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

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

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

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

Primary Broadcast

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

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

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • MagisK

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

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

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

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

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

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO

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

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

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

Prediction :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primary Broadcast

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan roster is the first truly international team when it comes to Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in the recent months has seen a significant uptick after multiple members of this team have started performing well. With Guardian’s performance showing a huge boost, we can expect Faze Clan to become a strong dominant force once more. For most of 2018, they did not have their full lineup, especially as Olofmeister was away from the game for a significant period of time. When he did come back, he was in excellent form. Unfortunately for the team, the rest of the team did not look so strong at the Major.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian’s aggressive AWP playstyle is exactly what Faze Clan needs. It provides the rest of the team with space and the necessary advantage to further secure the round. Guardian is one of the best AWPers in the game. He has extremely fast reaction times and that is what makes him such a force. He can get kills even in situations where it might seem impossible to do so. This is because of his years of experience and predicting the movements of the opponent professional players. For now, Guardian is one of the key members of Faze Clan and their results are directly linked to Guardian’s.

The lurker on this roster, Olofmeister has put up great performances since his return. But for the most part, he has been one of the best performing players on this team. There was a time during the Major when people were comparing his 2018 performance with that of his 2015 performance, which is a compliment in itself. Olfomeister has excelled his role as the lurker. Not only does he evoke fear in the minds of his opponents, but he is also one of the top fraggers on the team. If left unchecked he can single-handedly eliminate the opposing team due to his positioning. Understanding the timing of his movement and the decision-making process behind all of this is crucial to learning how to counter Olofmiester. IT is a task that not many teams and players have been able to do till now.

The biggest change to the team comes in the form of their In-Game Leadership. With Karrigan mourning the lack of time for himself on this team, we might see a few changes on this roster. However, we also have to keep in mind that Faze Clan won EPICENTEr 2018. This does buy them time as well as the confidence to take on other teams. Their match is against Team Liquid, another team which plays heavily based on their fragging capability. For Faze Clan this is a suitable matchup as long as they can get the proper map vetoes in.

We expect Faze Clan to have a splendid performance, judging from their Group Stage performance. If they can have multiple members being as lethal as they were, then this team has the potential to easily be the best team in the world.

Team Liquid

 

  • Twistzz
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO

While Faze Clan has seen a significant improvement in their performance, Team Liquid is quite the opposite. They seem to be quite underwhelming, so far in the tournament. With Elige failing to perform as per usual, Team Liquid lost to Fnatic in the Group stage. Regardless no one can discount this team due to the sheer strength of the team’s individual fragging capability.

Led by Nitro, the team has developed its unique style of play. They are a team that relies overly on their communication and their ability to play off each other. This is truly great as that can be the sole reason for Faze Clan’s defeat. Nitro is not the flashy player on the team, but he has taken a passive role on the roster. He wants to allow the youngsters on the team to perform to their full extent. His ability to customise the gameplay according to the playstyle of certain players is important to instil confidence in the youngsters.

Over the past months, we have seen Team Liquid make changes and yet be extremely comfortable playing around each other. The team’s performance through the Major, however, has suffered, mainly due to Elige not performing as per usual. Elige is one of those players who consistently tops the scoreboard, no matter which team Liquid plays. His insane fragging capability is equivalent to the Get_rights of 2012. He can turn 180 degrees and still headshot you, leaving you awestruck. However, as with any star player, it is always difficult to maintain their peak form. For now, Elige does not look as good and we might just be witness to the start of a slump for the player.

Joining Elige near the top of the scoreboard is almost always Twistzz. The player is widely regarded as the best player in North America. His positioning and aim with the rifle are what makes him truly inspirational and a dominant force against the top teams. For now, Team  Team is the slight underdog in this matchup. However, considering how volatile Faze Clan can be, despite being one of the top teams in the world, this might be Team Liquid’s chance to get into the Grand finals at IEM Chicago.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is definitely looking menacing so far in this tournament. They have a fantastic lineup with some of the biggest names in the world. But it is indeed rare to see multiple players performing at their peak on this roster. The Faze Clan roster has remained one of the strongest lineups on paper, but they have failed miserably so far. The Faze Clan team has not been able to dominate the professional scene as one would expect. However, in the recent few tournaments, we are witnessing multiple players, especially Guardian and Olofmeister put forth strong performances. These two form the strongest members on the team and if they both perform well, there is little that can stop the Faze Clan in sheer firepower. This is exactly why we saw Faze Clan play a very casual run and gun approach to the game when it comes to their match against Astralis.

Team Liquid\s performance, on the other hand, has been somewhat lacklustre. They have had a much easier route to the playoffs, however, we have seen that this team can perform well against the top echelons of Counter-Strike. It depends heavily on Elige and his individual score in this match-up.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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

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

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

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs Team Liquid

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Xizt
  • Twist
  • Brollan

Fnatic was one of the best teams in the world at a point in time. Their ability to run and gun and still win their aim duels perplexed casters and talent for a very long time. However, over time, the Fnatic roster folded [ in very surprising decisions ]. The Fnatic team is no longer as good although they do retain some members of the former roster.

With Krimz and JW on this team, they still have a broad understanding of how the team functions and what is expected of them. However, they also do not have their former In Game Leader. Xizt presents a very different style of play, which has been characterised as unsuccessful in the past. However, this presence on the team stems from their friendship and comfort factor around each other. Together the team hopes to find its groove, especially with the new addition of Twist and Brollan. The two players are very young, but also incredibly talented.

Twist is a Swedish player who has seen multiple Swedish organisations after him in the past. In what is probably a big mystery even now, Twist would often refuse them focusing on playing for much weaker teams. His superior aim means that he almost always wins straightforward aim duels. It is not surprising to see him pre-aim a corner and get a kill on an opponent. The opponent might be standing there waiting exactly for this kind of a peak, but Twist is able to make flashy and yet extremely low reaction time plays.

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

Fnatic’s roster depends heavily on how well Xizt can lead them. In the past on NIP, we have seen him allow the players a wide range of freedom. The player would often try to win aim duels despite obviously being at a disadvantage. The NIP roster did not do well and now they have a completely different look [ although even they have retained two of their former players]. With Fnatic, we hope Xizt takes into account the players ability, their positioning and preferred playstyle. It is important not to allow the players to deviate too much from what they are used to. Forming a team does not have an infinite time period and poor results can mean that the roster might change again.

We don’t expect Fnatic to be able to win against Team liquid. They lack the firepower and definitely the team synergy to go against a well-established roster like Team liquid.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team liquid remains one of the strongest teams on paper and in terms of North American results. They are probably the only hope for North America in this tournament. Most of their success comes from an amazing individual skill level which translates into match wins for the roster. The North American squad has been able to put forth really strong performances mostly against the best teams in the world.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

The best players on this team remain Elige and Twistzz. The two players have been able to put up the big numbers repeatedly. It is very common to see either or both the players constantly way ahead of the rest of the pack. Their consistency in delivering such numbers is what makes them extremely valuable for the team. They have an amazing read of their team’s positioning and how the round will unfold. A single kill can set the advantage for the North American squad. We have seen Team Liquid double down on these advantages to secure themselves a strong victory.

TACO has been underwhelming of late, especially when we consider what the player is capable of. His ability to turn the round on itself and pull off wins in almost impossible situations is what makes him a very strong player. However, on Team Liquid he has mostly been relegated to an almost support player. This is not a bad thing since it is working for Tema Liquid. Allowing players like Elige and Twistzz to take the lead and the brunt of the opponent’s attacks makes for a favourable trade for Team Liquid.

Overall, the North American squad is a very strong roster and is a contender for the Grand finals of this tournament. With Natus Vincere already out of the tournament, there are just a handful of teams who can truly call themselves better than Team Liquid. Fnatic seemingly is not one of them.

Prediction:

Fnatic and Team Liquid are not the best teams in Counter-Strike.  But Team Liquid has shown us that its capable of winning against the very best. It will not be a huge surprise to see Team Liquid defeat the likes of Astralis, Na’Vi, Faze Clan and Mousesports in one tournament. However, they do not have many trophies to their name which makes them a somewhat weaker team on the International stage.

Their opponents Faze Clan is still findings itself on the international stage. After multiple roster changes, Fnatic is slowly finding its form. That being said, they have had a relatively easier route to this place till now. They did win their match against BIG Gaming. The match was a Best of One match on Cache, which is a very favourable map for Fnatic. As we head into the Best of threes, it remains to be seen if Fnatic can keep up a similar performance across maps.

Team liquid is, without doubt, the stronger team on paper. They have the better firepower and more importantly, there are not many maps that Fnatic can surprise them with. The map pool for both the teams is very similar and Team Liquid is definitely the better team when it comes to their aim and firepower. We recommend a bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive


The Danish squad has been at the top of the scene on a consistent basis. They are probably one of the few teams that stand as an obstacle to the mighty Faze Clan. Astralis can consistently best Faze Clan and rightfully so. The Astralis roster has been together for a long time, well at least the team’s core has been. Magisk just joined the roster a few days ago, but his role on the team adjusts to the rest of the roster.

Device, Astralis

The Star performer for Astralis: Device

Device is the best player in the server 9/10 times. His ability to ensure almost impossible frags is one of the linchpins of the Astralis prowess. The entire team has learned to play around Device’s positioning and his AWP. There are very few AWPers who can legitimately defeat Device in a 1v1 situation. Even in those cases, the Nicolai learns to adjust his playstyle according to his opponents.

Astralis has been on a huge winning streak of late. After their loss to Faze Clan at IEM Sydney 2018 finals, the team seems rejuvenated with new excitement and vigor. As we analyze their matches from the past few days,we see how strong the team looks right now. The Danish roster saw a big loss when they lost Kjaerbye to their sister Danish team. But that only meant that they could now acquire Magisk, one of the brightest and strongest upcoming Danish players in the scene.

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

The young player has a 1.2 Rating over the past three months, and he can become a true asset to the team if he integrates well with the roster. Magisk’s performance against strong teams has been on the Astralis level, which in itself is a very high bar. The young player learns every day from his peers not only in the gameplay department but he has also worked hard on being a team player. Dupreeh is the other explosive player on the Danish roster. The veteran entry fragger has donned several roles in the past with varying success. But the Dupreeh Device combination is a legendary combination by now. Dupreeh feeds off the aggressive Astralis gameplay.

Overall the team presents a well-rounded roster filled with insane talent, aggressive gameplay as well as a level-headed leadership. Xyp9x might not be the flashiest player in CS GO, but his stability is exactly the glue that holds Astralis together.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO
  • Twistzzz
  • NAF

Team Liquid is a championship caliber team but with limited experience. On paper, this team can challenge the very best and come out ahead. But the lack of results and experience on the team is disconcerting. Add to this, the fact that the team recently added TACO to their roster changes the equations.

TACO is a great player, and while he was not doing so well on SK Gaming, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players. His involvement in a new roster is bound to rejuvenate his individual performance. The team has so many players playing on different levels. The addition of NAF to the team provides them not only with great additional firepower but also a tactical mind which is useful against the top teams in the world.

Twistzz has to receive a special mention when we talk about Team Liquid. He is one of the most talented NA players and was called the best NA talent for a long time by multiple sources. His ability to always maintain a positive KDA despite the opponents is exactly what makes him a threat. The ability to take down multiple opponents in a round and the fluid movement across the map enables Twistzz to be a strong presence on the map.

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

But when you focus on his positioning and play style, you are bound to be overrun by the rest of the team. The likes of Elige, TACO , NAF are all extremely potent and not something that can be taken lightly.

Prediction

Team Liquid has the talent needed to win this match. They showcased their strong Dust 2 in this series and it would be foolhardy of Astralis to actually challenge them on the map. However, judging from the Astralis permanent veto of Cache against Team Liquid, it does seem that Dust 2 will be one of the maps played in the finals. Liquid has been dominating on the map, including a near perfect score against Mousesports. They were also able to eliminate Na’Vi, although the absence of S1mple from the scoreboard has to be taken into account.

The NA organization is a relatively new team since the addition of TACO. He does know some English, but the communication of the team will suffer a huge setback. For now, they are relying heavily on the increased firepower to enable their victories. But once teams start figuring them out, it is going to be more and more difficult for Liquid to win matches against the top teams.

Speaking of figuring out top teams, Astralis has been near the top for so long. The Danish team has been able to consistently defeat the best in the scene and remain near the top Three since 2016. However, being at the top also means that everyone can prepare against your plastyle. By now, Astralis’ playstyle is definitely well figured out. It remains a mystery however, how to win the aim duels against a team that just looks like wine which ages well.

The Danish experience and their deep map pool is what is going to enable them to crush Team Liquid in the finals. The tournament is held in Dallas, so the local support is always going to be with Team Liquid. However, even the fans acknowledge that Astralis is probably the better team here. The Grand Finals being a BO5 is also a huge factor in favor of Astralis. We recommend a bet on Astralis, they should be winning this series 2-1.

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Na’Vi vs Team Liquid: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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Introduction

The ESL Pro League ends its seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Na’Vi is one of the most interesting teams to watch during the EPL LAN finals. The CIS team which has seen insane performances by its star performer S1mple will be wanting to win a few more trophies. But the difference in performance between the best player and the rest of the team is huge. Liquid, on the other hand, is also another team which did not attend the IEM Sydney 2018. They used the time to get to know each other’s play style and performance and synergize with each other. Taco recently left SK Gaming and joined Team Liquid.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Natus Vincere

The CIS team, Natus Vincere has been a long-standing famous team in Counter-Strike. They have fielded several successful rosters over the years, but none of them have won a CS GO Major yet. It remains a gaping hole in the organizations’ portfolio, one that they hope to accomplish with the current roster.

The #4 ranked CS GO roster is definitely one of the best in the current scene. But their inability to win tournaments will need to be fixed soon for the team to perform to the best of their ability. They have a lot of potentials, and nothing exemplifies that better than their star player. S1mple remains the best player in the world and is consistently playing at a high level. But the rest of the team seems to have fallen way behind S1mple as they seem unable to keep up to the player.

We have seen multiple instances of the players having a drastic difference in the scoreboard. However, for this tournament, the rest of the team definitely seems to be performing as well. The likes of Flamie and Electronic have been extremely patient with their gameplay. Electronic’s performance on Mirage was definitely the highlight of the tournament so far.

S1mple is not really that far behind Flamie in this match, but you have to look at the bigger picture. The fact that Na’Vi is not overly dependent on S1mple to perform all the time to win, is good news for Na’Vi fans. Electronic is also one of the hard hitters on the team and it is great to see him come online.

Na’Vi has focussed on making the team whole instead of having S1mple outperform the rest of the players. This has put them as one of the few tactical teams in the Scene. It has proved vastly successful for them as they are now amongst the top five teams in the Counter-Strike scene.

Na’Vi, unfortunately, is not a team with a deep map pool. So far in the tournament, they also ensured a 2-0 victory over Faze Clan in what can rightly be called an upset. The Na’Vi roster does look like it’s improving a lot, but the team needs to be much more consistent in their performance. Their match against Team Liquid will definitely be a good opportunity for them to potentially reach the finals and win the tournament.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid recently took an elongated break as they were unable to attend IEM Sydney 2018. The North American team has brought on Taco on to their roster from SK Gaming. Taco’s inclusion presents a very unique situation for the North American team. They have to ensure that their language barrier does not impose a threat to their team chemistry. This is one of their first tournaments post the roster change and that is why their performance in each match becomes important. As of the group stage, Liquid did not look so impressive. Most of their victories were against weaker teams with their only match against Astralis resulting in a disappointing 2-0 loss.

But as we saw yesterday, Mousesports did not put up a strong fight to Liquid on Dust 2. It is surprising to see Mousesports let go of Dust 2 so meekly. They were considered one of the strongest Dust 2 teams in the old version. But North American teams have always shown a proclivity towards ensuring a strong Dust 2 aim based map. The addition of Dust 2 to their map pool brings them as a huge threat against Na’Vi.

Twistzz and Elige remain the X-factors on the team. Twistzz has been heralded as the best North American rifler in Counter-Strike. His ability to secure frags in sure situations as well as the occasional spike in certain cases is what makes him an extreme threat to their opponent. Russel Van Dulken has spent a year on Team Liquid and is well integrated into the Liquid roster. But with TACO joining the roster, it does see some overlap in roles. How Team Liquid integrates the two players is what will make them a strong team or a bust. We don’t expect Team Liquid to win the tournament, but they do stand a decent chance against Na’Vi ( especially if Na’Vi maintain their inconsistent form)

Prediction.   

There is a vast difference between the two teams in question. While Na’Vi is trying to be stable and they fended off a strong attack by SK Gaming to acquire Simple, the team has been slowly building their capacity. They focus a lot more on team play which is evidenced by their playstyle. Despite S1mple being extremely effective when the whole team supports him( we have seen similar situations in the past on Flipside and even Team Liquid), the Na’Vi roster wants him to be a team player. His ability to allow others to take the lead, to take the spotlight is making him an all-round player.

Na’Vi obviously will have their work cut out, especially cause of the Dust 2 map inclusion. Liquid’s performance on Dust 2 is surely going o get them worried on another level. Previously Na’Vi has been strong on Dust2, but that has been on the back of Guardian’s AWP. Now, Guardian is on Faze Clan and Na’Vi are just about mediocre on Dust 2. Liquid lacks the experience as a team and together as Na’Vi. There are bound to be communication problems on the roster which makes them a liability of sorts. They did win against Mousesports, but apart from Dust 2 , the other map, Mirage could have gone either way. It is safe to assume that Na’Vi is a much better team right now than Mousesports.

As such we recommend a bet on Na’Vi for this Semifinal

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