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Mousesports vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

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: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil vs Mousesports

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

Made in Brazil had a scare against NRG esports yesterday. The team looked extremely lost on Train and despite their best attempts, they were not able to put up strong results. They did manage a comeback in the end which was a testimony to the raw skill on the team. However, at one point in time, both Stewie2k and Tarik looked extremely lost and sad about their own performance.

Fallen had a wonderful series against NRG, but MiBr would probably have lost without him.

Made in Brazil roster has a lot of talent. They have five former Major Champions and that speaks in itself for their skill level. However, the team’s performance of late has not been the best. With YNK getting almost half a year with the roster, we expected the team to perform much better. After all, they did manage to win a map against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals.

Fallen was exceptional in yesterday’s serious. For many, he was the only reason why Made in Brazil won their series against NRG. Fallen has taken his role and his ability to make aggressive plays seriously. On Inferno, Fallen was responsible for giving away many early frags. This was probably because the team felt confident after their game on Overpass. The team has developed synergy, but their current performance reminds us of a former Virtus Pro without the aim to back them up. The fact that Daps was able to easily understand Fallen’s playstyle and prepare the round accordingly spells doom for the team. They want to ensure that Fallen will have the upper hand when it comes to tactics and strategy. It is only this way that they can further utilise their skill set and ensure the best results for the team.

Tarik and Stewie2k need to be more comfortable on this team.

YNK does have a tough time on his hands as he is constantly seen trying to make the team perform well. However, there obviously seems to be a gap in his understanding of their gameplay and the actual gameplay of the team. There is no lack in the skill ceiling of the players. They are all exceptional players, however, they lack confidence and the current form is not enough to ensure a decent performance in the upcoming tournaments.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar

The Mousesports team looked menacing in their match against Natus Vincere. Not only was the score extremely one-sided, but it was the sheer aim of the Mousesports players which provides a lot of hope for this team. After all, this team has known success with the current roster. Ofcourse the management made a mistake of bringing on Snax to spoil an existing, well-performing team.

The team is looking strong once more with multiple members performing really well on the team. The performance of the team comes from the amazing chemistry between the players. Their aim was always great and as we watch them perform, we can see how the team likes to play with each other. They make aggressive pushes on certain areas of the map, but that is usually coordinated with a passive defensive style on the other. The fact that they can get away with so much space might also be a problem for their opponents.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

Styko is the young player who has been making waves on this roster. Being in familiar company, Styko is able to make space for himself and provide decent information for the team. He is one of the upcoming players and his movement to Cloud9 and then back to Mousesports definitely signals the fact that he will put in extra efforts to start winning matches for Mousespsorts.

If Mousesports win this match, they will secure a semifinals berth for themselves. That is a huge achievement for the team. They will be back in the playoff of big tournaments and make a name for themselves. With the Katowice Major on the horizon, we can expect this team to have much better results in the future.

Prediction.

Mousesports looks much better both in terms of form and their ability to play off each other. We are seeing a level of synergy similar to that pre-Snax Mousespsorts. Their current form is exciting and the way they defeated Na’Vi in two maps definitely inspires confidence in the team’s ability. They are definitely a team which can challenge Astralis on their day. If they keep their current course of form, Mousesports could be the team that Na’Vi never was.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. They are looking much better than Made in Brazil who seemed lost and confused in their match against NRG.

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: North vs. SK Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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North

  • MSL, aizy, k0nfig, valde, cajunb

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 last results have been considerably subpar, considering the peak form that this North lineup once showed at ELEAGUE and with the old roster that had Magisk instead of valde. Group stage exits at EPICENTER and not making it to the grand finals after a great start at Blast Pro Series surely will disappoint a lineup like North’s. They’ll be looking to bounce back at the EPL Finals, and in a month that will precede the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston Major in January.

North’s strategies are based off of MSL’s calls, and can be seen in their matches at Blast Pro Series wins against FaZe and Astralis. Playing the entry-fragger and calling role, MSL leads by example, while the supporting cast of k0nfig, valde/aizy, and cajunb will be working right behind him. Depending on the map, either aizy or k0nfig will play the lurk role on the other side of the map, catching off rotating CTs or going for potential opening picks at their intuition. The lineup of North is a grey line in terms of their position among the best, seeing as one day can be the EPICENTER 2016 North (then Dignitas), or a North that looked nearly demolished at the last two major showings. Nonetheless, brains, pure aggression and aim, and the clutch ability of cajunb work together to form a great trio for the Danish lineup.

SK Gaming

 

  • coldzera, TACO, FalleN, fer, boltz

SK Gaming came in swinging in their first event with boltz, surprisingly winning the event at EPICENTER 2017. Beating FaZe Clan and a revolted Virtus.Pro along the way, the SK Gaming seen at the event saw a huge difference with boltz at the lurking position instead of felps. coldzera and FalleN returned to form, whereas boltz and fer seemed to fit their roles respectively. Same happened at Blast Pro Series, where they exacted their revenge on Astralis to take the grand finals in an otherwise-flawed format.

Many have critiqued TACO’s play at IEM Oakland. Being caught out on rotations and in many positions in SK Gaming’s time to play on the stage, many have questioned if he is still adjusting to the old SK play style. Regardless, SK Gaming are winning, but very uncomfortably. Most of their wins and losses have gone down to the wire, and shows a very vulnerable SK Gaming compared to the one at EPICENTER. Can SK Gaming pick it up?

But, much like with the addition of boltz, both TACO and the former have been fulfilling roles that are necessarily for fer’s timely aggression, FalleN’s control-game AWP, and coldzera’s fragging power to succeed in a match. With boltz and TACO’s team roles taken into consideration, it’s the reason as to why SK Gaming have been very successful and the reasons for FalleN and coldzera’s MVPs at their last two tournament wins. Having a passive and entry lurker like boltz and a sacrificial entry fragger like TACO can do wonders for an SK Gaming lineup whose team-oriented style is regarded as one of the best in the entirety of CS:GO’s history.

 

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