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EPICENTER CS:GO: SK vs. Virtus.Pro Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

EPICENTER 2017 will be the top tier tournament to finish out October. EPICENTER 2016 was filled of many surprising storylines to end the tournament. We saw a Dignitas start to evolve into the team known as North, Natus Vincere beginning their downfall after winning ESL New York, and many close matches that could have gone either way.

EPICENTER 2016 featured teams at the peak of their levels, and EPICENTER 2016 will feature the same teams; but, these teams’ forms are a shadow of the ones showcased at EPICENTER 2016. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Astralis, and G2 Esports will be looking to end their struggle after the great roster shuffle of 2017. On the other hand, Gambit Gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and North—especially North considering they won EPICENTER 2016 under Dignitas—will all be looking to continue their rising forms from the start of 2017. Last, look to the underdogs of TyLoo and Vega Squadron as they struggle to find a way to qualify in the EPICENTER Wildcard against their respective opponents.

Once again, look forward to a great tournament of CS:GO! EPICENTER may determine which teams will change, and whose fans will be left in broken pieces or in temporary joy.

Format

EPICENTER Wild Card:

  • Two best of 3s
  • Each winner of the respective best of 3 qualifies for the main event EPICENTER 2017

Group Stage

  • Best of 3 format
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to playoffs

Playoffs

  • Start at semi-finals pitting against the top of Group A/B against the runner up of the opposite group in a bo3
  • Grand Finals is a bo5

_________

SK Gaming

  • boltz (on loan from Immortals), FalleN, coldzera, fer, TACO

SK Gaming, since beating Virtus.Pro to open their debut, have been utterly demolishing the competition. In the span of 2 bo3s, they defeated their rivals for the top team in the CS:GO world: Astralis and FaZe. Both bo3s saw miracles, where the bo3 against FaZe saw SK come back from a crushing map 1, and the bo3 against Astralis was a legendary comeback from 4-11 -> 10-15 -> 19-17 to take series point against the Danes.

coldzera stated in an interview that losing felps and adding boltz added a passive factor into the team, as said in our last post about SK Gaming. It seems to be the case, as coldzera and fer are two of the top performing players in this tournament. Don’t forget about the revitalized FalleN, as he has had a great amount of impact with the AWP. It’s almost as if the 2 time major winning SK Gaming has returned–just with boltz instead of fnx. The case is, is that both of those two players play the same roles to backup fer and coldzera’s aggression.

Virtus.Pro

  • pasha, neo, byali, TaZ, Snax

Time and time again, the Poles seem to come out of their slump when it matters the most. Nearing the choice of a roster change, Virtus.Pro decided to come exploding out of the gates to stave off elimination versus Gambit. After a closely fought series, they had to continue their efforts again against FaZe in a match that truly defined “David vs. Goliath.”

Thus started one of the greatest final maps to a bo3, where Virtus.Pro and FaZe won each of their respective picks with relative ease. But, on inferno, miracles came out, and Virtus.Pro gained the upper hand coming into the final half of the bo3. FaZe pulled it back to 15-14, but a B rush and a missed shot from GuardiaN sealed the deal for the Poles, who went on to face G2 in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals against G2 saw close scores, but didn’t tell the whole game. It was G2 who led to their own demise, continuously losing man advantages to the Poles due to careless mistakes. Virtus.Pro themselves didn’t do anything magical, but the second coming of IEM Katowice (Virtus.Pro’s only major win) pasha on the AWP unraveled.

It hasn’t been pasha that’s the only that has been performing, but all of the team has been performing. More specifically, NEO, TaZ, and byali have all stepped up in individual maps. Snax has yet to regain that star form, but he is putting in the consistent numbers. Regardless, Virtus.Pro look like a whole new beast at EPICENTER.

 

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EPICENTER CS:GO: G2 vs. North Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

EPICENTER 2017 will be the top tier tournament to finish out October. EPICENTER 2016 was filled of many surprising storylines to end the tournament. We saw a Dignitas start to evolve into the team known as North, Natus Vincere beginning their downfall after winning ESL New York, and many close matches that could have gone either way.

EPICENTER 2016 featured teams at the peak of their levels, and EPICENTER 2016 will feature the same teams; but, these teams’ forms are a shadow of the ones showcased at EPICENTER 2016. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Astralis, and G2 Esports will be looking to end their struggle after the great roster shuffle of 2017. On the other hand, Gambit Gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and North—especially North considering they won EPICENTER 2016 under Dignitas—will all be looking to continue their rising forms from the start of 2017. Last, look to the underdogs of TyLoo and Vega Squadron as they struggle to find a way to qualify in the EPICENTER Wildcard against their respective opponents.

Once again, look forward to a great tournament of CS:GO! EPICENTER may determine which teams will change, and whose fans will be left in broken pieces or in temporary joy.

Format

EPICENTER Wild Card:

  • Two best of 3s
  • Each winner of the respective best of 3 qualifies for the main event EPICENTER 2017

Group Stage

  • Best of 3 format
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to playoffs

Playoffs

  • Start at semi-finals pitting against the top of Group A/B against the runner up of the opposite group in a bo3
  • Grand Finals is a bo5

_________

G2

  • shox, apEX, NBK, bodyy, kennyS

G2, much like North, had been struggling before EPICENTER. In online matches, they had dropped maps to BIG and Virtus.Pro, and were seen struggling against their counterparts in Natus Vincere and Heroic. This followed in suit of their early ELEAGUE playoff exit to Cloud9, a team G2 has a storied history of struggling against. Many fingers pointed towards their aim-heavy style being the problem, as it left no room for complex strategies to catch off opponents.

Regardless, they somehow exploded into EPICENTER by destroying an also-recovering Astralis to make their debut. Even after a demoralizing start to the first map (de_cache)–from a Xyp9x ace clutch in the pistol–, G2 pulled back from a 9-2 deficit to take the map. Much to Astralis’ dismay, G2 proceeded to destroy the Danes as G2 won the majority of the aim duels.

G2, against North, have a bit of a rivalry stemming from the ESL Pro League LAN Finals. In the two grand finals they’ve faced North, G2 have won 5 out of the 6 maps played. Essentially, this should give G2 the upper hand. But, with both teams lacking the form they had a month or two ago, this match can be decided with a coin toss.

 

North

  • valde, k0nfig, MSL, cajunb, aizy

North come into this tournament after a string of good results, and it seems that adding valde to the team has added the synergy lost during the time with Magisk. Having valde play a lurk role on T side whereas MSL and k0nfig work together to entry-frag has proved wonders for the North side. Plus, with valde, they find a flexible rotate/anchor player on the CT side. To the agenda of North, valde fits in perfectly with MSL’s leadership plans.

Their online results and EPICENTER win versus Liquid have been very shaky and close. Even though they beat Liquid in their opening bo3 at EPICENTER, all maps had very close/similar sides on both CT and T for each teams. Only in the late stages of the final map (de_cobblestone) did North start to pull away the game from Liquid. Even online, they struggled against a Natus Vincere–who had their coach standing in–and barely scraped wins off of their matches against fnatic. While this may be a honeymoon from the recent influx of LAN tournaments, North look vulnerable at EPICENTER.

Nonetheless, k0nfig was on fire for their match against Liquid, and surprisingly, MSL too. The main question for North is if valde will do his part, seeing as he bottom-fragged and played poorly in their bo3 against Liquid. Nonetheless, expect North to play their best to defend their EPICENTER title of last year.

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