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Hellraisers vs Avangar: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware. EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Hellraisers vs Avangar

Hellraisers.

Hellraisers Roster :

  • Bond1k
  • Deadfox
  • ISSAA
  • Woxic
  • Ange1

The Hellraisers team is a very interesting one when it comes to their performance on the big stage. No top team can count this roster out of contention as they are always a big threat to any roster. Woxic and ISSAA are the new members of the team who take most of the glory, but it is the remaining members who seem to be the reasons for the team’s success.

Ange1 and Bond1k have a lot of experience between them. They might not have been the most successful players when it comes to their individual performance. However, there is no doubt of their experience on the big stage. Ange1 has been involved in the CIS Scene for long. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of most of the players in the local region. His performance at this tournament has been mediocre, but his role as a player helping the youngsters has been spot on. Ange1 provides a lot of brainstorming with Bond1k and together they have been able to reach the Major Playoffs.

However, the team remains very inconsistent when it comes to getting results. Becoming a Legend at the major is very good, but they were not able to replicate the same performance through the next tournaments. Indeed, Hellraisers suffered a group stage exit early in the next tournament. Woxic with his AWP is extremely efficient and is not afraid to take duels against the best WAPers in the world. His positioning and understanding the limitations of his position is crucial for his AWP play. He also has great timings on his peeks possibly via relayed information from teammates. Deadfox is also another player who has been underperforming massively on the roster. If Deadfox starts performing along with the likes of ISSAA and Woxic, Hellraisers will become a very strong roster once more.

Overall, the Hellraisers roster is very raw and has a lot of potentials to become a top contender in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. However, they need to iron out several problems in their playstyle. This includes their horrific map pool, their inability to hold down CT sides consistently as well as just overall individual performances from the players. If they are able to sort out these problems, Hellraisers can become a top-tier team once more.

Avangar

Avangar Roster:

  • Buster
  • Krizzen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

The Avangar team has a few surprise boosts and Grenades. They showed off these surprise tactics efficiently against NIP. What is more crucial is the fact that they can use them in important rounds. Often times, the NIP economy was broken due to an excellent positioning play by Avangar. The team is not really the most well-known roster, but the players can frag. More importantly, it is their In-Game Leader who has the toughest task on hand.

This roster does not have the skill necessary to defeat the top teams in the world. Their match against Team Liquid was evident that they are in this tournament just to secure a playoff Spot. For them, coming so far into the tournament is a victory in turn. However, as we proceed to the next stage, we will see Hellraisers as their opponent.

Jame will need to come up with not only innovative tactics on individual maps, but also a better map pool coming into this match. The roster thrives on playing via trade frags and then using the lower numbers to their advantage. Against Hellraisers, their biggest challenge will be to stop giving out the entry frag to ISSAA or Woxic.

Prediction:

Hellraisers is obviously the better team in this matchup. The team’s performance so far has been inconsistent with the players sometimes performing to their best while at other teams they are not playing as good.

The fact that Avangar is almost like a local team to Hellraisers also does not bode well for the Avangar players. They have not been able to oust Hellraisers in the past despite repeated attempts. We don’t expect HR to let go of this opportunity to take a step closer to the trophy.

We recommend a big bet on Hellraisers for this match.

 

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Avangar vs Team Liquid: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

 

  • Host:

Format.

 

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Avangar

  • Buster
  • Krizzen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

Avangar is not a team that many expected to see at this tournament. More so, they are not a roster that technically should have defeated NIP. However, the Ninjas definitely let go of their stranglehold multiple times in the series. They allowed Avangar to get back into the match and ultimately the series.

The Avangar team has a few surprise boosts and Grenades. They showed off these surprise tactics efficiently against NIP. What is more crucial is the fact that they can use them in important rounds. Often times, the NIP economy was broken due to an excellent positioning play by Avangar. The team is not really the most well-known roster, but the players can frag. More importantly, it is their In-Game Leader who has the toughest task on hand.

When they are up against Team Liquid, they cannot rely on their individual aim to put together the best of performances. They have to fall back on excellent strategy and positioning in order to gain the advantage. For Avangar, this is going to be a tough match, especially since their map pool does not seem to be the best. They did perform exceedingly well on Overpass as well as Dust 2, however, these maps are Team liquid strongholds. It is unrealistic to expect Team Liquid to be surprised by any plays from the Kazakhstan roster.

Team Liquid.

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team Liquid is one of the strongest teams at this tournament, they are indeed considered to be a favourite to win EPICENTER 2018. The roster is characterized by one player, who has had the most impact on the team. Twistzz has been able to consistently put up great numbers and amazing clutches to help the team move forward.

His individual style of play is quite different from the normal player, it allows him to use his positioning to the best of his advantage. He is also the player with an exceptionally good aim, which allows him to often take down multiple members from the same spot. Even if the enemy knows where he is, it is not always a guaranteed kill for the opponent.

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

However, Twistzz is not always the highest fragger on this team. We consistently see Elige put up big impact numbers for the team. He is able to maintain his consistency with the rifle. His movement through the map exhibits the team’s communications and their information. As soon as they spot multiple members on one side of the map, they often start getting aggressive on the other side of the map. This gives them more map space, while still maintaining their defensive position on the other bomb site. This is a strategy that is very common, but Team Liquid’s execution is one of the best in the industry. The team is constantly able to put forth an advantageous situation for themselves.

Team liquid will probably reach the Grand finals in this tournament, no matter who their opponent is. They are a team that has shown us significant improvement and does not look like it is coming to a stop.

Prediction:

The two teams are mismatched, there is no doubt about this., Team Liquid remains a top-tier roster with aspirations of winning the entire trophy. Avangar, on the other hand, is a roster which is more than content to reach the playoffs. For Avangar, this is a learning experience they get to play against the best in the world [ or close to the best at least.].

Avangar’s performance in this match will provide us a glimpse into how this team develops in the future. However, for Team Liquid this should be more like a practice range where they can foolproof their aim and tactics.

We recommend a large bet on Team Liquid for this match. There should be no doubts of a victory for Team Liquid.

 

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Natus Vincere (NaVi) vs. FaZe Clan (FaZe) CS:GO 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

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  • 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

_________

 

Natus Vincere

  • s1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • flamie
  • electronic
  • kane (coach)

Natus Vincere have been looking superb with the addition of electronic. As said before, they won Dreamhack Open Winter 2017 dominantly, destroying their current opponent (mousesports) in the grand finals. NaVi, with so much firepower, are absolutely scary right now. Unlike their old lineup with seized, they have a dedicated IGL (Zeus) who knows how to control and micromanage these talents. Now, with boot camp and added practice, Natus Vincere are truly scary.

Natus Vincere relies on brute aggression and a mix of slow T sides. This is purely for information gaining and to leave opponents guessing. With opponents guessing, this leaves them prone to making mistakes, which NaVi are great at capitalizing on. When it comes to entering bombsites, anyone on this team plays the entry fragger. But, in general, one would expect electronic and s1mple to be the heavy hitters. flamie, Edward, and Zeus are not players to slouch on, as their performances–especially flamie’s–can rise on some occasions. Add s1mple’s AWP, and no one can stay off NaVi’s sight lines. On CT side, Edward and s1mple generally play together on the B site, whereas Zeus/flamie/electronic play together on A. On mid-crucial maps, s1mple will be put at mid with the AWP, whereas Zeus and Edward will play B and flamie and electronic play on A.

Natus Vincere are traditionally a de_mirage team. This has shifted through the evolution of the Natus Vincere lineup. As of current, their best maps are de_inferno and de_overpass, whereas their worst map is on de_cache. On other maps, Natus Vincere can play well against competition on the same level.

 

FaZe Clan

  • NiKo
  • karrigan
  • olofmeister
  • rain
  • GuardiaN
  • RobbaN (coach)

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the second best team in the world, rolling the competition across the entirety of 2017. Their peak event was at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro. Since then, they’ve been continuously stopped in their tracks by SK Gaming, who karrigan is currently winless against in a bo3.

Albeit, at Blast Pro Series, they fell pressure to the dennis-vitalized Astralis (like many other teams). This same Astralis lineup went on to barely lose the grand finals with dennis standing in for star player device though. Instead, FaZe placed 3rd. FaZe’s consistent results throughout their past tournaments show a true top contender, but how long can it last?

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

The most interesting thing about FaZe is their ability to bring back man disadvantages (3v5, 2v5, 2v4, etc.) through sheer firepower and individual play. It has come to the point where FaZe has been dubbed the “team with too many playmakers,” as time and time again FaZe’s players have rose to the occasion and dug their team out of a round they were supposed to lose.

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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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