of firepowers, but he also allowed for changes in the roles.

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

Glaive as the In-game leader is crucial to Astralis’ success as a CS: GO, team. In terms of skill, they are as good as some of the other teams in the scene, however, Glaive’s excellent mid-round calls make up for any potential disadvantage. The core of the roster has been playing together for quite some time. Their level of comfort is unprecedented in esports, so it becomes natural for them to focus on developing the team synergy and coordination. Glaive has excellent control over the team’s game flow and their movement across the map. But what makes the Astralis roster thrive is their ability to change the plan mid-round. It is not always that Astralis gets everything according to plan. So when something goes into in their favour, they take some time to reassess the situation, enemy positions and their strengths. All of this is done within seconds as they have to plan their next attack.

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

The Astralis roster is possible for its success mainly due to the skill level of Dupreeh and Device. The duo is one of the most talented duos in all of Counter-Strike. Device himself is a challenger for the title of the best player in the world. His consistency over the past few years is exactly what is necessary for a top team like Astralis. He is a dependent player on the team and can often hold back certain sections of the map on his own. He is one of the few AWPers who is as effective with the rifle as he is with the AWP.

Prediction:

Astralis is supposed to be the best team in the world. After all, they have been dominating the entire scene for quite some time. The Danish roster has had to fend off challenges from Faze Clan and Na’Vi in the past. But Na’Vi really has only put up strong performances very recently. They won the three tournaments, although, as we said it was against much weaker teams.

But Na’Vi is looking decent so far, although we are not sure if it is enough to defeat a team like Astralis. Astralis has had the dominance and experience to play against the top teams regularly. They are obviously well-versed in Na’Vi’s tactics and strategies which form the core of the team’s success.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. It is because of their past success that we recommend placing a bet on the Danish roster.

 

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Tyloo


Tyloo Roster:

  • Mo
  • DD
  • Somebody
  • BnTeT
  • xAccurate

The Tyloo roster is one of the strongest Asian team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This team has the talent required to compete at the top level, but their current performance is not always up to the mark. They burst onto the scene a few years ago and were characterized by their extra-aggressive manoeuvres.

However, the lack of a set strategy and deep tactics meant that the team were easily able to counter them with grenades, flashes and smokes. The team has since changed rosters and made a genuine attempt to get themselves known as a more strategy – oriented roster. Tyloo lost to North in the BO1 opening match. The score was a 16-7, on Inferno a favourable map for North. Ofcourse with North eventually also winning their series against Astralis, it does put perspective on Tyloo’s loss.

However, Tyloo were easily able to defeat Grayhound Gaming. They limited Grayhound to single-digit scoreline which is essential to exert their dominance. The Tyloo Gaming performance definitely is commendable, but they needed to move out of the Groups at Dreamhack Stockholm in order to show progress. Unfortunately, with Astralis being their next opponents, it is going to be all the more difficult for them.

Tyloo relies heavily on having a great strategy, but their performance against Astralis will be a difficult case to deal with. The Chinese team requires to have a great veto in addition to an underperforming Astralis.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

Astralis remains the best team in the world. This is not just because of their roster, but also because of their results in the past few months. Post the player break, Astralis are playing their first tournament. So their surprise loss to North in a BO3 series should not be taken at its face value.

Astralis lost Kjaerbye in a surprise move to North a few months ago. The move that was mostly handled by the management definitely surprised the players themselves. However, the addition of Magisk brings about a whole new aspect to the team. Astralis has a plethora of in-game leaders and players who can take the role if needed. So when Kjaerbye left the team, it was Glaive who stepped up and managed the team. It actually turned out to be great, since Glaive is actually very good at what he does. The In-Game Leader is unlike others in the fact that he can actually frag almost equal to the others in the team.

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

Glaive can use his teammates to their maximum potential and there is no one elsewhere it is more visible than in the case of Magisk. Astralis have a very deep map pool, one which can rival the best teams in the world. Their weakest link was Cobblestone, which has since been removed from the active map pool. This makes them a very strong team and allows them flexibility in the veto phase.

Astralis has a very aggressive playstyle, especially on their CT side. They are constantly poking around to get more information, which can be used mid-round by Glaive. The In-Game Leader’s mid-game calls are one of the best in the game. He is constantly evaluating the situation and makes decisions on the go. The team is used to play around quick decisions and they move like a well-oiled machine.

Prediction:

The Astralis team is undoubtedly the stronger team amongst the two. Their performance has been improving tremendously but they are still quite a ways away from making a strong case for themselves. The Astralis team should be able to win this match with ease.

Tyloo does have to take on the tough task of proving themselves to their fans. Their inability to defeat North in BO1 will just make this tougher for them. The Tyloo roster needs to pull off innovative strategies in order to potentially win this matchup. They are a team which can definitely pull off new strategies to throw Astralis off-track. But it will take time for them and they are not prepared for this match right now.

We recommend a large bet on Astralis, especially since this is a Best of Three matchup.

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Sponsored by ArcaneBet

This betting prediction is sponsored by ArcaneBet, an esports bookie with a betting platform where you can bet on your favorite teams across multiple esports titles—including DoTA 2, CS: GO, League of Legends, Vain Glory, Call of Duty, and more. Want to gamble on the winner of the match? The winner of the first map or the team to get the first kill/round? ArcaneBet is the way to master your trade as one of the best bettors and predictors worldwide.

Use code 100ARCANE on your first deposit to get an extra 100 EUR/120 USD on your bet.

Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Na’Vi

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Danish team is currently the best team in the world. The core roster has been together for quite some time now. They have been able to mold the team and its gameplay due to their consistency and their coordination. The core roster has spent time since their Dignitas days several years ago.

Device has always been a contender for the best player in the world title. While S1mple easily holds the title in his current form, Device is not really that far behind. He can carry the team on his own, but his trademark has been consistent performances through the years. Device is strong both with the AWP as well as a rifle, so the Astralis team is not limited by their economic problems.

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

Dupreeh is one of the best Entry fraggers in the game and his ability to survive after taking the first kill makes him an invaluable asset in the team. He is often seen pulling off great individual opening kills and then remaining alive till the end of the round. This gives the team a huge advantage in their matches.

Astralis is undefeated so far at ESL One Cologne. They have not lost a single map, which just shows how dominating the team is right now. Coming off a short break, Astralis has had time to practice and secure their tactics. With Cobblestone no longer a part of the map rotation, Astralis has a huge advantage. They can easily shuffle their vetoes, but prefer to veto Cache instead. The current Astralis roster is definitely the favored team in this matchup and this game is theirs to lose.

Natus Vincere


Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Natus Vincere is one of the well-known organizations in Counter-Strike. The team has had their fair share of glory in the past, but the current iteration of the team sees an infusion of fresh blood into the team.

Any discussion of the current Na’Vi squad is incomplete without talking about S1mple. The world’s best player has seen a new composure in his gameplay helped immensely by the veterans on the Na’Vi squad. The team has helped the young player calm his nerves and focus on making the roster more successful. So while we were used to seeing S1mple put great numbers and individual performances in his past teams, on Na’Vi he has reclined to a more team-oriented gameplay. Even this has not stopped him from torching the servers with his firepower. He remains at the top of the Na’Vi scoreboard in 90% of their matches.

S1mple is helped by yet another young player on the roster Electronic. Electronic has had trouble in maintaining his consistency as a player on the roster. But as he looks menacing so far at ESL One Cologne 2018, we will see how effective Na’Vi can truly be with the dual youngblood setup.

The players are led by Zeus who helped Gambit achieve victory at PGL Krakow Major. There has never been a doubt about Zeus’ leadership abilities. However the Na’Vi team often lacks enough firepower despite having two of the best players in the world on their roster. This puts the focus on Edward and Flamie who have been subpar for quite some time. If they can manage to step up their game to the top level, Na’Vi is a force to reckon with. Na’Vi also has a map veto problem one which sees them being extremely predictable in all their map vetoes. They always veto Cache since several years now. This puts their opponents always at an advantage when it comes to deciding how the veto should go forth.

Prediction:

Astralis has been the dominant team in Counter Strike for quite sometime now. While they were challenged by Faze Clan for a few tournaments in early 2018, right now there is no doubt that Astralis is the team to defeat. This is slowly turning into an Astralis era as we see them taking one tournament after another. The Device and Dupreeh duo have presented themselves as a great force to reckon with. While Kjaerbye’s exit from the team did shock everyone including the players themselves, this truly has turned into a strong suit for the team. They have been able to utilize Magisk to his full potential and propel themselves further from the next best team.

Na’Vi on the other hand, has had consistency issues, which would basically guarantee them a slot in the top two teams. Their consistency is based heavily on how well the players apart from Simple perform in their matches. Edward, Electronic and Flamie all need to step up their game by a level in order for Na’Vi to constantly pose a challenge to the best teams in the world. This match against Astralis is their first chance as they are keen to redeem some respect for themselves. However, as we have seen Astralis just dominate so far in the tournament, they have not lost a single map so far.

So we recommend a medium bet on Astralis for this match. They should be able to win the tournament 2-1.

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