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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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Astralis vs Team Liquid: 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

Astralis vs Team Liquid


Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Xyp9x
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • MagisK
  • Glaive

The Danish roster will once again need to fend off this North American attack. Astralis and Team Liquid have faced off against each other so many times in the past. By now, Astralis is well-aware of Team Liquid’s performance, their tendencies and how they like to play certain maps.

The Danish roster has a knack of studying their own gameplay and learning from their mistakes. This allows them to eliminate mistakes and hence make their roster stronger and better. It is done on an individual level as well as on the team level. With Zonic at the helm, he has a clear direction for the team to follow in their practice. And it has worked wonders for the roster, so we don’t expect Astralis to change much in their practice.

Glaive has been the key part that Astralis was missing. When Kjaerbye left the team, it fell on Glaive’s shoulders to ensure that the team stays alive and performs well. And it has worked wonders for the roster as they are easily the best team of 2018. This comes after some crucial in-game leadership by Glaive. His ability to make the right call mid-round and at lightning pace is what makes Astralis such a force to reckon with. On maps like Nuke, they are simply unbeatable mostly due to how Glaive likes to call the T side on this map.

Over time, we expect Durpeeh and Device to continue with their current form. The duo is one of the best duos in Counter-Strike and has repeatedly ensured strong performances from themselves. Device’s ability to constantly lock down certain areas of the map and yet remain extremely volatile and operational when it comes to his performance is what makes him deadly. He rarely misses a shot too, so that makes his aggressive stance on certain maps even scarier.

Astralis is a team that relies on each other and their synergy to succeed. We expect this team to make huge inroads at this tournament, despite not having the best performance in their last two matches. The Astralis roster definitely has the talent to make it to the Grand finals of this tournament. Whether they can continue with their playstyle and still succeed after being on the top for so long will be an interesting question for other teams.

Team Liquid

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

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • NAF
  • Nitr0

Team Liquid book themselves another showdown with the Danish powerhouse. Despite their presence against Astralis, Team Liquid has already booked their berth in the playoffs. This match is more to assert the seeding for the two teams in the playoffs. The winner of the match will get a slot directly in the semifinals and as such, it is an important match for both the teams.

Team Liquid’s journey so far at the ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals has been through G2 and BIG Gaming. Both the teams are not at their best form right now and we expect Team Liquid to have had easy games in these matches. However, Team liquid is not a team that one can take lightly. The North American roster has ensured that they have some of the better placements and positioning of players. They do have Twistzz on their team which makes their job of getting key frags much easier. After all, the player is one of the best players in the world and definitely the best player in North America. His ability to get key frags with a single tap of the Ak makes him deadly no matter the quality of their opponent. However, he also has a great sense of positioning which makes him all the more lethal.

It is also the tactical acumen provided by Nitr0 which has helped the team develop this synergy at the highest level. The very fact that they are eliminated so many times by Astralis speaks volumes of their performance at LAN events. Team Liquid is slowly emerging as one of the best hopes for North America. Nitr0 understands that he is not the fragger on the team. His positioning on maps enables him to take crucial decisions at the nick of time. This ensures that the player is always aware of his surroundings and can also provide for great synergy with the rest of the team.

TACO has slowly developed into a support player on this roster. This is more due to the demands of the team rather than an individual choice. As a support player, TACO has put up decent numbers and has enabled the rest of the team to put up big numbers. His role in enabling ELIGE on the roster is critical. Elige and Twistzz make up the forefront of the team’s attack. Their CT side performance usually relies on trading and providing cross-fires for the opponents.

Team Liquid is one of the stronger teams and they definitely have a chance of defeating Astralis. The fact that these two teams have played each other so many times only ensures that we have a small metagame developing between the games.

Prediction :

The two teams have their own meta-game in development. So it will be interesting to see the map vetoes and the way the teams approach each other in these maps. Team Liquid and Astralis have faced each other multiple times in the recent months, so they are well aware of how the other team plays.


Astralis is the best team in the world, but in the past few LAN events, we have seen their performance take a dip. The Danish roster is not as dominant as it was during the FaceIT London Major days. They are losing maps and even matches [ like they just lost to Made in Brazil].

Team liquid, on the other hand, needs to ensure that it can possibly go past Astralis in LAN finals of tournaments. If not, ti will only serve as a major disappointment tot he team which been making huge strides in their performance of late.

We recommend a small bet on Astralis for this match. Team Liquid got to this point after a close set of matches against teams not in form. As such their performance cannot be judged in Odense based on their initial groups stage matches. With Astralis being in the form that they are, we hope that they can pull together huge numbers for the team.

 

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Natus Vincere vs Mousesports: 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.

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

Mousesports vs Natus Vincere

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ

The Mousesports team has a lot of potentials when it comes to their performance on the world stage. After all, this team has already proven itself on the big stage on multiple counts. However, that being said, their foray into Snax and then back to Styko has definitely broken the team chemistry. The lack of synergy on this roster with the current roster is clearly evident. For the management, this would be a nightmare since they basically spoiled a proper team and then made a team that is now struggling on the international stage.

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

Led by ChrisJ, this team has the freedom to develop their gameplay in any way that they like. ChrisJ has moulded himself into a team player. He is able to take on multiple roles for the team and that is why the team gets the freedom to cultivate their skills and positioning. With ChrisJ, Mousesports has seen him take on multiple roles such as the AWPer, a support player and also the entry fragger for the team.

However, it is the likes of Sunny, Styko and Ropz who truly control the pace of the team. They also have Oskar who has been exceptionally consistent in his performance so far. The team’s performance through the tournament has seen them make some extraordinary plays. Sunny is looking strong once more making entry frags seem extremely easy. The Mousepsorts roster needs to start expanding their map pool, but more importantly, start hitting their shots in order to start their winning ways once more.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster :

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Zeus

The Natus Vincere roster was the second best team in the world for quite some time last year. The team’s performance has not managed to keep up with this and they have slipped in their rankings. The performance of the team over the last few tournaments has definitely not been anywhere close to their former selves.

They have two of the world’s best players on an individual level. Electronic and S1mple are the two pillars around which Na’Vi can force buy repeatedly and win this force buys. However, the force-buys often can backfire on the team as they are left with a poor economy with nothing left for the next round. But Na’Vi always manages to win their force-buys and this makes them a really dangerous team overall.

S1mple is the person that has been quite consistent on Na’Vi for a long time. His ability to get frags off one bullet is simply too good. He can single-handedly turn the outcomes of certain rounds and this makes him one of the deadliest players when it comes to the game. At present, we do think that Na’Vi is a strong team. At the same time, it will take a bit of time for the team to regain its form. With S1mple and Electronic on the roster it should not be a big problem and Na’Vi will make a comeback very soon.

Prediction :

Na’Vi’s is the better team currently when it comes to the two teams. Their performance has seen a significant boost in recent months with massive amounts of firepower. The team’s performance has only improved with time, although their last few tournaments have not been the best for the CIS team. They can potentially make an impact in the tournament and they do have the capacity to win the tournament. However, their current form is not a world class performance and we don’t expect them to win the tournament. However, when it comes to their match against Mousesports, it is important to take into account the fact that Mousepsorts is not as strong as they were once. The current form of Mousesports is actually quite poro and we expect Natus Vincere to easily win the series and survive.

We recommend a bet on Natus Vincere for this match.

 

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Made in Brazil vs NRG Esports: 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.

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

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

The made in Brazil roster is definitely showing signs of improvement with their current form. They added Coach YNK to the team a few months ago. While the immediate impact was somewhat visible with Fallen’s playstyle, we are just witnessing the full impact in this tournament. During their ECS Season 6 LAN run, MiBr had a strong showing even against teams like Astralis. They managed to defeat Astralis in the Group stage. Although they could not repeat their performance in the Grand finals, this does raise hope for a potential competitor to the Astralis dominance era.

Coldzera is the player with the maximum room to grow on this team. We have all seen how dominant Coldzera can be at his peak. He was the best player in the world for well over a year. However, with subsequent roster changes and the loss in form, he does not look the same as his former self. It is also partially due to his personal lack in confidence. The player lacks the ability to make invasive plays and secure kills right now. While a lack of form is definitely true, it is also important for the player to realise that he needs to retain his own style of play. He is playing extremely cautiously. While that is not a bad thing in itself, the rest of the team has not adjusted their gameplay according to his change. The lack of synergy among the team especially the Brazilian players is painfully evident. With time, we might see roster changes on this team, but for now, they remain committed to each other.

Fallen will play a big role in the team’s development going forward. The In-Game Leader is constantly in close talks with YNK in order to analyze their own performance. Their ability to make invasive plays remains linked to their confidence. With their strong ECS Season 6 LAN showing, we expect this team to be much more confident than before. Tarik and Stewie2k are already putting up big numbers for the team and that is encouraging for the coach, YNK.

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Daps
  • NahTe
  • Cerq
  • Fugly
  • BrehZe

NRG has to be an enigma in Counter-Strike. The team has so many talented players and at times it looks competent enough to defeat even Astralis. However, they have been unable to keep up their consistent performance. The lack of consistency on part of NRG is truly the biggest obstacle to the team’s progress. They have a high skill ceiling when it comes to sheer firepower. While they do have Cerq, who is a prodigy in himself, it is the other members on the team who show a more consistent showing. Players like Nahte and Brehze have been instrumental in enabling the progress of NRG.

NRG is led by Daps, a player who has a lot of experience in the North American scene. For Daps, NRG has made significant progress as a team. His recent interview with HLTV showcased his thoughts on the matter.

The ideal situation is we win the event, but I’m always a realist in interviews, and I think if we won here it would be a huge upset, a Cinderella story because I don’t think we’re playing at maximum capacity right now. A lot of our players are burnt out from going to so many back-to-back LANs. I think the first goal is playoffs, and if we beat MIBR convincingly tomorrow then I think we do have a shot at making the finals, 100%. If we play, like, Astralis in the finals, then I just hope we can keep the form up. [laughs]

As you can clearly see Daps himself mentions that burnout is a serious problem on the team. With the level of players on this roster and their constant endeavour to become the best team in the world, it is no surprise to see their players suffering from burnout. Nahte is still a very young player and his position on the team is crucial to the results. He has improved with time and it was only a year ago that he first managed to win against a European team in any capacity [ Bo1 or BO3]. As such the player’s confidence has seen a significant increase over the past few years.

 

The team skyrockets when Cerq has a good game. Unfortunately for NRG, Cerq has not proven to be as good on LAN. Maybe it is the nerves and the pressure of performing on LAN, but he does not have the same LAN presence as his online domination. Ofcourse there are still games where the player does exceedingly well, but they are few and far between. However, it is these games which show us a glimpse of the team’s potential. It is important for the team to find the right balance between excessive play and their ability to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. This is what separates the best teams from the have-nots. As such NRG needs a good support staff and possibly player management coaches. Right now, we don’t want to see this team feeling the burnout on a regular basis.

Their match against Made in Brazil will be a really tough one since MIBr looks stronger than ever.

Prediction :

This match is a Best of Three series and the map picks become important. NRG as a team has a very limited map pool and this is going to be a big problem for the North American side. In addition to this, the team does suffer from consistency issues, which can change from one match to another. So NRG needs to get the right matches and maps in order to possibly proceed further in this series. Their performance will need to come from multiple areas in the map. Fallen being the shrewd in Game Leader that he is, will readily exploit any weakness shown on part of NRG.

The made in Brazil roster has five of the best players in the world at their peak. Each player has won a Major and a dominant period in Counter-Strike scene. With YNK added as their coach, this team already looks very strong. Their recent efforts also saw them win against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals. Coming into ESL Pro League, we expect MiBr to put up a strong performance, possibly even winning the tournament.

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Team Liquid vs G2 Esports: 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.

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:
TBA


Secondary Broadcast

Commentator:
TBA

Observer:
TBA


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination format (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

Team Liquid vs G2 Esports

Team Liquid

Team liquid roster :

  • Twistzz
  • Elige
  • NAF Fly
  • Daps
  • TACO

Team Liquid has been inconsistent in their performance so far. Despite being one of the stronger teams in the tournament, they have had inconsistent results in the recent past. The team’s strength is in their individual skill. The likes of Twistzz can be extremely important for the team’s performance at this tournament.

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

Twistzz is the best North American player. His position on Team Liquid has helped him become a very strong team. Twistzz has great aim but it is his positioning on maps like Overpass which make him a strong player. With adequate communication with the rest of the team, we have seen the player make movements across the B Bombsite depending on the information relayed by the rest of the team. The players set him up perfectly for multiple kills and this is why Twistzz is as impactful as he is.

However, it is not only Twistzz who has been performing above average on the team. Players like NAF and Elige have also provided the firepower that the team needs. Elige has been a consistent performer in the North American scene for many years now. His experience of playing at the top level on a consistent basis makes him a very valuable player for the team.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

Team Liquid will have to prove themselves once again on LAN. They are mostly met with the Astralis resistance when it comes to playoffs in big tournaments. However, with their recent performances especially with ECS Season 6 LAN finals, we might not see the team in full impact at the team.

G2 Esports

 

G2 Roster:

  • Jackzz
  • Lucky
  • Shox
  • KennyS
  • Bodyy

The G2 roster underwent a roster change which saw them put two of their most experienced players on the bench. However, with KennyS and Smithzz on the bench, we see the team’s firepower with a significant boost. The team can rely on the two youngsters from 3DMAX to provide them with the necessary frags when it comes to this match. Whether they will be as effective as their time on 3DMAX is still a big question. For many, this answer provides the solution to G2 Esports performance and the lack of their consistency.

Shox’s performance will have to come together in this match if G2 has a realistic chance of winning. However, that is bound to be tough since he is taking the role of the In-Game Leader for the team. The amount of pressure on the player for managing the team and ensuring the best performance from the layers will definitely get to him. Whether he can keep up his individual performance at the same time is the big question here.

KennyS has been exceptionally good over the past few months and we don’t expect anything less from the star AWPer. The player looks even better when it is compared to the performance of his teammates. KennyS is not afraid to take the aggressive peeks that used to define his playstyle in 2014. With the same level of Kenny plays coming into effect, we can expect great things from G2 in the distant future. However, their current performance is not worthy of them reaching the playoffs anytime soon.

Prediction:

Despite Team Liquid’s apparent lack of form, they are still the better team. There are no issues of lack of synergy or firepower on this roster. Instead, the team only lacks individual gameplay which is something that can be remedied very soon. Regardless of their flaws, G2 definitely does not look like its going to turn its fortunes any time soon. The French roster made sure that their performance will see an improvement with the recent roster changes. However, the new additions are vastly inexperienced and they lack the necessary experience on the big stage. So we don’t know how they will perform on LAN in front of so many people at Odense, Denmark.

We recommend a bet on Team LIquid for this match.

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