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Na’Vi vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Na’Vi

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Danish team is currently the best team in the world. The core roster has been together for quite some time now. They have been able to mold the team and its gameplay due to their consistency and their coordination. The core roster has spent time since their Dignitas days several years ago.

Device has always been a contender for the best player in the world title. While S1mple easily holds the title in his current form, Device is not really that far behind. He can carry the team on his own, but his trademark has been consistent performances through the years. Device is strong both with the AWP as well as a rifle, so the Astralis team is not limited by their economic problems.

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

Dupreeh is one of the best Entry fraggers in the game and his ability to survive after taking the first kill makes him an invaluable asset in the team. He is often seen pulling off great individual opening kills and then remaining alive till the end of the round. This gives the team a huge advantage in their matches.

Astralis is undefeated so far at ESL One Cologne. They have not lost a single map, which just shows how dominating the team is right now. Coming off a short break, Astralis has had time to practice and secure their tactics. With Cobblestone no longer a part of the map rotation, Astralis has a huge advantage. They can easily shuffle their vetoes, but prefer to veto Cache instead. The current Astralis roster is definitely the favored team in this matchup and this game is theirs to lose.

Natus Vincere


Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Natus Vincere is one of the well-known organizations in Counter-Strike. The team has had their fair share of glory in the past, but the current iteration of the team sees an infusion of fresh blood into the team.

Any discussion of the current Na’Vi squad is incomplete without talking about S1mple. The world’s best player has seen a new composure in his gameplay helped immensely by the veterans on the Na’Vi squad. The team has helped the young player calm his nerves and focus on making the roster more successful. So while we were used to seeing S1mple put great numbers and individual performances in his past teams, on Na’Vi he has reclined to a more team-oriented gameplay. Even this has not stopped him from torching the servers with his firepower. He remains at the top of the Na’Vi scoreboard in 90% of their matches.

S1mple is helped by yet another young player on the roster Electronic. Electronic has had trouble in maintaining his consistency as a player on the roster. But as he looks menacing so far at ESL One Cologne 2018, we will see how effective Na’Vi can truly be with the dual youngblood setup.

The players are led by Zeus who helped Gambit achieve victory at PGL Krakow Major. There has never been a doubt about Zeus’ leadership abilities. However the Na’Vi team often lacks enough firepower despite having two of the best players in the world on their roster. This puts the focus on Edward and Flamie who have been subpar for quite some time. If they can manage to step up their game to the top level, Na’Vi is a force to reckon with. Na’Vi also has a map veto problem one which sees them being extremely predictable in all their map vetoes. They always veto Cache since several years now. This puts their opponents always at an advantage when it comes to deciding how the veto should go forth.

Prediction:

Astralis has been the dominant team in Counter Strike for quite sometime now. While they were challenged by Faze Clan for a few tournaments in early 2018, right now there is no doubt that Astralis is the team to defeat. This is slowly turning into an Astralis era as we see them taking one tournament after another. The Device and Dupreeh duo have presented themselves as a great force to reckon with. While Kjaerbye’s exit from the team did shock everyone including the players themselves, this truly has turned into a strong suit for the team. They have been able to utilize Magisk to his full potential and propel themselves further from the next best team.

Na’Vi on the other hand, has had consistency issues, which would basically guarantee them a slot in the top two teams. Their consistency is based heavily on how well the players apart from Simple perform in their matches. Edward, Electronic and Flamie all need to step up their game by a level in order for Na’Vi to constantly pose a challenge to the best teams in the world. This match against Astralis is their first chance as they are keen to redeem some respect for themselves. However, as we have seen Astralis just dominate so far in the tournament, they have not lost a single map so far.

So we recommend a medium bet on Astralis for this match. They should be able to win the tournament 2-1.

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Fnatic vs North: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs North

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Xizt
  • Flusha
  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Draken

Fnatic is one of the biggest names in Counter-Strike. The organization which held the mantle for the best team in the world for a prolonged period of time during 2015 saw some roster and organization changes henceforth.  However, they have not been able to replicate the same level of success since then. The current Fnatic roster retains the core of the team. The trio of Flusha, Krimz, and JW are joined by former NIP players Xizt and Draken.

The performance of this team and their results heavily depend on the performance of the Fnatic core. The three players have already shown us their peak, and that is unchallenged so far in Counter-Strike. But as far as the current form goes, they are not really at their peak. The Fnatic roster did win some big tournaments in 2018, including IEM Katowice and WESG. IEM Katowice was an impressive performance led by Golden, now a substitute on the team. There were plans to remove Golden prior to IEM Katowice, but the sudden spurt in the trophies and victories made Fnatic organization to push their decision down the line. With Golden now on the substitute bench and possibly looking for a new organization, the new Fnatic roster has little to no experience together.

Draken has to be the guy to help Fnatic over the edge. Bet at Arcanebet

Indeed this will be Draken’s first map together with the rest of the squad. Draken has a very aggressive performance as an AWPer. It is confusing why they picked up Draken on the team when they have JW on the roster. However, Draken could just be the infusion of young blood and upcoming talent that they need. They have entailed Xizt as their In-Game Leader. Xizt’s IGL performance on NIP was limited due to the resources he had at his disposal. NIP’s refusal to change their core for such a prolonged period of time definitely impacted their results and performance.

Xizt has also been performing really well in his personal capacity as a rifle. He has had several clutch situations, where he helped Faze Clan when he was a stand-in. His personal performance, new talent available for the In-Game leader definitely will help him to surprise the naysayers.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Mertz
  • Kjaerbye

North is the second best Danish roster in Counter-Strike. Constantly living in the Shadows of the world’s best team, Astralis, North has been improving dramatically over the years. The current roster has been together for almost six to seven months now. They have had ample time to gel together and put up great synergy and coordination.

Team North is currently ranked 8th on the HLTV world rankings, but there seems to be a huge gap between the top five and the rest. While North does put up surprising performances at times, they have not really been in the same league as the top CS GO teams. North has been playing in lower tier tournaments, so their performance and titles have to be taken with a grain of salt. They last won the Dreamhack Open tours 2018, a tournament with Tier ⅔ teams at best.

MSL’s in Game leadership is one of the best, but his form on an individual level is highly questionable. It is not rare to see In-Game Leaders suffer from lack of personal performance. But MSL has been at the bottom of the list. But despite his lower than average performances, North still retains the eight position on the world rankings. The rest of the team, especially when it comes to Aizy and Kjaerbye have been really consistent and strong. Kjaerbye and Aizy, former Astralis members do have the experience of playing at the top level. Their experience along with the obvious talent on the team is what makes this team extremely strong. But they don’t have much practice against the top teams and that is a big disadvantage for them.

Prediction:

Both the teams have had varied results when it comes to head to head matches. While Fnatic has won 8 matches, North has won 5 against Fnatic. This is pretty much balanced as much as the difference between the teams goes. The Fnatic roster has way more experience amongst themselves, however. The team with the likes of Xizt, flusha, JW, and Krimz consists of several veterans on the team. While they have been consistently average, it is Draken who can be their trump card in this tournament. Fnatic’s roster has changed quite a bit and that is going to affect their synergy and coordination for this matchup.


North, on the other hand, is quite stable compared to Fnatic. There is not much difference in rankings or team performance. The stability of Team North is what makes them an endearing pick for us. We recommend a medium sized bet on Team North for this match.

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G2 vs Na’Vi: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

G2 vs Natus Vincere

 

G2 esports


G2 Roster

  • KennyS
  • Bodyy
  • Shox
  • Ex6tenz
  • SmthzZ

The latest ‘French Shuffle’ left one team standing in the French Scene. While we do have the rest of the players forming another team called ‘Leftouts’ they really don’t stand a chance to compete with the current G2 roster. Why did this G2 roster come into existence? The previous G2 team, or the French Superteam which was formed purely based on skill. With the best of the French in one team, they suddenly were exposed for the lack of tactics and strategy on the roster. This is why the top players on the team felt that they needed the tactical acumen of Ex6tenz one of the masterminds in Counter-Strike.

Ex6tenz has to receive special attention while trying to analyze the G2 CS GO roster. One of the best masterminds in Counter-Strike, Ex6tenz has vowed not to quit Counter-Strike till he wins a Major. After being shunned by the French players due to his excessive control of tactics and strategies, Ex6tenz plummeted in the scene. He played in multiple Tier ¾ French teams, often helping these teams grow and develop. With the French superteam project failing miserably, Ex6tenz stock rose dramatically. The French players realized that they need a tactical mind to help the likes of Shox, KennyS who are amazingly talented. Ex6tenz on his part will have analyzed what went wrong in previous teams. His excessive control and over-aggressive gameplay on Strategies and tactics will obviously be tamed down. On his individual performance, Ex6tenz is no longer the sitting duck as he was during Titan days. We have seen him actually surprise several analysts and performances with great individual performances.

Now speaking about the rest of the team, we see Shox and KennyS, the two superstars of French Counter-Strike. KennyS is one player who has great individual talent and despite not always putting in a huge number of hours into practice, he is one of the best AWPers and players in the region. Shox is the Kingmaker of the French scene, no French team has been able to succeed without Shox in their lineup. How do we actually compare this team’s potential to their actual performances?

This is where most of the problems arise. On paper, this team is probably better than even Faze Clan and Astralis. However, they have not really produced any results as a roster so they are still an unknown quantity.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Na’Vi is all about S1mple, their star player who is the only reason this team is anywhere close to relevant today. The team which added S1mple and nurtured his attitude and behavior has shown great performances in the past. However, S1mple’s splendid performances have been in stark contrast to that of the rest of the team. The number of social media outrage at not providing S1mple with a rifle when they can have made it to several news websites.

So why exactly is Na’Vi in this situation right now? The straight answer is that despite them trying to tame Sm1ple into becoming more of a team player, the player’s individual skill level is at a peak. He can single-handedly carry the team and the server irrespective of the final outcome of the match. Often times, he is the top fragger despite Na’Vi suffering a shameful loss.

Na’Vi has been on a big winning streak of course buoyed by S1mple’s performance. Now, most of these matches have obviously been against weaker teams such as Virtus Pro, NIP, EnVyUs, and NRG. Their last won game was against Mousesports, which as we have mentioned, is quite a strong team.

Prediction :

This match is about an unknown roster versus a team that is consistently placing in the top of the scene. G2 esports has put together a team that they think is quite strong. It is strong on paper, however, the French scene does not always work as intended. It is a very tactic heavy lineup and as such, we need to give them time to work out their tactics and understand their gameplay. G2 has not produced results either to warrant a bet on them.

Na’Vi on the other hand, despite their shortcomings, have been consistently good at the top scene. Yes, they are short of the likes of Faze, Astralis but they are a strong dominant second tier team. We recommend a medium bet on Na’Vi for this match.

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Mousesports vs Gambit: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Mousesports vs Gambit

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Oskar
  • ChrisJ
  • Ropz
  • SuNny
  • Snax

Mousesports recently made changes to their roster by adding Snax. The negotiations were quick and extremely smooth according to Mousesports. But it raises a question whether the team needed to do this trade or not. After all, Mousesports was definitely a strong team regularly competing with the likes of Astralis and Faze Clan in the playoffs of big tournaments regularly. The Mousesports roster and organization obviously felt that they needed a change and brought in Snax.

The actual roster change is debatable. Snax is an all-time great player and is definitely on the wall of fame when it comes to Counter-Strike. However, for the better part of the past year, his performance and form have taken a nosedive. There is also the added matter of his attitude within the team, which can sometimes be questionable according to sources.

Regardless of these problems, Mousesports do have time and the necessary willpower to propel themselves to become a strong team. The likes of ChrisJ, Oskar, and Ropz present a diverse lineup which has a mixture of experience, raw skill and great leadership. ChrisJ’s role on the team cannot be undervalued or even compared to his individual performance. Despite being a great player on the server, his ability to lead his team to victory and deep into tournaments makes him special. ChrisJ has been with Mousesports for a long time and he has seen multiple rosters in the making. The current roster is definitely his making, one that is slowly turning to look like a championship team.

The X-factor on the team obviously is Oskar and Ropz. The two players are not only from diverse walks in life, but Oskar is a very consistent performer. His ability to do his job on his part of the map ensures that the rest of the team has much less to worry about. He can single-handedly shut down certain sections of the map with his AWP and even if he does not get many kills in maps, that is information that the team has. Ropz can be volatile in his performance, his peak is exceptionally high but they are few and far between. Most of his performances on Mousesports have been mediocre. But that is just enough on the roster. On the occasions that Ropz can blow off, the team looks menacing and can easily defeat the likes of Faze Clan. They have already done the same several times before.

Gambit

Gambit Roster:

  • Dosia
  • Adren
  • Mou
  • Hobbit
  • Mir

Gambit is the CIS organization which won the CS GO Major around one year ago. Gambit surprised everyone with their win at PGL Krakow 2017. Alas, it was the doom for the team as they quickly had to make several roster changes to their team. The resulting roster never really bounced back into being a top contender in Counter-Strike once again.

However, that does not mean that the Gambit roster is something to look over. The team has great chemistry and lots of experience playing with each other. The synergy on the roster is one of the best and it’s a result of years of familiarity and playing together as a roster.

Hobbit’s performance will be crucial to Gambit’s chances in this map. Usually, when he ends up having a good day, Gambit’s chances soar and rise to the top. But of late, the team has not had the best map pool, neither the best individual performance. The shallow map pool for the team is their biggest problem. Gambit loves to play on Train, Cobblestone, and Overpass. These three maps are their home ground and they are the strongest on these maps.

If a team is smart enough, they will definitely ban Train against Gambit as it is their comfort factor. Enabling a team to play outside of their comfort zone is what will determine the advantage for a team. Gambit definitely has the potential to surprise Mousesports once again as they have done 5 times in 2018, however, their current form does raise a lot of questions.

Prediction

Despite reading the content above, Gambit is a team that has been performing quite well in online matches. Their last encounter with Mousesports was quite recent and they won the series 2-0. The inadvertent timing of the match definitely calls into question the actual result. But Gambit has won all their matches against Mousesports this year. This does give confidence in the team’s ability to upset Mousesports.

But on paper, Mousesports is undoubtedly the better team. They are constantly playing and competing against top teams such as Faze, Astralis etc. The Mousesports roster, however, has the asterisk of adding Snax to the team right now. It is an upgrade to their team and the renewed confidence and resurgence in their abilities will give them a boost in this match.

We recommend a medium bet on Mousesports for this match.

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

NIP vs Cloud9

 

The Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_Right
  • Dennis
  • F0rest
  • Lekro
  • Rez

The Ninjas in Pyjamas is one of the most recognized teams in Counter-Strike. Having dominated the earliest part of Counter-Strike Global Offensive, they quickly had a huge following. The NIP roster, however, has seen a gradual decline over the years. Right now, they are struggling in the Minor qualifiers against unknown Tier 3 teams. Their loss to 3DMAX 0-2 definitely raised quite a few eyebrows. They ultimately ended up almost becoming a meme on the Global Offensive Subreddit. It’s time to lower our expectations from NIP and see them for their true standing. NIP is no longer the strong dominant team it once was, it’s star players have lower skill ceilings than the new breed of young skilled players.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas roster has undergone several changes over the past few years. Most notable is the fact that they only have two members from the core NIP roster which went 87-0 on LAN. F0rest and Get_Right are not at their peak right now and that leads to a team which is severely underperforming. As Thorin said in his latest video, Get_Right is at best an average skilled professional ( by Professional standards), but he rose to the top due to insane amounts of practice hours and hard work. But when others start rising around him, and his personal skill level fell down he does not seem as effective as before.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas have been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late. Their victories against tier ¾ teams are celebrated while their performance against these teams is not a guaranteed victory. The new blood on the roster is what makes it exciting and has the potential for growth. The likes of Rez, Dennis and Lekro have had ample experience by now on the team. Dennis is a veteran who can stand on his own against the best teams in the world. We have seen him in Fnatic and he has a great history with the NIP squad members. His pistol rounds are probably the most efficient in the game and he can secure a big advantage for the team.

Lekro is the latest addition to the team, one which is supposed to change the fortunes for the roster. Formerly of Fnatic and Godsent prior to that Lekro has been in the Tier One Swedish scene for quite some time. However, on the new NIP roster, he still has not improved his performance and played up to his potential. His individual performance will be key to how NIP perform at ESL One Cologne. For many, this would be a home match for NIP as they receive a lot of local support at Cologne every year.

Cloud9

Cloud9 roster:

  • Skadoodle
  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Tarik
  • Styko ( Stand-in)

The current Major Champions have not won any big tournament post the Major. This does put their Major victory under the lens and right now, many call the victory a fluke. Cloud9’s run in the past few months has been lackluster and nowhere near the top of the scene. The roster has been incomplete for the most part and even in this tournament, they will be using a stand-in.

Styko will be standing in for the team at ESL One Cologne. The former Mousesports player who was recently replaced by Snax’s inclusion into the team is currently on the lookout for a new organization. Of course, this opportunity to help out Cloud9 is something that Styko will take seriously. Enabling a move to North America and to a prestigious organization such as Cloud 9 will be a huge boost to the player’s career. However, there are several obstacles to his potential inclusion into Cloud9. They include team chemistry, individual talent, and form, language barriers etc. We expect Styko to be able to adjust himself and rise in his individual form as the tournament wears on.

However, the rest of the Cloud9 roster definitely needs to step up their game if they are to have any impact at ESL One Cologne 2018. Tarik has been mediocre in his recent matches and that is a decent level in the professional scene. However, Skadoodle performance has fallen off the Boston Major peak. His inability to land crucial shots ends up giving the entire map to the opponent at times. Skadoodle has his off days and on days, but of late he has just not been hitting his shots.

The player holds a key to the CLoud9 performance. Over the past years, we have seen Cloud9’s performance directly correlate to that of Skadoodle. We don’t expect this tournament to be any different and Cloud9 should be heavily dependent on Skadoodle and his performance.

Prediction

This is one of the opening matches for ESL One Cologne. Group A consists of strong teams such as Na’Vi, Mousesports, Gambit Gaming etc. Amidst all these teams, NIP and Cloud9 are striving to surprise their fans and analysts alike. However, judging from both the teams’ past performances it seems highly unlikely.

NIP, in particular, has just been absent from the top scene of Counter-Strike. Their players and their performances are not considered while discussing the top teams anymore. The NIP squad recently added Lekro to their roster. But at least in online matches, they have not been performing. To expect them to perform on LAN when their online form is miserable at best is a huge ask.

Cloud9 has not been winning matches either, but they have managed to take maps really close against some of the best teams in the world. They lost Inferno to Astralis 13-16 and Astralis is one of the best, if not ‘The best’ team in the world right now. The confidence of the Cloud9 players comes from their belief in their tactics and strategy. They try to stick to their game plan regardless of their opponents and it does work quite often.

We recommend a bet on Cloud9 for this match, especially bolstered by NIP’s poor results of late.

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