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BIG Gaming vs Natus Vincere: 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:

BIG Gaming

BIG gaming Roster:

  • Gob B
  • Smooya
  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Nex

For BIG Gaming, making it to the New Champions stage [ the playoffs] is a big feat. The team recently won the ESL One Cologne 2018 and for the stability on their roster, this current lineup needs to stay together. They have a steady mixture of new talent, some experienced heavy hitters in Tabsen and Tizian. With Gob B at the helm of their team, they lack nothing when it comes to their leadership abilities. Over the past few weeks, we have seen BIG put up strong performances thanks to their ability to understand their opponents. The team’s performance definitely has improved significantly and we see them building a loyal fan base.

Smooya needs to have consistent performances for the team to perform well at the FaceIT Major

However, Smooya has not been consistent from ESL one Cologne to the Major. His performance needs to improve dramatically if BIG is to maintain their standing at the highest level. Smooya is a player heavily dependent on his confidence and he needs momentum to get going. Without the momentum, we would often see him take on a very passive role within the team. This is exactly opposite of what he is most well known for and it hurts the team knowing he is not playing with full confidence. When Smooya starts hitting shots, however, he is always aggressive; taking peaks and winning the duels. His positioning is heavily dependent on his team’s position and he has a place to fall back on if things go wrong.

Tabsen and Tizian have been in tremendous form so far. They have practised on several maps like Overpass and Train and wee saw their performance on Overpass being above the Main Major average. They have practised shots, stuff like pre0aiming at an angle while not exposing yourself to too much risk. It was a great clip on Overpass which allowed BIG gaming to ensure a successful start to their match.

BIG rely heavily on their smokes and their executions to be successful. They have the talent and the coordination required to carry out an execution with as little resources as is available to them. The performance of the team, however, depends on the hitters on the roster. With consistency issues on the team, they will be hard-pressed to provide an adequate response to Na’Vi, one of the best teams in the world right now.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Flamie
  • Zeus
  • Flamie

The Natus Vincere team has always been amongst the top teams in Counter-Strike. Throughout history, they always have a different gameplay than the rest of the world. And true to their nature, this current version relies heavily on force buys. However, unlike most force buys, Na’Vi seems to make their force buys work. They have an extraordinarily high percentage of force buys conversions into won rounds.

The World’s bet player: S1mple

Na’Vi has two of the world’s best players on their roster. S1mple and Electronic form a very young and skilful pair in Counter-Strike. Indeed, Electronic was so good that there were talks of him being S1mples alternate account for a long time. S1mple has long been considered to be a top player in the world. But his personal attitude and his temperament definitely needed some work. He relied too much on his individual skill and less on the team. But with Na’Vi he has changed a lot for the better. He is more of a team player right now with exceptional positioning and even better communication. On his new roster, S1mple has gained a lot of insight as a player, something which he has not been able to do before. He has a very high skill ceiling which allows him to make almost impossible plays possible. He usually has upwards of 30 frags on every map, something which makes him a runaway hit with his fans. S1mple is the MVP on this team and they have used him as such in most of their matches. But they have also made sure to check whether he does not get carried away with his superstar status. They allow him his freedom but he does not always get the preferential treatment on the team. This is great synergy and mindset development by the players on Natus Vincere.

Electronic has been the welcome new addition to the Na’Vi CSGO team

Electronic is a late pickup for the team and he has already proven to be one of the best players in the world. His raw aim and skill make him a must pick for any team. He has the ability to understand the situation and can hit headshots even when we cannot see the heads. He often pre-aims at a point and gets a better reaction time than his opponents. Ofcourse this makes him a talented player and we wish to see more of this young player in Na’Vi’s future matches.

Can Zeus lead another CSGO team to a Major victory?

However, Na’Vi’s playstyle is determined by Zeus and Kane, the two members who put forth Gambit into winning the PGL Krakow Major. The performance of this duo has enabled Na’Vi into becoming a top-tier team once more. Na’Vi’s success does depend on Zeus’ mid-round calls and his ability to understand Gob B. If Zeus and Kane can truly understand Gob B’s gameplan, this would be a walk in the park for them. However, there is also a chance that they overestimate Gob B and walk right into the BIG Trap. This would be detrimental at this level. A second of extra reaction time can often mean the biggest difference between around, a game and the series. Na’Vi does look very strong at the Major and they have a realistic chance of making it to the Top 2.

Prediction:

While BIG’s strategy is their key aspect, they are up against Na’Vi. With Zeus and Kane behind the team, the gap in strategy is not that ‘Big’ between the two teams. Na’Vi also has the added advantage of having two of the world’s best players on their roster. S1mple and Electronic are definitely two players who have nothing left to prove on the International stage. These two players combined with the obvious experience and talent on the roster make Na’Vi one of the strongest teams at the tournament.

BIG will need every player to start performing if they are to have a dream of going deep at the Major. It is certainly something achievable for the German team as they have proven in the past [ ESL One Cologne 2018]. But without Smooya’s consistency at this tournament, things seem to be quite rough for the team. They need the confidence and the preparedness of going against one of the best teams in the world right now.

We recommend a bet on Na’Vi for this match. They have the tactics, the firepower as well as experience all going in their favour.

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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
  • 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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North vs Natus Vincere: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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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

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko

North has long been considered to be the second best Danish team. They have always been in the shadows of the Danish powerhouse, Astralis. As a roster this team has the potential to become really big, however, they are often shadowed by the big names in CS:GO.

However, North’s win against Astralis at Dreamhack Stockholm definitely was a big surprise to everyone. North is a team that has amazing chemistry. With MSL at the helm, this team is not averse to providing insightful and meticulous strategies by the player. His personal performance might not be the best, however, he has an arsenal of great players at his disposal.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

Kjaerbye moved to join this team after leaving Astralis a few months ago. His role on this team definitely is very important, but apart from his leadership abilities, it is his personal firepower that gets the team to be as strong as it is right now. North have a decent map pool, one that can be used to make the team much better than it is right now.

In this tournament so far, North has won matches against Astralis (2-1) and Tyloo (16-7). Their series against Astralis was relatively close. While it could have gone either way it points to their ability to close out matches.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

 

  • S1mple
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • Zeus


The Natus Vincere roster has two of the most promising talents in CS:GO. S1mple and electronic are exceptional players. While S1mple is largely considered to be the best player in the world, Electronic is not far behind.

Na’Vi has put up strong performances in the past few months. But their three tournament winning streak is stigmatized by the lack of strong teams. The team has not been able to provide consistent results and that is something that will bother them. With Zeus at the helm, they could not ask for a better In Game Leader. However, they need the other players to put up decent performances.

Flamie is one such player who has the capacity to go big, but of late his performances have lacked firepower. If Flamie were to stick to great results, the Na’Vi team is truly unstoppable. S1mple has been moulded into a team player by the veterans in Na’Vi. We have witnessed S1mple being able to win matches on his own, especially against lower-tier teams. But when it comes to the team’s potential winnings against top teams, he has to play according to the plan.

Even restrained S1mple remains a very strong performer and can single-handedly turn the outcome of the match. The player’s restraint on his aggressiveness has enabled the rest of the team to be much more effective.

Prediction:

North and Na’Vi come as two different styles of play. North has a very defensive approach to their game. The North roster won their Best of Three series against Astralis and that puts their performance into perspective. This team has the potential to win against top teams but they have consistency issues. As a Danish roster, they always have a set of maps where they are better than other teams. Such maps like Nuke, Overpass etc provide them with a strong map arsenal, which is handy while going into the veto phase.

Natus Vincere is a team that potentially can defeat the likes of Astralis and Faze Clan. But they have not been able to maintain their consistency despite showing dominance over Tier 2 teams and somewhat decent result against Tier 1 teams. The team has been doing decent so far at the Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 tournament. But their real test will come now

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Na’Vi vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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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

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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

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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G2 vs Na’Vi: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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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

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  • 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

G2 vs Natus Vincere

 

G2 esports


G2 Roster

  • KennyS
  • Bodyy
  • Shox
  • Ex6tenz
  • SmthzZ

The latest ‘French Shuffle’ left one team standing in the French Scene. While we do have the rest of the players forming another team called ‘Leftouts’ they really don’t stand a chance to compete with the current G2 roster. Why did this G2 roster come into existence? The previous G2 team, or the French Superteam which was formed purely based on skill. With the best of the French in one team, they suddenly were exposed for the lack of tactics and strategy on the roster. This is why the top players on the team felt that they needed the tactical acumen of Ex6tenz one of the masterminds in Counter-Strike.

Ex6tenz has to receive special attention while trying to analyze the G2 CS GO roster. One of the best masterminds in Counter-Strike, Ex6tenz has vowed not to quit Counter-Strike till he wins a Major. After being shunned by the French players due to his excessive control of tactics and strategies, Ex6tenz plummeted in the scene. He played in multiple Tier ¾ French teams, often helping these teams grow and develop. With the French superteam project failing miserably, Ex6tenz stock rose dramatically. The French players realized that they need a tactical mind to help the likes of Shox, KennyS who are amazingly talented. Ex6tenz on his part will have analyzed what went wrong in previous teams. His excessive control and over-aggressive gameplay on Strategies and tactics will obviously be tamed down. On his individual performance, Ex6tenz is no longer the sitting duck as he was during Titan days. We have seen him actually surprise several analysts and performances with great individual performances.

Now speaking about the rest of the team, we see Shox and KennyS, the two superstars of French Counter-Strike. KennyS is one player who has great individual talent and despite not always putting in a huge number of hours into practice, he is one of the best AWPers and players in the region. Shox is the Kingmaker of the French scene, no French team has been able to succeed without Shox in their lineup. How do we actually compare this team’s potential to their actual performances?

This is where most of the problems arise. On paper, this team is probably better than even Faze Clan and Astralis. However, they have not really produced any results as a roster so they are still an unknown quantity.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Na’Vi is all about S1mple, their star player who is the only reason this team is anywhere close to relevant today. The team which added S1mple and nurtured his attitude and behavior has shown great performances in the past. However, S1mple’s splendid performances have been in stark contrast to that of the rest of the team. The number of social media outrage at not providing S1mple with a rifle when they can have made it to several news websites.

So why exactly is Na’Vi in this situation right now? The straight answer is that despite them trying to tame Sm1ple into becoming more of a team player, the player’s individual skill level is at a peak. He can single-handedly carry the team and the server irrespective of the final outcome of the match. Often times, he is the top fragger despite Na’Vi suffering a shameful loss.

Na’Vi has been on a big winning streak of course buoyed by S1mple’s performance. Now, most of these matches have obviously been against weaker teams such as Virtus Pro, NIP, EnVyUs, and NRG. Their last won game was against Mousesports, which as we have mentioned, is quite a strong team.

Prediction :

This match is about an unknown roster versus a team that is consistently placing in the top of the scene. G2 esports has put together a team that they think is quite strong. It is strong on paper, however, the French scene does not always work as intended. It is a very tactic heavy lineup and as such, we need to give them time to work out their tactics and understand their gameplay. G2 has not produced results either to warrant a bet on them.

Na’Vi on the other hand, despite their shortcomings, have been consistently good at the top scene. Yes, they are short of the likes of Faze, Astralis but they are a strong dominant second tier team. We recommend a medium bet on Na’Vi for this match.

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