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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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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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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive


The Danish squad has been at the top of the scene on a consistent basis. They are probably one of the few teams that stand as an obstacle to the mighty Faze Clan. Astralis can consistently best Faze Clan and rightfully so. The Astralis roster has been together for a long time, well at least the team’s core has been. Magisk just joined the roster a few days ago, but his role on the team adjusts to the rest of the roster.

Device, Astralis

The Star performer for Astralis: Device

Device is the best player in the server 9/10 times. His ability to ensure almost impossible frags is one of the linchpins of the Astralis prowess. The entire team has learned to play around Device’s positioning and his AWP. There are very few AWPers who can legitimately defeat Device in a 1v1 situation. Even in those cases, the Nicolai learns to adjust his playstyle according to his opponents.

Astralis has been on a huge winning streak of late. After their loss to Faze Clan at IEM Sydney 2018 finals, the team seems rejuvenated with new excitement and vigor. As we analyze their matches from the past few days,we see how strong the team looks right now. The Danish roster saw a big loss when they lost Kjaerbye to their sister Danish team. But that only meant that they could now acquire Magisk, one of the brightest and strongest upcoming Danish players in the scene.

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

The young player has a 1.2 Rating over the past three months, and he can become a true asset to the team if he integrates well with the roster. Magisk’s performance against strong teams has been on the Astralis level, which in itself is a very high bar. The young player learns every day from his peers not only in the gameplay department but he has also worked hard on being a team player. Dupreeh is the other explosive player on the Danish roster. The veteran entry fragger has donned several roles in the past with varying success. But the Dupreeh Device combination is a legendary combination by now. Dupreeh feeds off the aggressive Astralis gameplay.

Overall the team presents a well-rounded roster filled with insane talent, aggressive gameplay as well as a level-headed leadership. Xyp9x might not be the flashiest player in CS GO, but his stability is exactly the glue that holds Astralis together.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO
  • Twistzzz
  • NAF

Team Liquid is a championship caliber team but with limited experience. On paper, this team can challenge the very best and come out ahead. But the lack of results and experience on the team is disconcerting. Add to this, the fact that the team recently added TACO to their roster changes the equations.

TACO is a great player, and while he was not doing so well on SK Gaming, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players. His involvement in a new roster is bound to rejuvenate his individual performance. The team has so many players playing on different levels. The addition of NAF to the team provides them not only with great additional firepower but also a tactical mind which is useful against the top teams in the world.

Twistzz has to receive a special mention when we talk about Team Liquid. He is one of the most talented NA players and was called the best NA talent for a long time by multiple sources. His ability to always maintain a positive KDA despite the opponents is exactly what makes him a threat. The ability to take down multiple opponents in a round and the fluid movement across the map enables Twistzz to be a strong presence on the map.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

But when you focus on his positioning and play style, you are bound to be overrun by the rest of the team. The likes of Elige, TACO , NAF are all extremely potent and not something that can be taken lightly.

Prediction

Team Liquid has the talent needed to win this match. They showcased their strong Dust 2 in this series and it would be foolhardy of Astralis to actually challenge them on the map. However, judging from the Astralis permanent veto of Cache against Team Liquid, it does seem that Dust 2 will be one of the maps played in the finals. Liquid has been dominating on the map, including a near perfect score against Mousesports. They were also able to eliminate Na’Vi, although the absence of S1mple from the scoreboard has to be taken into account.

The NA organization is a relatively new team since the addition of TACO. He does know some English, but the communication of the team will suffer a huge setback. For now, they are relying heavily on the increased firepower to enable their victories. But once teams start figuring them out, it is going to be more and more difficult for Liquid to win matches against the top teams.

Speaking of figuring out top teams, Astralis has been near the top for so long. The Danish team has been able to consistently defeat the best in the scene and remain near the top Three since 2016. However, being at the top also means that everyone can prepare against your plastyle. By now, Astralis’ playstyle is definitely well figured out. It remains a mystery however, how to win the aim duels against a team that just looks like wine which ages well.

The Danish experience and their deep map pool is what is going to enable them to crush Team Liquid in the finals. The tournament is held in Dallas, so the local support is always going to be with Team Liquid. However, even the fans acknowledge that Astralis is probably the better team here. The Grand Finals being a BO5 is also a huge factor in favor of Astralis. We recommend a bet on Astralis, they should be winning this series 2-1.

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan is the star-studded international team in Counter-Strike. When the team was first formed, there was a lot of apprehension about their performance. Each player was a superstar in his former team, but Counter-Strike is a team game. How the team would perform in a team game was an open question. Surprisingly Faze Clan did perform exceedingly well in the last few months of 2017. But the dip in their form culminated in the Eleague Boston Major where they lost the finals to Cloud9.

Since then there has been a change in the Faze Clan roster. Olofmeister is taking a break temporarily and Xizt ( formerly of NIP) will be standing in for the team. Xizt is already on very good terms with many of the players in the team. His ability to seamlessly integrate into the roster and play the role of Olofmeister with ease is what makes him a valuable asset to the team. We have already seen him in action at IEM Sydney where he was crucial to the Faze Clan’s chances of winning certain maps. Overpass is one such map which definitely comes to mind.

The Faze Clan roster is made up of several superstar players. Between Guardian, Karrigan, Niko, and Rain, this team is the right composition of an aggressive in-game leader as well as great firepower. Anyone of these players has the ability to carry the team on his back at any day. But Faze has been focussing on improving their strategies and their gameplay. The International roster is extremely powerful on maps such as Mirage, Overpass as well as Inferno. We have not seen enough of the team on Dust2 and it is still unsure how the team will behave on the Classic map.

Faze rely on different strategies which ensure that the team can play a very aggressive and high pitch game. They do not want to let their foot off the pedal and constantly keep the pressure on their opponents. Niko is one of the best players in the world and his ability to play at such a high level with such alarming consistency is what makes him the single biggest threat. Of course potential and actual performance do have a lot of differences and that is where Niko can fall off.

Astralis

Astralis is the Danish roster which has been near the top of the scene since almost 2015. The team which was formerly Dignitas was then under the TSM organization. They later decided to form their very own player-owned team. They received investment from RFRSH entertainment later which propelled them into their position as it is today.

The Danish team has a very different style of gameplay. They love their triple fakes as well the aggressive Terrorist side playstyle. Astralis has been able to surprise several opponents with their tactics and mind games. However, they are up against Karrigan, their former In Game Leader in this match.

The Astralis team has been on top of several tournaments in the past. Their roster includes Device, one of the best players on the most consistent basis in Counter-Strike. The team has been able to pull their weight together around Device.

Prediction

Astralis is a very strong team and can definitely hold their own against Faze. However, the team loses a big part of its confidence when it comes to playing around Faze Clan. The big rivalry in this match is obviously the Karrigan vs the rest of the Danish lineup. Karrigan always wants to prove himself against the Danish team and he is willing to take insane risks for the same. Most of the time these risks are very well executed thanks to the insanely high level of individual gameplay on Faze Clan.

Astralis, on the other hand seem to have a negative aspect on their gameplay when it comes to playing against Faze. They simply curl into a ball and are unable to play the best of their game against Faze Clan. In order for Astralis to win this match, they need Device to perform at his best. His individual level has been sort of plateauing of late and that can be a big problem.

The other X factor for Astralis will be Xizt. The Swedish guy has a lot of confidence when it comes to playing against the Danish lineup. He pulls off really strong individual plays against Astralis, which is possible due to his self-belief.

We recommend a Medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match. Their confidence from winning IEM Sydney 2018 is at an all-time high and that is going to carry them to the title in this match.

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Na’Vi vs Team Liquid: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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Introduction

The ESL Pro League ends its seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Na’Vi is one of the most interesting teams to watch during the EPL LAN finals. The CIS team which has seen insane performances by its star performer S1mple will be wanting to win a few more trophies. But the difference in performance between the best player and the rest of the team is huge. Liquid, on the other hand, is also another team which did not attend the IEM Sydney 2018. They used the time to get to know each other’s play style and performance and synergize with each other. Taco recently left SK Gaming and joined Team Liquid.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Natus Vincere

The CIS team, Natus Vincere has been a long-standing famous team in Counter-Strike. They have fielded several successful rosters over the years, but none of them have won a CS GO Major yet. It remains a gaping hole in the organizations’ portfolio, one that they hope to accomplish with the current roster.

The #4 ranked CS GO roster is definitely one of the best in the current scene. But their inability to win tournaments will need to be fixed soon for the team to perform to the best of their ability. They have a lot of potentials, and nothing exemplifies that better than their star player. S1mple remains the best player in the world and is consistently playing at a high level. But the rest of the team seems to have fallen way behind S1mple as they seem unable to keep up to the player.

We have seen multiple instances of the players having a drastic difference in the scoreboard. However, for this tournament, the rest of the team definitely seems to be performing as well. The likes of Flamie and Electronic have been extremely patient with their gameplay. Electronic’s performance on Mirage was definitely the highlight of the tournament so far.

S1mple is not really that far behind Flamie in this match, but you have to look at the bigger picture. The fact that Na’Vi is not overly dependent on S1mple to perform all the time to win, is good news for Na’Vi fans. Electronic is also one of the hard hitters on the team and it is great to see him come online.

Na’Vi has focussed on making the team whole instead of having S1mple outperform the rest of the players. This has put them as one of the few tactical teams in the Scene. It has proved vastly successful for them as they are now amongst the top five teams in the Counter-Strike scene.

Na’Vi, unfortunately, is not a team with a deep map pool. So far in the tournament, they also ensured a 2-0 victory over Faze Clan in what can rightly be called an upset. The Na’Vi roster does look like it’s improving a lot, but the team needs to be much more consistent in their performance. Their match against Team Liquid will definitely be a good opportunity for them to potentially reach the finals and win the tournament.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid recently took an elongated break as they were unable to attend IEM Sydney 2018. The North American team has brought on Taco on to their roster from SK Gaming. Taco’s inclusion presents a very unique situation for the North American team. They have to ensure that their language barrier does not impose a threat to their team chemistry. This is one of their first tournaments post the roster change and that is why their performance in each match becomes important. As of the group stage, Liquid did not look so impressive. Most of their victories were against weaker teams with their only match against Astralis resulting in a disappointing 2-0 loss.

But as we saw yesterday, Mousesports did not put up a strong fight to Liquid on Dust 2. It is surprising to see Mousesports let go of Dust 2 so meekly. They were considered one of the strongest Dust 2 teams in the old version. But North American teams have always shown a proclivity towards ensuring a strong Dust 2 aim based map. The addition of Dust 2 to their map pool brings them as a huge threat against Na’Vi.

Twistzz and Elige remain the X-factors on the team. Twistzz has been heralded as the best North American rifler in Counter-Strike. His ability to secure frags in sure situations as well as the occasional spike in certain cases is what makes him an extreme threat to their opponent. Russel Van Dulken has spent a year on Team Liquid and is well integrated into the Liquid roster. But with TACO joining the roster, it does see some overlap in roles. How Team Liquid integrates the two players is what will make them a strong team or a bust. We don’t expect Team Liquid to win the tournament, but they do stand a decent chance against Na’Vi ( especially if Na’Vi maintain their inconsistent form)

Prediction.   

There is a vast difference between the two teams in question. While Na’Vi is trying to be stable and they fended off a strong attack by SK Gaming to acquire Simple, the team has been slowly building their capacity. They focus a lot more on team play which is evidenced by their playstyle. Despite S1mple being extremely effective when the whole team supports him( we have seen similar situations in the past on Flipside and even Team Liquid), the Na’Vi roster wants him to be a team player. His ability to allow others to take the lead, to take the spotlight is making him an all-round player.

Na’Vi obviously will have their work cut out, especially cause of the Dust 2 map inclusion. Liquid’s performance on Dust 2 is surely going o get them worried on another level. Previously Na’Vi has been strong on Dust2, but that has been on the back of Guardian’s AWP. Now, Guardian is on Faze Clan and Na’Vi are just about mediocre on Dust 2. Liquid lacks the experience as a team and together as Na’Vi. There are bound to be communication problems on the roster which makes them a liability of sorts. They did win against Mousesports, but apart from Dust 2 , the other map, Mirage could have gone either way. It is safe to assume that Na’Vi is a much better team right now than Mousesports.

As such we recommend a bet on Na’Vi for this Semifinal

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