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Cloud9 vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan’s performance will require a good performance from multiple members of the team. The international team has had its hands full in trying to form the correct combination of players and their roles on the team. With the FaceIT London Major, we saw Karrigan give up the In-Game Leader position. Replacing his role on the team was Niko, the best player on the roster. However, taking up the role of the In-Game Leader definitely affects your individual performance. This is exactly what we saw with Niko and his individual performance struggled immensely.

Karrigan’s role on this team comes into question with their current performance. If he is not the In-Game Leader, what is his requirement on the team? He is, after all, one of the best In Game Leaders. But if the team feels like they don’t need him or can do better with him not being on the leadership position, it puts him on the notice. Karrigan is instrumental on certain maps like Inferno and Mirage. We might see him taking on the mantle of the In-Game Leader on these maps. His calls and positioning with whatever elements he has at his disposal are just too good to negate.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The roster has the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister. These two players have proven to be the best in the business and have led their respective former teams to victory. Over the course of the next few months, however, both of them need to start putting up big numbers in order for the team to materialize into the strong roster that it can be. Guardian needs to get a few good performances in order to feel confident once again. If he is confident, he can ensure aggressive plays and still get frags off them. This is what makes him one of the most dangerous AWP players in the world. He can ensure that he puts up big numbers with differing styles of play.

On the other hand, we have Olofmeister. The player did look the only decent player in any shape on the team. However, it has been several months since we saw them in action at the FaceIT London Major. Their recent outings do not inspire confidence as the team has been unable to make it to the Playoffs of the big LAN events that they participate in.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Golden
  • Flusha
  • Kioshima

Cloud9’s CS: GO roster is in peril right now. A recent report suggests that Cloud9 is possibly going to be undergoing a roster change. This would be a huge change for the team going forward. After all, the current roster did show signs of improvement. But Golden’s unavailability force Cloud9 management to make changes. They added Kioshima and if the reports are to be believed then they will be adding Stewie2k very soon. Stewie2k’s return to the team might signal a dramatic shift in the overall team’s performance. After all, he is one of the best players in North America, even though he is currently undergoing a massive slump with MiBr.

The Cloud9 roster for the most part of the past few months has seen one roster change after another. What initially started as a way to develop the team and making it much better than its current performance. For the most part, the team did look as if it was making a sizeable improvement for the most part. But then Golden has his personal problems and would not be able to attend two tournaments alongside Cloud9. The current reports suggest that there might be roster changes and it does not surprise us. Cloud9 is a premier esports organisation and it is unacceptable that they have such a sub-par team. After all, this team won the Boston Eleague Major and then faded into oblivion. It is time for this team to start making a name for themselves and there is no better way than to make changes to their current roster.

autimatic has auto-tuned himself into mid 2016 autimatic (DBLTap)

Kioshima is a player who has been around top-tier teams for a long time now, There is little doubt of his skill level and the cooperation he has with the rest of the team. Unfortunately for him, he was an outcast from the French and later the Faze Clan scene causing him to stay out in the free agency for a very long time. With his inclusion into Cloud9, there are hopes that the Cloud9 roster can make a huge improvement in their current form. Ofcourse we don’t know how Cloud9 will perform when it comes to his particular match against Faze Clan. After all, they are on the verge of a transition and it will definitely affect the confidence and the will-power of the players to give their best for this particular match.

Prediction:

The Cloud9 team might be a good-looking team on paper. They have talented players who have had their fair share of glory on their individual teams. However, on Cloud9, they have not been able to put together their skill and their synergy together. The current Cloud9 roster does not seem like it can compete with the likes of Faze Clan.

Faze Clan might not be in their best form right now, but they are a team that should easily be able to defeat Cloud9 even on their worst day. The Faze Clan team has brought us some quality Counter-Strike in the past and this tournament should not be any worse. After all, despite all their In-Game Leadership and synergy problems, the team still has a lot of firepower and aim. Since we have not seen the team for quite some time, it might just well be a great opportunity for them to have used their practice to develop the team synergy and coordination. The map is Mirage, which is actually quite a good map for both the teams. We expect Karrigan to have more of a say on this team with the map being Mirage. It is one of the best maps for Faze Clan and that is why they are at a huge advantage coming into this match.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Renegades (RNG) vs. EnVyUs (nV) CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

_________

 

Renegades

  • Nifty
  • USTILO
  • AZR
  • jks
  • NAF-FLY
  • kassad (coach)

Renegades have been looking stellar in their recent LAN showings. The best this current lineup has to boast is their win at StarLadder, taking the grand finals win over Virtus.Pro in a dominant performance by NAF and Nifty.

That being one of their 3 most recent LAN performances, Renegades are at their best ever since the Australians took flight to North America. With a stable star player in NAF, NAF can handle the inconsistent performances of the bunch. Thus, Renegades have found solace in finding consistency. Nifty remains to be a huge question mark, though. Burdening him with the dual role of AWPing and IGLing has led to inconsistent performances. Though, when Nifty shows up, he has proven to be an absolute beast. jks is the secondary star of the team, playing a lurk role and using his exemplary game sense to catch enemies off guard in lurker-favored positions (e.g. de_mirage palace). AZR works primarily as an entry fragger, whereas USTILO plays a support role on T side and an anchor role on A site defenses.

Renegades’ best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. They have proven to show strong performances on de_mirage and on de_train, but are prone to faltering to an underdog team like Vega Squadron. That being mentioned, the loss to Vega Squadron tells that the Renegades aren’t exactly in top notch form. If NAF and Nifty do not show up for the match against EnVyUs, things are going to look very scary for Renegades.

 

EnVyUs

  • RpK
  • Happy
  • ScreaM
  • SIXER
  • xms
  • maLeK (coach)

EnVyUs are the sleeper team of the ELEAGUE Major. While one would generally expect them to bomb out, they have always proven to be a tough dinner course for top tier teams across many LAN competitions.

The team’s mainly composed of infusing Happy’s lurking with ScreaM and xms’ entry potential. SIXER plays a supportive AWP role, while RpK is considered to be the cleanup/trade on this team. xms is considered the B site anchor for the team on CT side, whereas ScreaM and RpK; Happy and SIXER work together at A site/mid. In some cases, Happy/SIXER will partner up with SIXER at the B site defense. Two things hinder this EnVyUs lineup. For one thing, EnVyUs is affected Happy’s lurking, as it can completely leave him out of the round’s foray if things go awry. On the other hand, SIXER as a support AWPer has been a hit or miss, but this is due to a lack of potent AWPers in the French scene.

nV, on LAN, while generally better online, are not one to slouch on. Much like their opponents, their best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. In some cases, they are very strong on de_inferno, having taken FaZe and Astralis to close matches on it. de_cache and de_cobblestone are arguably their trademark maps, having defeated teams like fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Cloud9 on it.  Coincidentally, they lost to C9 on that very map (de_cache), but EnVyUs definitely looked way better against a much tougher opponents than Renegades against Vega Squadron. Had a few clutches gone the way of EnVyUs on T side, they could have beaten Cloud9 in a close affair.

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FlipSid3 (F3) vs. Misfits CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

_________

 

FlipSid3

  • markeloff, wayLander, B1ad3, WorldEdit, seized

To be honest, there isn’t much to say about FlipSid3. Their last played game was a few months ago during the ESEA MDL Regular Season. Since then, there has been zero activity from the CIS side.

There’s one thing to note though: FlipSid3 always make it out of the qualifier/initial stage of every major. They’ve made an appearance at every major since the CIS lineup was signed by FlipSid3, and have made the playoffs once in all their appearances. Even without a star player like electronic, they have been able to compete against teams who have been predicted to blow them out of the major with a 0-3/winless record.

B1ad3’s style is very structured and tactical based, playing the map slow and waiting for their enemies to make mistakes before following through with an execution. The primary stars will be WorldEdit, who can be a hit or miss, and seized. Seized himself is a huge question mark, having been on a downward spiral in performance ever since taking the IGL reign on Natus Vincere. Now will be his time to shine, as he will be thrust into electronic’s old position: the star player of FlipSid3.

Arguably, out of all the teams here, FlipSid3’s firepower is one of the weakest, but it’s made up by tactical structure and individual performances on certain rounds. That being said, when it’s the major, it’s like they’re on a whole new level. That is why FlipSid3 are always known as the dark horse of the CS:GO major.

 

Misfits

  • AmaNek, devoduvek, ShahZaM, seangares (sg@res), SicK

Misfits surprised everyone at the ESL Pro League, defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, and HellRaisers on their way to a semifinalist finishing. With the reign of seangares, Misfits have found the potential that was originally expected from them finally. Now, with the current shifting landscape of NA, they have cemented themselves as a top 3 North American squad in the region.

Misfits sport a very unique map pool, favoring de_cache and de_overpass as their best maps.  Before their loss on Liquid at the iBP Masters, Misfits had been on a long winning streak on de_cache itself. Seangares, like many tactical-heavy in-game leaders, runs a very structure and execute based team, relying on the power of AmaNek, SicK, and ShahZaM to open up bombsites in the confusion of smokes and flashbangs. On the other hand, devoduvek plays a lurk and support role on the offense and defense, usually pairing up with his fellow countryman (AmaNek) and working as a tag team duo.

Misfits’ firepower is finally showing, and finishes at the North American Minor and ESL Pro League LAN Finals show just that. The next obstacle will be this major, where seangares’ strats will be put the test against aim-heavy squadrons like FaZe, G2, Natus Vincere, and further. While seangares himself has found it easier to play better against the Europeans, those words may be bitten by their enigmatic opponent in FlipSid3.

Misfits are not to be overlooked, as they are a dangerous team who can show any team up on any day. Slip up on the map veto, and you’ll be playing against the dungeon master on their best map.

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