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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

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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

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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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EPICENTER CS:GO: SK Gaming 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 come into this tournament right after the loss of felps, who has left due to being homesick (which contributed to his poor performances as of late). Now, they bring in boltz, the IGL of Immortals and a former teammate of FalleN, coldzera, and fer on the original Luminosity Gaming lineup.

SK Gaming’s results as of recent don’t replicate a top 3 team, but felps performance and the team morale at the time may have played heavily going into the matchups they played. Now, having boltz on the lineup will force SK Gaming to play a very loose style. But, this is a good thing. With boltz, who played a passive lurk role on Immortals, SK Gaming can substitute felps’ aggression onto FalleN’s AWP, and this made FalleN a top 3 player last year.

Because of this, you can expect a revitalized SK Gaming coming into EPICENTER. Their past results won’t necessarily tell the story of SK Gaming’s EPICENTER storyline, as adding boltz will force SK Gaming to reinvent their playstyle to make compromise to boltz’ preferred play-style. One thing for sure is that we won’t be seeing a struggling SK Gaming. More of, expect an hungrier-than-ever SK Gaming who wants to win this tournament and retain their former glory.

Virtus.Pro

  • pasha, neo, byali, TaZ, Snax

How, how the mighty have fallen! Virtus.Pro’s continuing demise into the deep pits of failure continue, as they struggle to beat teams of lesser caliber and fail to contest opponents of their perceived tier. Even then, Virtus.Pro has seen the rise of pasha and neo in recent times. But, they are hampered by the steady fall of individual skill from TaZ and Snax.

It would be crazy to consider them as a tier 1 team today, because they lack the skill to contest in the current meta. The current meta, which heavily relies on individual skill, is something Virtus.Pro had always lacked. But, the reason they won in the past was that their ability to change up the game and present sudden situations to their opponents gave them the upper hand in taking aim duels and battles.

Even then, Virtus.Pro still seem to falter at the basic plays of CS. Time and time again, Virtus.Pro’s CT holds and T sides show major gaps in the defense/offense, allowing enemies to separate Virtus.Pro from one another and play Virtus.Pro into unfavorable positions. The only way they can come back at EPICENTER is if pasha and Snax show up in top form, and TaZ ups his game. Not to mention, they’ll have to heavily rely on one another and bolster their team play to win rounds.

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EPICENTER: London Conspiracy Dota2 vs. Team Spirit odds&predictions

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EPICENTER is a new tournament held in Moscow, Russia where the top ten international teams will compete for a $500.000 prize fund, teams that come from all across the globe. The Main Event features five directly invited teams and five teams that must pass through a Regional Qualifiers stage in order to advanced to the main event. Judging by the direct invites, which consist of Alliance, Evil Geniuses, OG, Team Liquid, Team Secret and Virtus.Pro this event already shapes up to be a successful one in bringing top notch Dota 2 plays.
Today we will be discussing the match-up between London Conspiracy’s Dota 2 squad and Team Spirit.

Team Spirit

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Team Spirit has had a decent month so far, winning games versus it’s current adversary and PowerRangers, tying in with Vega.Squadron but they did lose versus coL.Dota2 and recently tied with No Diggity.
The most glaring thing right now about Team Spirit is the recent roster change as Roman ‘Ramzes666’ Kushnarev and Vasily ‘Afterlife’ Shishkin left the squad following the Shanghai Major and spots have been occupied by Ilya “IllidanSTR” Pevcaev and Bogdan ‘Iceberg’ Vasilenko.
Team Spirit has also been having trouble correctly drafting into the game, as this was one of they main reasons they lost versus coL.Dota2.

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London Conspiracy Dota2

Untitled-1London Conspiracy has had a tougher week and so far a mediocre month, losing both games this week, one of them being versus Team Spirit. The Swedish team has been struggling with executing their drafts and sometimes even the drafting phase will mark the beginning of their end. They are mostly drafting into some familiar Tier2 combinations and the lack of execution on their side will weigh highly when deciding who to bet on.
Aside from this, London Conspiracy will be playing with it’s full roster.

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