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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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